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About Clavain

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  • Birthday June 6

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    Nottingham England
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    Books music film birds food cricket curry hedgehogs
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    Tenth of December by George Saunders

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  1. Book at bedtime this week on Radio 4. Enjoying it but will wait until the furore/price as reduced before buying https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008hk0
  2. I remember when Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds came out in 2008 I think (great book btw). I bought it and the manager at the checkout remarked on how great the size of the book was. He said virtually all paperbacks were the same size but this was printed in a shorter but wider format and being different was something they welcomed. Still got it and not seen a similar sized paperback since. There is also those paperbacks you occasionally see that are hardback size, I suppose a kind of a cross between. Interesting topic Luna.
  3. With sport you get the highs and lows.Friday was the worst performance I've seen by an England cricket team, you can't get lower. Then today, surely one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time. Truly amazing. Arise Sir Ben Stokes BBC Sports personality of the year. We're still dancing 😀
  4. Bleeding, retching and inconsolable. How can this happen in the Ashes? I also missed my stop on the train, upset someone (not deliberately) and forgot to buy bread. Not even the 13th.
  5. 50 years celebration of the moon landing. Loads of moon songs
  6. Good luck momac, it's a big thing moving but I'm sure you will find something your both happy with.
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. A paperback actually disintegrated?
  10. 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.
  11. Strange day but listening to this made it a notch better
  12. Maybe just me but don't you want a Dallas moment, where you wake up and Brexit /Referendum was all a bad dream ? 😲
  13. Clavain

    Have a Rant!

    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.
  14. Clavain

    Have a Rant!

    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.
  15. Clavain

    Have a Rant!

    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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