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Thumbsucker

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About Thumbsucker

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  • Birthday 07/12/1978

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  • Biography
    Teacher, Female, 28
  • Location
    London
  • Interests
    Reading, music film and theatre

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    London, UK
  • Interests
    Reading, knitting and a fairly eclectic taste in music.
  • Current Book
    "Animal's People" by Indra Sinha
  1. Is this the one? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Patel-Life-Rajmohan-Gandhi-ebook/dp/B00RD8BMLI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420288424&sr=1-1&keywords=patel+biography
  2. Haven't been to the cinema in an age, but do have a Lovefilm subscription. The film I have most enjoyed recently is "Begin Again" with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. It is beautifully structured and is one of those films that leaves you warm inside without, I think, being overly sentimental. My husband dislikes Kiera Knightley too, and he was won over by her performance in this. Her character is a songwriter/reluctant performer and she really does have a beautiful voice. He did say that she would have to be a good in two more films before he'd be convinced of her talent, so I am glad to hear positives about her in The Immitation Game which already is on my rental list.
  3. As others above, I have returned after a long absence. I didn't post much but remember David welcoming me warmly. It says a lot that when trying to recall the name of this forum, it was his name that was easier to recall. Reading through the tributes above, it is clear what a wonderful soul he had to touch so many through this site. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends x x x
  4. Hi, I am a past member who is going to make a concerted effort to read far more in 2015. The forum encouraged me to read lots when I was first around so I am hoping that returning will help me with my resolution. Since I was last here regularly, I've married and I had two children (and spent lots of time lurking on mumsnet).
  5. I loved this book and found it even more powerful than The Kite Runner.
  6. Margaret Atwood's new novel The Year of the Flood arrived this morning.
  7. Even more annoying is the fact that the relationship with her and Lefroy was fictional. There really was no point to the film whatsoever. If you're going to fictionalise the story of a real person you'd think you'd make it a little more interesting than the plot of this film. A waste of James McAvoy.
  8. And what's going to happen to Pleasure Island at Universal Studios? A lot of their rides are Marvel themed. Will they have to give them up? Marvel and Disney really don't seem to fit at all. Apparently Stan Lee has given the move his blessing. http://www.reuters.com/article/technology-media-telco-SP/idUSN3116859620090831
  9. Just started to read Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I've previously read Half a Yellow Sun so I'm looking forward to her storytelling again.
  10. Suddenly every person over the age of 15 disappears from a small community in California. The young people left behind discover that not only have all the adults "gone" but that they are surrounded by an impenetrable wall that covers a ten mile radius with the local power plant as it's central point. Additionally, some of the young people are revealed to have superhuman powers and animals are mutating with horrifying results. As described by one reader on Amazon, this is Lord of the Flies meets Heroes. The books is 570 pages long but moves at a very quick pace. I brought it because I'm always on the look out for young adult literature that I can recommend to my students and it had received positive reviews online. It certainly would appeal to a large number of teenage readers but is certainly not as well written as some YA fiction I've read. To me that characters weren't all that believable as people and I think that when you are bestowing superhuman powers on characters it's essential that the writer works hard to make the characters rounded. The book is very American; there is a lot of teenage dialect which unfortunately sounded to me like the middle-aged writer desperately trying to be down with the kids. One of the main characters keeps saying 'Brah' in the style of Dog the Bounty Hunter (and therefore Dog's face popped into my head every time it was printed); yet his best friend didn't speak in the same way. There are also a large number of current cultural references which I think will date the book within a couple of years. The book is the first in a quadrilogy and, even though the writing style is not award winning, the plot and narrative hooks are enough to make the reader want to get their hands on the sequel.
  11. PIP is my favourite John Hughes film. They re-shot the ending because originally she got with Duckie which makes much more sense because Blane doesn't deserve her. But then again maybe she doesn't deserve Duckie. I cry every time I watch the final prom scene.
  12. Thumbsucker

    Laptop!!

    I had a problem with a computer that I got from PC World a few years ago. It kept failing to start up and had to be completely reset and recovered a number of times. I too had taken out extended warranty but found PC World to be extremely unhelpful. They made me contact the computer manufacturer as it was under the first year's warranty; the manufacturer took the computer away and I was without it for some weeks.The cause of the problem was dust in the hard drive which was in there from its manufacturing. PC World had just kept advising me to continue to recover until I pointed out that wouldn't have bought a computer that I could save nothing on and that would need software reinstalled every time the problem happened. I later found out that you have ever right to demand that you are given a replacement item by the seller of the faulty item. Don't trust PC World. I would recommend getting a replacement from them before it happens again.
  13. I can't see it working with the students I teach but I can see that there are certain demographics that it could be successful with. AQA have put some very interesting set texts in their new specs including "Mr Pip" and "Purple Hibiscus".
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