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  1. It is odd. We've had about a foot of the stuff here (Crystal Palace area). Not all that far from Brixton, but unfortunately, we are 'governed' by Croydon Borough. Who seem to have forgotten that we exist. Which is really great, since there's a very steep hill outside. I know it's not a primary route, but there's been nothing. And the path down the hill has been extremely dangerous. Fortunately today has been really warm (considering!), so the compacted snow and ice is beginning to thaw. I went outside this morning to clear the front path, and then try and make a channel to the road. Half an hour later, there was a rash of neighbours doing the same thing, which was actually really nice to see, since I haven't seen much evidence of community lately. Hopefully, the warmer temperature overnight will help with the thawing too. ETA: Minxminnie, that's a really ridiculous situation, I must say.
  2. I appear to have all the snow in South London. I am quite bored with it now. Go on, get melted! Putting the rubbish out this evening (in the spirit of optimism that the binmen will turn up tomorrow) was a Krypton Factor style assault course, thanks to the local neighbourhood kids and my upstairs neighbours, who conveniently left sundry items in the way to be covered in snow. I am still not risking going out in the morning, unless there is a sudden overnight thaw.
  3. Here are just a few of mine: James Stewart Cary Grant Gregory Peck Gabriel Byrne Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau Sam Neill Ian McKellen Johnny Depp Gary Oldman Jean Reno And some ladies: Helen Mirren Judi Dench Cate Blanchett Katharine Hepburn Maggie Smith Tilda Swinton Frances McDormand
  4. I am hooked on this, completely. It's way OTT, but heck, I love a bit of mad escapism. Plus Richard Armitage is rather easy on the eye, which also helps. I am also not sure about the new girl, but she may yet surprise. They frequently do in this show.
  5. My first real love was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I think - closely followed by Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I had nightmares about the Vermicious Knids though.
  6. I just finished reading Disordered Minds! I shall have to update my book list next. Though I suspect I've missed out a few so far.
  7. A few years ago, I had a slipped disc, which led to sciatica. At one point, the only position that didn't cause me excrutiating pain was lying face down across my bed (now there's an image to conjure with!). Reading was the only thing I could do (I didn't have my NDS, so couldn't while away hours with silly games) and I managed to get through 28 books in as many days. Afterwards, I felt like I'd 'read myself out'. I really didn't want to pick up a book at all, which is very unlike me. This lasted for a good few months and was really quite unsettling. I now tend to go through phases where I'll read and read and read and then a brief period of 'can'tbebothered', though they seem to be getting more sparse, thankfully, as I've got piles and piles of books I want to get through!
  8. Why do people feel the need to make comments on you (one) in public? What a very rude, ill-mannered man. I don't think I've ever had many derogatory comments about reading - mostly about what I've chosen to read. Fortunately, my parents were both bibliophiles themselves, so my brother and I were actively encouraged to read. Including comics, which appalled my grandmother, until my mam pointed out that comics were actually slightly harder to follow, due to the non-linear progression of the speech. That shut her up for a few minutes, until she found something else to grizzle about.
  9. Thanks! I must stay and join in a bit more. Sorry it's been such a long time!
  10. Thomas Hardy for me. I read Tess of the D'Urbevilles a few years ago (in one of my 'classics' phases) and it enraged me so much that I decided he was on the 'verboten' list. Anna Karenina also enraged me, but not to the same extent, so Tolstoy's off the hook for the moment. Other than that, it's generally genres that I tend to avoid. I cannot bear chicklit or mills and boon-y types, but I'll try most things at least once. (That said, I have read a couple of chick-lit 'novels', which were what put me right off).
  11. It's interesting that you make this observation, it's one that has occurred to me, on re-reading this. I wondered if I was reading a bit too much into it, but it did seem that in describing Dorian's self loathing (when confronted with the portrait's deterioration), Wilde was perhaps confronting his own. But that's possibly just my own pop psychology talking. I have just finished it (for a book group I'm involved in) and I had forgotten just how good a wordsmith Wilde could be. Lord Henry was always one of my favourite characters, simply due to his cutting wit - and the fact that he has an answer for everything! I am sure I have a biography of Wilde somewhere in my house (in amongst the huge piles of books to be read), so I suspect that may well feature in my reading this year.
  12. Kats

    Book Lists 2010

    1. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde - **** 2. Compulsion, Jonathan Kellerman - **** 3. The Book of Murder, Guillermo Martinez - **** 4. The Shakespeare Curse, J L Carell - *** 5. Over the Edge, Jonathan Kellerman - **** 6. Snow Blind, P J Tracy - **** 7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson - **** 8. The Secret Fire, Martin Langfield - *** 9. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson - **** 10. The Blood Detective, Dan Waddell - *** 11. The Prophecy, Chris Kuzneski - *** 12. Stones of Fire, C M Palov - ** 13. Obernewtyn, Isobelle Carmody - *** 14. QI Book of General Ignorance, John Lloyd & John Mitchison - **** 15. Voyage of Slaves, Brian Jaques - *** 16. At the City’s Edge, Marcus Sakey - *** 17. Mr Toppit, Charles Elton - **** 18. The Neverending Story, Michael Ende - **** 19. Drawing Blood, Poppy Z Brite - **** 20. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl - **** 21. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson - **** 22. Lost Souls, Poppy Z Brite - *** 23. Black Wind, Clive Cussler - **
  13. Oh, I'm reading that one at the moment and rather enjoying it.
  14. We've got about the same amount in Crystal Palace. I'm not able to get to work, as nothing's running at all. It's eerily quiet too.
  15. 1. The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl - *** 2. Under the Knife, Tess Gerritson - **** 3. The Rough Guide to Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials", Paul Simpson - *** 4. Hothouse, Brian Aldiss - **** 5. The Wright 3, Blue Balliett - **** 6. The Secret Friend, Chris Mooney - *** 7. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov - *** 8. The Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire, Jan Dalley - **** 9. The Lost Throne, Chris Kuzneski - *** 10. Millennium People, J.G. Ballard - *** 11. The Devil in Amber, Mark Gatiss - **** 12. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House, Kate Summerscale - **** 13. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman - ***** 14. The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages, Miri Rubin - *** 15. The Nature of Monsters, Clare Clark - ***** 16. The Road, Cormac McCarthy - *** 17. The Echelon Vendetta, David Stone - *** 18. The Last Pope, Luis Miguel Rocha - ** 19. A Nuclear Family Vacation, Sharon Weinberger & Nathan Hodge - **** 20. Chewing the Cud, Dick King-Smith - ***** 21. Six Men, Alastair Cooke - **** 22. The Malice Box, Martin Langfield - current
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