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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Nana of 8 on May 13, 2014, 18:36:20 pm
Dan Brown's inferno.
No-one took my hints for my birthday last year, so I forked out the princely sum of £3 and bought a copy from Tesco yesterday.
I'm on chapter 6 so far.
This is no great feat of reading; each chapter appears to be about 3 pages long.  ::)
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Post by: Lisa on May 13, 2014, 19:06:29 pm
I've not read that one.
I've read all his others, but I'm not a fan of his work
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Post by: drac on May 19, 2014, 08:28:36 am
I just finished The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Very interesting read.
Now I'm back to Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  I've vowed to finish that book even if it kills me.
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Post by: Ian on May 19, 2014, 16:09:40 pm
Quote from: drac on May 19, 2014, 08:28:36 am
I've vowed to finish that book even if it kills me.


   Good luck with that.  It killed me.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: drac on May 20, 2014, 03:31:21 am
Quote from: Ian on May 19, 2014, 16:09:40 pm
Quote from: drac on May 19, 2014, 08:28:36 am
I've vowed to finish that book even if it kills me.


   Good luck with that.  It killed me.


Ah, so you've joined me in the ranks of the undead?  That explains so much! ;)
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Post by: Ian on May 21, 2014, 16:54:05 pm
Quote from: drac on May 20, 2014, 03:31:21 am
Ah, so you've joined me in the ranks of the undead?  That explains so much! ;)


  And yet so little.

  I'm ploughing away through Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra.  Very heavy going from an obvious nutter.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nana of 8 on May 26, 2014, 23:15:48 pm
Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K Jerome.

Never read it before.It's brilliant! :D
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Post by: Ian on May 29, 2014, 10:54:01 am
  Stephen King- Full Dark, No Stars.   A damned sight more cheery than bloody Nietzsche.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 12:57:31 pm
   Ray Meats - My Outdoor Life.  God, but he comes across as pompous.  He flushed out Raoul Most, you know.  Oh yes he did.  Moat had 'stepped in his world'  ( some woods), and 'crossed a line' and 'now it was going to end'.  What a crock of old bollocks.
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Post by: Lisa on September 15, 2014, 12:59:13 pm
Lies of Locke Lamorra, by Scott Lynch.
I finally have the last book in the trilogy, and I need to re-read before starting it
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Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 13:02:46 pm
Quote from: Lisa on September 15, 2014, 12:59:13 pm
Lies of Locke Lamorra, by Scott Lynch.
I finally have the last book in the trilogy, and I need to re-read before starting it


   Are they any good?
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Post by: Lisa on September 15, 2014, 13:04:48 pm
I like them, I like the language the Author uses in them. I think it would make a good film, with some obvious tweaks.

I'm just hope he hasn't forgotten how to write, there was a very long gap between the 2nd and 3rd books. I'd given up hope of it ever being done.
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Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 13:13:11 pm
   They look promising.  I could do with some new books.
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Post by: Lisa on September 15, 2014, 13:14:46 pm
I always need new books ;D
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Post by: Mike on September 15, 2014, 13:16:38 pm
Bill Bryson- America one year 1927, fascinating book, it's the year Lindbergh flew the Atlantic
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Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 13:17:55 pm
Quote from: Lisa on September 15, 2014, 13:14:46 pm
I always need new books ;D


   I need space to put them, too.   :-[
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Post by: Lisa on September 15, 2014, 13:28:10 pm
oh thats a major problem.
I have books double stacked and all over the place, but I can't face throwing them out or giving them away.
Have to do somethign
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 13:29:42 pm
Quote from: Lisa on September 15, 2014, 13:28:10 pm
oh thats a major problem.
I have books double stacked and all over the place, but I can't face throwing them out or giving them away.
Have to do somethign


  I'm thinking of making bookshelves out of my books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ian on September 16, 2014, 13:27:24 pm
  I'm re-reading Clive Barker's Weaveworld.  Haven't read it in years, and it's from the period before he went first commercial, and then mad.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lisa on September 20, 2014, 21:48:03 pm
Red Seas Under Red Skies. Scott Lynch.
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Post by: Ian on September 25, 2014, 06:28:18 am
  I treated myself to all the Jack Reacher books I haven't read, in eBook format, so I'm working my way through those.
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Post by: Ian on November 16, 2015, 15:03:35 pm
   Got three books on the go at the moment.  Make Me, by Lee Child, The Commodore, by Patrick O' Brian, and Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on November 21, 2015, 10:10:17 am
Still on the war of the roses but also baking through the ages
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lisa on November 21, 2015, 10:50:38 am
too busy to busy to read any fiction at the moment :'(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ian on November 24, 2015, 16:59:28 pm
Quote from: Lisa on November 21, 2015, 10:50:38 am
too busy to busy to read any fiction at the moment :'(


