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About Barblue

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  • Birthday 15/06/1943


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    Love Shakespeare, London and Football, but not necessarily in that order
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    Reading, writing, watching sports
  • How did you hear about this site?
    Through my local library

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    East Lancashire

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  1. I loved reading Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, but I am finding The Mirror and the Light far harder going than the first two. I regret the fact that we are now told when Cromwell is speaking, which we were not in Wolf Hall. It was not easy to pick this up at first, but once I did, I felt more 'with' Cromwell. In this book, I find the indication of Cromwell speaking slows the read, which in turn makes my reading of the novel much slower than the other two. In fact I have been reading it almost since the start of the pandemic and still have a little way to go. Having said all that, I have really enjoyed seeing the world through Cromwell's eyes. I have loved the dialogue because it brings it down to the every-day more often than not and through the dialogue the other characters have shone and evolved. I will finish it, but it may take another week or so.
  2. Thanks Meg. Its great to see so many familiar 'faces'. Sad to say we do not go to football matches now. Long story, but we have moved on and our main passion now is dancing. Sadly too, that has been curtailed and we wonder whether we will every get back to the wonderful social dancing scene we once had. Trust you are well and still enjoying life to the full.
  3. Just saying hello to all my old friends and new members of BGO, since I have not been here for some time now. I really don't know why, but that's the way life has gone. I have been using Amazon through this site even though I have not contributed to the site generally and I suppose as I was here again today, I decided to take a browse through. It has been wonderful to see so many lovely names I remember so well. I do hope to keep in touch again now I have taken this plunge.
  4. Oops! I should be more patient. After 5 minutes the .co.uk banner has appeared. Sorry to be a nuisance.
  5. I know I haven't been here for ages, but I'm always using the Amazon banner .co.uk for all purchases there, ;but today it is not to be seen - only the .com banner at the bottom of the page. Have we lost Amazon.co.uk on here for ever? Or, like the comments above, is it likely to come back again in due course?
  6. Nothing like grandchildren to bring new spice to your life. We have only the two but they are a constant joy. This last week has been glorious up North, Yes, it's been very windy at times but tonday that has calmed down and it's like a real summers day. I do hope it stays good for you Cp. We had visitors last week and they went up there and said it looked wonderful. Our visitors have now gone home after a two week stay so today so I have been doing masses of laundry. Back to normal next week.
  7. Anyone else imagining the meeting between Mm and Luna in the very near future?
  8. Very many congratulations to both Cherrypie and Ragamuffin Gunner. Becoming Grandparents is yet another life-changing event, but one of the most joyous. We could spend a fortune on our granddaughters but were told from the start that we had to restrict ourselves to lots of love giving and only a few treats from time to time. I have to say, I'm pleased my son and his wife said that because we would have been showering them with so much. Apart from that the joy we get from being with our girls is worth all the money in the world to us. This weekend they came to stay and we have had such a great time with them. We went to a play barn/American diner for one day and they played amongst bales of hay, swing ropes and slides as well a conventional climbing playground equipment. Then we took them ice skating. Sadly our ice skating days are over (although we were never any good) and it was wonderful to see them adjust to being on ice and skating with support toys. Then we had a big family lunch with our other son and his family. So good to be together again, even if for only a few hours. Sadly, we also had bad news from a great-nephew, who is only 30 and has just got engaged. He is a tree surgeon and had a bad accident at work last week, when a tree he was working on fell and he with it. He has been on life-support over the Easter holiday following 7 hours of surgery on his spine. He is now breathing unsupported, but he also has broken several ribs and damage some other organs. He is now talking, but at the moment has no movement below his waist. We are hoping and praying time will heal him. Reading has been at a minimum over the Easter weekend.
  9. What fabulous weather we have had in the UK this weekend. We have been away to Harrogate (only about an hour's drive from us) for a dance weekend. We only spent an hour on Saturday in a dance class, and then spent the rest of the day just exploring the town on foot. Although we live so close to Harogate, we have only been a few times and then only for a quick look round. When you have so much more time you can walk every nook and cranny and we found some lovely shops in the back streets as well as some fabulous buildings. We had two nights in Harrogate with a group of 80 dancers, most of whom we have known a few years now. Both nights had a theme. Friday was a 60s theme and Saturday was a 20s theme. It was wonderful how many people had taken so much trouble with their attire. It was all great fun and we came home this morning exhausted - but managed a bit of gardening in the sun!!
  10. My copy of this novella comes with The Courage Consort in one book and they are both quick reads. Gram's splendid review just about sums up my feelings about this work too. I'm not sure I found this as satisfying a read as some of Faber's other work, but it was an intriguing read if a little trite in places.
  11. Stewart's review of this novella sums up the work well. I love Faber's work and this is no exception. There are small nuances throughout that engage the reader and round out the characters a little more. Catherine, for me, is the centre of the whole piece and you slowly see her emerging from a cocoon of drug induced miasma like a butterfly. The title is, of course, the name of the singing group, but Catherine epitomises both words. It is her surname and she is married to Roger, the nominal leader of the group. But Catherine also has courage of her own that she slowly discovers. Through the minutiae of the literature we begin to understand why Catherine has become so insular and afraid and almost suicidal. The word 'consort' seems to be used in so many ways here for Catherine as a daughter, wife and even the archaic meaning of being in harmony, as she is within the group. However, that is not how we see her at the end of the novella. Like Stewart, you almost wish for more of the story, but being open-ended, to a degree, as it is, the reader is left with all kinds of imaginings as to how Catherine will fare in the future.
  12. Wow! Glad someone else is having trouble. Just returned from a few days away on a dancing holiday and wondered if I had problems with my computer because I could not get on in the usual way. I have had to Google the site to get this far. Those spammers are a scourge of the internet!!!
  13. Reporting back on our trip to York - we had a great day. No rain, not really cold, the wind dropped, the pub lunch was great and we enjoyed our visit to the Treasurer's House. As we came back over the Penine hills, the weather changed dramtically and we lot the sun, were enveloped in cloud and surrounded by rain. It had rained at home all day!! Meg, I love the idea of gardening in the prone position - really must try this when the weather is better!
  14. Barblue

    Rest in Peace

    I listened to tributes on Radio 5 last night about Chuck Berry. What a prolific and poetic writer of songs he was. I had no idea his work was quite so influential and wide ranging. A huge talent and a great loss, but how wonderful to have had him in our lives.
  15. Glad you've had a good day Cp. I don't think it's stopped raining here for over 24 hours. Small lakes are appearing in the fields next to our house and the gutters are small rivers. We are off to York for the day tomorrow on a coach trip with a Society we belong to - fingers crossed the weather improves. If it doesn't I am reliable informed a good pub has been earmarked from research on the web, so we should be okay for lunch.
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