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  1. Indeed she is. She has been assiduous in reporting the spam that is posted here so that the forums don't get filled with rubbish, and is a most loyal BGO member.
  2. Yet more Kipling “Have you news of my boy Jack? ” Not this tide. “When d’you think that he’ll come back?” Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. “Has any one else had word of him?” Not this tide. For what is sunk will hardly swim, Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. “Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?” None this tide, Nor any tide, Except he did not shame his kind— Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide. Then hold your head up all the more, This tide, And every tide; Because he was the son you bore, And gave to that wind blowing and that tide! My Boy Jack - Rudyard Kipling
  3. My thoughts are much as they were in 2015 - see previous posts on this thread. I am wondering if the pairing - of this and a couple of other odd ones (Reference & Humour?) - could stay on the front page, but be divided into two sub-forums after clicking on it? In the same way that the genre forums are currently divided into "General Discussion" and "Authors and Books". Or would that make getting to the section you are looking for a bit too long-winded?
  4. Great to have you back Momac! Glad you got the new password sorted. I look forward to catching up with your news when you have sorted out the chaos of removals and can finally draw breath!
  5. I'm sure you realise how lucky you were to have had such a friendship with David - and to have lovely, if brief, memories of those shared conversation. I envy you that.
  6. To follow on from my post of 3 weeks ago. No side effects whatsoever from my second Astra Zeneca vaccination. In spite of having what seemed to be the whole gamut of them in 24hrs the first time. Most of my family done now. Younger DiL still to have her second, and Younger son will not get his first for a couple of weeks (he missed the cut off for 42s by a week, which is why DiL got hers first). Elder son had the Moderna, so no second dose for him. The two eldest grandchildren have had their first doses, and my brother & SiL have had both of theirs.
  7. Hadn't thought about it before, but this is another reason I'm so glad you are 'rescuing' BGO - so that these tributes to David will still be available for us to read. And get us a bit damp around the eyes.
  8. Had to follow that with this old favourite: Yes. I remember Adlestrop The name, because one afternoon Of heat, the express-train drew up there Unwontedly. It was late June. The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat. No one left and no one came On the bare platform. What I saw Was Adlestrop—only the name And willows, willow-herb, and grass, And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry, No whit less still and lonely fair Than the high cloudlets in the sky. And for that minute a blackbird sang Close by, and round him, mistier, Farther and farther, all the birds Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Adlestrop - Edward Thomas
  9. Well, you can't have too muchKipling (IMHO), so here is just one verse from my favourite (I'll save the rest for later ) Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing:-" Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shade While better men than we go out and start their working lives At grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives. The Glory of The Garden - Rudyard Kipling
  10. 1996 An Awfully Big Adventure - Beryl Bainbridge Towards Asmara - Thomas Keneally Possessing the Secret of Joy - Alice Walker A Guilty Thing Surprised - Ruth Rendell Ancestral Vices – Tom Sharpe A Midsummer Killing - Trevor Barnes The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde The Lost Honour of Katherine Blum - Heinrich Böll Women Beyond The Wire (B) - Lavinia Warner & John Sandilands Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck Aunt Margaret’s Lover - Mavis Cheek An IceCream War - William Boyd As Good as Gold - Colin Dexter Espedair Street - Iain Banks Knowledge of Angels - Jill Paton Walsh Sold For Two Farthings (B) - Clare Kipps Good Daughters - Mary Hocking Empty Cradles (B) - Margaret Humphrys The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories (SS) Charlotte Perkins Gilman From The Four Corners(Essays) - Jan Morris Portrait of a Marriage (B) - Nigel Nicolson The True History of The Elephant Man (Bio) - M Howell & P Ford The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis Sacred Country - Rose Tremain (re-read) Snow Falling On Cedars - David Guterson Life After Life (B)- Tony Parker How To make An American Quilt - Whitney Otto A Pride of Tigers - Sybil Marshall The Sumer Before The Dark - Doris Lessing The Rebel Angels - Robertson Davies Watchdog - Faith Sullivan King Solomon’s Carpet - Barbara Vine Kiss Kiss (SS) - Roald Dahl The Age Of Innocence - Edith Wharton Mothers’ Boys - Margaret Forster An Evil Cradling (B) - Brian Keenan Wild Swans (B) - Jung Chang (Re-read) The Sculptress - Minette Walters Fostering - The Inside View (B) - Diana Davenport Odd Girl Out - Elizabeth Jane Howard Sophia - Stanley J. Weyman Notes From A Small Island (Tr) - Bill Bryson Mother Can You Hear Me - Margaret Forster ((R) Debatable Land - Candia McWilliam Hidden Lives( - Margaret Forster The Secret Self v1 (SS) - ed: Hermione Lee Enigma - Robert Harris
  11. It is mentioned in The Beginners Guide to Book Group Online , but is not very prominent, and I dont think any one bothers to read the front page. It has also been mentioned frequently when anyone posts a sales link to another site - but that is also probably not seen by anyone but the person who posted the link (and who probably never bothers to return to BGO thereafter)
  12. The link on my computer that I use to access Amazon is copied from the banner at the top of the page here, so i don't even have to visit BGO to use it. I am hoping that means that everything I buy from Amazon puts a couple of pence into BGO's coffers.
