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About Minxminnie

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  • Birthday 11/12/65


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    West of Scotland
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    travel, photography, reading (doh!), cinema, lying in on a Saturday.

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  1. Just Released: The Hive by J.Y. Olmos

    Hi there, Welcome to BGO! I've moved your post to Writer's Corner, which is for writers to promote their own books. Good luck with it.
  2. Just Abandoned

    I abandoned Helen Dunmore's Birdcage Walk last night. I have always liked her writing and I wanted to read this since it was her last - she died earlier this year. It's about a young, politically aware woman who married a property develop in Bristol in the late 18th century. He wants a traditional wife and is increasingly disapproving of her mother, stepfather and their circle. An early chapter also gives reason to be wary of him and what he can do. It's style reminded me a lot of Girl With A Pearl Earring, and what I read of The Minatuarist. It all sounds good, but I found it slow and overwritten. I also disliked the insertion of other documents - letters, newspaper reports etc - from which the characters learned about political events elsewhere. I always dislike being made to read what the character reads, as it disrupts the flow of the narrative voice. I'm frustrated to have given up. I'll look forward to someone reviewing it on BGO.
  3. Rest in Peace

    Sounds like he had a bit of a drink problem. What a shame. He was a month older than me and very much one of my generation. Seemed like a lovely man, but he seems to have been troubled.
  4. Swing Time

    I persevered with this and actually enjoyed the Gambia bits, which others seemed to dislike. But overall, I just didn't get it. The Tracy character seemed to be intended to tie it all together, but I just didn't see how. It was all brilliantly written, but it seemed to lack focus and, well, plot. Prue Leith says, of a poor cake, "not worth the calories". I felt something similar about my reading time.
  5. Hi there, Good luck with your book. I have taken off the links to allow our members to purchase it through our own Amazon link, and have moved it to Writers Forum, which is for writers to promote their books.
  6. what is everyone doing?

    Oh, that's a shame, cp. My dad is still quite active, thankfully, but there are things he has never done, like bills, paperwork and the online world, and I need to accept that he can get by without knowing this stuff.
  7. what is everyone doing?

    I think that generation of men were brought up not to show weakness. I'm only imagining, but I think they would maybe see it as more of a practical offering and be too proud to come unless directly invited, whereas we women are maybe more aware of the social side and would just welcome the opportunity to talk to people. It's really nice that you have made the effort to invite those men. I think the other thing that would stop people going would be the fear that everyone else would already know each other and no-one would welcome you. It stops me going to things on my own! You and RG approaching people and offering to look out for them will undoubtedly get them over that hurdle. At my mum's funeral, the priest spoke to me and said that men often cope less well than women with the loss of a spouse. Luckily, my dad is doing quite well so far. We just switched his tv and broadband, so that's a new learning curve for him. I'm hoping to convert him to the wonders of catch up, especially as his package has a whole library of football he can enjoy. But I'm not hopeful that he will master the buttons. I'm trying to persuade him that I only learned to work mine by pressing buttons to see what happens, and he can always press the back button. But I fear he might stay lost to the world of the Champions League back catalogue.
  8. what is everyone doing?

    Cp, that's a lovely thing to arrange. My dad is on his own and though he is doing well, he would no doubt benefit from something like this. I think he sees it as charity, though, where my mum, in that situation, would have seen it as a chance to have a chat - and she would probably have baked you a cake.
  9. Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

    I moved this to Central Library as it's book related. What does everyone think of this? I have always thought that his output was a bit varied in quality. I loved Remains Of The Day and Never Let Me Go, but couldn't get on with When We Were Orphans, like many BGOers. I see that some people on here loved The Buried Giant, but John Crace in the Guardian just described it as "a leaden fantasy". What are the criteria for a Nobel Prize in Literature? Am I just getting old enough to see that idols have feet of clay? Is Ishiguruo as good as other Nobel winners?
  10. Coronation Street

    It would be interesting to see if it is very different! I watch Corrie regularly though with only half an eye on it. I think they are handling the Bethany child exploitation storyline well. I used to like the slow brewing villains, but they seem to have too many of them these days. I was, for a while, watching classic Take The High Road being repeated on STV2. It was interesting to see how slow and gentle it could be. It got drama out of real things - a young girl discovers the boy she fancies has another girl, parents realise their son is stealing. It would be good if dramatists could do that now in a soap. (Some of the acting was pretty ropey, right enough...)
  11. Swing Time

    I'm reading this just now but it's not holding my interest. It's all well written and evokes an ordinary childhood well, but I'm not actually enjoying it.
  12. My Cousin Rachel

    I felt like reading this after seeing the film, and I had forgotten that till now. Thanks for the reminder, cp. The film was good, wasn't it?
  13. Currently Reading

    About to start Swing Time by Zadie Smith.
  14. Galleries, Museums...y'know kultcha!

    Not quite a gallery, but yesterday my friend and I took a walking tour in Glasgow based on the musical heritage of the city. It was great - as well as getting the history of iconic places like Barrowland, I also got to see the site of long lost places and one rediscovered one, the Britannia Panopticon, which claims to the world's oldest music hall, and the location of the first professional appearance of both Stan Laurel and Cary Grant! There's another tour taking in different sites which I hope to do soon.
  15. Just finished this - thanks to Hazel for sending it to me! It was a strange mix of fact and fiction. Mina draws a conclusion about why Watt goes drinking with Manuel that night which makes sense, but I also wondered if it was morally right to speculate like this about real people. I don't know - I'm assuming Watt is long dead, but it just seemed odd. I was fascinated by the recreation of a Glasgow which I never knew, but in that sense, it was very close to the true crime genre. (I once went to see Chris Brookmyre who is a great storyteller. He told a story about a shell-suited gentleman who queued to get a book signed for his mum. "So what wis it ye done?" he asked. He knew CB wrote crime, and he thought he was a gangster turned author ...) The best bit, for me, was the insight into the ordinary people who were on the edges - the members of the public, the police and, above all, his mother. Who I did actually meet a few times without fully understanding who she was.