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  2. Am currently reading this really charming and interesting book by actress and author Felicity Hayes McCoy. It was recommended to me by a friend who had worked in the local library and it is about, naturally, a librarian living in Ireland after leaving her husband in London. She returns to live with her mother, an outspoken and quite negative woman but fiercely fond of her daughter and granddaughter. Lots of reference to books which I feel I should be reading, great characters where you have no trouble visualizing them. The description of scenery makes you wish you were there. It is a really 'nice' story and I must get back to reading, would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a delightful book with some good twists and turns and the main character being shown an insight into her naive acceptance of some of those less than trustworthy people in her vicinity.
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  4. momac

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    Thanks to Madeleine, Luna and Meg for the support. We probably all have problems in varying degrees and I feel maybe I'm not as tranquil as other people, in fact I know I'm not but I have to learn to deal with it and having been me for 80 and a bit years it's awfully hard to change. Plus I have a younger sister who telephones me frequently from Vancouver to, as she puts it to 'vent' and some days it's hard to be sympathetic if I'm feeling that way myself. However, if we stick to tennis talk we seem to manage. Lots of tournaments on to watch.😊 All quiet on the home front today.👏
  5. Found this on the internet, interesting, no? Reasons to read daily
  6. Sorry to hear that Momac, I hope things improve. Glad your daughter is getting better. I know how you feel, my dad is similar and please do feel free to rant. At the moment I'm beginning to feel I'm the only one that has problems!
  7. Madeleine

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    Sorry to hear that Momac, my mum is similar with forgetfulness and going into a rant at the slightest thing, last night for example we discovered our landline wasn't working, so I only had my mobile and was on the phone to the landline company (premium rate call of course) and my phone ran out of credit! Got it topped up today and managed to get through again, turns out the problem is with the telephone exchange not our phone, so now waiting for them to fix it. Trouble is mum can't hear on the phone too well (me neither to be honest) so I was telling her what to say as she had to answer the security questions, and she couldn't hear what the guy was saying, but we got there eventually. Just trying to get anything done is a nightmare nowadays! Glad your daughter is doing OK, that must be a relief. Feel free to rant, it does help!
  8. momac

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    Thanks Meg, all settled for the moment, have to adjust to the forgetfulness, most of the time he just gets unhappy that he's getting older and more forgetful, and I have my 'where did I put that' moments myself.🙄
  9. Oh Momac, what a trying state of affairs - and so frustrating for both of you. I can't offer any advice, or words of wisdom, but do feel free to rant here as much as you like. I just hope you find it helpful to get it all off your chest where it won't upset anyone, or cause local gossip.
  10. momac

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    My theme song seems to be "Cry me a River" - almost every day I'm at odds with Dave, he's really working on getting his gardening projects done in the back yard and has planted tomato plants but ran into problems with using the sprinkler on the end of the hose. He says that the man who installed the new two way attachment that allows us to switch from the back yard hose to the front yard hose has done it wrong and was set on undoing it to put the old one back on after I had already paid the bill for the work. I suggested that I thought probably the old sprinkler was at fault and found the newer one so he could try that, so far it has been ignored. Water was coming through the hose when disconnected from the from the older sprinkler. If there was a problem I would have asked the company to fix it as I have to do all the appointment scheduling etc. Dave doesn't like using the phone. We've also just had the company aerate the front lawn and put down more seed and he doesn't seem to remember that it was done. I guess what the problem is that he has memory problems and often goes ahead with what he wants to do without checking what has been done and argues constantly which is completely unusual for him, he was the original quiet man and is now so different. So I have to keep an eye on what he's doing so it's not at odds with what has already been done and I'm worn to a frazzle, even explaining things to him which have him puzzled. Our daughter is good at keeping an eye on him too. She has now adjusted to the complete change in her epilepsy medication and may get her driver's licence restored before the end of the year. Fortunately Dave has no problem with driving short distances and as long as he has written instructions for needed supplies he's o.k. His heart is doing as well as can be expected and the pharmacy puts his medication in a package in a day by day schedule. Sorry that this is so long, it does help me to put it down in writing as I don't have a close confidant and I don't share this info with neighbours who, I'm sure have their own problems.
  11. It's striking what a similar reaction we had - and this despite what seems to be universal acclaim from everyone else
  12. Jack Bick is an interview journalist for an upmarket London magazine. He has a good track record, but the magazine seems to be drifting and Jack has the feeling that he's about to be let go. In what he expects to be his last week on the staff, he has two interviews to conduct: Oliver Pierce, a psychogeographical writer who hasn't had a follow-up to his bestselling work some years ago (Jack's idea); and an estate agent/property developer that his editor has told him to interview. Given the two options, Jack opts first for lager (the breakfast of champions) and then for Pierce. He and Pierce go off to explore Barking where a large plume of smoke is visible from all over London. What follows is a meandering story of alcoholism, the seedy side of London life with dead-end jobs, half-fulfilled ideas and half-built properties. Jack is a whinging and unlikeable man who cadges off other people's goodwill. He is capricious and willing to throw anyone under the bus if there's a drink in it for him. Plume is probably supposed to be both humorous and some kind of state of the nation piece. Unfortunately, the lack of plot or character development; the repetitiveness; the lack of any obvious motive behind any of the actions makes for quite a long and dull read. Some marks for ideas, the odd set piece and references to tube trains. Unfortunately, this just don't come together in a workable framework. The end, when it comes, goes off in a surreal direction that confuses more than it intrigues. This is a shame, because Care of Wooden Floors was a superb, focused, funny novel that was well paced and spoke to this reader about the human condition. Plume doesn't. ***00
  13. It's 1986 and Caddie Walker goes to an exhibition in her home town of Brisbane - an exhibition dedicated to the 1930s European-American writer Inga Karlson. The star exhibits are The Fragments, the few remaining pages of Inga Karlson's lost second novel. All the copies were destroyed by a fire in the publisher's warehouse; and reputedly the only two people to have read the novel, Inga and her publisher, died in the fire. Caddie, named after the protagonist in Karlson's first novel, is surprised when she quotes a line from one of the fragments that a fellow visitor completes the line. Especially because the completion is not one of the fragments... This is a mystery novel told in two timelines, Caddie's own hunt for the mystery woman from the exhibition and the story of Rachel Lehrer, a young woman who ran away from her grim family farm in America's midwest and into the arms of Inga Karlson. The twin narratives makes the novel a bit slow to take off but when it does, it is really well done. There are parallels between the two story lines: in each, the leading lady is caught between two competing suitors, there are power imbalances brought about by wealth and status. There are stories 0f mundane work (bookselling, typesetting, waitressing) set against the prestige of academia and publishing. And both story lines have a secret at their heart. The ending - which I did not see coming - was one to set my hairs on end. Truly, it was very moving. I have read Toni Jordan's work before and she is a really great storyteller. Easy to read, but complex in the range of ideas that bubble up to - or just under - the surface. I see that her work is positioned as women's fiction, but it is so much more than that. I would encourage anyone - male or female - to read The Fragments and read more of Toni Jordan's back catalogue.
  14. Madeleine

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    Good point about GDPR.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.)
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  21. They are all good. I finished the last one about a month or so ago.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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!
  26. Yes they looked soooo annoyed when he did that! It was quite rude, though.
  27. 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.
  28. Haha yes! Watching this week again and thinking Robert is getting boring with his "works canteen" style designs.
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