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About tagesmann

  • Birthday 12/01/1964


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    53° 20' N, 1° 17' E
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    Reading, Music, Wine, Beer, Gin.
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  1. Wilding by Isabella Tree - about moving away from intensive farming. Defending Beef by Nicolette Hahn Niman - cattle farming can be sustainable.
  2. Peter Temple. Wrote four brilliant novels featuring Jack Irish.
  3. I've just finished watching this documentary series on BBC. It's an interesting series which really does make you think about Hemingway the person vs Hemingway the author. And perhaps change your mind a few times while watching. Has anyone else seen this?
  4. I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I love the fact that I get woken up by the light and the birds at 3:30. And, as long as none of the nighbours are socialising in their gardens, I love that it doesn't get dark until after 10:30. I don't mind the heat if I am walking or relaxing. But I can't sit in the sun or do anything strenuous. I do miss living on the coast where there is usually a breeze. I don't mind being cold in the winter and long as I am wrapped up well. However, I suffer badly with SAD due to the short days and lack of sunlight.
  5. The Dead Heart - Douglas Kennedy
  6. Michael Palin's diaries are great. A fascinating insight into Monty Python, films and travelling. Also Alan Brooke's (later Viscount Alanbrooke) war diaries. He was Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), the professional head of the British Army, during the Second World War.
  7. I have paid the fees for the next 12 months. So let's go for it!
  8. The middle-of-the-road reviews are often more interesting...
  9. I've read it hux. It's semi-autbiographical if I remember correctly. It's very good.
  10. I've never got round to reading anything by China Miéville. Perhaps I should because I really enjoyed The CIty and The City on TV.
  11. I think the problem with this novel, and some others by Dickens, is the way he wrote his monthly parts. Dickens would often delivery chapters at the last minute, would introduce new characters and then drop them if they didn't develop, and didn't edit the final collected novel to improve the flow and remove redundant story arcs. This, also was his first work and so suffers the most from these faults.
  12. I did see this advertised. Like you I wasn't sure. But now I'll give it a go.
  13. I am glad to announce that Luna has agreed to join the moderator team (and do all the hard work). I'm sure everyone will agree she is the obvious choice.
  14. The discworld series is one of my favourites. It was something new when it started. Unfortunatley for those arriving fresh to the series, the first few two books are not the steongest. However, I would not start at Guards Gurards! I think Wyrd Sisters is a good starting point. However it really is best to start right at the beginning - as long as you accept that the stories get better and better. See https://www.fantasticfiction.com/p/terry-pratchett/
  15. You are right, Timothy West is a very good narrator. Paul Daneman reading Len Deighton's Harry Palmer books is worth a listen. Michael Palin reading his own books. Robert Powell, Anna Friels, Steven Pacey and John McDonough. And all of the Regency and VIctorian classics work really well. As Tay said, the language is so rich it deserves to be "performed."
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