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Royal Rother

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  1. Memories! I took a new job a number of years ago which resulted in long days and seems to have curtailed my reading time to almost zero. I’ll be back one day - probably when / if I retire!
  2. Thanks for noticing! Job change and heavier schedule partly due to Mrs RR giving up driving as a result of eye problem meant reading activities severely curtailed. Hopefully 2 offspring should pass driving test in the next few weeks which might just mean I get some evenings back so maybe I'll pick up a thriller or 2 again...
  3. Big Big Train - I was there. Fantastic band and gig. It's a long track but when the brass kicks in.... Oh my goodness! They tell stories of very English things, closure of the shipbuilding yard at Swan Hunter, coal mining in Wales, beekeeping, the rescue of a ditched bomber thanks to the 120 miles flight of their pigeon Winkie, etc. etc. You get the picture. This track tells the tale of the building and first "flight" of Mallard.
  4. This is the only one of Donna Leon's I have read and, after being a little unconvinced early on I enjoyed it once warmed up. I suspect my uncertainty may well have been due to coming into a well-established series late on. As with all authors in a series she did a fine job of scene setting without boring regular readers but it's a difficult thing for the new reader as the characterisation is bound to be more brief. Anyway, once I get back to reading (new job has kept me out of the loop for ages) I shall endeavour to go back to the start....
  5. The Australian Pink Floyd on Thursday. And saw Wicked in London on Saturday. Excellent show and a flawless performance.
  6. I live in Datchet which has been the focus of the world's media this week. We have remained dry fortunately but there's been plenty of drama and a massive response from the community, and, a little after the horse bolted, from all manner of agencies and forces, with even Harry and William showing up (quietly) on Friday to muck in.
  7. Amanda Abington. I love the way she handles Sherlock and Watson and the twinkle in her eye. Not necessarily a beauty but she lights up the screen for me. (I hope she doesn't get bumped off, but somehow fear she will.)
  8. Very saddened by this news. Setting aside his patience, wisdom and intelligence, all of which were obvious to members, from what I saw on here over the years I can say with total confidence that he was a really really nice man. I don't think there's a greater accolade at the end of a life. RIP David.
  9. I've been watching this from a distance and after recent updates was feeling a little twitchy about logging in this morning if I'm honest. Delighted to read a more positive update on his condition.
  10. Apart from the quite excellent Dark Tower series I too had a fairly long break from King, but if you liked books like The Stand and It then I am sure you would enjoy Under The Dome. Every bit as good as those earlier novels with another opinion-dividing ending!
  11. I didn't know about Cliff Morgan! Being an avid sports reader / listener can't believe his passing escaped my notice.
  12. And now broadcaster David Jacobs has checked in.
  13. Not the easiest read but as the background story (of what had happened to humanity) was revealed in its full horror it became utterly compelling and definitely left a mark in my mind.
  14. Oh well, at least every bloke shakes after urinating. ..... Doesn't seem to be a story with any credibility that one.
  15. No, but I did think that Warner and Root appeared not to shake. Who didn't shake hands with the officials? Did it appear to be deliberate?
  16. Thanks, I liked that. (Though I really don't go much on B&S I have to say.) They reminded me of Kirsty MacColl.
  17. Hmm, I see they are classed as "aggro metal". Not sure that's my bag. Will give it a go tomorrow.
  18. Yep, David Longdon has a hint of Gabriel and Collins about him. As you say, no bad thing, but he's a better natural singer than both imo. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it. As for genres, my main love is what is loosely termed progressive rock but that has dozens of different sub-genres now (seriously) so that I find it very hard to categorise the music I listen to. My little head got confused with too many possibilities, none of which I totally understand if I'm honest. I can't really classify Big Big Train as rock, (because to me rock rocks) I have no idea whether it's Neo Prog, Symphonic Prog, Crossover Prog - so it's just damned good music, strong on melody and beautifully played on a wide variety of instruments, including the quite delicious brass section. Anyway, right now for me, this.... Speaking of genres.... Wallenstein is an early 70's German Prog?Krautrock band - I don't like that genre as a rule, finding bands like Can, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Amon Duul ll tediously experimental and tuneless in the main, but I happened upon this lot recently and they are absolute outstanding. Their 1st 4 albums all fit me like a golve - so pleased I "discovered" them, albeit some 40 years after they were performing. Give it a go. http://youtu.be/mRmV9jgEZJ4
  19. Well Waawo, have you checked out Big Big Train? Here's one for you.... http://youtu.be/DGIDy0kRKoo
  20. Just been bought a ticket to see the Australian Pink Floyd on March 6th at Bournemouth. They are the biggest of all the Floyd tribute bands and apparently absolutely spot on. Close your eyes and..... I'm also intending to book tickets to see The Waterboys in December at Guildford.
  21. This is a nice little scene to give you a flavour... http://youtu.be/gkoqhLZdHIA
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