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  1. Any thoughts on what is the best translation of Don Quixote? I have the Penguin Classics version by J.M.Cohen, is this any good?
  2. I recently finished my free trial of Kindle Unlimited and read 3 books in that time. I've cancelled the subscription and still have 'borrowed' books on my Kindle but because the Wi-Fi is turned off they haven't disappeared yet and remain readable which is nice :-)
  3. Of course, a huge thanks to all those involved! :flowers: :flowers: Let's hope we have a happy ever after...
  4. Thanks! I found I had less time for coming on here and gradually I just slipped away. I did come back and lurk a few times but never really contributed. For some reason I felt the need to log back on today and reading on how BGO nearly disappeared forever has filled me with horror! To think that I took it all for granted. It sounds like you've been working extremely hard to try and save this forum so a huge thanks to you, David.
  5. It's been announced on Facebook, does that make it official? Congrats to Grammath and Lady Lazarus, for all events!
  6. Wow, wow, wowzer!! I am of course referring to the events of season 3 episode 9. I won't drop any spoilers at this point but who watched it and what did you think?
  7. Please excuse my ignorance, for I’ve just returned to these boards after a long absence, but what exactly happened??
  8. I completely agree. My husband and I were excited about the release of Toy Story III (Toy Story II was the first film we saw together at the cinema) but were disappointed to find that the only 2D showing was on weekday mornings!! We refused to pay more to see the film in 3D when we didn’t WANT to see it in blooming 3D, so now we’re waiting for the DVD release and will spend the money we would have spent on those ridiculous glasses on a bottle of wine!
  9. Tess

    Have a Rant!

    I got one of those 'Sorry, you were out cards' from the Royal Mail, but I don't drive and am not going to be near the depot anytime soon so I thought I'd just pay 50p to have it re-delivered to my local post office, a 2 minute walk from my house. Only now Royal Mail are charging £1.50 for this service! So instead I have arranged a free re-delivery to my house in the hope that this time I will be in to accept the parcel. Chances are I won't be and we'll have to repeat the whole process again!! Bravo, Royal Mail.
  10. Tess

    Have a Rant!

    The first few times I used the self-service tills this happened to me too, until one of the staff actually bothered to take the time to explain how the system works. The baggage area is also a scale and so it weighs each item you put into your bag (comparing it against what you have just scanned) so you can’t scan a tin of beans and then pop some extra virgin olive oil into your bag instead! Things become more complicated when you use your own bags because it can sense their weight too and the scales don’t like this and start flashing about unidentified items – so what you have to do is at the beginning of the transaction tell the system that you are using your own bags and place these on the scales so that they can be weighed. In theory everything should then run smoothly…
  11. Which can be a nice compromise but can sometimes cause great confusion e.g. women booking flights in their professional name but passport is in their married name (yes, this does happen!). Personally, I would not like to have two different names and would rather just keep my own. Dr MyLastName does not exist, so if I did take my husbands name then it would have to be Mrs HisLastName and after 4 years studying for my PhD I would be loathe to lose my Dr title just like that!
  12. I got married a few weeks ago and have not changed my name. It’s raised a few eyebrows and honestly I am quite shocked by the reactions. The worst part was on the wedding day when people kept getting excited and calling me Mrs HisLastName, it was really embarrassing for both of us having to correct it each time (and by the end of the day I had given up). Plus, we received a few cheques in my ‘new name’. I understand that people think they are being cute by doing this because for many brides it would be an exciting change so I’m not too offended by that part (although I could kiss the people who asked me first whether I was changing my name) but it’s the glazy look when I correct them that gets to me, I really didn’t think it was that unusual! I love my husband dearly and just because I didn't take 'his' name does not dilute that fact. I made the decision to keep my name as a young girl because I always said I loved my surname and wouldn't want to lose it. It was not a 'fashion' statement but a very personal decision. Fast forward some years and it now makes sense to keep it, not only because it's my name and I love it but because I have now published research in that name. As a bonus I won't have the same name as my MIL, a woman who refused to attend our beautiful wedding because it wasn't Catholic, but that's another story...
  13. What boggles my mind is that the lady who was interviewed appears to be wearing a rather large pair of earrings which are most fashionable amongst a certain demographic. This gives us two scenarios 1. She doesn't deem it worthy to get dressed in the mornings but she does go to the effort of putting on her earrings 2. She sleeps in those monstrosities.
  14. I recently inherited a Nikon D40 from my fiance who upgraded to a D300. It's a nice entry level camera and I'm having fun learning with it. My fiance got the photography bug a few years ago which has since snowballed and he's just started a distance learning photography degree.
  15. Tess

