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About megustaleer

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  • Birthday 31/07/1945


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    Sussex UK
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  1. Just wondering f you would enjoy "Led By The Nose", by Jenny Joseph? Extract from my thread on this book posted in 2005:
  2. 2000 Pay The Devil - Jack Higgins The Journal of Mrs Pepys - Sara George Jesus and the Adman - Rhidian Brook The Spouts of Wrath - Robert Rankin Letter To Daniel (Essays) - Fergal Keane Driving My Father (Bi) - Susan Wicks Of Whom The World Was Not Worthy (B/H) - Marie Chapian Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons Charlotte Grey - Sebastian Faulks The Bull Calves - Naomi Aitchison The Way I Found Her - Rose Tremain Ask Me Tomorrow - `Stan Barstow Four Letters of Love - Niall Williams Quarantine - Jim Crace Close Range (SS)
  3. Literally thin-skinned, I suppose, my face catches the wind off the snow-line and flushes with a flush that will never wholly settle. Well: that was a metropolitan vanity, wanting to look young for ever, to pass. I was never a pre-Raphaelite beauty, nor anything but pretty enough to satisfy men who need to be seen with passable women. But now that I am in love with a place which doesn't care how I look, or if I'm happy, happy is how I look, and that's all. My hair will turn grey in any case, my nails chip and flake, my w
  4. Oh, so pleased you managed to get yourself logged in! Much has happened in BGO in recent years, and not so many of the early members pop in regularly.
  5. He hasn't posted since he gave his opinion on the decision to close BGO down. He is still logging on, so must know that we haven't, although I don't know if he is aware of tagesmann's last minute rescue bid. Not posting isn't going to help the rescue. In his absence: "I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania some time of the night, Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight" From A Mi
  6. Sweet blackbird is silenced with chaffinch and thrush’ Only waistcoated robin still chirps in the bush: Soft sun-loving swallows have mustered in force. And winged to the spice-teeming southland their course Plump housekeeper dormouse has tucked himself neat, Just a brown ball in moss with a morsel to eat: Armed hedgehog has huddled him into the hedge, While frogs scarce miss freezing deep down in the sedge. Soft swallows have left us alone in the lurch, But robin sits whistling to us from his perch: If I were red robin, I'd pipe you a tun
  7. I read that 6 or 7 years ago. The thread I started on it is here Well, I say 'read'. It was an audiobook eta: The first memory that came to mind when this book was mentioned was the daily ritual of tea around the samovar. Having looked at the thread on it, other memories are slowly surfacing, but sadly not of the comment mentioned in the last line of my review - although I clearly thought it would be sufficiently memorable for me just to refer to it obliquely!
  8. I have read the Past Is Myself, but that was in the early - mid eighties,about 15 years before I came across The Berlin Diaries. I remember that I also wondered if they had ever met. There were very many people involved in the plot, and their social circles didn't necessarily overlap that much Bielenberg was the elder by about eight years, and had 3 scool-age children at a time when Vassiltchikov was enjoying the active social life of a young single woman, so I don't suppose they had much in common.
  9. If you liked Housewife 49, you should try "Our Hidden Lives" by Simon Garfield, which is a compilation of contributions to the Mass Observation Project, from a variety of people in the immediate post-war years. I found it fascinating, but then it is about the first three years I was alive. Another wartime diary, with a completely different perspective, is The Berlin Diaries of Marie Vassiltchikov, a pretty, vivacious & intelligent White Russian woman living in wartime Berlin. She was closely connected with a group of people who conspired to assassinate Hitler, and who fai
  10. 1999 Talking To The Dead - Helen Dunmore Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels TheTen Grandmothers (Hist) - Alice Marriott Little Women - Louisa May Alcott Diana’s Story (B) - Deric Longed The Reader - Bernhard Schlink The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy Spoon face Sternberg & Other Plays (Drama) - Lee Hall The Bronski House - Philip Marsden The General in His Labyrinth - Gabriel Garcia Marquez Casting Off - Libby Purves The Hotel New Hampshire - John Irving The Hundred secret Senses - Amy Tan The Hours of The Night - Su
  11. A week ago I had a fire To warm my feet, my hands and face; Cold winds, that never make a friend, Crept in and out of every place. Today the fields are rich in grass, And buttercups in thousands grow; I’ll show the world where I have been– With gold-dust seen on either shoe. Till to my garden back I come, Where bumble-bees for hours and hours Sit on their soft, fat, velvet bums, To wriggle out of hollow flowers. All In June - William Henry Davies
  12. A moment the wild swallows like a flight Of withered gust-caught leaves, serenely high, Toss in the windrack up the muttering sky. The leaves hang still. Above the weird twilight, The hurrying centres of the storm unite And spreading with huge trunk and rolling fringe, Each wheeled upon its own tremendous hinge, Tower darkening on. And now from heaven’s height, With the long roar of elm-trees swept and swayed, And pelted waters, on the vanished plain Plunges the blast. Behind the wild white flash That splits abroad the pealing t
  13. Black Beauty was one of a number of Children's Classics (possibly published by Blackwoods) given to me as birthday & Christmas presents in the mid '50s. After all these years I remember little of it, so am glad of this reminder.
  14. 1998 The Testimony of Taliesin Jones - Rhidian Brook The Keys To The Street - Ruth Rendell Like Water Fir Chocolate - Laura Esquivel Bodily Harm - Margaret Atwood Guppies For Tea - Marika Cobbold Farewell Victoria - T.H. White - Every Man for Himself - Beryl Bainbridge The Dillen (B) - Angela Hewins Last Orders - Graham Swift The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera Brave New World - Aldous Huxley Mary Swann - Carol Shields The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans Accordion Crimes - E. Annie Proulx Goodbye Mr Chips
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