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  1. I started watching it about four weeks after it started, and was able to splurge - as David puts it - four episodes in three nights. Now I have to wait for a week between episodes, which is agony. As David summarises, the premise seemed to be that the children from the crash gradually came back, but Camille appeared to be the only one - until the closing moments of last week's episode anyway...
  2. I have been watching The Apprentice avidly since the second series - it's the only show of its type that I watch (ie so-called 'reality') and I start looking forward to it from the New Year onwards. So why, when Alan Sugar ALWAYS WITHOUT FAIL chooses the wrong winner in the final two, am I gulled into being surprised and disappointed? It happens every year, and it's happened again.
  3. Bill

    Happy Birthday!

    Who says I'm never here? I always turn up on my birthday eventually. Thank you for your kind wishes.
  4. Bill

    Happy Birthday!

    Thank you very much for your birthday wishes. As for BGO, I have you all to thank for keeping it going!
  5. Bill

    Happy Birthday!

    Amazed that you knew that, Flingo! Thank you everyone, and sorry about the outdated avatar. Apologies that I haven't been around much (Dylan himself being partly to blame!) but David is doing a far better job than I ever did.
  6. I am delighted to announce that David has agreed to be upgraded from a moderator to an admin, with immediate effect. Until now, I have acted as the sole admin. However, regular users of this site will know that work and family commitments have meant that I have not been around much in the past few months. This has led to problems for the mods, as their powers are restricted, and they have been hamstrung because they have either had to consult me, or have not been able to perform actions which only an admin can do. I have complete trust and faith in David to make decisions for the overall benefit of the site, with the support of our excellent moderating team. To that end, I am also delighted to announce that Flingo has agreed to be upgraded to full moderator, for all forums. I should add that all the mods have been consulted, and these decisions have everyone's full support. I hope they also have the support of all subscribers and members. Thank you. Bill
  7. Bill

