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    books, cycling and music
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    bella donna - dasa drndic

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  1. My target is 50, so far I have read 31 by my counting but July was a poor month for me. Mostly I have read short books so far, average length 234 pages I was off last week and read about 100 pages. It was too hot which made me tired to read.
  2. thanks everybody. I did leave many of my TBR pule over in the house on Sunday. Came in useful on Monday when I realised I didn't have a book to read at lunch time I know though there is other carpentry work I need done so making a list on it all before talking to a carpenter
  3. Recent additions Juno Dawson - meat market Frederik backman - a man called ove Jan Carson - the fire starters Sally Rooney - normal people Brigit vanderbeke - you would have left me Simon winder - lotharingia (non- fiction. I read his previous book on danubia which was really good)
  4. I haven't forgotten about BGO but I've been very busy lately. As of last week, I am a home owner and in the process of moving stuff and getting stuff to it. With the mortgage application and all, it was a 3 month process. And now getting stuff in it. Appalled there is no book shelves in the house. NONE!!!! It is something I need to get sorted when finances allow (august/September). Need to get painting done, some small electrical wiring and fit it all out as well as sorting out internet and TV. May/June has also been a busy music period with 6 gigs
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    I did get a text before from a pizza place in swords (90 minutes from me. I don't even like pizza). I could opt out. Most likely someone needed a number so put mine down. There was a case a number of years ago where most Mondays I would get calls from men looking for a woman by the name Denise. Wonder if she was from swords I do reminder my doctors once as they didn't have my number, phoned my mother for it. I think nowadays that would be a gdpr breach :d
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    I find it ridiculous that candidates are 3 weeks from election and no one knows if there is an election or not. If elections are called off, are the declared candidates due to be reimbursed for their expenses of an election that never took place? Same here, after brexit, Ireland increases to 13 seats but until brexit only 11 meps can be there so 2 get elected and have to wait until Britain leaves meaning the 4th mep for Dublin and 5th for the south do not take their seat until then. I also feel media outlets (the Irish mail, the Sunday times Ireland edition) putting uncritical interviews with a particular candidate on their front page might be crossing the line in terms of canvassing. We also have a referendum on reducing the time frame for divorce from 5 years to 3 years. A work colleague is adamantly opposed to this, comparing it why not legalise bank robbing or murder. I'm not sure where to argue that point. ------ We also have local elections. My constituency is a 6 seater but because of a poster ban in the towns of constituency, I feel awareness is hard and helps the incumbents and I don't like the incumbents that are standing. Awareness is an important factor particularly where there is no local media after the town news website closed.
  7. Review of the Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran, translated by Sophie Hughes set in Chile, this novel is about three people, Iquela, Felipe and Paloma. Paloma has just returned from Germany in order to bury her mother, who wanted to be buried in her homeland. The narrative chapters are split between a stream of consciousness from Felipe and a more straight forward narrative from Iquela. Felipe is spending his time counting the dead bodies in grey ash. The coffin of Paloma's mother has gone missing in transit from Berlin and that forms the main storyline of the novel At times, it is a witty novel and a good read. I did prefer the Iquela sections over the Felipe sections but that would be due to the stream of consciousness style of those. It is a very good novel, but it shows more Trabucco Zeran's potential as a novellist rather than being just there yet. It is good that it has made the Man Booker International shortlist but not quite a great novel but I look forward to her honing the writing talent she shows and hopefully she come with a better novel. * * * *
  8. Review of freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. How to describe this novel? A novel both dealing with non-binary identities mixed with Nigerian spirituality told from the bad demons (Ogbanje) point of view. A violent assault unleashes the first of the demons. The Ada described is the host body for the demons, the feminine Ashugara and the masculine Saint Vincent, creating a conflict in the ada's body. This novels goes from the youth Ada in Nigeria then when they go to school in Virginia and the effect that ogbanje have on The Ada. This was a very good novel but difficult to explain * * * *
  9. I finished it 2 weeks ago and thought it was a very good novel. The descriptions of not using names, I think works really well in that while this is about Northern Ireland, it gives it a universal feel "those across the border" and "those across the water". I loved the way she wrote the novel and it was really good.
  10. I finished this last week and I have to agree with 5 stars. It is an excellent novel and Shamsie did a great work on doing the 5 sections. Reading it, your last paragraph did strike me, as it seemed still somewhat topical today with citizens from ireland and uk who joined ISIS looking to return and the difficult situation that remains but it is hard to see whether this would still be news in a few years time so it lacks the longevity that maybe a novel as good as this deserves. still I thought it was a really good read.
  11. Currently lullaby by Leila slimani
  12. For the booker prize, there is the advisory committee that then select the judges. The sponsor has a representative on the advisor committee but the prize is administered by a trust The advisory committee is listed at the bottom of this press release https://themanbookerprize.com/resources/media/pressreleases/judges-announced-2019-man-booker-international-prize
  13. Warning - this post might turn into a stream of consciousness. Booker prize here I come A very apt question as with this period, I think of as award season with booker international, women's prize, republic of conscience prize (who decided on joint winners this year), wellcome prize and Dublin literary award A lot of prizes is publishers nominating the book. The booker prize for example have rules based on previously listed books from publishers on how many they can nominate. The Dublin literary prize has it that libraries worldwide nominate, making a sillylying long longlist(150 books roughly) meaning award is given 2 years after books were published. Not sure what it takes for a book to win. I think topicality can be a factor. Anna burns' milkman is very good novel and I think also helped it for the booker was the current situation concerning northern ireland, brexit and border. Belladonna's success in Warwick prize for women in translation might have been influenced by judges on the rise of populism in Europe. At the end of the day, I think it is what the 5 judges liked best. A different panel of judges may come up with a different conclusion. Elsewhere, using the longlist of the man booker international, 5 bloggers decide on their own shortlist together. For me, when it comes to the prizes, I think it depends on what is my radar previously and what I thought of books from it that I already read. I gave up on last year's booker international prize as I had read 3 on the shortlist and liked one and disliked one and hated one (and the one I liked, I thought more a book for meditative purposes than book prize purposes) I wasn't enamoured to search out the others that made the shortlist as I didn't feel the link between my tastes and the judges tastes. While in 2017, I thought the two I read on the shortlist were excellent, read and liked 2 more before the prize announcement and then read the last 2 afterwards because I felt with the 2 on the shortlist, that I had similar preferences to the judging panel. I think that is the important thing, do I share the somewhat same preference of the judges
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    And we obtained specific assurances from the EU on issues and voted again based on the specific exclusions. These were areas that the Lisbon treaty didn't affect but some on the no campaign used to scaremonger people to vote no https://www.irishtimes.com/news/lisbon-assurances-the-text-in-full-1.784991?mode=amp
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    My summation elsewhere is This was an internal policy difference between Tories that cameron put in to the manifesto to appease eurosceptic backbenchers and it has turned into a national crisis for the UK. Cameron 2015 - I put this promise for a referendum in our manifesto but I didn't expect to win a majority and to be held to account on it Brexiteers 2016 - we made these promises (immigration, £350m for the NHS, taking back control) in the referendum but we didn't expect to win the referendum and be held to account on it. If you don't expect to win, you can promise the voters the world and never be held to account. This is standard political practice. We see it everywhere, parties who don't expect to win can make all the promises they want without being held to account. The trouble comes when they do win. Be wary of the magic wand politics.
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