    Have a Rant!

    Well yes, I was, but haven't updated that for some time so I've moved on! I always read more than one book at a time, usually have one for reading in the bath (a tatty copy which won't mind being dropped now and then!) another for bedtime and then something small to carry around with me. Although I admit that I gave up on To The Lighthouse, it was just too much for the bus!
  16. Tess

    Have a Rant!

    I'm really saddened by this story http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8470962.stm I've been a fan of the competition for some time now and always look forward to seeing the winning image and discussing whether it was worthy or not. I often disagree with the judges and prefer others in the collection but admit that I was quite taken by this one. Such a shame that the photographer felt he had to cheat like this.
  17. I've cast my vote, only because I'm somewhat disturbed by the picture which is currently in the lead (Anisha).
  18. Chuntzy, you are quite right. I just plonked it in here without thinking! Perhaps one of the moderators would be so kind as to move it?
  19. Primo Levi, an Italian Jew survived Auschwitz because of his knowledge of industrial chemistry. Here he takes 21 elements from the Periodic Table to create a series of largely autobiographical tales. Each chapter has a chemical element for its title and that element somehow appears in the story, either literally or metaphorically. The book starts with a long rambling chapter about relations in Piedmont before the war, a collection of memories of people from Levi’s past. I found this chapter very hard going but would encourage other readers to persevere with it as the book becomes much more readable thereafter. There are then stories about his interest in chemistry as a child (experimenting and causing explosions) his university education and how as a young man Fascism gradually become a crippling factor in his life until one day he was captured as an anti-fascist fighter and sent to Auschwitz. There is one Auschwitz chapter and then stories of Levi's life after the war when he became the head of the chemistry department at a paint factory, leading to a heartbreaking chance encounter with one of his Nazi guards. There are also a few fictional chapters, including the story of a carbon atom which I absolutely adored. Non-chemists have no fear. It may help knowing a bit of chemistry but it’s all pretty basic stuff. Levi has used the elements as a platform to take you on a journey into his memories, questioning what it means to be human. He observes the horrors and beauty of life through the eyes of a chemist and through the language of atoms and particles. The book is touching and funny, and at times incredibly sad.
  20. Tess

    Book Posting

    Thank you, David. When I first joined BGO and ‘pre-crash’ I was a regular poster but I have now become a lurker and I rarely contribute to discussions. This is partly due to time (I’m no longer a student and so don’t have the same freedom to while away hours on a book forum!) and partly due to being a little intimidated by the level of the reviews and discussions that are now posted. You have made me realise that this is silly and so I hereby declare that I shall be making more effort from now on (even if it’s just a few lines!).
  21. Half-way through this now and I'm absolutely loving it. I recently returned from a two week holiday in NYC (stayed in Brooklyn) and so the scenes are jumping right out of the book for me. Hope it holds up for the second half.
  22. That was a nice introduction to yourself, Qwi101 - welcome to BGO! It would be money well spent. I love The Dark Tower.
  23. I hadn't picked up on that! Oh my goodness.
  24. "Never feel untidy Just spruce up your Aphrodite" It's kinda catchy!!
  25. It gets worse. http://www.wilkinsonsword.co.uk/women/mowlawn
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