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About megustaleer

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  • Birthday 31/07/1945


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    Sussex UK
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    Reading, Gardening, Grandchildren
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  1. We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. The opening stanza of We Wear The Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar The whole poem can be read here
  2. I wish I could, but can no longer sit comfortably to read for long, and an advancing cataract just where i focus on reading makes it just too much like hard work these days.
  3. The Children's War fans might, like me, have missed tagesmann's post in January, heralding the publication of Becoming Them, the very long-awaited third volume of J.N. Stroyar's enthralling trilogy - so I am bumping this thread up to give you all a second chance. If you have not read The Children's War, you have missed a real reading experience.! Have you read Becoming Them yet, tag?
  4. The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom
  5. Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire, And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire; A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head I knew no harm of Bonaparte and plenty of the Squire, And for to fight the Frenchman I did not much desire; But I did bash their baggonets because they came arrayed
  6. Thanks for popping in - it's a relief to know that you have not been freezing in a dark, cold and and water-less house. I hope that the thaw comes soon, but is not accompanied by burst pipes and flooding.
  7. Has anyone heard from Binker recently? I am concerned about the weather over there - there have been reports of rolling power outages as the grid can't cope with the extra demand and, in some parts of the state, of people burning their furniture to keep warm. I've also heard that there is one area where the pipes from the water treatment plant froze so there was no water supply.
  8. I'm holding my son in my arms sweating after nightmares small me fingers in his mouth his other fist clenched in my hair small me sweating after nightmares. Griffin Of The Night by Michael Ondaatje from "The Cinnamon Peeler, Selected Poems"
  9. The Dormouse turned over to shut out the sight Of the endless chrysanthemums (yellow and white). "How lovely," he thought, "to be back in a bed Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)." The Doctor said, "Tut! It's another attack!" And ordered him Milk and Massage-of-the-back, And Freedom-from-worry and Drives-in-a-car, And murmured, "How sweet your chrysanthemums are!" The Dormouse lay there with his paws to his eyes, And imagined himself such a pleasant surprise: "I'll pretend the chrysanthemums turn to a bed Of delphinium
  10. I'm not the first or the last to stand on a hillock, watching the man she married prove to the world he's a total, utter, absolute, Grade A pillock. Mrs Icarus - by Carol Ann Duffy, from her collection The World's Wife.
  11. There is a "Poetry, Plays and Short Stories" forum over there, and the "favourite poets" thread reaches 7 pages, although there has been nothing posted on it since 2019. I'm sure that could be revived, and I don't see why a Poetry Chain couldn't take off
  12. Change is always difficult, especially if you've been used to a particulart state of affairs. There were lots of things we found uncomfortable in the changes when we first moved to Invision, but which we found we preferred once we got used to them. The recent update here, only a few weeks ago, gave me a couple of problems but once I knew what the changes were I soon got used to them. I think Book Club Forums is the nearest forum to BGO that has been found so far, even though there are things about it we think are better done here (like cataloguing books by century)
  13. Probably still to do their change of host - work seems still to be ongoing. We had a few members of BookClub Forums join BGO back in 2018, when they were in trouble and considering closing, but it seems that one of the moderators stepped in and took over, so it never actually happened. Unfortunately for us, only Madeleine stayed on here.
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