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Posted on 4 May 2011 10:39:30 BDT
I Readalot says:
Something I meant to mention for all you readers, The Bookseller are launching a new quarterley consumer magazine and websit in June 'We Love this Book', a freebee and available through Independent book shops. If you are interested details are on The Bookseller website.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2011 10:57:42 BDT
Florence43 says:
At least the nugget is still going and looking more like Stan Laurel every day!

Posted on 4 May 2011 11:09:00 BDT
Lez Lee says:
I lived in Sheffield for many years and used to love snooker time. There was a terrific atmosphere around the city and the players were often out and about, shopping etc. My husband's birthday was April 24th and we used to go to our favourite Chinese restaurant in town which was very popular with the players. At one time I was working opposite the Crucible and got last minute returned tkts often very cheap for really good matches. I rarely watch now, all the fun's gone out of it.

Posted on 4 May 2011 11:55:27 BDT
I Readalot says:
And I remember the excitement of Cliff Thorburns 147, there have been quite a few in the world championships since then but none match up to that one. The other game stopping and big Bill Werbeniuk (another Canadian) watching from the side of the centre screen.

Posted on 4 May 2011 12:45:21 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I admit I prefer the old days of snooker. Did you see the Documentry with Alex Higgins, so sad. I'm a afraid snooker is going down the road of all sports,more about the £££££ than the sport.
Now they are travelling all around the world it is gouing to be very hard for the fringe playesrs or new players to make a living. They could be travelling not seeing thier family and be out of pocket at the end of it. Only if you get to the last 8 to 16 do you make a decent living, but with thay many players now, how few will get to the last 8 week in week out.

Posted on 4 May 2011 18:24:58 BDT
On the cake/wedding front. I quite liked that they had stuff like Pork Belly. After all, it shows independent thought. When I was doing that thing in your 20s when you spend two or three years going to weddings pretty much every weekend you could lay money that the bridesmaids would be in peach and the main dish would be cold salmon with cucumbers on it and mayonnaise to the side. So fair play to them for not serving what came to be known, in my family as "fu***ng salmon".

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2011 02:57:31 BDT
Can't argue with you too strenuously on the pork belly, although a giant chocolate cake would really have been nice...

When I first read the post about Snooker, I thought you said you were enjoying Snookie. Brain tried to find and gather that...failed. Luckily others continued to talk and I went back and learned to read...got it second time around.

Whew. I'd best be off to bed early!

Posted on 5 May 2011 15:35:54 BDT
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Posted on 5 May 2011 16:20:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 May 2011 16:23:17 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I can't believe somebody is trying to promote s**t on this thread.
Anyway I go on my hols in a few days and I hope a few poeple keep this thread alive, If not it as been nice to talk to you all.
It is so hard tring to get 40kg of luggage for 3 poeple. I'm only taking 4 changes of evening ware, hope it lasts.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2011 19:33:44 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
Have a great hol, Gary.
You cd always go with an empty suitcase - stuff always seems to be cheaper abroad!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2011 20:07:58 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
On a bit of a budget, and it's mostley the kids stuff that is the problem(creams and nappies).
we have a really bad flight, we dont get there til after midnight, so in a way we are losing a day. I love to get there for around mid afternoon, unpack then have a look round and then have a nice cold beer and relax, nothing better.

Posted on 5 May 2011 20:24:25 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I glanced at another thread and they were discussing swearing in books, what does our thread think about it?. To be honest I do not like it, maybe because I do not like it in general, I also think you do not need it in films as well eg If E.R was made into a film it would have had loads of swearing, would it have made it any better, no.

Posted on 5 May 2011 23:13:18 BDT
Have a good holiday!

I'm not much for swearing in books. Here and there a spot of it when necessary. As part of every paragraph; boorish. And I don't like the really bad words, especially when used as "spacers" rather than swear words (instead of "uhm" it seems some can be inserted at every breath/pause.)

A scattered word here or there gives us the appropriate mood. No need to go on and on swearing about it!

M

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2011 08:04:32 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I agree, some Authors actually just write that there was swearing rather than using the swearing itself which I think does had to you own imagination.

Maria just wanted to ask you about a subject on this thread from a few weeks ago, what you think of American English in books eg color intead of colour, check intead of cheque ect. As an American do think it does spoil the written word or not?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2011 08:04:56 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
Not really a big fan of swearing in books, tho I do swear AT books quite a lot (well, just the few bad ones I've happened upon)
A light peppering of swearwords is ok for a tv crime prog, if it is to seem more realistic, but as a big fan of 'Porridge' , was v impressed at how they dealt with the language.
On the printed page, it is a bit different - it is important to 'hear' the voice of whoever is speaking, but there is so much really terrific literature out there that does not have one swear word in it at all. I agree with Maria - a scattering to give the mood is fine where appropriate but wd prefer not to slow down the text with a torrent of expletives. Far more interesting things to read/write about.

