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  1. ...would rather be a martyr tonight. Well, I've been there and if I can...
  2. You know, I'm not so sure. I certainly think there's a strong case for reasonable measures but on the other hand -- if I'm not free to do what I choose to protect this, my house - then what in particular makes it mine? Just a conundrum.
  3. I just couldn't love Mumford and Sons more. Specially this track, which will be the sound of summer 2010 for me... (Hope the link works, I'm getting used to my brand spanking new Macbook Just used it to download the entire Mumford and Sons album :) )
  4. Oi. I'm interested. Maybe not so much in NZ music charts (not in NZ) or in viagra (not in need), but interested, all the same.
  5. Exactly. But I can't believe this conversation is still going on...
  6. I used to think maybe you loved me now baby I'm sure And I just cant wait till the day when you knock on my door Now everytime I go for the mailbox , gotta hold myself down Cos I just wait till you write me your coming around I'm walking on sunshine , wooah I'm walking on sunshine , woooah I'm walking on sunshine , woooah and don't it feel good!! I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that its true and I don't want to spend all my life , just in waiting for you now I don't want u back for the weekend not back for a day , no no no I said baby I just want you back and I want you to stay
  7. You must be my Lucky Star 'Cause you shine on me wherever you are I just think of you and I start to glow And I need your light And baby you know Starlight, starbright first star I see tonight Starlight, starbright make everything all right Starlight, starbright first star I see tonight Starlight, starbright yeah
  8. And who says Amazon is lacking in cultural sensitivity?
  9. In our lives we have walked some strange and lonely treks Slightly worn but dignified and not too old for sex Were still striving for the sky No taste for humble pie Thanks for all your generous love and thanks for all the fun Neither you nor Im to blame when all is said and done
  10. The first thing I discovered when I opend my hardback copy was that the sleeve was wrapped around the wrong book. I was a bit curious about why the introduction kept referring to Greene's 'The Heart of the Matter' until I realised that the book i was about to read in fact was 'The Heart of the Matter' Fortunately, scanning my shelves, eventually I found the dust jacket to 'The Heart of the Matter' and - bingo! - inside it was 'Brighton Rock' Some one or other of my sons is most likely responsible for this, at some point. Though it might have been me too. In any case, I'm glad to be about to read the same book as everone else! Gentlemen - and ladies - start your engines.
  11. I love getting new skins and covers for electronic things. This is the skin I'm waiting to arrive for my new iPod touch;
  12. Hello aquablue Hope you're enjoying The Remains of the Day. It's one of my favourite books, by onw of my favourite authors.
  13. I find it interesting that at least two of the longlisted books are titles that would have been published as genre fiction - Ruth Rendell and Reginald Hill. Further than that, they are genre series fiction - a Wexford mystery and a Dalziel and Pascoe. I can't remember either of these authors being longlisted in the years that they were actually published. I've long thought it's unreasonable the way genre fiction seems to be excluded from these prizes when some really great writers - Rendell is one I would have named, also Ian Rankin - work in genre. It's what has lasted, though. I think more people would have read those books than many others on the list.
  14. ...going down in Durban deep. Down, down, down, down, down. There's no mercy in...
  15. Give a moment or two to the angry young man, With his foot in his mouth and his heart in his hand. He's been stabbed in the back, he's been misunderstood, It's a comfort to know his intentions are good. He sits in a room with a lock on the door, With his maps and his medals laid out on the floor And he likes to be known as the angry young man. I believe I've passed the age of consciousness & righteous rage I found that just surviving was a noble fight. I once believed in causes too, I had my pointless point of view, Life went on no matter who was wrong or right, ohhhhh
  16. Calliope


    A very famous NSW cop was named Roger Rogerson. (What on earth would possess a mother to do that?) He wasn't famous for that, though. He was famous for having received 13 medals for bravery -- and being jailed for corruption involving his ties to heroin dealers, armed robbers, rapists and contract killers. I have to wonder if he would have had a different life with a name like David. Unless his surname had been Davidson, of course.
  17. Better late than never! For some unfathonable (and probably not very interesting) reason, the Booker longlist for 1970 has finally been announced. I happen to think 1970 was a particularly fine year so I might look out for some of these... o Brian Aldiss, The Hand Reared Boy o H.E.Bates, A Little Of What You Fancy? o Nina Bawden, The Birds On The Trees o Melvyn Bragg, A Place In England o Christy Brown, Down All The Days o Len Deighton, Bomber o J.G.Farrell, Troubles o Elaine Feinstein, The Circle o Shirley Hazzard, The Bay Of Noon o Reginald Hill, A Clubbable Woman o Susan Hill, I'm The King Of The Castle o Francis King, A Domestic Animal o Margaret Laurence, The Fire Dwellers o David Lodge, Out Of The Shelter o Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat o Shiva Naipaul, Fireflies o Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander o Joe Orton, Head To Toe o Mary Renault, Fire From Heaven o Ruth Rendell, A Guilty Thing Surprised o Muriel Spark, The Driver's Seat o Patrick White, The Vivisector The shortlist will be announced in March. March of which year? The Booker website says nothing specific, whilch tends to suggest 2010.
  18. Calliope


    My first thought was - I want one. But the only running one app (apart from music) and the lack of USB ports has me reconsidering. If it were to come with some sort of dock that would incorporate a proper keyboard and USB ports, so that you could use it as a netbook as well, then I would be one of the first in line. I have an iPod Touch and leeeeeeeeeeerve it.
  19. Tescos will need a list. No blood, no bum cleavage, no pyjamas... I wonder if they imagine hiring extra people to do a check at the door, or risk having to ask customers to leave once they're spotted, perhaps half way around the store with a loaded trolley?
  20. blue. My dreams come true, on Blue Bayou. I'm going...
  21. The Moor's Last Sigh is my favourite Rushdie as well. Sometimes I think it's because it's the first of his that I read. After I'd read a few more (Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses for instance) I began to find his high literary style a bit too verbose and laboured. But the Moor... really entranced me with its lush language. I do remember I had to go back and reread the first chapter after I'd finished the book... so that I could work out what it had been about! But I also remember the description of all the spices. Beautiful, evocative language. I'm glad someone else liked it too
  22. I spent my childhood summers going for weeks without wearing shoes. Mum would make us wear sandals to the shops or the movies but other than that life was all about running on hot bitumen roads, pebbly driveways, sandy beaches... by summer's end we could walk through grass paddocks thick with bindi-eye and not pick up a single bindi. Play cricket on the road when the tar was glistening as it began to melt. The skin on the bottom of our feet toughened up. (I still wouldn't let my kids go shopping without anything on ther feet! But in summer, thongs will do. And their feet don't get tough in the same way because they're indoors on the computer so much.) As for sleepwear... I'm not sure if I agree with you, Meg. I mean... not wearing underwear isn't restricted to when people are in pyjamas. Should Tescos bring in random knickers checks? And then there are pyjamas that look like tracksuits, that look like evening gowns or sundresses, that look like Star Trek costumes... are these to be banned as well?
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