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Posted on 17 Apr 2013 13:54:06 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
It is my biggest fear that novels will go the way music as due to the mp3 player. Most of the time if you start listening to a album and you don't like it you just delete it, but when you own the LP you give it a go a few times before you make the decision that you do not like it. Same with a novel if you own the book and you do note like the first few chapters most poeple stick with it and sometimes glad that they did. If you could just delete it or download something else cheap to replace the novel after the first few chapters I believe alot of people will do that as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2013 14:11:01 BDT
Can't argue with you. I think that is what is happening. I have tons of freebies on my kindle and I don't give them more than 30 pages to grab me. Some I've given half and I tell you, they still get deleted. I'm always glad I'm not stuck with a paperback to get rid of. (I have a lot of those too. I sort and give them away, run giveaways on my blog...and still I get more...)

I think it's just the way of technology. And don't get me wrong. I like reading paperbacks, but I'm choosier now about buying them. If they are the same price as Kindle, I'll go Kindle. If they are cheaper, well, I get whatever is cheapest!

Posted on 18 Apr 2013 07:55:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2013 07:57:08 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Music is now the free toy in the cereal box. I just hope the wrtten word does not go the same way. It is now happening to tv, so many channels now, that no one watches the same thing, good shows get axed becuase of viewer ratings. This is down to technology. Technology does not have to be a good thing all the time. Growing up Tv channels spent alot here in the UK on big productions becuase they knew they would get the viewers, same with music. Top of the pops was popular it would get 13 million viewers becuase until the mid 90s new music releases could only be played on the radio or tv the week of release, so it was a big thing to here a new record from your favorite artist or here a new song,now they play a new track months before single release, it as took all the fun out of it.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 13:22:27 BDT
We nearly missed out on Mark Knopfler's great music because radios don't play him here. Sure, they play Dire Strait's, but geez. The man has been making albums steadily for years and years and plays AWESOME stuff. But somehow if you only listened to the radio, you'd never hear it. Thankfully, there's the internet. And social circles and music discussions. LOVE his music.

Posted on 18 Apr 2013 22:11:53 BDT
Eurythymia says:
Oh dear...never heard of him. Sorry. Very much a classicist.

Singing Mozart's Requiem Mass on Saturday with the Choral Society that I am in, plus some piece by Bach which is lovely when you listen to it but a real b**ger to get your teeth round (do NOT like singing German!). Got a nice Mendelssohn aria though so compensation for all the grief!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 22:57:11 BDT
He tells some great stories in his music. You might recognize 5:15 a.m. It was based on a news story in the UK. Then there is "Prairie Wedding." LOVELY Old West story. Just fantastic. He even has a song for Imelda the lady with all the shoes. Some interesting roads to explore in his music!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 22:59:16 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Love Mark Knopfler's music too Maria and have quite a few of his albums. Have you heard his instrumental "Wild Theme?" Living in the North East of England I'm very fond of a lot of his music and songs about this area. I love his "Big River" - The river Tyne - Newcastle. He plays and Jimmy Nail sings. I'm glad you have access to his beautiful albums.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 23:01:26 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
I don't know these. I must have a look through and see if I have them.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 23:10:33 BDT
We have the the Local Hero album and it has Wild Theme song on it.

I'm not sure if we have Big River. It's not coming to mind, but the man has put out so many albums and some of the songs are on different ones here, I think. Will have to look that one up.

Just LOVELY music.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 23:17:25 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
"Big River" is a song written and performed by Jimmy Nail and released on the album Big River. It was released as a single in 1995 but Mark's background music makes it special Maria. You may find it on You Tube? Sailing to Philadelphia is another of my favourites.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 23:27:41 BDT
We found it. No, we hadn't heard it before.

Yes, we love Sailing to Philly! Such a great little story in there. We have the one where he does it with James Taylor. I think he does it alone on tour. I just love his storytelling. 515 is quite haunting. Prairie Wedding is so lovely--so romantic. My favorite album is probably the one he did with Emmy Lou Harris. What awesome duets and fun.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2013 00:17:35 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
It is 15 minutes past 12 am here Maria so bedtime for me but I'll see if I can find the ones you have recommended tomorrow morning. I have a full album of Mark playing with your country artist Chet Atkins.Also the Shangri - La album. Yes he sure is awsome. I also have a track of his brother David Knopfler singing with Chris Rea.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2013 00:26:51 BDT
Oh, how I love Shangri-la! That is a beautiful song. We have the Chet Atkins one too. Fun and funny. Both of them --wonderful finger-picking guitarists!!!

I don't know about the David one. I'll have to look for that one too. G'night.

Posted on 19 Apr 2013 11:24:24 BDT
Eurythymia says:
Hi Maria.

Not sure of the time difference right now, but e-mailing all my friends in America and hoping is all is well with you after the terrible events in Boston and Texas. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2013 14:33:30 BDT
Thanks for your concern. We're about 3 hours south of the Texas disaster, but we are well, thank you.

Looks like they are hot on the trail of the Boston criminals.

Posted on 2 May 2013 15:12:17 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Well tomorrow is my last day at work before my hols. Going to Menorca for the first time and the weather looks ok as well.Can't wait. I will have a drink for you all.

Posted on 2 May 2013 16:48:53 BDT
Eurythymia says:
Have a good one.

I am collecting my new puppy tomorrow. Soooo excited. Just can't wait. Booking agility classes and reviewing training for him. Got the dog treats made. Bedding, etc. all ready.

Family arguing over name...any helpful suggestions welcomed!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013 00:48:41 BDT
Please have toast for us as well!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013 00:49:05 BDT
If I adopted a puppy, I'd need agility classes too. :>)

Posted on 3 May 2013 08:26:17 BDT
Eurythymia says:
For me a home without a dog is not a home. I miss my last dog so much. It was a total shock when he died, so unexpected. My daughters are home this weekend to meet the new arrival. We are all so excited and arguing over names. I will let the world know when a decision has been reached!!

Posted on 3 May 2013 08:39:29 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Our Dog died a few years ago, she was called Biddy. She was a rescue dog and the sweetest thing. If you said snuggle to her she would but her head under your chin and close her eyes abd stay there for ages.
She was 17 when she died and it's funny she died soon after our first child was born.It's like she knew, as if she was saying 'my job is done now its time to start the next chapter of your life'. The other funny strange thing was she came a part of our lives a month after moving into our old house and died 3 weeks before we moved house. It was like a start and a finish to good memories of our old house. Nice to think we had closure to our time there.
We had a painting done of her which takes pride of place on top of our stairs, so we still see her everyday. I still miss her.

Posted on 21 May 2013 12:55:14 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Just returned from Menorca and had a great time, I would recommend Menorca to anyone who as young kids. I have never been sio sad coming back from my hols as this time. Did not do much reading though, far too busy with the little ones.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 14:10:55 BDT
Good you're back safe and as sound as you ever were!

I've read a few books of late. Some UF and a book on the 12 best Chicken breeds. My reading takes me far and wide...from my armchair, the things I can learn!

Posted on 22 May 2013 08:21:29 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I find it hard to read now I have to kids, I use to read a book a week on avarage ow its probably one a month.

Posted on 22 May 2013 09:14:48 BDT
I never appreciate the comforts of home more than when I'm at a pub and need to take a dump.
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