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About tinminer

  • Birthday 08/01/1964


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    I am a Retail (Books) Manager. Married, 1 son (14)
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    Writing Fiction & Reading Fiction
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  1. This is, by far, my favourite Du Maurier novel. It was on BBC 7 recently, and had a wonderful reading (sorry, can't remember who). As I like sci-fi, and I live in Cornwall, this book appealed to me on many levels. I know the area Daphne was describing very well (Twyardreath and Par), and felt she captured the whole end-of-the-60s-LSD thing superbly. It is quite unlike any of her other novels, and, if you have never read a Du Maurier, then I can heartily recommend this one as a first read. It is also puts to bed, quite magnificently, the idea that Du Maurier is a 'romantic fiction' writer.
  2. In Search of the Pleasure Palace by Marc Almond
  3. Hi! Found this site mention on another forum http://www.digitalspy.co.uk. BOTH sites are excellent, but find you can waste valuable hours which could be spent reading, which I love (obviously!). I am a retail store manager (WHSmith) in Cornwall, and I also write novels (none published so far). Married with one son, who has Aspergers'. Favourite books? My 'desert island' author would have to be Emile Zola, better than Dickens IMHO! I like crime/detective fiction (Colin Dexter,Ann Granger, Raymond Chandler) and literary fiction (William Boyd is a particular favourite). I like to potter with non-fiction too...Fast Food Nation and Short History of Nearly Everything have been read and devoured recently. Despite my employer, I love independent bookshops, and have contributed to the Guardian recommends list. As my son struggles to read (because of his learning disability) he has opened up the joys of listening to books on CD to me. I also love listening to oneword digital radio. Looking forward to 'chatting' to all of you in the forums. Cheers!
  4. Just to add, my son has Aspergers' (as well as ADHD & epilepsy), and he THOROUGHLY loved the book, as did I. When I asked him what he particularly liked about it: 1. He said that he felt Christopher gave him 'a voice', in that it was someone he could relate to, and he felt good that 'non-Aspies' would be reading it to. 2. He also said that it was an honest portrait of family life, not 'Disneyish'. I felt that Christopher was a well drawn character, with a realistic 'voice', though I take the points previously mentioned about savants and high standards with Maths being very rare (my son has neither, but he can build a PC, and wire up a radio from base components).He tends to struggle with reading, so we took each chapter in turn! Have now bought him the book on CD, so he can hear it over and over. Incidentally, the boy who reads it on the CD is superb (soory, can't remember his name).
  5. Actually, the Free mis-heard lyric was taken from the misheard lyrics website ( can't remember which one) - so I'm obviously not the only one! Some bizarre lyrics - from Genesis (the group, not the bible!) - Suppers Ready: v. WILLOW FARM If you go down to Willow Farm, to look for butterflies, flutterbyes, gutterflies Open your eyes, it's full of surprise, everyone lies like the focks on the rocks, and the musical box. Oh, there's Mum & Dad, and good and bad, and everyone's happy to be here. There's Winston Churchill dressed in drag, he used to be a British flag, plastic bag, what a drag. The frog was a prince, the prince was a brick, the brick was an egg, and the egg was a bird. Hadn't you heard? Yes, we're happy as fish and gorgeous as geese, and wonderfully clean in the morning. We've got everything, we're growing everything, We've got some in We've got some out We've got some wild things floating about. Everyone, we're changing everyone, you name them all, We've had them here, And the real stars are still to appear. ALL CHANGE! Feel your body melt; Mum to mud to mad to dad Dad diddley office, Dad diddley office, You're all full of ball. Dad to dam to dum to mum Mum diddley washing, Mum diddley washing, You're all full of ball. Let me hear you lies, we're living this up to the eyes. Ooee-ooee-ooee-oowaa Momma I want you now. And as you listen to my voice To look for hidden doors, tidy floors, more applause. You've been here all the time, Like it or not, like what you got, You're under the soil, Yes, deep in the soil. So we'll end with a whistle and end with a bang and all of us fit in our places. Very (Peter) Gabrielesk! Great song - but does anyone know what the hell it all means?