  13. It was said, but not by you
  14. WE' RE foot—slog—slog—slog—sloggin' over Africa Foot—foot—foot—foot—sloggin' over Africa (Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up and down again!) There's no discharge in the war ! Seven—six—eleven—five—nine—an'—twenty mile to—day— Four—eleven—seventeen—thirty—two the day before (Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up and down again !) There's no discharge in the war ! Don't—don't—don't—don't—look at what's in front of you. (Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again); Men—men—men—men—men go mad with watchin' 'em, An' there's no discharge in the war ! Count—count—count—count—the bullets in the bandoliers. If—your—eyes—drop—they will get atop o' you ! (Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up and down again) There's no discharge in the war ! Try—try—try—try—to think o' something different— Oh—my—God—keep—me from goin' lunatic ! (Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again !) There's no discharge in the war ! We—can—stick—out—'unger, thirst, an' weariness, But—not—not—not—not the chronic sight of 'em— Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again, An' there's no discharge in the war ! 'Tain`t—so—bad—by—day because o' company, But night—brings—long—strings—o' forty thousand million Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again There's no discharge in the war ! I—'ave—marched—six—weeks in 'Ell an' certify It—is—not—fire—devils, dark, or anything, But boots—boots—boots—boots—movin'up an' down again, An' there's no discharge in the war ! Boots - Rudyard Kipling Heather & jfp -you might like to take a look at tagesmann's thread on a BGO Rescue
  15. Ha,tag! I was trying to preserve your anonymity in my post above Not sure enough people are still visiting, but if you get a good response I will be behind you. As I have already said, unfortunately that will not include book reviews, but I would continue to be a presence on as many forums as I can manage. Maybe a new thread, eg "Anyone Interested In a BGO Rescue?" might catch the eye of any passing member
  16. Having looked back over the "decision making". It was actually presented to the moderators as a decision more or less already made, and to those of us who ha become despondent at the diminished version of BGO we had become it came as a relief. One moderator did show an interest in keeping going, and has very recently expresses that interest again. I don't know if anything will come of it, but I would give what little support i can to any such project, so keep that little flame of hope flickering!
  17. I don't know the answer to that but, as I remember that time, there was something of "Keeping BGO Going" at play. Remember this was only 6 months or so after David had brought us through the last dreadful closure by 'vBulletin', and moved us to 'invision' with all the changes that entailed. It was an incredible amount of work, and we had been fortunate that David's circumstances allowed him to devote a lot of his energy on rescuing BGO. We'd lost a lot of long-standing members after that last crash, and hadn't got properly back on our feet, so just wanted to avoid any other major changes. There was some discussion of an addition to the moderating team after Grammath had moved on but there didn't seem, at that time, to be any obvious candidate. And nobody among the members, while sometimes commenting on the dwindling numbers of posts, made any suggestions for new initiatives to attract new members or encourage visitors to remain. I just hung on here out of habit and a misplaced loyalty to Bill, to David, and to those members who were still posting. Clearly a not a sentiment shared by the members or mods who left - although i doubt if anyone actually, deliberately, 'left' - just gradually stopped calling in. It took too long for the mods to admit to themselves and each other that they felt that way. We did discuss possible transfer of responsibility, but decided to see if anyone would be interested enough to suggest that as a possibility when Hazel started the Future of BGO thread. No-one made that suggestion or showed themselves eager to take the reins. I believe the data is being archived, so BGO might be available for resurrection at some point. No idea how that could be achieved.
  18. That's not quite fair. Hazel had a number of ongoing commitments, but had reluctantly taken on the mantel of Administrator after David died, and sort of got stuck with it, as none of the other mods were keen to shoulder the responsibility. Gradually her other commitments have taken over her BGO time, and although she has continued to handle the finances, liaised with invision and handled technical admin stuff her enthusiasm for posting here has long gone. This happens - but she has kept paying the bills, so BGO has had no more catastrophic, unannounced closures, which happened a couple of times for that reason. in the past. It would just have been nice if the other moderators, and Hazel herself, had stuck with us to the end, rather than slipping away without a goodbye. But that seems to be the way most people have left over the years. Silly really, the way we can fool ourselves into thinking online relationships have any sort of meaning.
  19. Probably. Not something I can do, Hazels department I expect. She last logged in on March 25th. No idea if she will make an appearance before the plug is pulled - in three weeks time apparently. Not only Hazel already moved on, it seems. Tagesmann and I are the only moderators who have been here in the last month.
  20. My post last Saturday was probably a bit hard. I hadn't realised that their 'old' host is being difficult about letting "invision" have access to parts of BCF's data(?), which is why they are not progressing with the transfer very quickly. I'm sure the technical things will improve - they are just not as far down the road as I had thought. BGO had a lot of complaints initially about the long list of forums on the front page, and although some changes were made Bill stuck to his idea of the Book Forums taking the lead here. We all prefer what we are used to - but it is BGO that is closing, so it is not surprising that BCF think their way is best!
  21. Breakfast By Mary Lamb A dinner party, coffee, tea, Sandwich, or supper, all may be In their way pleasant. But to me Not one of these deserves the praise That welcomer of new-born days, A breakfast, merits; ever giving Cheerful notice we are living Another day refreshed by sleep, When its festival we keep. Now although I would not slight Those kindly words we use ‘Good night’, Yet parting words are words of sorrow, And may not vie with sweet ‘Good Morrow’, With which again our friends we greet, When in the breakfast-room we meet, At the social table round, Listening to the lively sound Of those notes which never tire, Of urn, or kettle on the fire. Sleepy Robert never hears Or urn, or kettle; he appears When all have finished, one by one Dropping off, and breakfast done. Yet has he too his own pleasure, His breakfast hour’s his hour of leisure; And, left alone, he reads or muses, Or else in idle mood he uses To sit and watch the venturous fly, Where the sugar’s piled high, Clambering o’er the lumps so white, Rocky cliffs of sweet delight. Breakfast - Mary Lamb
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