Gary, hope yr flight goes ok, it isn't ideal timing! It'll be worth it once you get there and ..... relax.....
Looks like we're in for some rain here at last.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2011 10:24:02 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Yes we had some last night,It as been so dry here and with that wind we had for the last week as well.... . One good thing though is the lack of weeds in our garden.
Weather is just starting to pick up in Mallorca, around 24 degrees now.
I have been reading some reviews on our hotel by some guests on trip advisor. Some poeple just do not ue there common sence. They have complained about all the bars shops ect being closed. well they have gone in april when things have yet to open up yet, what do they wan't, for the locals to open up and lose money.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2011 17:53:18 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
Am a big fan of trip advisor but as you say, you need to actually use a bit of common sense! Daughter was in Cyprus late September when everything was closing up, still had a good time tho, but she hadn't realised just how seasonal it was.
Off to light the BBQ - prob the last chance till September if its anything like last summer!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2011 20:19:50 BDT
I'm big on the theory that communication trumps all. I don't care if it is spelled color or colour, humor or humour. I read enough books from both sides of the pond that I recognize many words as "correctly" spelled regardless of whether English spelling is used or American spelling. Since I read cozies, to some extent the British spelling can give a whole bit of atmosphere to the written word when I'm reading a British cozy. There's no reason to feel that way, but I do. The different spelling takes me right away to the UK--pepper the story with tea and cakes and I tell you, I am right there!

I think there is a place for both; used correctly they add a dimension and stories all about the layers. The spelling can just be a shade of colour thrown in, don't you think?

:>)

Maria

Posted on 7 May 2011 20:42:23 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Well, Ive just done the last bit of packing and I am all set, Ive got time to watch the grand prix tomorrow,but I don't think any brit will do good, everyone take care and all the best.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2011 00:35:17 BDT
Do *try* to have a good time. Not *too* good of a time; we want you back sober and remembering the grand time!!!

Be safe.

Posted on 18 May 2011 10:21:21 BDT
I Readalot says:
BUMP - This thread is in danger of being forgotten. Monday's episode of 'Game of Thrones' was really brutal, it had me wincing and glancing away from the screen a couple of times, can hardly wait for the next one!

I caught 'Jar City' (based on Arnaldur Indridason's novel) on BBC4 last week. Really enjoyed it - Erlendur looked just the way I had imagined him to - but I think it helped that I have read the book. At least I now know what the place looks like and have a better knowledge of how the names are pronounced.

Still on the subject of TV/books. Has anyone been watching 'Castle' on alibi? Crime novelist pairs up with female detective to get inspiration for a new series of novels, for me it is must watch TV, great fun and it stars Nathan Fillion (from short lived but brilliant sci fi series Firefly). Anyway, I have just discovered that 'Nikki Heat' books by Richard Castle (fictional character) have been published, I wonder who actually does write them. Anyway, I have decided to see what fiction written by a fictional character is like.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2011 11:48:16 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
Thanks for the reminder, I Readalot - I wanted to watch 'Jar City' and forgot. Will see if it's still on the BBC i-player. I have got the book on my 'to read' list but not bought it yet.

I have so far struggled through the 'Shadowline' drama on the beeb but haven't really enjoyed it. Don't think I'll waste any more time with it - will try the i-player instead!
I often listen to the bbc radio 4 extra (used to be called radio 7) dramatisations of an evening while I'm doing my craft stuff. They're doing the Smiley books again - I bought the set on cd and they are excellent.

I noticed the Guardian's lovely Sue Arnold gave the audio book of Gormenghast a good review last week. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/07/sue-arnold-audiobook-reviews-roundup?INTCMP=SRCH
As it is one of my top ten books, I am also tempted to buy that too. Something else great to listen to while I'm crafting.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2011 14:05:29 BDT
I Readalot says:
Another Gormenghast fan, I have read them a few times over the years. As this year is Mervyn Peake's centenary year he will be popping up all over the place, hopefully gaining some more fans along the way. As a fan I have recently had the unforgettable experience of meeting and chatting to his 2 sons and daughter. They are all genuinely friendly and incredibly interesting people. Clare Peake has a memoir out in July 'Under a Canvas Sky', which I intend to read and Mervyn Peake's wife has completed Gormenghast with the always intended 4th part 'Titus Awakes'. A good year all round.

Posted on 18 May 2011 19:08:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 May 2011 19:15:41 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
V disappointed now.
BBC 4 had a film about RS Thomas on, late yesterday evening. Just had a look to see if I cd watch it on iplayer and it isn't available. Rats.

Now just discovered I'm too late to watch Jar City on iplayer. Double rats.
Still, will read the book. Am sure the film will be on again.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2011 20:05:51 BDT
I Readalot says:
I hate it when that happens Karen, there are so many channels now it is difficult to keep track of what is on and when, I only found Jar City by chance.

I had a different sort of TV disappointment today. I really enjoy sci fi shows and have really got into Stargate Universe only to find out that it has been cancelled after only 2 seasons. They did the same to Firefly - the only advantage to that was that it meant Nathn Fillion could take on the role of Castle. The sci fi channel is getting really boring now with endless monster movies.
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