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    Love Shakespeare, London and Football, but not necessarily in that order
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    Lancashire
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    Reading, writing, watching sports
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    Through my local library

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  1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, my bedtime book Let's do it: the Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood by Jasper Rees, which is my daytime book.
  2. I have just re-read these posts because I am half-way through re-reading this book. It is many years since I first read it and to be honest I didn't really like the book. My son did and I thought I must have missed something so have wanted to re-read for that reason. One of the things that has hit home with me is the way disease was dispersed across the world by the scientific companies to boost their profits with a cure. In the year of Covid19, this was so very chilling. I am looking forward to finishing the book, most of which I do not remember reading before. Probably old age accounts for that.
  3. As you may remember Momac, I live in the North West of England and we are suffering a resurgence of infections. At the moment we have been stopped visiting neighbours either in house or garden. They still keep the pubs and restaurants open though, but it is very carefully controlled. We have eaten out recently, and are impressed with all the precautions. In fact I had my eyes tested today and it was very carefully controlled there too. Sadly though we cannot travel out of our area to meet family, so we cannot visit our son in Manchester now, who is under the same laws of restriction, or stay with our son in Hampshire. Who knows how long this will be the case, but somehow we have to soldier on. Trust you are keeping well. You seem to be from your posts.
  4. When I think how quickly the time has gone since the start of this pandemic - and for us it has even if we are fed up with all the difficulties - then the C time is not that far off. In fact I was only talking to Mr.B at the weekend about it.
  5. This book is set in Blackburn, Lancashire, an old mill town, where I live. Because of this I can relate to a lot of the geography that is noted in the book so perhaps that adds to my understanding of the locations. It is the first of a trilogy. The book begins with Jennet and Titus having to move into the town from the surrounding countryside because the mills were becoming mechanized and taking work away from the home spinners and weavers. I found the characters believable and enjoyed the pace of the writing. It was a page-turner, which I found a real pleasure to read as during this pandemic period reading has not been easy for me. Having related the above, I have to tell you that I know the author. She has been writing for years and published other books, but I believe this is the first works that have been picked up by the publishers. I was worried that I would not like this book and wondered how I would be able to comment on it not just here, but to her too. I really enjoyed this absorbing read.
  6. Having read a few of the recent posts here, I have to say that first of all I envy those who have been able to bury themselves in books. I did read The Mirror and the Light, the last in the Mantel trilogy, but the weight prevented me from reading huge chunks, so it became a long and laborious affair. I'm glad I have read it though because I enjoyed the whole trilogy and seeing history through Mantel's interpretation of Cromwell's eyes. Unusual and unique. Apart from that, I have hardly read anything. I just don't be able to concentrate for long. I have, however, become a jigsaw addict. Apart from all the de-cluttering in our house over the first 4 to 6 weeks of lockdown, life has settled into another kind of routine. We are lucky, because we have a dance floor in our little barn and so have the facility to practice our steps. In fact we have not done that much. Once we had finished throwing out all our unwanted stuff, we did go back to dancing to find that we had forgotten an awful lot of steps. Since then we have tried to practice as least once a week, but things are still a little rusty. Also, it is so sad that we cannot have friends over to share our dancing and until that is possible, the joy of dancing is only half there. Yesterday, we decided we had enough of isolating and went out for lunch at our favourite fish and chip restaurant. Staff were masked and tables set apart and it was really lovely. Even though the numbers of infections in my area are high, we felt we had to do something 'normal' for once.
  7. Well, I finally finished reading this third book in the trilogy, but to be honest, I could have done with some severe editing of the narrative. Yes, it was informative. Yes, it did make the mores of the time graphic, but I think there was a little too much emphasis on Cromwell's past, which we all knew very well from the first two books, and some excessive descriptions of everyday events that became very repetitious. Perhaps some of this negativity is due to the size of the book, which made it difficult for me because it is so heavy. As a consequenc3e I was not able to hold it for long. Because of this fact also, I could not read huge chunks of the book as I might have done otherwise. However, it was a great ending to the trilogy in terms of winding down Cromwell's popularity and influence as he aged and so did King Henry. As a whole, the trilogy is a masterpiece in terms of viewing a version of history through the eyes of Cromwell and for that reason I loved it.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Oops! I should be more patient. After 5 minutes the .co.uk banner has appeared. Sorry to be a nuisance.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. Anyone else imagining the meeting between Mm and Luna in the very near future?
  15. 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.
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