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About Minxminnie

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  • Birthday 11/12/1965


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    West of Scotland
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    travel, photography, reading (doh!), cinema, lying in on a Saturday.

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  1. Are there any books that you regret reading?

    I did think My Absolute Darling was a big waste of my time, for the reasons Tay has just outlined, and a friend of mine had the same reaction to A Little Life . Just too nasty and revelling in it.
  2. Are there any books that you regret reading?

    It can be hard when a class text when has particular relevance for one pupil. I'm just about to read the end of A Monster Calls and I know at least one of my pupils will find it hard. Thankfully I found that out in advance and could warn him and say, if you're finding it tough, tell me. I once had to let a pupil leave the room in distress at the death of John Proctor in The Crucible, though I think that was just the power of the text rather than any personal experience!
  3. Leaving Neverland

    I watched it allows the way through. It was very disturbing and left me in no doubt that the two men were being truthful. As for the parents, I think what came across most strongly was how he also seduced the mothers in a way. He worked on each one, making himself into her favourite child. And he instinctively exploited his fame. He knew that the families were enormously flattered by his attentions and he needed that: he didn't have normal relationships with people who were his equals, and he could only cope with relationships where he had total control. And it made me think about the power of fame in that era. Hopefully we're a bit less naive now. There must be people out there who said no, mothers who wouldn't let their kids sleep with him. It would be interesting to hear how that panned out.
  4. Are there any books that you regret reading?

    Of Mice and Men is a core text in our department and it's sad to hear that it hit home so hard. I always think that it's an introduction to the idea that life doesn't always turn out the way you want, but I generally find kids of that age (we do it in S3, so they're 13/14) are still fairly naive in that regard. It does get them, though - it rarely fails to make an impact. I don't think I would regret reading anything as I'd just stop if it disturbed me. There are books I regret teaching, but that's another area!
  5. The Quaker

    I'm reading this just now. I'm really enjoying the writing. (Have only skimmed your review - will read it when I have finished.)
  6. The Aftermath

    I just searched too, for Aftermath, Rhidian, and Brook. Only got this thread on the title. So useless.
  7. The Aftermath

    Oh that happens to me too - no idea why our search facility doesn't find!
  8. The Aftermath

    I read this a while ago - I liked it too. That period of German history interests me a lot. I went to an exhibition on the subject in the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin and it was an eye opener. I hadn't realised how desperate things were in Germany in the immediate post war years, and how the Germans felt they deserved this deprivation for their war crimes. Also, as the novel shows, getting the "Persilschein" to prove you weren't tainted by Nazism was open to corruption. It was a really interesting novel, based on a true story I think.
  9. I often look at reviews of books, films and also holiday accommodation and focus on the negative reviews. If someone dislikes something about a book or holiday cottage that I would also dislike, I've saved myself time, money or a wasted holiday: on the other hand, if they criticise something that I don't mind or even like, it might encourage me to go for it! For example, if a review of a holiday cottage says the views were indeed lovely but the sofa was lumpy and the bed uncomfortable, I'll give it a miss, but if the two star review was because it was insufficiently close to nightlife or had low ceilings, I can safely go ahead. I do the same with books: you can tell from reading the review if the reviewer is on your wavelength. I wish I had read the reviews if Ruth Jones' novel before parting with 99p on Amazon Kindle; I would have known right away that it wasn't worth it. Good reviews, on the other hand, are often anodyne and harder to judge.
  10. what is everyone doing?

    Momac, sorry to hear that. My friend's father has been in exactly the same situation this week and has gone from being very ill in a cardiology care unit to entertaining the nursing staff with his jokes. It's wonderful what good healthcare can do.
  11. Why it's a good idea to have a large TBR

    "anti-library": I like that! Also the idea that unread books have more value than ones you have read.
  12. what is everyone doing?

    Tag, I'm sorry to hear about your dad. A difficult time for it to happen, though any time is bad.
  13. Christmas Greetings

    Merry Christmas - hope you all got lots of lovely books.
  14. what is everyone doing?

    I'm 3 days away from an HMIE inspection at work. Have never worked so hard. It fair focuses the mind.
  15. Driven to murder...?

    Yes I saw that! Definitely understand how frustrating that would be, if not quite how it would get that far...