   Is it possible to be so busy?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lisa on November 24, 2015, 19:30:25 pm
can't relax enough to concentrate on anything besides paperwork :'(
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Post by: Tâf on November 24, 2015, 20:44:23 pm
Websites trying to find out hot to claim my Civil Service pension. It's all gobbledegook so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Izzy on November 28, 2015, 00:05:58 am
Going to attempt the Book Thief later...
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Post by: Ian on November 29, 2015, 12:13:41 pm
   Re-reading James Clavell's Shogun.  Forgot how good it was.  Good writing, but without neglecting story, as so many authors do.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ian on June 16, 2016, 19:15:34 pm
   Ah, I don't know...  A book?  Brenda Crumpet?  Bernard Cornwell, that's it.  Fighty stuff, with swords.  Perhaps.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mike on June 16, 2016, 19:30:36 pm
Private Eye
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Post by: Ian on June 23, 2016, 17:42:26 pm
   Some Andy McNab novel, that one of the kids got me for Father's day.  Can't remember what it's called.  First Shot?  Big Shot?  Ah, Remote Control, that's the one.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ian on July 11, 2016, 18:18:04 pm
   Noting.  I have run out of books to read.  I need to find a new author, quick sharp.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ian on July 21, 2016, 18:00:00 pm
   Re-reading the Dark Tower trilogy.  I can't believe they're making a film of it with Idris Elba as Roland.  Not because he's black, but because he's a terrible actor.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lisa on July 21, 2016, 18:53:45 pm
Ooo I like idris
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Post by: Ian on July 21, 2016, 19:02:16 pm
Quote from: Lisa on July 21, 2016, 18:53:45 pm
Ooo I like idris


   You can hear his London accent in everything he does, though.  Big flaw in an actor.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on October 03, 2016, 18:29:22 pm
3 sisters
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Post by: El on January 14, 2017, 16:30:18 pm
Queen Victoria book. I have never been a royalist. But what an arrogant bunch of tossers they were.
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Post by: fred on January 14, 2017, 19:19:20 pm
The city who fought
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Post by: Nana of 8 on January 14, 2017, 21:50:59 pm
Man out of Time by Jason Ayres. Third of a trilogy about what happens when a time bubble appears when a tunnel is built under the new HS2 train line, exposing the bubble to 2 unsuspecting boys...
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Post by: Lisa on January 15, 2017, 15:07:04 pm
It
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Post by: Izzy on January 18, 2017, 05:09:47 am
Launch
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Post by: Nana of 8 on February 05, 2017, 00:20:49 am
The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Interesting slant on Pride and Prejudice
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lisa on February 05, 2017, 08:14:24 am
Ooh
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Post by: El on March 03, 2017, 09:39:42 am
Lady Chatterleys lover
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Post by: El on April 03, 2017, 21:58:13 pm
Brideshead revisited
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Post by: Mike on April 03, 2017, 22:44:09 pm
The Reginald Perrin Omnibus
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Post by: Lisa on April 04, 2017, 21:26:59 pm
nothing at the moment.
i need something new to read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on April 12, 2017, 12:36:35 pm
Some murder mystery or other. So boring I can't even remember what it's called. But too many characters and too many murders. I think it was a deal of the day and no wonder  ::)
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Post by: fred on April 19, 2017, 19:14:09 pm
mistress of the empire
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Post by: Izzy on April 25, 2017, 09:01:49 am
Phillipa Gregory - The White Queen
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Post by: El on April 27, 2017, 16:50:23 pm
The boy who gave his heart away. True story about organ donation.  Have been amazed at the co ordination to get an organ and person together.
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Post by: Lisa on April 28, 2017, 19:00:29 pm
course work :-\
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Post by: Ian on June 14, 2017, 18:56:47 pm
  A really boring book of rules and regulations.
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Post by: fred on June 14, 2017, 20:16:23 pm
Quote from: Ian on June 14, 2017, 18:56:47 pm
  A really boring book of rules and regulations.


You have a need to do that?

Rule no.  1 is do things your way until someone tells you to do it another way.

