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  1. iff

    Have a Rant!

    Sounding off can be good. A good form of release. I see the similar kind of boredom with my own father (he's 63). I think boredom and not be active physically or socially are part of the problem.
  2. Trump can't remember the code to unlock the nuclear weapons
  3. this was posted on the facebook page but i think well worth posting here too https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/07/has-the-booker-prize-lost-its-mojo?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks&__twitter_impression=true it something i kind of feel in it.
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    Rest in Peace

    it was regular viewing when i was small too that made me sad
  5. that was a quite determined spammer flooding the board by posting spam things about revision or something They had made a lot of posts
  6. Review of The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen, translated by Don Shaw and Don Bartlett This novel is set in the eastern parts of Finland during the Winter War, part of World War II where USSR attacked Finland. When the Finnish army are evacuating the people that lived in Suomussalmi region, the main character, a logger, Timo refuses to leave. With the Russian's arriving, they treat Timo with suspicion (rightfully so). As a prisoner of the Russians, he is assigned to work with their loggers (who themselves are prisoners or de-facto prisoners). While he helps the Red Army's loggers, it seems to me that he tries to thwart the efforts of the Red Army by not doing much work. This is a really splendidly written (and translated) novel, Jacobsen writes some great sentences. This novel like the others of his that have been translated to English shows depth and a lot of humanity and spirit. Not my favourite novel of his but a very good read. * * * *
  7. she wouldn't be popular. it was in a smallish room in the national concert hall. if it was full it would have probably held 140 people seated but from my seat in the fourth row, i could see many empty seats ahead of me too which was a pity her style is a bit low key in the singing, slowed down in the vocals, big emphasis on her vocals which are just beautiful.
  8. Picked up in Dublin today Woe to live on - Daniel woodrell Last children of Tokyo - yoko twada
  9. Susanna in one of the small rooms at the national concert hall. It was gorgeous, hauntingly beautiful performance. She was accompanied by a violinist (I bought a CD from the violinist afterwards of her own solo stuff), harpist and an accordionist performing mostly songs from her latest album. She got two standing ovations, one after her cover of perfect day (Lou reed) and then to finish it off love way to the top (ac DC cover). Her set included a great selection of songs, many covers. Freight day was a really great live as was the song that goes Derry Derry down. The accordion on that one in particularly was greatly maniacal.
  10. I was the science gallery in Dublin, it is the last week of the exhibit life at the edges it was ok, looking a bit at life in other space. Though Dublin could probably do with a proper science museum than science gallery which is just a particular theme/exhibit
  11. review of Happiness by Aminatta Forna Happiness is set in London and starts when American researcher into foxes Jean literally runs into Ghanaian psychiatrist Attila, in London to give a talk on PTSD with his experience in warzones . The novel than weaves between both of their lives, both present in London. They have a couple of encounters striking up a friendship and when after a false immigrant call is made to authorities about Attila's niece resulting in her son running away, Jean uses her fox research contacts in the garbageman, bin collectors etc and the doorman at the hotel of Attila's who can enlist others in similar position. I found this coming together to be really uplifting in people helping one another out for no reason but because of humanity. We see a contrast to this on the Talk Radio show that Jean goes on about her fox project where the very opposite of humanity is shown. Meanwhile, Attila's wife has recently past away and his first love, Rosie Lennox, a fellow psychiatrist is in a care facility because of her early onset Alzheimars. Jean her self has escaped the break up of her marriage in Massachusetts. I thought this was a splendid novel about people helping each other, being there for each other in the times of need. A lot of fiction can be about meanness and selfishness but none of them (ok overstatement, there are some) are part of the main thrust of the body of this work. Quite a heartening thing to read I found the writing to be quite compulsive in that I kept going back to it (maybe the cycling season on TV drawing to a near close probably helped though) in that on 3 days, I brought it home with me from work rather than leaving it at the office to pick it up again the following day. As with other books from Aminatta Forna, she hits several literary flourishes with the writing creating sentence of a lot of beauty It's not a gruelling read but really nice one. It reminds me a bit of In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende which one reviewer compared to as a light tragedy and there is a bit of a lightness to the reading despite some harder themes in the novel. A tale of wit and heart, decency and love. A pleasure to read. * * * * *
