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  1. I hope so. I need to investigate...
  2. It looks like we have a month or so left before the site will close.
  3. I think you may be right. I know that when I join conversations on a forum I have to take a long time to frame my answer, ensuring I get my thoughts across without causing an argument.
  4. That's the thing perhaps. Are we just out of date?
  5. Hello everyone. About a year ago I took over BGO - not took control but some of the administrative stuff. And in June I was happy to cover the fees for a year. To be honest the stie really hasn't moved on much since then. In anticipation of the arrival of the fees for the next year I wanted to get your views. Should we continue with the site or should we close it down? Personally I am happy to keep the site going (it's not that expensive) but it's not my call it is yours.
  6. I think I thought that was a good book.
  7. Thanks for sharing meg. I've added my message.
  8. So... This is how sad I am. I have just spent at least an hour tricking amazon.com that I have a US account so I could buy this as an ebook. I now have all three and will attempt to read them all this year.
  9. I really wanted this book but thought the hardback price was a bit much. So, I subscribed to BBC History magazine and got it as a freebie. This book is a history of the period between the Romans leaving Britain and the Norman Conquest. Given how little is known of the period, and that what is know is written by either biaised narrators or written long after the events; Marc Morris presents a very good history of this period in history. The book is broken down in to chapters which cover set periods either concentrating on kings, dynasties, invasions or important church figures. Easily readable, very interesting and probably annoying to my family (reading is better than board games). Highly recommended for anyone who wnats to know more about the "dark ages."
  10. I had a massive clear out about three years ago. I think I only have about 200 (max) books now. Sometimes I regret the purge, especially when I can't fid a replacement for something that is currently out of print. But I had nowhere to put the books and they were just sitting in boxes in the garage. And that was a waste.
  11. I ususlly read about sixty books a year, sometimes a few more, sometimes a few less. In 2021 I managed twenty-one. And most of those were re-reads. I don't know if that down to the scond year of COVID restrictions, watching too much TV, or just being a bit lazy. I don't think I was very motifated to much of anything this year. The garden is a mess, my house needs some TLC, and I did absolutely no exercise at all. Perhaps a return to some normality in 2022 (am I hoping for too much) will help. Regardless, I will be reading moee next year.
  12. Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett Spy Line - Len Deighton Pachinko - Min Jin Lee Kings and Emperors - Dewey Lambdin Grimson's Prime Ministers - Andrew Gimson Zoo Station - David Downing Silesian Station - David Downing Stetting Station - David Downing Potsdam Station - David Downing Lehrter Station - David Downing Masaryk Station - David Downing Spy Sinker - Len Deighton Faith - Len Deighton Hope - Len Deighton Without Remorse - Tome Clancy Patriot Games - Tom Clancy The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy Cadrinal of the Kremlin - Tom Clancy Clear and Present Danger - Tom Clancy Danger UXB - Michael Booker The King's Hounds - Martin Jensen Oathbreaker - Martin Jensen The Anglo-Saxons - Marc Morris
  13. Wilding by Isabella Tree - about moving away from intensive farming. Defending Beef by Nicolette Hahn Niman - cattle farming can be sustainable.
  14. Peter Temple. Wrote four brilliant novels featuring Jack Irish.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I have paid the fees for the next 12 months. So let's go for it!
  19. The middle-of-the-road reviews are often more interesting...
  20. I've read it hux. It's semi-autbiographical if I remember correctly. It's very good.
  21. I've never got round to reading anything by China MiƩville. Perhaps I should because I really enjoyed The CIty and The City on TV.
  22. 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.
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