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Posted on 27 Apr 2011 22:53:07 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
I haven't read any of the books but I'm loving the TV show so far. Is it just me, or does Peter Dinklage sound like Victor Meldrew at times?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 22:50:32 BDT
Florence43 says:
If you find Robin Hobb too depressing then Martin is definitely not for you Maria.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 22:47:47 BDT
Haven't read Martin, myself. I *might* attempt it but I've heard it is quite dark and I'm a humor/light/cozy reader myself. Oh, I read the occasional dark fantasy if it isn't too morose. Robin Hobb? Too depressing. Joshua Palmatier? I can handle. But I like silly things like Janet Evanovich, Karent Cantwell, Elizabeth Peters (not all that silly, good mysteries). I read fantasy that isn't silly, but I will read silly fantasy as well. And I do love a good urban fantasy, oh yes, I do.

I had heard he had a bit of writer's block too. Must be hard when you've got a series out that is so well thought of. And now you need to continue to amaze and dazzle. You've fans waiting. Sending letters, even. And there you sit staring at the screen with not an idea in your head.

Best to go make those sausages and parsnips. I do not think we have parsnips here. I've heard of them, but not certain I've eaten them. I just grew beets for the first time ever this winter. Yum! Quite good, although I did not figure out to peel them the first time we ate them. Despite being VERY well-scrubbed, they were a tad on the earthy side. Much better peeled. I think I'll grow them next winter although husband was not overly impressed.

Picked the first roma tomato of the season this morning. Very happy about that.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 16:16:33 BDT
I really like them - glad to hear that the series is good though Sean Bean is always decent eye-candy - but I have to say they are the most depressing, depressing books EVER! I think about 4 of them are out and everyone is waiting anxiously to find out what happens next but to no avail (Flo, I didn't know he had writer's block).

There was a cartoon that a pic of him promising "1000 pages of snow blowing over the graves" which is harsh but funny. Do read it though - and Tyrion is the most interesting character, imho, apart from the sinister iceghost-types from the north who I liked the sound of - very sinister....

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 14:24:49 BDT
Florence43 says:
I have read the books so far - the warning being that George R.R. Martin is not even half way through the series and he has writers block. As fantasy goes it is right up there with the best in my opinion but they are very long books and very slow, but your really get to know the characters. Also very bloody and debauched in places.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 13:29:01 BDT
I Readalot says:
It is very dark and definitely not a fantasy for youngsters to watch. Even though he is an American the entire cast appears to be British. There was a Book Show special featuring an interview with the author. His aim was to mix fantasy and history, Hundred Years War, that sort of thing, so really a British cast is more appropriate. Apparently when it came to casting it was a case of 'we have to get Sean Bean for this role', no doubt due to his role in the LOTR film. I think there are quite a few books in the series so I will probably end up just watching the TV shows, only 10 episodes for the first season and I am confident it won't stop there.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 13:13:25 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
It looks like the start of another series of books,I don't think my little brain could take it, if I get the chance I will watch the TV series,evan though it as sean bean in it (sheff Utd fan -ughh)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 13:05:03 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I know I love gardening and its been so dry my primrose are about dead, Viola is doing really well.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 10:47:19 BDT
I Readalot says:
On a book related note has anyone read the 'Songs of Ice and Fire Series' by George R R Martin? I have watched the first 2 episodes of 'Game of Thrones' and it is amazing, one of the best things on TV at the moment, OK it helps that Sean Bean is in it but my favourite character has to be the dwarf. I don't read much fantasy nowadays but I am almost tempted to read this series.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 10:43:28 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
Am sure it'll be great by the time you go. It looks like being cool and rainy here anyway - good for the garden at least. My stepdad's hoping for a wet May - probably doing a Devonshire raindance even as we speak (well, type...)