    Goodbye

    I have had a look at this thread and note Ian's request that his account be deleted. However, this will mean that all his posts will automatically be by 'Guest', which can be confusing. Given that Ian is a long-standing member with a post-count of 249, I think the simplest solution would be, if Ian is unhappy, that he simply stops logging on to the site. That way, his 249 posts can remain under his name. If Ian doesn't want this, then he can PM me, and I will go ahead and delete his account.
  8. I have checked Virginia's settings, and they are normal, so I'm afraid it's very difficult to know where the problem lies. It sometimes turns out to be that security settings on the computer are set too high.
  9. OK. I've been following this thread for a while but only now have time to think through my thoughts. To be honest, for the moment I'm going to stick to the status quo. There will be changes to the site, including an upgrade of vBulletin, but it won't be just yet. Please have patience. As far as the main topic of this thread goes, I would suggest that for now we stick to the old method, which I agree has been flawed from the start. It would certainly help though if members put the author's name and title in the subtitle of the thread. As David says, due to some strange quirk, this can only be done after someone replies, so either the original writer of the thread should do it or one or other of the moderating team.
  10. I've moved this thread from Central Library. Thanks for that, Barblue. I'm delighted you like the show. We're very pleased with it, and I hope we've shown that being on a minority channel with a small budget doesn't mean you have to appeal to the lowest common denominator. And I'm glad too that the only part of the show you didn't like was the only bit I had no control over - the set! It's the same one as the first series, which I wasn't involved in and which was very different to this one (the series not the set). Grammath, the show should be on Sky 3 soon hopefuly, which is on Freeview, but you can see a number of clips here: http://www.skyarts.co.uk/video/
  11. Just to let you know that the first episode of What The Dickens?, produced by me, goes out tonight on Sky Arts 1 and HD at 7.35pm. It's presented by Sandi Toksvig, with team captains Supersizer and recent winner of Maestro, Sue Perkins and comedian Chris Addison, star of BBC2’s Lab Rats and BBC4’s The Thick Of It. The first show features Robin Ince and John O'Farrell. If however, you can't access Sky Arts, or if you want to a little taster, here is an exclusive clip from tonght's show: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.skyarts.co.uk%2Fvideo%2Fvideo-what-the-dickens-series-2-episode-12%2F All the rounds are new. Yes, and I’m Mickey Mouse introduces a member of the public who happens to have the same name as a famous fictional character, with the teams given 90 seconds to identify them through ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions. In ‘Love It Or Loathe It’, that week’s guests are invited to choose a subject from the arts that either delights or disgusts them. They must then claim that they both love it and loathe it in turn, with the opposing team then deciding in which of the extreme opinions expressed lies the truth. If you can watch, please do - and let me know what you think. We need all the feedback we can get! For those of you with Virgin, all the Sky channels return tomorrow, so if you have the right package, you'll be able to watch the repeats, which go out at these strange times: Sky Arts 1 1:30pm Thu 13 Nov Sky Arts 1 12:35am Sat 15 Nov Sky Arts 1 11:40am Sun 16 Nov If you're on Facebook, you can get updates via the What The Dickens? Events page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=34352416865
  12. Theo Griepenkerl is a modest academic with an Olympian ego. When he visits a looted museum in Iraq, looking for treasures he can ship back to Canada, he finds nine papyrus scrolls that have lain hidden for two thousand years. Once translated from Aramaic, these prove to be a fifth Gospel, written by an eye-witness of Jesus Christ's last days. But when Theo decides to share this sensational discovery with the world, he fails to imagine the impact the new Gospel will have on Christians, Arabs, homicidal maniacs and Amazon customers.
  13. The 6th title in The Canongate Read is The Fire Gospel, by Michel Faber, author of Crimson Petal and the White. This is a hardback, which is not published until November 6th, and is being offered exclusively to Book Group Online subscribers. Canongate Books are kindly giving away 10 copies to UK-based subscribers, so the first 10 subscribers to put their names down on this thread will be sent a copy. If you are one of the lucky 10, please send a P M to canongatebooks (with your full name and address), and Andrea from Canongate will post you the book. Andrea will be following up this post by introducing the book herself, but you don't have to wait for her to do that to stake your claim. If you are not yet a subscriber, you still have time to claim your free copy. Just go to the bottom of the front page and click on the link 'SUBSCRIBE OR DONATE TO BOOK GROUP ONLINE' and follow the simple instructions. It only costs £10 to subscribe to Book Group Online and be eligible for this and other offers in the near future. Given that this has an RRP of £12.99, you will have made your money back straight away. In doing so, you will have helped towards the continuation of this website. This is quite a short book (208 pages), so it could jump straight to the top of your TBR piles without too much disruption. Synopsis follows.
  14. Well spotted, David. It would be useful if I mentioned that. It's this coming Monday, September 29th.
  15. The publicists of the new film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, starring Ben Whishaw as Sebastian Flyte and Matthew Goode as Charles Ryder, have offered us free tickets for a viewing of the film. The only problem is that it's in the middle of the day, ie 12 for 12.30, at the Soho Screening Rooms in D'Arblay Street in London. This is an exclusive offer open to subscribers. If you fancy it, write a reply on here, and send me a PM. You'll be able to bring a friend/sibling/spouse/lover. The only condition is that you have to discuss the film (whether positively or negatively) on Book Group Online. I'm not sure at this moment how many tickets we're allowed so let's just see what the interest is. Thanks.
  16. Apologies for the delay in setting this up - but better late than never, to quote a cliche.
  17. Cassie, our newest subscriber, emailed me with this... Please can someone help me. I'd like to have my bookcrossing address as my signature but at the moment I can't find out how to make it 'live' if that's the correct word. I don't seem to be able to enable HTML. How do I make a 'spoiler' box when posting? Is there somewhere on site that explains this or do I just have to be computer literate, which I'm not : ( Many thanks Cassie Can anyone help Cassie out?
  18. I am producing the second series of the show which inspired this quiz, What The Dickens? with Sandi Toksvig, which is why I won't be around on here much in the next few weeks (no change there then, I hear you say). When I was offered the job two or three weeks ago, I googled the show's title to see what I could find, and was soon led to this thread on my own website! I only got 8 out of 12.
  19. Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. The nameless and beautiful narrator of The Gargoyle is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and wakes up in a burns ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned. His life is over – he is now a monster. But in fact it is only just beginning. One day, Marianne Engel, a wild and compelling sculptress of gargoyles, enters his life and tells him that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly burned mercenary and she was a nun and a scribe who nursed him back to health in the famed monastery of Engelthal. As she spins her tale, Scheherazade fashion, and relates equally mesmerising stories of deathless love in Japan, Greenland, Italy and England, he finds himself drawn back to life – and, finally, to love.
  20. The 5th title in The Canongate Read is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. This is a hardback, which is not published until September 4th, and is being offered exclusively to Book Group Online subscribers. Canongate Books are kindly giving away 10 copies, so the first 10 subscribers to put their names down on this thread will be sent a copy. If you are one of the lucky 10, please send a PM to canongatebooks (with your full name and address), and Andrea from Canongate will post you the book. Andrea will be following up this post by introducing the book herself, but you don't have to wait for her to do that to stake your claim. If you are not yet a subscriber, you still have time to claim your free copy. Just go to the bottom of the front page and click on the link 'SUBSCRIBE OR DONATE TO BOOK GROUP ONLINE' and follow the simple instructions. It only costs £10 to subscribe to Book Group Online and be eligible for this and other offers in the near future. Given that this has an RRP of £10.99, you will have made your money back straight away. In doing so, you will have helped towards the continuation of this website. Synopsis follows.
  21. This is a very worthy cause, and hopefully BGOers will add the never-endng story.
  22. BGO's very first romance! I feel like Cilla.
  23. And My Friend Jack. Sorry.
  24. I just wanted to intrude to say that I loved this show. That she was able to write so many memorable characters in 24 episodes showed enormous skill.
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