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kittiwake 5 yrs ago
You could try book speed dating. Pick a book and give it 50 pages (or 10% for shorter books) then decide if you want to read it or get rid of it. Then put it on a keep pile or in a bag for BookCrossing or a charity shop …

kittiwake 6 yrs ago
[[Maya Angelou seems to have dropped off the list. You'd definitely expect her on there, but perhaps they thought she'd already hD enough exposure.]] She probably does not count as contemporary any more, now that she …

kittiwake 8 yrs ago | 3 replies
Next year's convention is in Gothenburg.

kittiwake 9 yrs ago | 1 replies
Is that Cowper Road in Hanwell? My brother and sister-in-law used to live there in "one of the few houses to have more than one front doorbell" and they still live very close.

kittiwake 9 yrs ago | 1 replies
A long time ago when we were children, someone in the family (I can't remember who) accidentally said "feak and weeble" instead of "weak and feeble". Ever since, when someone is feeling a bit tired they will say that…

kittiwake 9 yrs ago | 1 replies
If you go to a foreign language class, one of the first things they teach you is "I am English, Scottish, etc." not "I am British" (although Northern Ireland is probably an exception) because that is how people think of …

kittiwake 9 yrs ago
I've just finished reading "Gulliver's Travels"on my Kindle, and its inbuilt dictionary came in very handy for the 18th century vocab. Two words that are used a lot in it are lenity meaning kindness, and hanger which is …

kittiwake 9 yrs ago | 2 replies
i don't think any men are going to want to waste Viagra on vases of flowers : )

kittiwake 9 yrs ago | 1 replies
"Michelle Williams found the filming of "Blue Valentine" helped her with her grief over Heath Ledger's death" is too long for a newspaper headline, so the newspaper is trying to get the sense of that sentence into just a…

kittiwake 9 yrs ago | 2 replies
It's a good job I'm not running this thread, or I'd be upsetting people by telling them off for cheating and soon there would be nobody left : )

kittiwake 10 yrs ago | 1 replies
I'm currently hiding out in the underground temple of a squid-worshipping cult in South London, after someone I had thought of as an enemy rescued me from interrogation by a talking tattoo.

kittiwake 10 yrs ago | 1 replies
God that was boring. It seemed a very loose and weak script, huge amount of dialogue for no reason. And it treated the audience as idiots...yes, I do know that English and American idioms are different. Th…

kittiwake 10 yrs ago
I managed to read 2 of my books matching the theme this month but I don't think I'll have time to get another as I need to read my book club book next. SunDIVER by David Brin http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/39118…

kittiwake 10 yrs ago
I've decided that with the number of high street stores going bust recently, gift cards aren't worth the risk at the moment. I've spent my last Waterstones vouchers on some books from my wish list, and I'm not letting th…

kittiwake 10 yrs ago
I have just listened to a radio program about literary walks, in which the presented was walking around Alderley Edge with Alan Garner, who set his children's fantasy novels "The Weirdstone of Brisinghamen" and "The Moon…

kittiwake 10 yrs ago
A group of scientists on Mercury have just received the terrible news that one of their Sunships, piloted by a genetically modified sapient chimpanzee, has been destroyed on a trip into the sun's chromosphere. Sundive…

kittiwake 10 yrs ago | 1 replies
We used to have dripping on toast when I was a child, and I did enjoy eating it. However tripe is the only thing that my mother cooked just for my father rather than for the whole family - probably because she hated it h…

kittiwake 10 yrs ago | 6 replies
I tried fermented shark when I was on holiday in Iceland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hákarl

kittiwake 10 yrs ago | 1 replies
The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper is a children's book which I am reading because the author will be doing a talk at the UK Unconvention in September. Sundiver by David Brin is a science fiction novel, the first bo…


kittiwake 10 yrs ago
Just the high pitched voice meaning.

kittiwake 10 yrs ago | 1 replies
SunDIVER by David Brin (first in a science fiction series) MacCartney at Kashgar by CP Skrine & Pamela NIGHTINGALE (biography of a diplomat) Bridge of BIRDS by Barry Hughart (fantasy set in ancient China) Full Dark Ho…

kittiwake 10 yrs ago | 1 replies
Nothing good on tv tonight, so I have just listened to it. I see they went for a theme, with all five stories featuring dangerous beasts.

kittiwake 10 yrs ago
by Robertson Davies. I couldn't decide what to read next so I went with Plum-crazy's June theme.

kittiwake 10 yrs ago
I've been collecting a few books by local authors to take to the UK Unconvention in the autumn. Among them are three children's books by Nottinghamshire author Helen Cresswell, and I have just finished reading them. L…

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