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Posted on 22 May 2013 12:38:58 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I guess you talking about our toilet paper problem front or back, I myself do not like a strange toilet. It does feel wierd when the toilet seat is warm. Yuk.

Posted on 22 May 2013 12:41:11 BDT
It was how the thread began, so I thought it appropriate. :)

Posted on 24 May 2013 09:59:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2013 10:01:23 BDT
Eurythymia says:
Back from Rome and feeling like a culture vulture. Brought home a mini library of books on religion and archaeology (Not relating the two although sometimes they are obviously). Had the most wonderful time, just seeing it all and drinking in the history. Sistine Chapel was wonderful...pity about the crowds! That's me being a culture snob! Food was great and plentiful, but didn't actually put on weight because I walked so much! Planning the next trip there already; once was just not enough. Back to the mundane boring old life now I guess.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 14:23:34 BDT
Rome is something pretty special, crowds nonwithstanding.

Anyone who has a Kindle -- I have a free short story available at my blog. I'm testing Amazon's new "send to kindle" button. I will warn you, this is not high literature. It doesn't really have subdued British humour either. It's kinda zany.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 15:51:51 BDT
Book Mad says:
Couldn't get the 'send to kindle' button to work. Just got a message that I did not have a supported device. Even though I have a 'kindle for android' which IS on the list of supported devices. Go figure.

I agree Rome is very special, but I think that Florence is my favourite Italian City!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 18:09:51 BDT
I think you do have to have an actual Kindle--not a PC or other reader with Kindle software loaded. I'm still kind of learning the whole "button" thing, but from what I can tell it only works if you have one of their actual readers.

That said, if you email me (there's an email link on the blog) I can send you a .mobi file. You would have to side-load it though. It won't go directly to your kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 18:10:41 BDT
I've also wondered if the send to kindle works in all countries. If anyone does have a kindle and gets the story via the button and you live in other than US, let us know!

Posted on 26 May 2013 14:26:19 BDT
AnthonyUK95 says:
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Posted on 26 May 2013 14:57:16 BDT
And an even quicker spam

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 18:23:23 BDT
I Readalot says:
Maria, I have it and I just have the app for android. Didn't appear immediately so went into 'manage your kindle' and sent to the app, then I had to sync on my phone but it is there now.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 02:22:33 BDT
Thanks I readalot. Someone else emailed me and mentioned they had to send it twice on a not-actual-kindle but I have a kindle and I still had to send it twice. I think since the button is new it has glitches in sending. Glad to know that it is worldwide and can go to UK and other places. The button software didn't specify. Maybe it will work better or at least the rules will be clarified sometime in the future!

Thanks for letting me know.

Posted on 3 Jun 2013 12:48:38 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
God know what me and my family are goint to do for an holiday from now on. My little boy starts school in september and we do not think they will let him out of school in term time.
My problem is that I am a supervisor in a factory that makes school furniture and the busiest times of year are the school holidays and I am not allowed this time off at all. Also my wifes working week includes weekends so if she as a week off she can't have the first weekend off, so she can only have monday to sunday.She also can't take of holidays midweek to midweek.
The only weeks I can have off when the schools are closed is the October and Febuary half terms but again my wife would not be able to get a full week off.
Poeple have suggested doing the day trip thing but again my wife workes weekends.
I do think thegovernment (not schools) should let perents with our sort of problems allow us to have an hilday once a year, Maybe a special form with proof from your emloyer. I do think family time is just as emportant as education. All my children will know is there dad stuck at work, working 70 to 80 hours a week when its the school holidays and having very few family memories while growing up.

Posted on 3 Jun 2013 13:41:13 BDT
I hope that situation changes for you and soon, G.D. Sounds downright intolerable.

Posted on 3 Jun 2013 14:31:43 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
We are hoping to have a word with the school and expalin our situation.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2013 19:44:13 BDT
I Readalot says:
No problem Maria. Not too long before the start of the season, but it is still too far away. Looking forward to seeing the 'new' team. My son has been keeping tabs and mentioned today they have to learn new plays for the running game. A lot of impressive looking 'newbies'.