  6. I think the soundtrack in The Others is very scary - especially if you watch it on the DVD in surround or 3D sound. The banging noises upstairs really do sound like, well, upstairs. Creepy. ...of course useless if you live in a bungalow
  7. Saw 'The Haunting' on TCM the other day - great film. Haven't seen the original though.
  8. Oh, and one classic mis-heard lyric by the band Free - All right now: What you might hear: 'Lets move before they raise the fu**ing rent!' What they meant: 'Lets move before they raise the parking rate' Still surprised when I hear it on the radio, as it does so much sound like the former! It still DOESN'T sound like 'parking rate' to me.
  9. In terms of human relationships, I think that Joan Armatrading has written some of the best lyrics. Her hit from 1976(opening line): 'I am not in love, but I am open to persuasion.' (Love & Affection) And my favourite lyric, describes how to 'choose' between two lovers: The Weakness In Me: 'I’m not the sort of person Who falls In And quickly Out Of love But to you I gave my affection Right from the start I have a lover Who loves me How could I break such a heart Yet still you get my attention Why do you come here When you know I've got troubles Enough Why do you call me When you know I can’t answer the phone Make me lie When I don’t want to And make someone else Some kind of unknowing fool You make me stay When I should not Are you so strong Or is all the weakness in me Why do you come here And pretend To be just passing by But I mean to see you And I mean to hold you Tightly Feeling guilty Worried Waking from some tormented sleep This old love has me bound But the new one cuts deep If I choose now I’ll lose out One of you has to fall And I need you And you.' The way she sings the final line just sends shivers down my spine!
  10. Been playing that in our store - great album - sold more on back of playing it too!
  11. From what I've read about Nick, it seems less like that he refused to go on tour, but was more like he could not go on tour because of his depression. When I go into a 'deep' faze, the last thing you feel like is being with people, let alone facing them on stage! Still, I take your point - it would not have helped his record sales. As for 'being an idiot for killing himself', I take it you have never had suicidal thoughts? Believe me, when you are in that mindset, you do not think logically.
  12. No, I don't know Gabrielle Drake, but have since found out that Dee worked with Gabrielle when they were both on Crossroads. Dee and Gabrielle occasionally keep in touch. I met Dee when she lived in Cheltenham Spa and married a local policeman. She's since divorced from him, and like me, moved away from the area. I speak with Dee now and again.
  13. Thanks for that Royal Rother - I'll check those artists out on Amazon, etc. I 'm not familar with them (recognise the names, but know nothing of their music). I think the connections for me are enhanced as I can relate to Nick (I suffer with depression too - though suicidal thoughts are, at the preset at least, under control). I can also identify with his personality, but, like the biography suggests, his depression would most certainly have been worsened by LSD and cannabis, which he imbibed freely from 1967 onwards.
  14. Anyone into Nick Drake on here? Although I'm 42 (therefore 6 when 'Five Leaves Left' came out), I have only just started to listen to his music. I have been 'aware' of him for a while (articles in Mojo & the like) but did not really take his talent on board... UNTIL the Brad Pitt documentary on Radio 2 last summer (repeated again recently). Every time I hear 'River Man', the shudders and tingles (surely the sign that music is moving you?) down my neck and spine keep on comin'! Cannot prize 'Five Leaves Left' out of my CD player. Just ordered the other two albums, and I am currently reading Patrick Humphries' biography. What I don't understand (perhaps someone can explain) is why his music was (is still?) such a commercial failure and still not much played or talked about (apart from die-hard fans). Incidentally, I am making all sorts of connections that I was not previously aware of (e.g. Nick went to Marlborough School - I was born + brought up near there; Nick's sister, the actress Gabrielle Drake, starred in Crossroads(!) and Coronation Street as well as one of my all time favourite TV Progs, UFO. Gabrielle also knew Dee (Hepburn), a friend of our family. Dee, who is now a pharmecuticals salesperson, was an actress best known for Gregory's Girl (she also acted in Crossroads, where she met Gabrielle)). I digress - after the three albums though, is there anything else of Nick's to listen to. Failing that, and I know Nick is a unique artist, but 'if you like that, you'll like this', what would you recommend?
  15. Genesis - Platinum Collection Reliving fond memories of the early 70s by listening to disc three from this collection. STILL prefer Peter Gabriel as the best Genesis singer, BUT Phil Collins does not deserve the bad press that he has had over the years, and relistening to this stuff again in digital re-enhanced quality just goes to prove what a truly superb drummer he is. All the stuff on here (nearly 4 hours long so excellent value for £9.99!) is good, some is very good, and a few tracks are exceptional. My personal 3 favourites are: Misunderstanding, Supper's Ready & I know what I like.
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