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    The issue isn't if Serena has a right to behave badly or inappropriately. Of course she does. This issue is, are we allowed to make fun of her without being labelled racists, sexists, (and now apparently) parentists? I suspect various cartoonists are already backing away. Oh, and the coach was totally cheating (Guardian). Though apparently he was coaching a woman in the crowd or something.
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    My statement that he was mocked mercilessly and made globally famous because of his tantrums? Nope. I don't think he does disagree with that statement. Also, the article you linked to includes the words 'but opinion is divided.' I only point this out because you clearly missed it.
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    When McEnroe had his tantrums people took this piss out of him, mocked him mercilessly (to the extent that his tantrums made him famous globally far more than his tennis ever did). When Serena had hers... we're suddenly seeing articles about sexism, racism, the outrageous hate of cartoons, the innate bigotry of Australia. We're even being told that 'McEnroe never had to put up with this kind of thing.' Sigh.
  4. He's fast becoming one of my favourite writers. In a era of the tedious, the politically correct, the same monotonous voice expressing the same tepid opinions about the world, he's frankly a God.
  5. Partners in Crime - Turtle Power
  6. Eagle-Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
  7. ^I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure Bowie had at least two hits (possibly even three).
  8. Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
  9. I thought the book was perfectly readable but that's the least I expect from a woman who has a degree in English from Cambridge. But beyond that, it all felt a little too convenient and unrealistic. As someone who grew up on council estates in the West Riding, the world she's describing looked nothing like the world I knew. Which brings me to my own personal irritation regarding the book. It seemed clear to me that the writer knew nothing of working class northern life at all and wrote about an almost mythical land that didn't really exist except in the mind of an educated southern middle cla
  10. Ulaanbaatar - because it's the best named city ever and when am I ever gonna get to go to Mongolia?
  11. Just read it. Loved it. It took a while for me to get into it and I wasn't really grabbed until Joyce showed up and it became more than just a constant slew of references to fat asses and being hungover. I struggled a little to get used to the simplicity of the prose (not what I'm used to) and the varied and indiscriminate lengths of each chapter. But yeah, once he met Joyce I was pretty much hooked. I avoided Bukowski for years because every dating profile I ever read always mentioned him as their favourite writer so I came to the conclusion that he was so
  12. I won't bother starting a new thread; just bump this one. Just finished it. Loved it. I've criticised Atwood before because of her robot protagonists though in both cases (this and Alias, Grace) the women are supposed to be voiceless so I guess it's forgivable. I like the simplicity of the prose and the exploration of the mediocre. We learn about the world she inhabits but only in bits and pieces, dribs and drabs. It was thoroughly compelling and kept me pretty much gripped to the end though the end itself disappointed me. I really didn't see the point of the final chap
  13. Canada - because I'd like to see America's hat.
  14. Both are fine. My issue with first person is that it's a little phoney. I can hear this character's thoughts and yet they never think anything... controversial. He sees a woman he finds very attractive and thinks 'what a nice looking lady'. Sorry, but that's bullshit. He's thinking far more graphically than that. That's a specific example but it's the general sense of cool, detached thinking that I don't find convincing. That isn't to say it can't be very entertaining to read though. I've only read two Atwood novels (Alias, Grace and Handmaid's Tale) and enjoyed them both thoroughl
  15. How about "Places You'd like to visit and why?" Arkansas - so I can ask someone why it isn't pronounced Our-Kansas.
  16. Zinging stings from the biting frost.
  17. If Audio books count as reading then surely, narrative-heavy TV and movies should too. In which case, I've read thousands of books this year. Good for me.
  18. Xanthic skies and melancholy days
  19. Tingles down your back as the chill sneaks under your collar.
  20. Reindeer taking Santa away for another year.
  21. I just read 'Murphy' by Samuel Beckett and have nothing especially pleasant to say about it (dense, meandering sentences that go absolutely nowhere and left me unable to focus on any of it). Truth be told, it was the least enjoyable reading experience I think I've ever had (despite the guy clearly having an immense talent and way with words it just bored me to death). That all being said, it may contain perhaps my favourite opening line of any book. Very Beckettesque. "The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new."
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