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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

Yes, it is so ironic that we are having this dry, sunny spring weather—Mother Natures little joke? The Liverpool Echo says there were no deaths from COVIS-19 in Liverpool today. Sounds good, but I have trouble believing good news.

 

I stumbled over this list in The Guardian. The 100 Best Novels. 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/17/the-100-best-novels-written-in-english-the-full-list

 

I've read 46 of them. Hmm, not half. But . . . just 4 more to get to 50%.

 

Mister 7777 here.🤪

 

<Gulp> Shame on me - I've only read 15 of them 🤯.  Mind you, I have read 3 or 4 several times! 😂

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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

Yes, it is so ironic that we are having this dry, sunny spring weather—Mother Natures little joke? The Liverpool Echo says there were no deaths from COVIS-19 in Liverpool today. Sounds good, but I have trouble believing good news.

 

I stumbled over this list in The Guardian. The 100 Best Novels. 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/17/the-100-best-novels-written-in-english-the-full-list

 

I've read 46 of them. Hmm, not half. But . . . just 4 more to get to 50%.

 

Mister 7777 here.🤪

If you include one being read to us at primary school, 2.

The other one was at grammar school, mumble mumble years ago.😮

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15 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Yes, it is so ironic that we are having this dry, sunny spring weather—Mother Natures little joke? The Liverpool Echo says there were no deaths from COVIS-19 in Liverpool today. Sounds good, but I have trouble believing good news.

 

I stumbled over this list in The Guardian. The 100 Best Novels. 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/17/the-100-best-novels-written-in-english-the-full-list

 

I've read 46 of them. Hmm, not half. But . . . just 4 more to get to 50%.

 

Mister 7777 here.🤪

 

Got up to 8, did I miss 1984 in that list? Used to vacuum up fiction when I was younger but becoming hard to please these days, too much rehashing of old ideas or characters I can't identify with. My wife is an avid reader and I occasionally pick up one of her choices only to abandon it after the first chapter.

 

However I did enjoy this gentle mix of narration, interviews and poetry that I encountered by chance on BBC Radio 4 , The Miners' Way - catch it if you can.

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1984 is #70, Bryan. In addition to "good books" I read a lot of "thrillers." Elmore Leonard, John Sandford, Lee Child, Robert B Parker, and so many others. 

 

Ahh, the modern BBC! Another subject to blog about, perhaps. 

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I read all of Dick Francis books but they are not on your list, are they?

 

Allan

 

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29 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

I read all of Dick Francis books but they are not on your list, are they?

 

Allan

 

 

Horses for courses; he did a runner; there's a good joke there somewhere, but I can't quite get it! 😉☺️

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I've have read a lot of Dick Francis, Allan, but awhile ago. 

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20 minutes ago, losdemas said:

 

Horses for courses; he did a runner; there's a good joke there somewhere, but I can't quite get it! 😉☺️

 

Keep trying.🤨

 

 

20 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

I've have read a lot of Dick Francis, Allan, but awhile ago. 

 

Yes it is a while ago since I read them too. My wife, GRHS, was associated with the horse racing fraternity and got me into DF novels. Good writer and I often found myself reading them in bed when I should have been sleeping.

 

Allan

 

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I might clean the inside of the car today, have been putting it off - on the other hand........😉

 

Carol

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Perhaps we should have a poll for most boring self isolation activity.

 

Today I gave our air plants a shower...... 

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My parents were not great readers but they encouraged me which was great. They didn't have much money when I was a kid but they bought me those cheap hardback 'classics' with gaudy illustrations on the dust jackets. If I persevered with them I'd get an 'Airfix' plane kit as a treat every few weeks. They got them, books and kits, from Woolworth's in Splott, Cardiff when they went to the shops and our butcher's which was opposite. I still have them now. 'Black Beauty', 'Moby Dick', 'Treasure Island', 'Ivanhoe' and many others. It sparked a love of reading and was a huge help to me educationally. I have read a lot on that list, plus I was in to Dostoevsky in my late teens. Precocious? Moi? 😇 😀

 

On a photographic note I have just had delivered the big fat Joel Meyerowitz book 'Where I find Myself'. It spans his whole career to date. I have many of his monographs but good to have this chronological overview in one volume. 

 

Pete Davis

https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/

http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/

https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/

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I once went along on Holiday with a couple to a holiday rental for a week. They were both speed-readers. They had a heavy box which they produced saying they thought they would re-read the Flashman books (there are a dozen I think). I didn't know them so managed a couple which were amusing. They dashed through them all and pulled out another box of something else. They were before the Box-Set in our current meaning

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Just come back into the office after doing a bit of gardening. I am not a gardener, don't like it one bit, but must admit it was kinda relaxing for a couple of hours.

The garden looks a lot tidier now.

 

Will do the front tomorrow morning after my walk. Only two small, short  box hedges to trim then clean up.

 

Allan

 

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4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I've have read a lot of Dick Francis, Allan, but awhile ago. 

 

Me too, isn't there some rumour that his wife was writing them, or did his son take up the challenge, or both?

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26 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

Only two small, short ox hedges to trim

If the ox look anything like their Scottish cousins, they'll take a while to trim!😀

Highland Cattle, part of a conservation project restoring former military land near Aldershot to heathland. - Stock Image

 
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7 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I've have read a lot of Dick Francis, Allan, but awhile ago. 

