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My Friend Jack

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    Born and grew up in Berkshire; then lived in Somerset for 15 years; been in Sussex since '96
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    Mid Sussex
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    Reading and Reading. Books and FC, that is! And music.
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    Contact from Bill via HNA? website.

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    Fortinbras Has Escaped - Eric Malpass

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  1. Gosh... I think I must have nodded off! I am currently re-reading the Pentecost Family books by Eric Malpass. Very light reading, but entertaining. Almost finished the 3rd, "Fortinbras Has Escaped." When travelling, I am listening to Robert Jordan's "Eye of the World" (unabridged). Having read the book twice, I am now starting to pick up on some of the important points that I missed on those occasions.
  2. I'm not sure it's got anything to do with Dolby as such, more the volume control. Dolby just removes hiss, IIRC.
  3. One of the great things about BGO over the years has been the number of books I've read on others' recommendations that I would never have otherwise even considered. I would be interested in your list of 43, Dan...
  4. Excellent review. It's Shankly, not Snakley or Skankly. But an excellent review.
  5. A few to be going on with... Stephen King (The Dark Tower saga) Terry Pratchett (Discworld) Ian Banks (Rebus) Alan Dean Foster (Spellsinger) Christopher Priest (everything I've read of his has been outstandingly different, even when he was using HG Wells as his starting point) Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time saga) Frank Herbert (the Dune saga) Stephen Donaldson (Thomas Covenant) John Steinbeck (Cannery Row was just post WWII)
  6. When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin' - Slade
  7. Almost any of Joel Whitburn's American Record Research books. It's not just the information they contain, but the sheer quality of the presentation and the books themselves. Mind you, they do have a price that matches! On this side of the Pond, I'm very much looking forward to a new book, due out next month, that lists the UK's weekly top 30 selling 78s from 1940 to 1952. These charts are compiled from data provided by the record companies on wholesale shipments from them to shops (rather than retail shops to consumers).
  8. Circular needles? For knitting circles?
  9. And me! So I looked it up and discovered that "literary fiction" is also known as "mainstream fiction." And "mainstream fiction" is anything that sells well. So... have you tried Helen Fielding, David Walliams or Jeff Kinney?
  10. Ah, the Daily Mail. One could be forgiven for thinking it's the only paper that prints crap, scare-mongering, reds-under-the-bed, sexist, anti-immigration, misogynist articles. I suppose the problem is that it employs writers who use longer words and sentences. It is crap, but have you seen the Sun, Mirror, Express? Can't comment on the Star, I'm afraid. In defence of the Mail, Martin Samuel is one of the best sports writers around, and I have to confess that I only read newspapers by starting at the back and making my way forward until I reach the racing pages - then I stop. If I look at anything else, I only read the headlines, roll my eyes and move on. As others have said, internet porn is the issue to be tackled. Don't hold your breath.
  11. I completely agree. I've made a start on book 8 in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga, Path of Daggers. It seems to pick up at a point about 2 hours before book 7 ended but with a different set of characters, which means the reader knows what's about to happen, but not how it will affect the people involved. A clever device which (unusually for Jordan) means there is incredible tension for the reader right from the start.
  12. One of Hornby's books is called "31 Songs" where he writes about his favourite 31 recordings. At the top of his list is Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" which, at the time I read the book, I'd never heard. It's now one of my all-time favourites. Another of his books is "Fever Pitch" in which he describes watching football from behind the goal at Elm Park (the then home of my beloved Reading FC). Sadly, Hornby went on to become an Arsenal fan! And yet another of his books is "High Fidelity", where the characters are forever compiling lists of favourite records under certain headings. Of all his books, though, "Slam" is the one that has stayed with me the longest. I can't think of a single book of his that I didn't enjoy.
  13. Here in Sussex, we seem to get a ridiculous number of power cuts (ridiculous, on the basis that we are only 30-odd miles from the centre of London). I was only thinking a few days ago that it's got much better recently, and (inevitably) we had one yesterday evening. It lasted all of 5 seconds. We had a BT Broadband outage a week ago and I rang the number to listen to the list of areas suffering from problems. I was fascinated to hear how many parts of the country (including Aberdeen, 9 dialling codes in the Manchester area, and many others) were listed as having problems. Our area was not mentioned, however.
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