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#121 Futtocks

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

Just finished Martin Kelner's history of broadcast sport Sit down and cheer. Very interesting and quite entertaining, although I missed any real mention of Murray Walker, which is odd.

 

On the upside, Bill McLaren doesn't get much of a mention either. ;) 


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#122 Old Frightful

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 09:13 AM

Picked up John Grisham's "The Confession" whilst away a few weeks back. Enjoyed it very much so I've been making my way through a few more of his. Currently reading "The Street Lawyer" which is rather good.

 

I have to say though, Grisham's "The Testament" is the first book I've ever read where I thought that I could read it again straight away, as soon as I'd finished it.

 

A superb read.


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#123 Wolford6

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 10:12 AM

This. It's gripping.

 

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#124 Old Frightful

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 10:50 AM

This. It's gripping.

 

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I wasn't going to bother but you've twist.....


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#125 Futtocks

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 01:22 PM

The Compleet Molesworth (Penguin Modern Classics edition) - all four books combined for under a fiver on Kindle.

 

I haven't owned a copy of any of these books for far too long, and read the lot in an afternoon. Wonderful writing by Geoffrey Willans, with Ronald Searle's inimitable illustrations matching the text perfectly. Philip Hensher's excellent foreword is just one more bonus in this edition.


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#126 SouthernRLfan

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 02:08 PM

Currently reading Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65 by Kenny Mathieson. A good read and the first of a series of books he has written on post-WW2 jazz.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 04:35 PM

I am currently reading 'The City' by Stella Gemmell which I am really enjoying.

 

Stella was married to the internationally acclaimed and bestselling fantasy novelist David Gemmell and worked with him on his three 'Troy' novels, completing the final book, Troy: Fall of Kings, following his death in 2006 (mid way through the final book). Her writing style has a lot of similarities to the books of her late husband, which is no bad thing as his books were fantastic and I was gutted when I found out he had died.


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 01:51 PM

The Compleet Molesworth (Penguin Modern Classics edition) - all four books combined for under a fiver on Kindle.

 

I haven't owned a copy of any of these books for far too long, and read the lot in an afternoon. Wonderful writing by Geoffrey Willans, with Ronald Searle's inimitable illustrations matching the text perfectly. Philip Hensher's excellent foreword is just one more bonus in this edition.

 

Can you tell us about the private life of a gerund?



#129 Futtocks

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 03:14 PM

'Boneland' by Alan Garner. A sort of sequel/closure to the Brisingamen/Gomrath books of the sixties. Difficult, brilliant, but it'll take a few more re-reads before I really suck the marrow out of this book. Allusions to the legend of the Green Man/Knight and the triple aspect of the moon (maiden/mother/crone) and much more. Garner rarely writes a sentence without forethought and research, let alone a paragraph or chapter.

I loved the original two books and was afraid to take the plunge with a 21st-century follow-up. It's not in the style of the first two, and much of it is vague and allusive. However, I think I was right to read it after all. He leaves much of the conclusion, if there really is one, to the reader.


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#130 Futtocks

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 03:15 PM



Can you tell us about the private life of a gerund?

Very snobbish, especially when it meets a Gerundive. Damn its pointy nose!

 

By the way, I only realised recently that Gabbitas & Thring really exist!

 

Meanwhile, nearer and nearer creep the ghastly THING, hem-hem.


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#131 Phil

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:24 AM

Just started volume 3 of the Warlord trilogy by Bernard Cornwell, its his take on the Arthurian myth. pretty gritty like most of his stuff, very little chivalry in this account.


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#132 Futtocks

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:47 AM

Just started volume 3 of the Warlord trilogy by Bernard Cornwell, its his take on the Arthurian myth. pretty gritty like most of his stuff, very little chivalry in this account.

Years ago, I read 'Sword at Sunset' by Rosemary Sutcliff, which was another take on th Arthurian legend. I remembered the title recently and got it on Kindle for nostalgia, and it's still good.

I'm currently reading 'Fibber in the Heat' by Miles Jupp, about how he managed to blag his way onto an England cricket tour of India as a sports correspondent, despite being nothing of the sort. Amusing.

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#133 Futtocks

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:00 PM

I have just finished 'Rock Stars stole my Life' by Mark Ellen (formerly - take a deep breath - Record Mirror, NME, New Musical News, the Old Grey Whistle Test, Smash Hits, Q, Select, Mojo, The Word, John Peel stand-in, Live Aid presenter, bassist in 'Ugly Rumours' with a certain Tony Blair on vocals). A warm-hearted and un-snobby love of all kinds of music and some great anecdotes. His dad's despairing response to the Kinks (then Frank Zappa), the disastrous Jimmy Page/Roy Harper interview and the very funny press mutiny aboard Rihanna's jumbo jet.

 

Oh, and his first band was called Ian Bentley's Rectal Prolapse. Schoolboys, eh?


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#134 Futtocks

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:03 PM

I have just finished 'Rock Stars stole my Life' by Mark Ellen (formerly - take a deep breath - Record Mirror, NME, New Musical News, the Old Grey Whistle Test, Smash Hits, Q, Select, Mojo, The Word, John Peel stand-in, Live Aid presenter, bassist in 'Ugly Rumours' with a certain Tony Blair on vocals). A warm-hearted and un-snobby love of all kinds of music and some great anecdotes. His dad's despairing response to the Kinks (then Frank Zappa), the disastrous Jimmy Page/Roy Harper interview and the very funny press mutiny aboard Rihanna's jumbo jet.

 

Oh, and his first band was called Ian Bentley's Rectal Prolapse. Schoolboys, eh?

Oh, and the obligatory middle-aged rock hack's Morrisey bit is mercifully brief.


A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)


#135 Old Frightful

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 07:32 AM

I've been thumbing through a book called "Yorkshire - a hundred years ago".

 

It's full of photographs of Lancashire.


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#136 Leeds Wire

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Posted Today, 08:37 AM

For those of you who enjoyed Danny Baker's 'Going to Sea in a Sieve', you might be interested to know that the second instalment of his autobiography is out next week (25th Sept). 

 

If it's only half as good as the first one it will still be well worth the cover price....

 

http://www.waterston...larming/9550018

 

 

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#137 Futtocks

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Posted Today, 10:43 AM

For those of you who enjoyed Danny Baker's 'Going to Sea in a Sieve', you might be interested to know that the second instalment of his autobiography is out next week (25th Sept). 

 

If it's only half as good as the first one it will still be well worth the cover price....

 

http://www.waterston...larming/9550018

 

 

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Looking forward to it. The first one was an amazing mixture of anecdotes and the famous names his life intersected.


A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)





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