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About tagesmann

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    Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
  • Birthday 12/01/64


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    53° 20' N, 1° 17' E
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    Reading, Music, Wine, Beer, Gin.
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  1. A Short Survey

  2. Site problem?

    and now I have both advert banners... I'm going to read a book now; it's easier than this technical stuff...
  3. Site problem?

    Just spotted that the page never finishes loading...
  4. Site problem?

    Not for me. I've got the .com at the bottom of the page but still missing .co.uk at the top...
  5. Have a Rant!

    wrong word, sorry
  6. what is everyone doing?

    Mine survived last winter in their pots. Some where a few year old tubers and some had been bought that year as bedding. This year they went in the border and so won't over-winter. Every year the display gets bigger and better and to be sure of a good display next year I will be lifting the tubers and putting them in the rafters in the garage for the winter. I might try hanging them in old tights, which I read is a good way of keeping a good air flow.
  7. Have a Rant!

    I wonder if this discussion is about two different things. Whether we should be comfortable with everything. Whether as society changes, we need to change with it. With the former; I would suggest that depends on whether the thing that makes us uncomfortable serves a purpose. Be that a literary device or a way of challenging our assumptions. But also in challenging our prejudices. And we all have those. Some we are uncomfortable with and struggle to overcome (or perhaps just hide) and some we accept as a part of our make-up. And this is perhaps where we can be out of step with how society has changed and what has become, if not acceptable, perhaps less commented on. I also think it is worth saying that some of the things we are uncomfortable with are due to our upbringing, or our beliefs, or our sense of morality, or our sense of modesty, or ay number of causes. Some of these are, or can be viewed as, less valid than others. But only by discussion and reasoned debate can we explore the subject. And belittling someone's viewpoint is just... well, disappointing. ... That reads like a sermon. Sorry.
  8. what is everyone doing?

    Looks like I'll be lifting the Dahlias.
  9. Have a Rant!

  10. Have a Rant!

    In a way, this is similar to the graphic (usually misogynistic) violence in modern crime novels. We, as well as the detective, need to know how someone was killed and what happened to them. We don't need to experience it. There is a thread about thiat on the site.
  11. Have a Rant!

    So... What do we do? Put warnings on the cover? Do you feel uncomfortable with straight sex scenes? Do you feel uncomfortable above a certain level? I should point out (in the spirit of openness) that sex scenes make me uncomfortable, the more graphic the more so. I also think they are unnecessary. However, love scenes... And forcing... not challenging your language, but...
  12. Have a Rant!

    Why? (Not confrontational, but seeking understanding...)
  13. Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

    So would I, and so do I. Of his seven novels, I have read four. An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans and Never Let Me Go. The first two were, I thought very good. I didn't rate When We Orphans, because I didn't get it (the language was good, though) and Never Let Me Go was a fascinating read, but I don't think I would want to bother re-reading it.
  14. The Sense Of An Ending

    Well, what a disappointment. I've had this for a while and was often encouraged by friends to read it. Well I did. Loved the language, loved the insights (well some of them) into memory/history, loved the confusion. Hated the characters, hated the story, hated the ending.
  15. what is everyone doing?

    Yes I am Mo. I can cope with it, except when I have to get before 6 to travel. Then it's a pain.