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Posted on 16 Apr 2011 20:10:54 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Thank god a toilet roll round the back person, I thought I was the only one

Change of subject, Child saftey things you can by. I do not know if it's my son who is very bright or if they are useless.
The plastic plug socket tampa things. I will do the hoovering, when I turn it off my son will unplug the dyson give me the plug then go and put in the tampa plug thingy in the socket.

Posted on 16 Apr 2011 20:54:40 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Does anybody else read more than one book at the same time?. I tend to read an hardback in bed and a paperback going to and from work.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2011 20:59:36 BDT
lisa says:
I have been know to read a few different books at the same time. I'm on only one at the moment - because it's a good 'un. :)

Posted on 16 Apr 2011 21:01:29 BDT
I Readalot says:
I am the same, hardback in bed and paperback for everywhere else, on the bus, breaks at work and I also read in the bath. I always have 2 completely different kinds of books as well, perhaps a literary one and a crime.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2011 21:24:34 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I know I am breaking my own rule here but I just want to say congrats on the 5 star review. I know , I know what I said but anybody who gets a 5 star review for thier book, well I think it's ok to break it.

Posted on 16 Apr 2011 23:38:27 BDT
I sometimes read more than one book at a time. Especially if one's quite heavy - either in subject or literary style - I might have a light-hearted one on the go at the same time.

Posted on 17 Apr 2011 11:03:51 BDT
I Readalot says:
Just noticed that this thread is being 'buried' by all the Kindle threads, can't have that can we? Anyone watch the Grande Prix today? I have to admit that I am disappointed that Jensen Button didn't make the podium, but you have to take your hat off to Mark Webber, starting 18th to finish 3rd, besides I do have a soft spot for him.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2011 11:37:31 BDT
Florence43 says:
Don't we all! I turned it on this morning then dropped off again and had waking dreams about Mr Webber instead. It's a hard life!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2011 12:40:26 BDT
That's tough...though personally I'd rather dream about Neil Oliver. Maybe if I watch videos of him late at night...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2011 13:14:28 BDT
I Readalot says:
At least you won't have that problem? for the next few European ones. When they are on so early I usually see the start, doze off and wake up to catch the last 10 or so laps, having said that I actually managed to stay awake this time as there was quite a bit going on.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 07:51:12 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I miss the old days of Grand Prix racing, Mansell, Piquet, Prost and Senna. It was more about just the man and the machine nowadays the computers tell them everything, tyre pressure, fuel control maybe what they had for breakfast.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 08:16:40 BDT
Florence43 says:
I am not sure this Kers system is worth all the fuss. It seems to break down a lot and drivers seem to do well without it. It seems that it is all in the tyres this year. The new rules were supposed to improve overtaking and they have certainly succeeded in that. I think that the races are at least safer now - When Senna was on the track they were much more dangerous.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 09:31:48 BDT
It was great wasn't it? Ditto about Button. What I really wanted was for him and Webber to get past Vettel although that's a bit unfair because he drove a good race. And Lewis Hamilton flying past everyone like that... brilliant.

AND I've finally got to the bottom of which Lotus team is the real one.

And Kers... yeh, seems a bit rubbish. Red Bull have it but when does it actually work... ever? And er... dreams at night? David Tennant (mmm).



Posted on 18 Apr 2011 10:26:09 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Is it just me but if I am reading a papaer back and the words are written small(so there is more words per page) does it take you off sometimes?
Like at the moment I am reading a tomothy Zahn novel and it as around 400 words per page, it just feels hard to get through as a book that as 300 words per page but as with more pages, I seem able to get through the book alot faster.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 10:50:25 BDT
I notice with a lot of the older paperbacks, they're not only very small type but also the type is quite blurred - and no, this isn't because of my eyesight, if you wore reading glasses they'd just magnify the blur. Books like this are very hard work and I think it's one of the reasons the kindle is popular - because you can set the size however you want.

Most recently printed books are better quality in terms of paper and type - more like hard backs. But some are printed on white paper rather than creme and I really don't like this - it's too glaring. I generally borrow books from the library and often look for hard back editions because the print etc is usually better. But it's no guarantee - sometimes it's very faint. I also tend to read in bed which means I'm tired and using artificial light.

Print quality definitely makes a big difference to my enjoyment and influences which books I choose. I'm reluctant to buy books online for this reason.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 12:55:09 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Who sets the print size, is it the author or is it changed for print?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 14:19:02 BDT
On a kindle the reader sets the size - not sure if that's what you mean. In a print book the publisher sets the size. Apart from mass market books, where runs of tens of thousands are done very cheaply, the cost of printing is per page.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 16:30:22 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Anybody go t any other ads they can't stand.

there is a Jacobs creek advert, With this Ausie who seems a bit full of himself with aload of house guests, I really hate that ad.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 16:32:29 BDT
Florence43 says:
Apart from the go compare ones. I now mute the tv when they come on. And the gum disease one annoys me as well.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 16:37:16 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Ive just seen the thread abiut self puplished books. How dare someone complain if you don't like them do not purchase them, but to call them all bad seems a bit off to me. It must me an hard to get into this buisness, so don't knock it.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 17:03:11 BDT
I'm getting fed up with the go compare ones now. And I'd really like to play Tainted Love on guitar but I'm worried if I do that all my teeth might fall out. That ad annoys me because it's immensely sexist - implying that if you're female and lose a tooth for any reason you'll disgust all men - and also implying that a particular mouthwash will save you from serious gum disease - which it won't.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 17:14:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2011 17:21:30 BDT
@ G D, it's an immense investment of time and effort writing a novel. After a few years of trying to write, long before I was published, I decided that unless I had successfully completed a novel myself I had no right to criticise anyone else's - but I'm not suggesting anyone else should share that view. That said, if you choose to make your book available and charge money for it then I can see why you have to expect public criticism. Two things upset me about some of the comments here. The first is an automatic group branding of indies. If one is bad (or not to your taste) then the others must be the same. The other is that many readers are demanding that indies must price their books under 1 if they want anyone to take a chance on them. But if you do price a book that cheap, more readers are likely to buy it on impulse without reading a few chapters to see if they like it. Then they're disappointed if they don't.

However, everyone is entitled to their opinions and providing they're not abusive, to state them here. If we choose to write a book we can't expect people to like it just because it's taken us a long time. At least with opportunities for self-publishing you can write a book knowing it will be published. Before that you could spend years writing just for it to sit in a drawer or on a hard disk if the agents didn't like it.

I would not criticise readers in any way, but I do admit that sometimes, some of their opinions upset me.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 20:28:37 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I am doing something brave for dinner tonight. I have loads of chile's left, so I am going to put some on a quiche, With oven chips and beans. I may be in trouble in the morning, which brings me back to my first topic on this thread. Tonight I am changing the tiolet paper to front not back.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 20:54:07 BDT
E. Vago says:
You may need to put the toilet roll in the fridge.

Posted on 18 Apr 2011 20:54:36 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Back to the toast discussion, about 9 years ago my supervisor sent me home from work becuase I was talking about toast to much, I now have is job and I never send anyone home for talking about toast.
Anyone else ever had an uptight boss that goes over the top?
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