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About Minxminnie

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  • Birthday 11/12/1965


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  1. Yes they looked soooo annoyed when he did that! It was quite rude, though.
  2. Haha yes! Watching this week again and thinking Robert is getting boring with his "works canteen" style designs.
  3. I remember bench seating being done in a particularly minimalist and austere Grand Designs episode. The husband had his own architect's practice and the wife was rail thin, permanently grumpy and, I thought, very controlling. Everything was made of bare plywood and they had benches instead of sofas, and sliding doors over all the shelves. I may be conflating several different thin, grumpy architects' wives and their houses here - it seems to be a theme on GD. (I'll never forget, or pass up the opportunity to mention, the one who spent 30K on a cooker for her kitchen)
  4. The open plan loo was in the design they went for instead of the sleeping pods! To be fair, I think they said they left out the sliding door because it was too expensive ... and they presumably are more tolerant of each other than the vast majority of couples. Love is ...
  5. I've been watching this too. I'm constantly disturbed by the Irish architect's obsession with uncomfortable bench seating in living areas in place of sofas. My back hurts just looking at them! He does it in every design. And those sleeping pods in the bungalow were crazy - and what about the open plan loo? That wasn't even the bloke's design, it was the (more normal) woman's design. I do enjoy it, though. Scotland's Best Home is good too. (On iPlayer) I do enjoy peeking inside other people's houses.
  6. This book has been a huge publishing sensation, with people apparently buying several copies at once, if you believe the papers. I couldn't get on with her debut, Conversations With Friends, but the premise of this appealed a bit more and when I saw it in the supermarket for a few pounds, it somehow leapt into my basket, despite my best efforts not to fall for the hype. Some of the writing grates: she has a habit of describing very ordinary events in great amounts of flat detail, and that doesn't appeal to me, though maybe it serves a purpose that eludes me. But I could relate to the characters, and that's what kept me reading. Marianne and Connell have an on-off relationship which ensures through their teenage years and early adulthood. Marianne has poor self esteem, for reasons which are never quite spelled out, but seem to relate to her shadowy dysfunctional family, so she accepts and even enjoys the fact that Connell, initially, seems embarrassed by their relationship and ignores her in public. Their behaviour was frustrating but I thought it was full of the complexities of real relationships which don't always go through the traditional trajectory of the romantic novel. It was full of misunderstandings and near misses, and the characters often say one thing while hoping that the other realises that they mean something different. It's set in the early years of this decade, but it's quite timeless, really, whereas her first novel seemed much more rooted in the millennial experience. I'm not a millennial, but I reckon my teenage and early adult years had a lot in common with these two, in terms of the emotions if not the events.
  7. I read a bit of this a while back. It appealed to me on a few levels: the period, the location, and the focus on the music scene. I grew up close by and one of my friends, who is in a band himself, loves the fact that his village is actually in it. That's a bit of a novelty for us: this isn't an area generally loved by literary fiction. I gave up on it, though, on the basis that it's what I called "a boys' book" and passed it on to another friend of that generation and background who, as a boy, might get it more than me.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. I'm reading this just now. I'm really enjoying the writing. (Have only skimmed your review - will read it when I have finished.)
  13. I just searched too, for Aftermath, Rhidian, and Brook. Only got this thread on the title. So useless.
  14. Oh that happens to me too - no idea why our search facility doesn't find!
  15. 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.
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