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    Married with 2 boys, a dog and a cat.
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    Freezing Glasgow
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    Books, films, music, drawing, tattoos, comics, walking.

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  1. Help Me Find That Book

    Bit late, but this description reminded me of this book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/KRABAT-Library-Books-Otfried-Preussler/dp/0007395116/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1541356079&sr=8-2&keywords=The+satanic+mill
  2. We have seen, read and heard the haunted house trope a thousand times, even this particular sub genre of the house turning the new occupants mad but that shouldn’t stop you from giving this book a go. Jukie and James move into an old house. They don’t quite begin as the totally untouchable, totally in love, totally perfect couple about to be changed irrevocably by an ancient evil within the house. James is a gambler, Julie desperately tries to fix him, and so they move to this house to do it up and flip it, solving their financial issues and fixing their problems. From the first night they hear hear strange noises. Then the house plays with their minds. Their narratives are no longer trustworthy and in turn we alternate between a James chapter and a Julie chapter. Who to believe? At times it reminded me of The Yellow Wallpaper and I found the effects the haunting had on Julie’s body quite affecting, it took me quite a long time to get through this book and I am not really sure why. It’s an uncomfortable but gripping read.
  3. This book is taken from the diaries of a junior doctor as he makes his way through the ranks to SHO then gives up medicine. Adam Kay threw away all his paperwork except for his diaries when he left the profession and thank the lord he kept them because they make for an entertaining, shocking, sad and sometimes unpalatable read. From his broken social life and home life, he tracks us through the early years to working on the Obs Gynae ward where he delivers over 1000 births. I often laughed out loud and sometime welled up a little. Well worth a read.
  4. Stephen King’s latest book is a novella of just 132 pages. Whilst I love his doorsteps, I often think he is at his best with shorter novels and short stories. Elevation is the tale of an ordinary man who has something extraordinary happen to him, as often is the case in King’s books. Scott starts to lose weight rapidly - the scales show a 2-3lb loss every day but his size and frame and importantly, his clothes don’t change. He realises that the loss isn’t going to slow down and the book is his reckoning with “zero day”. Yes, I am a die hard King fan so I am always going to be a bit biased about his books, but this is truly a lovely story. I finished it on the train and I struggled to keep my emotions in check.
  5. Milkman

    Thanks Mr HG for pointing me in this direction, definitely going on the wishlist.
  6. Is 90% of YA Fiction really Crap?

    I loved A Gathering Light, I actually bought it twice! A couple of my favourite books, like top 10, are YA - I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.
  7. what is everyone doing?

    So a little update. Last Tuesday, I passed my driving test! First time! I actually thought I had failed at the very beginning when my reverse park went a little awry, so I just totally relaxed and tried to get through it, already thinking when I could re-book my second test. So when he said at the end I had passed, I burst out crying. I then couldn't speak and the examiner left the car, leaving me with my instructor and my certificate. I can't believe it. I had completely resigned myself to never being a driver. It seemed like such a huge mountain to climb. But here we are. I have even been out on a few drives myself (and the dog!). And...today was my first day at my new job - it was pretty cool and while I will miss working with kids, I wont miss the politics or frustrations of education. Or my incompetent boss. Oh, I may miss the school holidays too!
  8. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Ooooh, let me know what this is like please! This keeps entering my consciousness and every time I look at it on Amazon, something puts me off.
  9. Eagerly anticpated

    Have you seen him performing occasionally on 8 Out of 10 Cats Do Countdown?
  10. Tennis

    There is nothing wrong with being courteous and civilised. Everyone is entitled to an off day. Everyone is entitled then to have the mickey taken out of them for said tantrum. But Serena has been and is treated differently because she is female and black. And not favourably so.
  11. Tennis

    McEnroe took three warnings about his behaviour before he was penalised. He was mocked for his behaviour - not his race, gender, parental status. It boils my piss that Venus be held up because she is "quieter" or "better behaved". Here's to all the loud, outspoken women. I think Madeline Albright said it best when she said "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women."
  12. Tennis

    Serena Williams has been tested for drugs more than any other player in tennis history - and passed every single time. She won a Grand Slam pregnant. She came back and played shortly after a horrendous birth experience - I could barely walk after a similiar time. She is a role model across the world not only for young women in sport, but for young black women. She is the most successful female tennis player of all time. And in return she has been portrayed as a gorilla, a monkey, a man, a brat, a hypocrite, a hysterical woman... When John McEnroe had his many tantrums, he was seen as a 'character'. Have any of the male players been treated so badly?
  13. What are you watching on TV?

    We just finished watching Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime. I really didn't want to watch it because I don't really like the Tom Clancy kind of boys' own adventure genre but hubby and eldest really wanted to see it. It was bloody amazing. I was gripped start to finish, every episode was pure TV gold. Loved it.
  14. My husband really wants to read this - me too, but honestly, I don't want to engage! I feel like if I read the book, I am complicit in keeping him newsworthy. I know that's really silly but I am at the stage with Trump, that it's just better to pretend he doesn't exist.
  15. Currently Reading

    The Grip of It by Jac Jemc - odd little square formatted book about a possessed house. So far it reminds me of Amityville.
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