Rule no. 2  Do it their way until they get bored and the do it your way
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on June 15, 2017, 15:29:54 pm
The Nest
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Post by: fred on June 15, 2017, 18:44:36 pm
The Rowan
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Post by: Nana of 8 on June 19, 2017, 21:00:09 pm
Some Mills and Boon chicklit. I was bored with highbrow and it's too hot to think ::)
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Post by: El on June 23, 2017, 19:24:34 pm
The life and loves of Louis X1V
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Post by: fred on June 23, 2017, 19:36:27 pm
KIlo Class
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Post by: Mike on June 23, 2017, 20:11:18 pm
Food Factory
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Post by: Lisa on June 23, 2017, 21:35:31 pm
I need new stuff to read
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Post by: fred on June 24, 2017, 19:47:55 pm
Try

Footfall
is a 1985 science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The book depicts the arrival of members of an alien species called the Fithp that have traveled to our solar system from Alpha Centauri in a large spacecraft driven by a Bussard ramjet. Their intent is conquest of the planet Earth.

Best not Wiki it.  Far too many spoilers there.


also

The Road to Gandolfo. ok to wiki
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lisa on June 25, 2017, 13:12:54 pm
Cheers Fred. I'll go look
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Post by: El on July 06, 2017, 22:11:57 pm
Joan and Better the divine feud
It's really good. The lengths those old movie stars would go to in order to upstage the other
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Post by: El on July 31, 2017, 11:59:42 am
Riders by Jilly Cooper . Not my usual fare and I won't be bothering with any more of them.
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Post by: Lisa on August 07, 2017, 21:06:26 pm
Finally ordered those two books fred
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Post by: Nana of 8 on August 07, 2017, 23:07:31 pm
Take a Break Fiction Feast
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Post by: El on August 26, 2017, 18:50:40 pm
A woman of substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford
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Post by: El on September 16, 2017, 20:17:02 pm
The Barchester chronicles . Thought it would be boring but I'm really enjoying it. No violence, no horror , kidnap or torture.
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Post by: El on October 09, 2017, 20:53:00 pm
Samuel Peepes diary and loving it
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Post by: Tâf on October 10, 2017, 11:44:22 am
News that W, despite showing the first 3 series, has decided not to show series 4 of a scifi cult hit.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lisa on October 11, 2017, 11:00:55 am
What series taf
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Post by: Lisa on October 11, 2017, 11:01:34 am
And are you reading it on the TV?
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Post by: Tâf on October 11, 2017, 11:51:26 am
Quote from: Lisa on October 11, 2017, 11:00:55 am
What series taf


The Strain.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2654620/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on November 13, 2017, 20:43:30 pm
Poirots finest cases
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Post by: El on November 18, 2017, 19:21:03 pm
Ladies of letters.  Really good
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Post by: fred on November 18, 2017, 19:21:31 pm
kilo class
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Post by: Tâf on November 18, 2017, 20:10:22 pm
Quote from: fred on November 18, 2017, 19:21:31 pm
kilo class


The Weightwatchers' book?  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on January 13, 2018, 13:08:33 pm
Return to Oz. Its quite dark, full of dwarves, talking animal, magic, politics and tick tick machines.
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Post by: fred on January 13, 2018, 19:13:35 pm
Quote from: El on January 13, 2018, 13:08:33 pm
Return to Oz. Its quite dark, full of dwarves, talking animal, magic, politics and tick tick machines.
::) ::)

Magician
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Post by: El on March 05, 2018, 13:45:20 pm
Three things about Elsie
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Post by: fred on March 09, 2018, 18:51:07 pm
three on the go:
Battlefield Earth
Noble House
Moonrise
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Post by: Lisa on March 09, 2018, 18:52:39 pm
Not what i should be
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Post by: El on March 16, 2018, 10:03:33 am
April fools day.  Really enjoying it.
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Post by: El on March 22, 2018, 15:22:26 pm
Quote from: El on March 16, 2018, 10:03:33 am
April fools day.  Really enjoying it.

Finished it. I was skriking buckets at the end.
I'm going to miss that book.
Will start Wolfe Hall tonight.
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Post by: Lisa on March 24, 2018, 10:51:09 am
a guide to the zombie apocalypse
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Post by: El on March 27, 2018, 13:58:27 pm
Thirteen about a court case. A bit too grisly for mr
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Post by: El on April 02, 2018, 12:06:55 pm
The Seagull
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Post by: fred on April 05, 2018, 19:09:08 pm
The clan of the cave bear
to be followed by
the valley of horses
the mammoth hunters
the plains of passage
The shelters of stone
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Post by: Tâf on April 05, 2018, 19:18:51 pm
Council and Assembly emails saying that all questionnaires posted regarding several subjects have been "accidentally deleted" and it's too late to resubmit them.

