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About Clavain

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    Any Human Heart by William Boyd

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  1. I don't set myself targets or have a plan, just read what takes my fancy when I can. Noticed that half way through the year I've only read 10 books which is a kind of record for me. Reading the door stopper Les Misérables took up a big chunk of my year and then there's the weather. I suffer from hayfever when the pollen count gets very high and this year so far has been horrible. When you want to read outside when the sun is shining but your eyes are sore and watering it gets a little frustrating. Having said that I've got a lot of books on the tbr pile to look forward to in the second half of the year and winter is coming
  2. https://thejohnfox.com/2016/06/writing-in-first-person/ Any good? For me the first sounds better and have no idea why.. Maybe in the second your saying your in the past twice?
  3. A paperback actually disintegrated?
  4. Top my head I can think of two. Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Changes-Everything-Capitalism-Climate-ebook/dp/B00JK52W1Q/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=naomi+klein&qid=1559431948&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 A book that I think started my awareness of humanities destruction of the planet and will get more important as the decades progress. Owen Jones - The Establishment https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00KTRZJI2/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 I know he's left wing but it shows how much your life is effected by institutions you have no control over. An eye opener and should be read by everyone whatever your political persuasion.
  5. Strange day but listening to this made it a notch better
  6. Maybe just me but don't you want a Dallas moment, where you wake up and Brexit /Referendum was all a bad dream ? 😲
  7. Clavain

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    Agree with you iff. The EU made changes for the Irish and I think also the Dutch and French who had referendums. (or ignored those, I forget). The UK voted to leave and the EU wont budge an inch. Sad.
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    Didn't the Irish do the same over the Lisbon Treaty? The referendum voted no so the government called it again. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/dec/13/eu-ireland-lisbon-treaty I'm worried now that Brexit as taken the argument away from left/right or tory/labour, populism like in America, Brazil, Hungary, Turkey is on the rise. Be worried.
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    I will have a rant. Breixit as occupied the national conversation for over 2 years now and we are no nearer to a resolution. I was a reluctant leave voter. Can see the positives but despair at the negatives.. My father, daughter and sister are very remain. It's an argument where there are no winners. Don't think a referendum or an election will solve this, like politicians the population is split. My thoughts are the EU should change.There is a rise in the far right across Europe and it's in the interests of EU to maybe look at free movement, and pull back on military, political and monetary union. If the EU would/could change I'm sure the remain vote would be massive.
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    Happy none Brexit day. I like the story about the woman who named her cat Brexit. When she opens the door it can't decide whether to leave or stay in.
  11. It does matter because even after his death he his a multi million industry. and business will defend that https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/07/michael-jackson-estate-adverts-lawsuits-interviews-leaving-neverland-airs Just about to watch part 2.
  12. I thought the same hux. My only doubts are he is not alive to defend himself and should the art they create be tainted by what we think of the artist? Kipling was possibly a racist but great poems. Bowie no saint. Many artists in history have done what we now call wrong but they made great art. Not a fan of Michael Jackson but admire is work and must admit twitch to Billie Jean. Music or the man? Same seems to be happening with Kevin Stacey - made some great films/series but now deleted because of his actions. Moral question. Art or the artist.?
  13. Released April 4th UK. Are you a lucky man Mr HG and getting a copy to review before release?
  14. Sorry Luna but I found the article misleading. Starts off with a statement about some people say we should read one book a day with a link to some unknown on you tube. Lengthy part on reading to be successful and speed reading. Goes on about reading faster is great but not enjoyable? Then at the end some common sense. Strange article. Just don;t get it?
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