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  1. I've just read 'Oddities' by Commander R.T. Gould. Gould was a bit of a polymath in his time (he was, for example, chosen to dismantle, clean and reassemble John Harrison's original marine chronometer - the instrument talked about in Longitude by Dava Sobel - and wrote an authoritative book on the subject) and also appeared on the BBC's Brains Trust sometimes. This was a collection of essays about puzzling phenomena of various kinds that had attracted his interest; there was a second volume called Enigmas a few years later. After that I've gone back to the Golden Age detective stories with 'Shot at Dawn' by John Rhode (generally considered one of his better efforts) and now I'm half way through 'The Shop Window Murders' by Vernon Loder which was recently reprinted by Collins.
  2. So the first part of this thread dates from 2015. Is what they're doing now what they were meant to be doing then and it's taken them four years to get round to it, or is what they're doing now something completely different? And if so, what?
  3. Just finished The Human Division by John Scalzi, another instalment in his Old Man's War series. I really like these: there's clever science fiction, bits of comedic interlude, good human interest, and a pacy plot (even though this one was originally a collection of shorter episodes). If it has a fault, it's that all the characters talk in exactly the clever, witty, wisecracking sarcastic way that you expect Scalzi himself to talk. But it's a minor quibble - great fun. Now onto To Challenge Chaos by Brian Stableford, one of his earliest books and one of the first few published under the DAW imprint back in 1972.
  4. Just finished 'Britain by the book' by Oliver Tearle, and I'm now half way through his other book, 'The Secret Library'. Very interesting collections of literary snippets for those of a bookish nature.
  5. Is there anywhere (online preferably) that I could find a map of all the footpaths in the Bradfield Parish Council district? They all have numbers and ideally I'd like a map that shows the numbers.
  6. Just finished: Pixel Juice by Jeff Noon - the usual Jeff Noon themes really and if you've read Vurt or Pollen you'll know what they are, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Then I whizzed through Sh*t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern, an amusing enough couple of hours diversion. Now I'm back to the 1930s detective stories again with Anthony Gilbert's The Body on the Beam.
  7. BHF are terribly expensive though. I buy a lot of books and CDs and they're almost all £2 in there, whereas there are still charity shops where you can get 3 for £1 or even 3 for 50p! I don't call £2 for a bog standard paperback realistic pricing, I'm afraid.
  8. Looks very much like it's 10th out of 10 since he says that it breaks the country down into 10 shopper segments.
  9. I saw that Gillan Mr Universe tour, with Bernie Torme, John McCoy, Colin Towns on keyboards and Mick Underwood on drums. Great stuff. I have a vague feeling that NWOBHM-ers Samson were the support.
  10. Looks as though reducing the speed limit to 40 along this road hasn't made any difference to the number of people driving their cars into trees etc. This morning there was a car backwards in the ditch just before the old hospital.
  11. Last read Murder from Three Angles by Vernon Loder, another 1930s detective story, which was OK. Now I've raced through Travels in the North by Karel Capek, an account of a trip up to the far North of Norway - it's quite interesting to follow where he went on Google Streetview to see how it's changed. Although Capek (1890-1938) is now best remembered for inventing the word Robot in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), he wrote a wide variety of books and I've really enjoyed all the ones I've read, whether fiction or non-fiction - I rate him as one of those authors who was incapable of writing a dull bit of prose.
  12. Sorry, but £2 for a paperback in the Heart Foundation shop is nothing but a rip off, especially when you look at the prices in most of the other charity shops in Hillsborough (with the exception of the Mind shop, who are almost as bad).
  13. I'm listening to Nothingness, the second massive dark ambient compilation from This is Darkness. Download it free at https://thisisdarkness.bandcamp.com
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