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16-01-2008, 08:03   #41
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I've just read and finished "The Broons 2008 annual".!


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16-01-2008, 08:14   #42
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You lucky boy! I loved the Broons and Oor Wullie when I was a kid. (They've been around for ever )
A couple of months ago I was trying to explain to Mrs Surfin how my Gran in Scotland would send The Broons one year for Chrimbo, and then Oor Wullie the following year. Hey presto, she gets the Broons as a cheeky stocking filler for me. I'm now on the hunt for previous Oor Wullie annuals to show my little lad whose 6.

I'll have to find some more serious reading now as well though!


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16-01-2008, 08:51   #43
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I'm reading How to Stop Smoking Permanently - Allen Carr. 11 days since my last ciggie too!!!!!
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16-01-2008, 12:54   #44
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You lucky boy! I loved the Broons and Oor Wullie when I was a kid. (They've been around for ever )
Aww, happy memories! I loved them too as a kiddie - I remember looking at the pictures in Oor Wullie before I could even read!

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16-01-2008, 13:07   #45
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Just finished Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner - interesting outlook on data, statistics and economics, but a little repetitive. ; nearly finished Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany - a good holiday read, lots of short stories, some of which are a little shocking; and just started Half of A Yellow Sun by Adiche, gripping.
I finished Half of the Yellow Sun a couple of weeks ago (discussing it at book group at the Red Lion tonight) but not my cup of tea. Also just finished Graham Greene's The Heart of the Matter.

If you liked Freakonomics (and I thought it was terrific) then I would thoroughly recommend "The Tiger That Isn't" by Blastland and Dilmot. It is mainly about statistics and shows how many news stories etc are based on completely missleading statistics.
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16-01-2008, 14:33   #46
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I'm reading How to Stop Smoking Permanently - Allen Carr. 11 days since my last ciggie too!!!!!
Good luck, it worked for me, in two weeks I'll have been stopped a year. No desire either. Well done on 11 days!!!!
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16-01-2008, 14:42   #47
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I am reading "Making Money", the latest discworld story from Terry Pratchett
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16-01-2008, 14:50   #48
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Just finished The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman by Louis de Bernieres, for about the 5th time. I love that trilogy!
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16-01-2008, 16:09   #49
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Have just finished the Kenneth Williams diarys. He presents himself as a fairly unpleasant, egotistical and repressed character. Very interesting read though.
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16-01-2008, 19:23   #50
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I'm reading 'The wind up bird chronicle' by Haruki Murakami. I usually flt through books but this is taking me ages, it's really good though.
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16-01-2008, 19:38   #51
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im just halfway through Richard Hammonds biography which is giving a very interesting insight to the work on Top Gear and in to "the accident"......
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16-01-2008, 19:49   #52
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I've been reading Charlotte Bronte's Villette since WAY before Christmas - I've not read it in a while with having other things to do in the past few weeks.

I decided some time last year that I'd finally like to read some 'classic' stuff from the Brontes and Jane Austen, so went on Amazon and found two big books, one with Austen's entire works and one with 5 novels by the Bronte sisters. So far I've only read Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility and half of Villette, but I am finding the latter much 'easier' than the other two, it's not quite so round-about-the-houses in saying things.

I used to love reading when I was little and had 2 or 3 books on the go from the library. I can't really be bothered these days
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16-01-2008, 21:58   #53
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So far I've only read Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility and half of Villette, but I am finding the latter much 'easier' than the other two, it's not quite so round-about-the-houses in saying things.

I used to love reading when I was little and had 2 or 3 books on the go from the library. I can't really be bothered these days
If you can plough your way through Austen and the Brontes you're doing pretty well! I've been meaning to read Villette for years...

I'm reading John le Carre and Paul Virilio at the moment. Interesting mixture
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17-01-2008, 05:47   #54
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Upstairs: I'm almost at the end of Norman Wisdoms autobiography 'My Turn' and I am enjoying it very much. His struggle through childhood when he was abandoned by his mother then kicked out by his father, his days on the streets then in the army then a boxer. It's a fascinating story and one I heartly recommend reading.

Downstairs: I'm also almost at the end of Philip Pullmans dark Materials the Northern lights which is the first part of the Golden Compass and I am well and truly hooked. First time I've ever read any of his books and I think this one is wonderful. I've just ordered the other two in the series, So I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hope they arrive before I finish this one.


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Phillip Pullman his Dark Materials.
Just reading back through what other members are reading and saw that you are reading the same as me, How far are you with it? Ive just got to where she is up in the balloon being pulled along by the witches and finding it very good indeed. What do you think of it?

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17-01-2008, 05:56   #55
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Have just finished the Kenneth Williams diarys. He presents himself as a fairly unpleasant, egotistical and repressed character. Very interesting read though.
I have also read his diaries and agree with what you say Trips, He did seem to had a low opinion of most of the people he worked with like Tony Hancock and a very high opinion of himself but diaries are always more interesting that biographies because they are not written to be read and you get more honesty.

But if you like diaries Micheal Palins Monty Python years is a must. Very interesting read indeed.
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17-01-2008, 14:46   #56
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I am currently re-reading Stephen Kings' "The Stand".
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17-01-2008, 14:59   #57
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I have also read his diaries and agree with what you say Trips, He did seem to had a low opinion of most of the people he worked with like Tony Hancock and a very high opinion of himself but diaries are always more interesting that biographies because they are not written to be read and you get more honesty.

But if you like diaries Micheal Palins Monty Python years is a must. Very interesting read indeed.
Aye i've read that. Very good. I've also read the Tony Benn diary....dull and the Alan Clark diary.....very funny.
Pepys is still the one though.
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17-01-2008, 15:03   #58
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Crow Road, Ian Banks... It's got loads of characters in and I keep forgetting who is who! And it jumps about lots...
It's good tho!
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I've just this minute finished The Ripple Effect by Dominic Holland. Nice amusing light read, thoroughly enjoyed it. Now onto something a bit more meaty I think.
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17-01-2008, 15:13   #60
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The biography of Steve McQueen


Just started it ........... now!

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