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Initial post: 8 Apr 2011 13:00:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2011 20:22:22 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Hi, just thought it may be fun to start a club for people, who are not to far up thier own a**e, and want to talk about anything at all , every one is welcome except authors you have your own discussion.
I thought I would start by talking about toilet paper, which way on the roller, paper front ways or paper back, I prefer paper running down the back, I just feel it looks better.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 13:14:59 BDT
I Readalot says:
Good idea, although you are bound to upset a few people. As for toilet paper, definitely running down the front, it is easier to grab hold of.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 13:51:14 BDT
Down the front as well, and sometimes folded into a point like you get in hotel rooms... just for that added bit of poshness :)

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 14:26:35 BDT
As one of the small group who originally started Mostly Harmless, and the only Brit member, I'm really sad readers feel this way. At the time we carefully discussed how we wanted it to be a friendly chat thread, with occasional links to our books but definitely not ranting on about them. As far as we were concerned, it was a place to socialise, not to promote.

However, we have no control over who posts there or what they post. I agree, it hasn't changed for the better but there isn't much we can do about it.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 15:08:05 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I know a few poeple that are ok but When you go into harmless it comes across as 'we are authors we are better than the avarage so ann so'.
Any way the other problem about toilet paper is that it's so dusty, if you pull a piece off in the sun light just look at all that dust. It is about time someone came up with dust free toilet paper.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 15:20:54 BDT
Lez Lee says:
As a British non-author, I really enjoy 'Mostly Harmless.....' I find the American input interesting and very refreshing. I don't find them particularly 'up themselves' and just skip all the stuff about publishing etc.
Oh, and I like the bog-roll running down the back. You'll have to knit yourself a 'crinoline lady' cover to keep it dust-free! :-)

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 16:04:39 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I don't think all the authors on 'harmless' are like that, but it comes across that way.
The 'crinoline lady' thing is just girly, no we need andrex or charmin to come up wth dust free toilet paper it's the only way forward.
Change of subject. Different things to put on toast, besides cheese ect. I just love toast It is fantastic.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 16:09:42 BDT
I'm sure some authors think they're better than all the other authors - just like some people do in any job. And authors who've recently published their first books are often somewhat overenthusiastic. But basically each individual author and reader has their own idea of what's acceptable in terms of forum posting, and what isn't.

It might be good to have a chat area where no mention of books is allowed.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 16:12:07 BDT
Toast...don't mention toast. I was just about to get some when I discovered my bread had gone mouldy and I had to have crumpets instead. Pure, unsalted butter only.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 16:20:08 BDT
Peanut butter or Nutella on toast, all the way. Sometimes together. Can't go wrong with peanut butter. Unless you have a nut allergy of course.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 16:24:14 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I have this idea of making main course meals from toast, get a uncut loaf and cut it all the way across the top toast it lightly then put on tuna mix in a small amout of mashed potato some cheese season then the thing that gives it a edge branston pickle.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 16:39:20 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Thats why I have started this chat area,you can talk about books but not your own(or a friend or family members book).

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 16:42:26 BDT
Effectively, you're taking the principle of the jacket potato and applying it to toast. I think we underuse toast - especially the opportunity to return it to the grill complete with toppings - but on the other hand I do like jacket potatoes...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 16:45:18 BDT
In that case, I think you should specify no book links in the first post...or authors will take it over as an excuse to post their 'signature links' rather than to talk about toast (or jacket potatoes).

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 16:53:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2011 19:53:43 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
But to be fair I have put non author book club so that should give them a clue what this is all about.
Anyway back to toast, I could start a cefe or something dedicated to toast I Could call it......Toast or toast r us.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 17:14:12 BDT
I Readalot says:
Mentioning toast reminds me of the annoying talking toaster in Red Dwarf. I like mushrooms on toast, smashed up banana sprinkled with brown sugar is another favourite.

I do agree that a lot of authors come across as thinking they are better than us non authors and i definitely like the idea of a 'plug free zone', a couple of years ago they were easy to find, but now are impossible.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 17:18:46 BDT
Just noticed the toilet paper. I prefer away from the wall, otherwise you can sometimes scrape your knuckles on the wall. Also, when they make decorated toilet roll (which I'm sure they will soon, if only for the fun of knowing people are going round with multi-coloured bottoms) then you'll need it on the outside to see the design.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 17:22:19 BDT
LEP says:
I used to love grilled tomatoes and bacon on toast. Can't eat tomatoes though now as they upset my stomach, sad!

I used to read and contribute to the Mainly Harmless discussion. I didn't find the authors "up their own...." whatevers. However, it did become very technical re. how to format kindle books etc, etc, and I couldn't contribute to those discussions being a non author.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 18:04:36 BDT
I have a toilet paper fixing lying around here. Do you know how annoying it is when you sit on the loo, take off a bit of loo paper, then try to place the (it has to be a new) roll onto the radiator and it ALWAYS fall down and rolls away!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 18:22:49 BDT
I Readalot says:
And then you try to roll it back up but it is never the same.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 18:25:42 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
At home i tend to go with wall side, but at work it has to be from the front for ease of access (don't ask)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 18:32:52 BDT you have a Golden Retriever puppy by any chance?

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 18:36:21 BDT
Have you noticed how if you don't have a holder and put it on the cistern, whenever you have a visitor it ends up in the toilet? And have you also noticed how, if you have a wall mounted holder, the cardboard inner tubes can be stacked 4 or 5 high while you wait for a man to put a new roll on the holder?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2011 18:43:33 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
I know exactly what you mean. I get very frustrated with myself when I refuse to change it for ages.

Posted on 8 Apr 2011 19:52:11 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
If I open my toast cafe, I will have toast decorated toilet paper, maybe with the menu or pictures of my plates of toast on it.
Anyway back to bieng a book club(for none authors), I read alot of Grisham novels, he spells cheque as check, now is this bad spelling or an American English thing?.
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