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  1. Just found this excellent bit of psychedelic rock on an old Classic Rock compilation. Sounds like the 60s but actually it's 2009.
  2. UFO (the Gerry Anderson live action series) The Prisoner (60's original) A family at war
  3. Recently read: Barbara Paul - But he was already dead when I got there. The author was inspired to write this by characters saying that in the Perry Mason TV series, and decided to take it to extremes by having all six suspects visit the murder scene and disarrange it in various ways. Good. Barbara Paul - Your eyelids are growing heavy. Woman is hypnotised into committing a crime. As far fetched as the above but again an entertaining read. Ruth Rendell - A sleeping life. A good Inspector Wexford mystery, though I'd worked it out way before the end for a change. Agatha Christie - The body in the library. Miss Marple investigates exactly that. T. P. Fielden - A quarter past dead. The third in the Judy Dimont series (see my previous post above) and again it was OK but overlong and too verbose. Think I might give up on this bloke for now. Robert A. Heinlein - The green hills of Earth. 1950s science fiction which now seems hopelessly dated but still a nostalgic read for anyone of my vintage. James Hadley Chase - Figure it out for yourself. Sort-of private eye Vic Malloy tackles a kidnapping, several murders and some drug smuggling. They may not be fashionable but I always find his books good page-turners. Now reading: John Rhode - Vegetable Duck. It's apparently a term for a stuffed marrow, which in this case is used to bump off a woman by virtue of being laced with digitalis. Another ingenious murder method in action. I can recommend The Hanging Woman by him from my last post too, but there's not much point recommending it since you stand almost no chance of finding a copy these days.
  4. Hardly any charity shops have reopened yet though.
  5. Duolingo seems to be one of the best regarded language learning sites.
  6. Forged by Fire on Blaze this evening has got to be the most niche programme ever. Oh, and also the original Van der Valk with Barry Foster on Talking Pictures TV at 9pm on Friday. Knocks the spots off present day stuff, though it's interesting to see how many cigars and how much booze he consumes every episode!
  7. You're presumably right but it still doesn't strike me as quite right without some attempt being made to trace the original owner first.
  8. I know, but they may have unavoidable reasons for that - they may have suffered some injury or illness and then when they recover they find all their stuff has been flogged off as well. I just wonder how long they give it before auctioning it all.
  9. I always feel sorry for the people who owned the storage locker originally.
  10. Recently read: John Rhode - The Motor Rally Mystery. Another good Rhode detective story from the 1930s which would horrify modern day motoring organisations! John Rhode - Death at Breakfast. Another good one with an ingenious murder method. Recently reprinted so more available than most of his. John Scalzi - Agent to the Stars. His first book, in which a Hollywood agent is put in charge of PR for aliens who look like globs of snot. Even more so than his other books, a fast paced amusing romp. T P Fielden - The Riviera Express T P Fielden - Resort to Murder. First two of a series featuring reporter sleuth Judy Dimont in late 1950s Torquay. OK but a bit verbose overall. Agatha Christie - Mrs McGinty's Dead. Poirot unravels a case from almost nothing. One of her better ones. Anna Kavan - A Bright Green Field. Hallucinatory, strange, surreal short stories by the author of the cult post-apocalypse novel Ice. Anthony Abbot - The Murder of the Night Club Lady. One of his breathless Thatcher Colt detective stories from the 1930s. I like these, just wish they were more readily available. Just started: John Rhode - The Hanging Woman.
  11. I'm in two minds on this one - on the one hand the place is a complete eyesore at the moment and something needs doing to it, but on the other hand lots of new houses means the countryside parts of it and the footpaths might be lost too, not to mention the prospect of loads more cars coming down to Malin Bridge every day. I guess the bottom line is that the only way the site is going to get cleared up at all is by developing it as either houses or industrial units. What do the people who don't want it to be housing think ought to happen to it instead?
  12. There appears to be nothing on the SCC page linked in the original post to suggest that these are only temporary measures and will be reversed at any point in the future.
  13. Just read: I hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek. Less a novel, more a 280-page rant about modern life but relatively amusing. Murder on the links by Agatha Christie. The second outing for Hercule Poirot from 1923. One, two, buckle my shoe by Agatha Christie. Another Poirot book but a bit later this time (1940) Now I'm in the middle of Dr. Goodwood's Locum by John Rhode which is so far proving much better than the last one of his I read.
  14. Recently read: Going, going, gone by Phoebe Atwood Taylor. Antique dealer found dead in old trunk sold at auction. Genial Cape Cod detective Asey Mayo solves the case. Enjoyable enough though it seemed to rely excessively on Mayo being in the right place at the right time to observe various characters' actions. Jeeves and the wedding bells by Sebastian Faulks. It takes courage to write a Wodehouse novel because you know you're going to cop a load of flak however good a job you make of it, and I must admit I opened it with some trepidation, but actually it's not a bad effort. The lake house by John Rhode. Didn't find this one of his most gripping ones, but it was OK. Maske: Thaery by Jack Vance. A typical piece of Vance world-building in the Gaean Reach from the mid-70s. If you've read any Jack Vance, you'll know what to expect. Now I'm reading Finish me off by Hillary Waugh. One of the masters of the police procedural in my view, especially with books like Jigsaw and Last seen wearing.
  15. Can't stick him, and he's on every programme on the BBC in the same way that the equally talentless and irritating Josh Widdicombe is on every programme on Channel 4 and Dave.
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