This is what is called "public consultation". Maybe too many people were against their plans?  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on April 10, 2018, 19:43:18 pm
Murder on the orient express
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Post by: El on April 19, 2018, 11:46:54 am
Allan Bennett plays . 10 of them and 3 are good. Last time I buy an omnibus or collection of stories
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Post by: El on April 27, 2018, 13:27:42 pm
Royalty by some American.  Dysfunctional is putting it mildly they should be on Jeremy Vile
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Post by: El on May 11, 2018, 20:59:13 pm
Jane  Seymour third wife of Henry 8th
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Post by: El on May 16, 2018, 09:48:29 am
Fred Dibnah
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Post by: El on July 08, 2018, 12:14:34 pm
Just finished Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
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Post by: El on December 22, 2018, 18:53:20 pm
An Expert in murder by Nicole somebody or other. It's good too, half way through and I still don't know whodunit.
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Post by: El on January 15, 2019, 13:21:39 pm
Burt Reynolds biography. 
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Post by: Tâf on January 15, 2019, 13:36:23 pm
Email from SWALEC gas

QuoteAs you're on our standard variable tariff your prices are now capped. There has
also been a change to the way your Direct Debit discount is calculated. The
annual fixed discount of £40 a year no longer applies. From 1 January 2019, your
new discount will vary depending on how much energy you use, where you live
and your meter type. The discount will be automatically applied to your standing
charge and unit rates.


In other words, this "capping" has increased my gas bill by £40 a year!!!   :grumpy:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: El on February 04, 2019, 22:16:36 pm
Blott on the landscape. Not my usual type of book but really enjoying it.
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Post by: Mike on February 05, 2019, 09:28:07 am
I love Tom Sharpe
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Post by: El on March 02, 2019, 12:57:08 pm
Mary Queen of Scots. Very good. Oooooh but they were devious swines with their codes and messengers. I didn't know about paintings having these wierd clues in them. Plus what they would do for their religion.
Me? I'd swap and change to whatever suited. No way would I burn or be tortured for want of signing a piece of paper.
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Post by: Tâf on March 02, 2019, 13:46:17 pm
PIP assessor's report. Lies, lies, lies and omissions. I'm mad as hell.  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
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Post by: Tâf on March 14, 2019, 18:05:42 pm
Pol's Assessor's report was "she looked OK, so she has no disabilities".

The DWP Decision Maker's report based on that is lie after lie after lie.

I have taken my time to rip both to shreds for Mandatory Reconsideration, but I suspect we will have to take it to Tribunal.
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Post by: El on March 25, 2019, 10:58:08 am
The Godfather
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Post by: El on March 29, 2019, 18:54:48 pm
Not that kind of love
About a woman who has treatment for breast cancer and her journey through chemotherapy. She still died. Said she felt fine till she started treatment. 
After my sister in law also endured a horrendous time from prognosis to death. ( she actually wished for death many times).  I simply do not wish to know.
I've had quite a few mammograms and a recall once which turned out to be a cyst.....I've made my mind up never to have another one.
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Post by: El on June 18, 2019, 15:37:32 pm
Wolf Hall
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Post by: El on August 10, 2019, 13:47:21 pm
Rolling Stones biography
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Post by: El on September 02, 2019, 21:55:29 pm
The Familiars. It was about the witches of Pendle Hill and the unfair trials that were done on suspicion and gossip.  One of those books that you listen to for just one chapter more and before you know it, I'm still listening to it at 2am.
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Post by: Tâf on September 03, 2019, 12:31:47 pm
Car insurance quotes.
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Post by: Lisa on September 03, 2019, 16:50:17 pm
Highway code
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Post by: Tâf on September 03, 2019, 17:04:39 pm
Quote from: Lisa on September 03, 2019, 16:50:17 pm
Highway code


Time to write L and R on the back of your hands....
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Post by: Lisa on September 03, 2019, 19:05:38 pm
Yup
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Post by: El on September 21, 2019, 13:01:51 pm
Cain and Abel very good
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Post by: El on June 14, 2020, 18:56:45 pm
Marie Antoinette
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Post by: fred on June 14, 2020, 20:08:02 pm
Tai Pan
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Post by: El on November 08, 2020, 20:41:36 pm
Greatest trials at the old Bailey. Starting in 1907, showing how evidence etc has moved on.
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Post by: Tâf on November 09, 2020, 10:25:37 am
Shower installation instructions. For an "easy fit" model it's a PITA.