  12. the shortlist Anna Burns (UK) - Milkman (Faber & Faber) Esi Edugyan (Canada) - Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail) Daisy Johnson (UK) - Everything Under (Jonathan Cape) Rachel Kushner (USA) - The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape) Richard Powers (USA) - ;The Overstory (William Heinemann) Robin Robertson (UK) - The Long Take (Picador) still have not read any, though the links goes to BGO reviews of them
  13. Review of Diary of a short sighted adolescent by Mircea Eliade, translated from the Romanian by Christopher Moncrieff with reference to original translation by Christopher Bartolomew The unnamed narrator is a student in school. The novel focuses on his life as one, reading balzac or whatever instead of doing homework, failing maths etc, not telling parents you are suspended from school so read a classic in the park, you know normal school boy stuff. The first half of it I found more interesting and more compulsive reading than the second half . It's an ok book though I do find one particularly writing trope throughout the novel to be an annoyance, this the narrating stating that "I'll Never write the book" when referring to the very book that the reader is reading. However there are some very good passages in the book . I don't really have much else to say so can't feel that it deserves more than 3. * * *
  14. Points for thought, I did get this last time in Dublin.
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    Mr McEnroe disagrees with your statement https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/john-mcenroe-serena-is-right-it-wouldnt-happen-to-a-man--but-opinion-is-divided-868087.html
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    that cartoon was appalling, and adding to the racism in it, look at the cartoonists drawing in it of the opponent and umpire. if as the cartoonist insists that he's drawing it accurately, why isn't the opponent in the cartoon Naomi Osaka and why isn't the umpire Carlos Ramos. Just lazy stereotyping in the cartoon
  17. Writers corner subforum is a good place for that Welcome poppy
  18. little man, what now - Hans fallada
  19. Review of The Mussel Feast by Brigit Vanderbeke, translated by Jamie Bulloch. The novels start with a mother and her two children sitting down to wait for their usually on time father to arrive home for dinner at 6pm. The mother has cooked mussels, which she dislikes as does her daughter (the narrator) but the father and son quite enjoy. There is a fair bit of the novel where the narrator describes her real dislike of mussels. I've never had mussels but it kind of puts me off eating them This novel is a short novel from Peirene Press, covering 100 pages or so nd told in one monologueic burst. What transpires is the daughter recounting her experience of her father. The family we learn had been refuggees from East Germany to West Germany and that while in the refugee camp, the mother had been pregnant with a third child but had an abortion. I found in the father in the daughter's memories (I don't believe the characters were named) to be very overbearing, very strict father and who even with the girl getting top- grades in school, he would see it as an opportunity to try to put her down for them (To paraphrase "school was a lot harder in my days. Your 1 would only be a 3 in my class." I found this funny as when I was growing up, it was something discussed as well in the declining standards. The author Vanderbeke having written this in 1990 would have been an early generation so maybe the A's in my day would be D's or F's back in the father's day. Maybe I've digressed a bit). A father disappointed in his life, whose main thing he cares about isn't happiness or well being but status. Vanderbeke and her translator, Jamie Bulloch have done a great job in creating a monologue that unwinds it self into an excellent novel, filled with intricacies of the family life. * * * * *
  20. Review of The Principle by Jerome Ferrari, translated by Howard Curtis This novel is about Nobel Prize winning scientist Werner Heisenberg. The style Ferrari applies is that the narrator is addressing the scientist throughout the novel, split into 4 sections to do with 4 spaces of the life of Professor Heisenberg. I was really interested in the experiences after World War II where he and other german scientists enlisted were "guests" at Farm Hall. In a way, it reminded me of Charlotte by David Foenkinos. This is told from a narrator about a character. I took 1/2 off the novel for at times going into overly flowery language a ttimes (most of it, was good) but other than that, I found this novel from Ferrari to be a fascinating read. A very good study into morality and conscience. A short but very good read * * * * 1/2
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    Thanks @DawdlingPoet good photos
  22. Phew, I did read a book yesterday. Today, I am not going to due to being busy. It would be ironic that one of the days I don't read was read a book day
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    i found this squatter cat (a scatter? sorry for the pun) on our property on saturday they are welcome back any time they wish. a mushroom on our lawn this was in the direction of east on sunday night and exit west i may have a thing about rainbows
  24. Thanks hazel, this one had caught my eye and I was wondering about it
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