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  1. Hello everyone. Don't get your hopes up - this is a one-off. My hospital tv unit provides for internet access, but the download speed and terrible interface make it a waste of money. I will be in hospital for a while yet, but I am definitely much improved. Thank you for all your kind words, lovely cards and especially my Kindle! I can't tell you how touched I was by all of these. Thanks to Hazel for all her caring work. Take care, everyone, and I hope to be back with you properly before too much longer.
  2. I tired of it quite a while back. In spite of all the different products and ideas coming through it ultimately felt much too samey. So I was out. sorry...
  3. Including me, though I'm a great fan of Enduring Love too. I don't think its achievement is as high as Atonement, though. I'm not sure I'd say 'anything', though, since people might be inclined to try Amsterdam since it won the Booker, but it's a very disappointing novel. Don't think anyone's mentioned Martin Amis yet. Lots of possibilities, but if you're looking for books which push at the boundaries, ND, you might want to try Time's Arrow, which is an incredibly innovative book, telling a story backwards and in so doing devising an entirely new way to deliver satire. Another book I loved which I admired for its inventiveness - very much so on the linguistic front - is Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. There's also Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor and Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong.
  4. It could go there, yes. My reservation is that books there are posted by the authors themselves, or people publicising the book on their behalf. Obviously this is different, being a review of a book by a reader - Writers' Corner isn't really a place where we do reviews, though obviously this is a book aimed at writers. You decide, nonsuch. Here or Writers' Corner and we'll move it again if the latter.
  5. Your neighbour comes round and begins, "I can see you're busy, but let me just tell you about..." but your icy glare finally gets the message across. He leaves without telling you about the black mamba he saw slithering through your open window. You are never bothered by anyone ever again. I wish the screeching baby seagull outside my office window would go away and let me work in peace!
  6. There's not an easy natural home for this one, nonsuch, but we never have individual book reviews in Central Library so I've moved it here.
  7. Sorry to hear that, Jen. But Dickens does tend to be a bit of a Marmite author and I know he's not to everyone's taste. It's certainly true that Dickens hadn't developed his full plotting sensibilities for this one - it's a book that in many ways bears more resemblance to his initial work as a sketch writer. Consequently if you don't click with that particular kind of humour and character work, there's no great narrative drive to make up for it. We'll still let you be an honorary Pickwickian for giving it a go!
  8. You have to be careful when deleting anything which goes back to the start of the quotation. If you press the backspace delete when your cursor is at the very beginning, or if your highlighting of text to be deleted stretches to the bold quote details at the top, the entire quote box will disappear.
  9. Welcome on board, Scottie! Lots of interesting authors to talk about there - do hunt out some threads on them to add your thoughts. It's good to have somone else Scottish on the board because we have so few of them here. (If you have an irony meter attached to your computer it probably just exploded...)
  10. Well that's the point, isn't it. You understand perfectly well what the common meaning is today, even if it had a different slant when you were younger. As a politician, he needs to be more in touch, when in fact he seems stubbornly determined to live in exactly the world he wants to.
  11. That's kind of you to ask, Luna. They've re-scheduled it for 11th October, so let's hope nothing goes wrong this time.
  12. Perhaps it's more variable than I thought, then. Certainly in my experience it's just been "Mr X" or "Miss Y".
  13. Amusing as he is, I generally find UKIP (The UK Independence Party) significantly more entertaining: Hitting Journalists and Branding Women Sluts - Fun and Games at the UKIP Conference... What's particularly amusing here is that this all happens on the same day Nigel Farage claims UKIP as a party has finally 'grown up'. EDIT - you can view the spectacular embarrassment to Britain that is Godfrey Bloom, here... I actually love the poor PR woman who's obviously been sent to 'look after' him trying to salvage it by asking the Sky News reporter if he knows what 'slut' actually means, observing that people probably don't know because of the lack of grammar school education (another UKIP policy). Of course, for anyone living in the nineteenth century, as Godfrey clearly is, it means a slovenly woman. For anyone in the modern age it means prostitute or promiscuous woman. So bless her, she wasn't really helping. Of course, no matter what she does, she's with Godfrey and as soon as he labels the reporter a 'sad little man' she leaps in with 'Off we go!' Sadly the train was already careering down the tracks with a lot of hill to go.
  14. I've merged it with the thread on A Tale for the Time Being, grasshopper.
  15. I'd agree with three of those, grasshopper. His public persona is extremely carefully constructed - he's a very shrewd and highly intelligent man. Let's just say he knows what plays well with an audience!
  16. Suddenly remembering statuses need to be updated now and again...

  17. That's a shame. Do you have things like catch-up TV? I find that a lifesaver. I'll give it a go when it appears here, then. It's one of my favourite series of recent times so they're treading on sensitive ground for me!
  18. In a lot of American films and TV shows we see young people calling adult males 'sir' as a matter of course, which really stands out over here because even in schools that sort of thing has largely died out in Britain. Is it as common as the filmic picture suggests?
  19. If he lived where I do he'd be under no illusions about what the fox says and the song would be considerably shorter.
  20. I think I did post about that somewhere moddy, but I've now posted instructions in the Mods' Forum and I'll leave it for someone to have a practice!
  21. I haven't read King's novel, but I'm quite enjoying Under the Dome, which is about half-way through now. Is anyone watching who's read the book? Is it a decent adaptation?
  22. It really did! Which was a shame because it had been excellent. And I did quite enjoy the final instalment, but it became a bit preposterous really. I liked the essential premise that behind closed doors you find what people are really like, and they're a bit dark, on the whole. But there's dark and then there's homicidal crazeeeee and for so many of the building's residents to be a meat cleaver short of a butcher's knife set beggared belief. The part that really didn't sit well with me was:
  23. You're not using the best method, Luna. Type the word you want to act as the 'anchor' text for your link, highlight it, then click the link symbol (looks like a couple of chain links with a small green + symbol, just under the size box). This brings up a box and you can insert the link address in the URL box. Then click 'Okay'.
  24. That's good - I'm sure your father will feel relieved.
  25. I love an owl with a healthy sense of mischief...
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