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 07:57:33 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Does anybody have a book they love for sentimental reasons, rather than the book being great in itself. I took a book of short stories by an author called Jackson Miller on my hols. It was ok but could only read around 150 pages on holiday. I finished it a few days ago and was really sad that I had. It will always remind me of one of the best holidays I have had with my family. I found a little cafe bar just around the corner from my apartments. It was qiute and only a few local were there. I would take my book around tea time have a glass of Rioja and then an espresso.
It's funny how the human brain works, I have read great books at home that I do not even think about but an avarage book (to me) can live in the memory forever.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 12:23:05 BDT
Book Mad says:
A book called Moonrakers Bride by Madeleine Brent reminds me of my Mum and of contented summer evenings reading together in the garden. She finally thought I was old enough to take proper care of her beloved book club hardbacks!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 12:36:53 BDT
I think the Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon books are like that for me. Memories of sneaking off to read when I was supposed to be doing chores. Hours in the summer reading my favorites. The discovery in a bookshop that they had a Trixie I hadn't read...

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 13:23:45 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Hi G.D.Buxton. I can empathise with you about books we love for sentimental or emotional reasons. For me, it was "Duncton Wood" by William Horwood. I was very ill and confined to bed for some weeks. I was still waiting for a diagnosis and very anxious. A friend gave me this book to pass the time and I loved it. Every time I see it sitting there on my book shelves I remember and give thanks that the diagnosis was so much better than we had imagined. Incidentally, it was a great book anyway and eventually I bought the rest of the series.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 16:15:36 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I am glad that you are well. I remember growing up my mum threw away all my old children novels. I am heart broken that I can't read those books to my children. I will make sure I put these books in the loft just incase my boys want to read them to thier kids. I have already started putting some toys up there.

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 17:31:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jun 2013 17:32:34 BDT
Eurythymia says:
The best children's book ever is 'There 's no such thing as a dragon'. It is hilarious and mad, but entirely logical. I used to read it to my girls and they loved it. I had lost the book so bought a new copy ready for my little grand daughter. Eldest daughter saw it when she visited the other weekend and immediately grabbed it. She remembers how much she used to laugh when we read it. I had a bit of fight to keep it as she wanted to take it away with her. You just have to get it and read it to your kids. I guarantee they will love it!
Might not be such a good idea to hang on to the toys. My loft is full of them and they are not wanted. Might be better to donate them to the charity shop.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 17:33:26 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Me too G.D. "Wind in the Willows" and "Babar the Elephant" were two I especially remember she got rid of. I cried for days. At ten years old she threw my beloved old teddy in the bin too! The reason being that I was far to big to still have a teddy. You never really forget do you!

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 18:24:06 BDT
Eurythymia says:
Wind in the Willows is lovely as is Winnie the pooh. I also enjoyed reading Dr Seuss to my children and Cops and Robbers.

Of course when they were older we all read Harry Potter. I remember queuing at midnight to get the latest book each time a new one was published.

My girls still enjoy reading and the middle one writes now so nothing beats introducing them to a good book!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 21:01:09 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Eurythymia, It was me that grabbed all the Harry Potter books to read as my sons were all married by then and my late husband wasn't a reader. I loved them and still do! LOL

Posted on 7 Jun 2013 09:16:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2013 09:16:59 BDT
Eurythymia says:
I love them too but buying three copies at once was just toooo much. One of my daughters used to compete with her best friend to see who could finish each book first, so by the morning she had more or less read it! I only had to wait until she had finished and then I was able to grab it and start reading!
I was given Rowling's latest book 'A Casual Vacancy' for Christmas. Very different from the Harry Potter books but I enjoyed reading it immensely. Not for teenagers...gives them far too many ideas on how to wind up parents!
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