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About cobboldblue

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  • Birthday 12/04/1971


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    38, married with children, GSOH
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    Playing Guitar, beer, reading of course!!
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  1. Hazel, trust me there are people out there that read an absurd amount of material in a day. My wife for one is capable of reading two books in a day if she isn't working and has enough time on her hands (holidays especially). The scary thing is she is capable of remembering clearly plot lines, characters etc, etc. I think it must be a throw back to her University days when she read English Literature. For someone like her the ability to carry around plenty of books on a device such as the Sony reader (among others) is a big advantage. Whether we like it or not I think we have to move with the times and it looks like E-books will be a big thing going forward. However I also agree that there is nothing nicer than decorating your book shelves with real books, it gives a home warmth and character. You never know the manufactuers of these devices will probably give them all nice fluffy jackets so you CAN snuggle up with them in bed!
  2. Thanks David. I didn't realise there was another thread
  3. Hi all, I haven't posted two many times on here since joining but I have been mulling over whether or not to get an ebook reader. As much as I love having my favourite books in a shelf at home (they always add to the furniture) I am also very much in the digital age and the future of reading does look to be going the way of the digital book even though I know there will always be options for having a physical copy. For those of you that have an ebook reader what is your experience and also what does everyone think the best device out there is for reading ebooks?
  4. Hi all, I haven't been on here in ages. I kind of got lost with all sorts of crazy things happening in my life and forums took the back seat. However looking over my posts I never actually posted the review of the book so here is my take on the "huge page count" book by James Herbert. I really quite enjoyed "The Secret of Crickley Hall" since it was kind of like an old fashioned Twighlight Zone ghost story in some respects. You know the sort, an empty old grand house that has been left to rot due to lack of care due to a catastrophic happening, the circumstances of which have been put out to the realms where no-one dare talk about them. The local village community all have opinions about what happened but no one really knows for sure. Then after an age, a family takes the house on and then find that strange things start to happen and everyone except the father gets the feeling that the place is haunted by some very angry spirits. Herbert gives a refreshing visit back to the typical haunted house type story and I found that I just wanted to keep on reading, not the best thing when you are reading at night before bed (the book is 600 pages long!!). The story has a tremendous atmospheric feel about it and Herbert intermingles all the past goings on of the house while leaving in a few cliff hangers as to what really happened to the people in its past. It certainly gets the old grey matter working overtime. This book essentially breaks down to being a good classic horror read so will appeal to most readers that like anything remotely ghostly. However for me Herbert’s best work will always be "The Rats" followed closely by "The Magic Cottage". Still, it was a damn good read.
  5. Hi everyone, I haven't been on here for a while due to major work commitments and also due to the process of "house selling" (hopefully we exchange contracts this week, fingers crossed!). I was just wondering if anyone saw "The Uninvited" at the cinema recently and if so what did you think. For me the film was great and I keep checking for a DVD release date as this is something I would definitely watch again. Something I didn't realise at the time was that this film was an update on the 2003 Kim Ji Woon film A Tale of Two Sisters and this in turn is an adaptation of an old Korean folklore tale. I don't even remember even seeing this original film around at the time (god knows what I was doing in 2003, probably having too much of a good time to care!). I have looked for a book of the same name but nothing exists from what I can see. Either way the film was great in my opinion. Let me know your thoughts.
  6. That's a bit harsh Jen, Ashes to Ashes is a top show in my opinion. Maybe some of the arrogance of the characters is not to every one's opinion but i think the writers have captured many of the habits of the decade to a tee.
  7. cobboldblue

    The BNP

    Look at Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein, once almost running the entire affairs of the IRA are now in a position in the Northern Ireland assembley which means they have a controlling say in matters. These guys (particularly Martin McGuiness) were murderers, yet they have been accepted. This makes the BNP look exceedingly tame by comparison (i don't think they have ordered any murders yet). Something to think about?
  8. cobboldblue

    The BNP

    Teachers are human aren't they? I think good teaching has nothing to do with politics even though they have to be PC, there may well be teachers out there that sympathise with some of what the BNP views are. Lets face it teachers have to put up with a lot and at the end of the day they have feelings like the rest of us and should be allowed to express personal views the same as anyone else (out of the classroom of course!)
  9. Finally found time to post again. I'm nearly finished with reading Crickley Hall and I can say I have certainly enjoyed reading the book. I wouldn't go as far to say that it is Herbert's best work as that place is still reserved as far as i'm concerned for "The Rats". However the story is a good, classic horror which takes me back to the reading days of my youth so at least it scores highly in that repect as it brought back a few memories! I'll post a review once i'm done.
  10. Kate Bush - Lionheart was a great album! Another that is a real gem for me is City to City by Gerry Rafferty http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9a/Citytocity.jpg/200px-Citytocity.jpg
  11. No problem, if it helps you decide whether to read the book or not then I have done my part. If you have managed to read Kenny Dalglish's autobiography you should have a problem with this one.
  12. No games, I think my Google spell check was on when I sent the message, hence the bold coloured areas. Sorry all.
  13. I was bought this book some weeks ago now by my stepson and finally got around to completing it about two weeks ago. What i didn't know was that this particular book is the second part to an earlier autobiography Sir Bobby wrote entitled "My Manchester United Years", however i didn't feel disadvantaged by this as Sir Bobby does start this book by talking about his youth and breaking in to the first team at United. He also talks quite a bit about the Munich Air disaster where some very talented and up and coming players for the Manchester United team were wiped out, denying the country of a bright future. He then goes on to explain his emotions and the pressure he feels as he is handed a golden opportunity by Sir Alf Ramsey to shine (although his place in the team was never guarenteed) in the England squad. The rest of his story builds up to the World Cup of 1966 and again he tells it how it was from his eyes and how he kept his place in the squad over the likes of a phenomian such as Jimmy Greaves (at the time!). What he brings out in the book is that the team which actually won the World Cup wasn't the best talent of the country but more one of a complete unit. He pays tribute to the way Sir Alf Ramsey constructed the team knowing that every man knew his role and how the work ethic from each man for each other was the squads major strength (not Brazilian show boating!!). Something our current team needs to take on board more i think. He also talks about the lows of 1970 with England's 2-3 defeat to West Germany (Berlin Wall was up) as well and about how difficult it was to take for everybody since they were two goals to the good and apparently cruising. He also includes the defeat to Brazil in the same campaign in Mexico and talks in depth about PELE. Sir Bobby also interlaces his autobiogarphy with more personal and ordinary things and you can really feel his passion and thoughts regarding a whole plethra of things, even controversies in some of the games he discusses. I think in the first instance you have to like football to some degree to get on with this book. If you don't like football in any shape or form then its probably best left alone. However for me, i liked it. Enough to go and hunt out his first book at some point (and i'm not a Man Utd either!!)
  14. Too true Royal Rother after my experience of a previous forum where politics has been involved (politics is the devils work). For me one thing that really does offend me are benefit cheats that when blatantly caught out then have the cheek to try and defend why they have swindled the system.
  15. Hi all, I've been away for a few days but it struck me that i have finished this book and not posted a review of it yet as i said i would. I will put my review in the autobiography forum (makes more sense!)
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