 

6 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Yes it is a while ago since I read them too. My wife, GRHS, was associated with the horse racing fraternity and got me into DF novels. Good writer and I often found myself reading them in bed when I should have been sleeping.

 

Allan

 

 

2 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

Me too, isn't there some rumour that his wife was writing them, or did his son take up the challenge, or both?

 

Dick Francis (and Felix) books are my favourites, I've just started "re-reading" them by listening to audiobooks borrowed from the library, while trying to tame my garden.  Fortunately, my memory is so bad I can't remember the endings.  Just finished Odds Against, first published in 1965, no bad language and money in pounds, shillings and pence.  I like crime/thrillers, Peter James (Roy Grace) and Peter Robinson (Alan Banks) especially.

 

I don't think I've read any of the books on that list, although I know we started Lord of the Flies at school.  Perhaps I just don't remember the ending....

 

Seen the films of some of them though.

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On 04/05/2020 at 22:57, losdemas said:

 

Loving reading this.  It's been so tragic here to have been stuck inside, after what seems to have been the best Spring, weather-wise, in the UK (the south, at least) for many years.  Can't wait to get outside and visit some of our lovely locations here in the UK (abroad will have to wait for this era to end/a lottery win! 😂).  Been made more aware than ever of my own mortality, and would love to get to see some places while I can!

 

Um, if some of that seems a bit negative, it wasn't meant to be! 😁

 

Nothing pessimistic at all there. The travel bug is something that never leaves us. I just cannot imagine not travelling, it would be a jail. The only thing is as I get older (I just qualified for my senior card!! My head says what??!!), my body is not as keen as it used to be. My own fault, too much time spent in front of the computer. In the past, I would travel on my own to very remote and rough places, completely unconcerned about what would happen if I needed medical help. Now I am beginning to think twice. Although very healthy, I seem to occasionally catch some obscure ailments that no one has ever heard about (bursatis anyone?). It doesn't last long but floors me temporarily. If this happened in the middle of the rainforest...

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3 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

I would travel on my own to very remote and rough places, completely unconcerned about what would happen if I needed medical help. Now I am beginning to think twice. Although very healthy, I seem to occasionally catch some obscure ailments that no one has ever heard about (bursatis anyone?). It doesn't last long but floors me temporarily. If this happened in the middle of the rainforest...

 

My thoughts exactly, Gen.

 

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On 03/05/2020 at 09:48, Ed Rooney said:

Are the readers here a different bunch? Hmm. Here's this week's blog:

 

https://edostrange.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-liverpool-lockdown-so-far.html

 

 

Just read your blog Ed, interesting as always.

 

Surprised to see Sainsbury's Local boarded up, as ours is doing a roaring trade, but it is located near the centre of a new housing development. My wife's daily exercise comprises an early morning (6:30) bike ride while nobody is about and she has taken to calling into that shop as, early on, there are no queues.

 

We are fortunate living in a semi rural location with plenty of green spaces and of course our allotment, but I'm missing local travel, in particular bike rides to the coast, I need a fix of sea air. 

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I've read 19 of them and i'm reading 'Gulliver's Travels' at the moment. It was a hard back copy my grandfather was awarded by his Sunday school and it has a plate in the front saying "awarded to John Keates, September 1918".

 

One of my top 3 would be 'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier, which isn't on the list. The other 2 are there, 'Catch 22' and 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'.

 

Never liked 'Ulysses', 'Midnight's Children' or 'Catcher in the Rye'. Each to their own I suppose.

 

John.

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Interesting that you liked Catch 22 but not Cather in the Rye, John. I didn't have trouble reading Ulysses, but I don't know anyone who could read Finnegans Wake.

 

Bryan, there is another, larger Sainsbury's near the small one that's closed. I'm told that the supermarkets outside the centre are all open. This situation is of course stressful and boring (7 weeks now), but what I see in Liverpool I clap for. The women here are mostly overly styled and the men look like rugby thugs, but I've found them to be good people and nice and friendly. I wish I could understand Scouse. 

 

Do any of you forum folks see a reason why my last blog post has 118 readers (about average) while the one before it has only 41? 

 

Edo

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19 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

Me too, isn't there some rumour that his wife was writing them, or did his son take up the challenge, or both?

 

His wife (Mary) did a lot of the research for his books even learning to fly a plane at one stage for one of his books. Felix, his son, was Dicks (Richard) manager and later in his life co-wrote four novels. After Dick Francis death Felix went on to publish more books.

Apparently Mary was also an accomplished photographer, and in the darkroom too.

 

Allan

 

 

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18 hours ago, Russell said:

If the ox look anything like their Scottish cousins, they'll take a while to trim!😀

Highland Cattle, part of a conservation project restoring former military land near Aldershot to heathland. - Stock Image

 

 

Corrected spelling error.

 

Allan

 

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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

Do any of you forum folks see a reason why my last blog post has 118 readers (about average) while the one before it has only 41?

 

Because you've become an internet sensation, and your blog posts are going viral. 😎

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1 hour ago, John Morrison said:

 

Because you've become an internet sensation, and your blog posts are going viral. 😎

 

Viral? Isn't that an infection, John? 

 

My question (poorly phrased) was asking about the low # of readers on The Volunteer blog. Most of the others get about 100 readers. My old Mulberry Street blog got up to 600 readers. 

 

 

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