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  2. Madeleine

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    Good point about GDPR.
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  4. Has anyone seen the latest season of Lucifer now that it is on Netflix? I binge watched it the other week and I really enjoyed it, it is significantly darker than previous series' and not so much silly humour, not going to say how it ends for those who haven't seen it and want to, but I enjoyed it.
  5. iff

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    I did get a text before from a pizza place in swords (90 minutes from me. I don't even like pizza). I could opt out. Most likely someone needed a number so put mine down. There was a case a number of years ago where most Mondays I would get calls from men looking for a woman by the name Denise. Wonder if she was from swords I do reminder my doctors once as they didn't have my number, phoned my mother for it. I think nowadays that would be a gdpr breach :d
  6. Dear jfp, I'm sorry to hear of your departure, you have been a stalwart member and I have always been curious about you, the mystery man in France, at least I believe that's where you are, you teach, you have a great interest in poetry also music if I'm not mistaken, you are forthright and not shy about correcting something you believe is incorrect, at least this is how I have interpreted some posts. My apologies if any of this is incorrect. It is an uncertain world and everything seems to change daily, it certainly has shifted mightily during my many years and it's difficult to get used to changing mores and ideas. So here I ramble on but I guess what I want to say is that I hope you change your mind but if not, best wishes for the future.
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  8. Very sorry to see you go, after all these years, jfp. Is it something we've done? Please reconsider, but whatever you do, I wish you well. megustaleer
  9. MACBETH I am sick at heart, When I behold—Seyton, I say!—This push Will cheer me ever, or disseat me now. I have lived long enough: my way of life Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf; And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not. Shakespeare, Macbeth V/iii (This will be my last post on BGO. In this increasingly uncertain world, I wish you all well.)
  10. They are all good. I finished the last one about a month or so ago.
  11. Madeleine

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    That's the point, I haven't opted in! And how the heck a surgery in Bristol got my number....although that seems to have stopped now.
  12. Just finished reading this and thoroughly enjoyed it. On the strength of this I bought the other two parts of the trilogy and look forward to reading them.
  13. Our doctor's practice has a text service to remind you of appointments on the phone. Never having forgotten an appointment (if over the phone, I write them on the calendar in the hall-way (and no it can't be seen from outside) if there, I get a wee printout and then write it in the calendar in the hall-way when I get home) I did not hand over my mobile phone number. My father and brother are the only people who have my mobile number and that's how it's going to stay. Can you opt out?
  14. Madeleine

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    It seems that the NHS has somehow got hold of my mobile number - first of all, a few years ago I got occasional texts confirming my appointment at my doctor's surgery......in Bristol, but I live in London and apart from a couple of very brief visits have never been to Bristol. Now I've started getting texts from Barts Health Trust, which at least is almost the correct area, and yesterday got one asking for my feedback on my outpatients' appointment, which of course I didn't have (haven't been to the doctor since last October). I hope this ridiculous text service doesn't cost them anything, and if it does, then it's worrying that they can't get the right contact number, I hope no one missed an appointment because they didn't get the text reminder!
  15. Yes they looked soooo annoyed when he did that! It was quite rude, though.
  16. I was very surprised they choose Robert's design this week but thought the way they tweaked it worked well. They definitely didn't look happy when he started moving their sofas around. And there was no mention of the craft room come bedroom thing with those stupid huge doors he had included in the original design. Obviously they sensibly decided not to have those either.
  17. Haha yes! Watching this week again and thinking Robert is getting boring with his "works canteen" style designs.
  18. This is interesting. Check out a similar title that I felt was really good: I think it just came out actually: Making Geo-politics Easy: Essays on Geo-Political Questions & Peace (Making Geo-politics Easy Book Series) edit: Link deleted and replaced with the BGO/Amazon hyperlink megustaleer (moderator)
  19. John John

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    Hey Guys, A pleasure to be here! Any of ya'll reading anything on Geo politics lately!?
  20. Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The flowry May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose. Hail bounteous May that dost inspire Mirth and youth, and warm desire, Woods and groves, are of thy dressing, Hill and dale, doth boast thy blessing. Thus we salute thee with our early Song, And welcome thee, and wish thee long. John Milton - 'Song on May Morning'
  21. Ah yes of course, I don't know why I had forgotten about that because I muttered to myself about it when I watched it. Apart from the lack of privacy whilst on the loo the shower didn't have a door either and so (unless a super powerful extractor fan used) would have caused condensation in the bedroom. A 30K cooker ............................ that's called a private chef isn't it?
  22. The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden
  23. I remember bench seating being done in a particularly minimalist and austere Grand Designs episode. The husband had his own architect's practice and the wife was rail thin, permanently grumpy and, I thought, very controlling. Everything was made of bare plywood and they had benches instead of sofas, and sliding doors over all the shelves. I may be conflating several different thin, grumpy architects' wives and their houses here - it seems to be a theme on GD. (I'll never forget, or pass up the opportunity to mention, the one who spent 30K on a cooker for her kitchen)
  24. The open plan loo was in the design they went for instead of the sleeping pods! To be fair, I think they said they left out the sliding door because it was too expensive ... and they presumably are more tolerant of each other than the vast majority of couples. Love is ...
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  26. From the blurb " In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good. There's just one problem. Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death." The cover also describes this as a thriller, it isn't - it's a twisty, character driven whodunnit set in Ireland, cleverly written with vibrant charecters and an unexpected ending. The relationship between the two police offices was utterly believeable as were the inhabitants of Withered Vale. No one was perfect, no-one was all bad (including Olive who was wonderfully self-deluded about her own personality) and I absolutely loved this. I hadn't heard of Jo Spain and only bought this as a Kindle cheapie - a good find! I'll be reading more of her
  27. The bench seating is silly isn't it? There may be a property that it would work in but mostly a big no for me. The sleeping pods were definitely crazy, so unpractical. There didn't appear to be any provision for wardrobes, chest of drawers etc. But I don't remember the open plan loo one?? Which design was that one in?
  28. They really are amazing and it just shows the potential in very ordinary houses if had the budget for an architect. Though I would suspect some architects would produce mostly mundane work.
  29. Doris Day! That's a whole heap of my early teen memories gone.
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