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 10:19:56 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Just been checking the long term weather forcast for malloca, it does not look great 20 degrees cloady and rain some days. I hope it changes by the time we go away

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 07:52:12 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I had a pub meal bank holiday monday and I felt totally cheated, the mashed potatoes were instent ones. They can't be doing that for the price ,just for the ease.

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 18:57:51 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Sprinkle the spuds with some cajun seasoning before you put them in the oven. Yum!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2011 17:29:43 BDT
Florence43 says:
Or a favourite of mine - Sausages, red onion, potatoes (skin on), parnsips, carrots all tossed in a small amount of olive oil. Baked for about 40 mins.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2011 17:18:29 BDT
Completely agree on the potatoes. I made twice cooked potatoes and onions all the time (microwave red potatoes, dice and put in a fry pan with a bit of oil and onions.) Better than French fries!

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 16:11:37 BDT
Florence43 says:
And a waste of time. Just chip some potatoes toss in olive oil and bake, you'll get a better result.

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 15:13:52 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Oven chips they don't evan taste like chips,even the Brand names.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2011 15:12:25 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I think that alot of Spanish resorts seem to cater for the Brits so you get alt of fry ups now.
BIL says he is staying for 3 months but cannot leave the country.

It as been very hot for the time of year here in the UK,hotter than Spain which is worrying.I remember going to Halkadiki around 5 years ago in may and it rained everyday, the temp was only 14 degrees.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2011 15:39:12 BDT
Roasting is the word. It's been above 30 for several days. We expect a cooler front on Wed and Lord have Mercy I am so hoping it arrives. Sometimes those weathermen lie, you know.

If he gets married, I suppose the US will let him stay. :>) I don't know all the rules. He can get extensions for a while unmarried. I do wish him well. I hope the woman feels as strongly about him as he does her!!! I'll hope for a job to land in his lap as well; Austin isn't as bad as some areas of the country.

We vacation much as you describe--staying places where we can do our own food. We had a bit of a time of it in Spain because finding stores that sold more than some fruit/cheese/crackers was difficult. We just didn't know our way around! Not to worry. If I ever find myself traveling there again, I'll be better prepared. I don't think we'll be taking a vacation this year. My parents are not in the health they used to enjoy and if my husband and I go anywhere they wish to go along as they cannot travel by themselves anymore. The logistics become difficult and with petrol prices so very high, staying home looks quite attractive at the moment!


Posted on 23 Apr 2011 20:22:59 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I have just found out my brother in law is trying to stay in the states if possible,I do not know if he can that?
Just started reading 'Next' by Michael Crighton I can't get into it at all, its not half as good as Prey.

I had a toast problem this morning I forgot to get the bread out of the freezer and I do not know if it is just me but if I defrost the bread in the micro wave it just does not seem the same.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 19:54:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2011 21:39:06 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Maria he is visiting a girl he as bieng seeing since 2003, He is very much in love. I don't Know how he will keeps the relationship going.He says it is roasting out there.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 19:52:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2011 21:39:58 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Lez really, Sheffield fc are doing really well these days good gates ect. Alot of poeple do not believe me that Sheffield is the home of football/ soccer. Its a pitty that for such a large city we do not have a really big football team

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 19:49:36 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Sorry, it feels like I am a widower. My wife works evenings and weekends I work from around 6am to around 6pm (til late at night when my wofe as a night off).
I do apologise if you thought that, It is a hard way of life but in this day of age we are just lucky to both be working.
As for the holiday you just have to drop lucky, we paid £500 for the 3 of us including insurence. We are not taking much spending money, just going to make our own meals and get the odd bottle of wine.

Posted on 22 Apr 2011 00:37:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Apr 2011 00:38:43 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Garry, what a coincidence! For 35 years I lived in Sandygate Road, Sheffield - a few 100 yards from Hallam F.C. the world's second oldest football ground. I now live near Falkirk, Scotland.

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 23:22:04 BDT
Garry, I'll say hello to your BIL if I see him. :>)
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