Saturday, 12 May 2012

Suggestion Box

Welcome to Bookworm Live.  It needs a lot more tweaking but it's a start.  (Da5id has nothing to fear from me :).  Let me know (here) if you notice any errors or you'd like something added and I'll do my best.  I can also be contacted at  sanmac@bookwormlive.com if you have questions or need assistance.  Remember that this is a work in progress and will evolve into whatever we want it to be.

Let's Book Chat.............
Sanmac

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  1. Happy Mothers' Day. Thanks for looking in. I have only set up Bookworm but will set up other interest pages on request. It is a work in progress. Instructions are coming but in the meantime, click on everything. Clicking on the label (below the post) will take you to all posts with that label and you can read the comments. You do not need to join to post comments, but it would be nice. :) You can also post anonymously. I hope you like it.

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  2. CAN WE HAVE AN AREA NAMED..
    GET-TOGETHERS AND STATE.
    WHAT I DID LIKE ABOUT AMA IT WAS A SITE FOR OVER 50"S FRIENDSHIP.
    AND THE GET TOGETHER'S WHERE PEOPLE AROUND THE SAME AGE...PEOPLE COULD READ YOUR PROFILE..AND IT SHOWED..SINGLE AND LOVING IT MEANT..JUST THAT (WELL SOME ANYWAY)
    I AM SURPRISED I HAVE MANAGED TO DO THIS..
    PEACEFUL

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  3. I have just discovered that anonymous posts do not appear. I don't know why, I've 'allowed' them in the settings. I'll investigate further. This comment was posted toady but didn't appear. I am sure it is OK to reproduce it.

    CAN WE HAVE AN AREA NAMED..
    GET-TOGETHERS AND STATE.
    WHAT I DID LIKE ABOUT AMA IT WAS A SITE FOR OVER 50"S FRIENDSHIP.
    AND THE GET TOGETHER'S WHERE PEOPLE AROUND THE SAME AGE...PEOPLE COULD READ YOUR PROFILE..AND IT SHOWED..SINGLE AND LOVING IT MEANT..JUST THAT (WELL SOME ANYWAY)
    I AM SURPRISED I HAVE MANAGED TO DO THIS..
    PEACEFUL

    Well done, Peaceful.

    Remembering that this is not a closed site and that anyone can see whatever is posted, how do you all feel about a get-together page?

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  4. I've read nothing except Text Books (mainly Sociology and Welfare) for the last 35 years......before that I wss an avid reader of Historical Novels, Crime, Autobiographies ... the list goes on. I'd really appreciate some recommended books and encouragement to get my reading back on an enjoyable level... (I have become far too serious)
    A disscussion group about recommended books is just a suggestion.
    Thank you for accepting me onto this site...

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    1. Hi Madeleinea.

      Thank you for your comment. One of the hardest tasks is deciding what to read. Without knowing which authors you enjoy, it’s impossible to recommend titles. I have found a handy device, which you may find helpful. I’ll post the link on the Bookchat thread. Click on over and check it out.

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  5. As this is a public site I would not like to see any Get Togethers put up so that any internet troll can see where a group of women are meeting.

    I agree with Madeleine regarding a Recommended Reading List. We could then perhaps step outside our comfort zones and try a different genre.

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    1. Hello Camelia, I am very pleased to see you here. I am conscious of online safety and I agree that posting get togethers would be too risky. I'm trying to find a safe way. I intend to investigate the google circle to see if it can be modified to suit. If you have any suggestions, I would be happy to take them on board.

      As for the Recommended Reading List, we could use the Bookchat thread until I can set up a special page. I'm always looking for recommendations.

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  6. Could we possibly add any concerts, theatre, opera or drama we have been too? Really 'books on stage' and it would be loverly to get other peoples opinions of shows coming to our area....

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    1. Coming Soon! A thread for the Performing Arts and another one for movies. Thanks for the suggestion Madeleinea. Keep these good ideas coming.
      Cheers, S

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  7. G'day all.. Good to see a few of my friends here. Regards Ron

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  8. Check out the new INFO tab at the top of the screen. It's our 'Telegraph' and HELP page.

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  9. Jaywalker's 'VOICE YOUR OPINION' is now LIVE. Click on the Opinion tab Next to the Home tab to have your say.

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  10. It is a pity get togethers can't be put on here, but I agree that privacy would be a problem.

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  11. Have you noticed the new 'Sites of Interest' on the main page? They provide easy access to the ABC for news and BOM for the weather forecast. You can find new authors at the Literary map, but why the CWA are you asking?
    I work for Treasury at the QCWA and I assure you, it's "Not all Tea and Scones'. Via this link, you can go to your State's webpage and investigate a Branch near you, city or rural, to see what it has to offer you.

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  12. A couple of sites that could be added are:

    www.fantasticfiction.com which lists almost every fiction writer and their published books in chronological order and with a brief summary. it's great for finding out what particular authors have written and in what order.

    http://www.theomnivore.co.uk/ which is a website of reviews of all the latest books and movies.

    http://www.imdb.com/ just in case anyone doesn't already know about the wonders of the International Movie database which has everything you could ever want to know about movies

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    1. These are now 'on the list'. I didn't know of the IBD. Thanks Jaywalker

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  13. Members, please see the INFO page for details about our messaging feature.

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    1. I've sent you a message so you can see how it works. The messages are sent via blogspot.com. I don't have access to your email address.

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  14. COMPETITION SUGGESTIONS

    We have a fabulous prize to give away, thanks to Jaywalker. (See the details on the Bookchat page.) Now we need a competition. Post your suggestions here. The most popular suggestion will be the competition to win the prize. There's a sample ballot box on the front page so you can see how it will work.

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    1. Here are two suggestions for our competition:

      1. We could vote for the best 'literary' quote. There are some good ones on the link at the bottom of the home page and Google has pages full of them.

      2. After Friday, we will need a new header for Bookworm Live; a simple description which describes the site to all who enter, members, regulars and visitors alike. We'll vote for the most appropriate.

      We want your ideas for the competition. Give it some thought and post your suggestion as a reply here. I'll put all suggestions on the front page and use the most popular as the competition for the book, Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie.

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  15. Sorry. I'm having computer problems (overworked??). Be back with you as soon as I can.

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    1. I'm back and contemplating posting a big whinge against Telstra, after I calm down.

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  16. Hi there! Our Brisbane paper this morning has a splurge on the book 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.... I wondered if it would be possible for several members to read this and have a discussion.... I believe other Book Clubs have done this.... IF we can get a copy after today's bit in the paper

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    1. A group read would be fun. Leonie has suggested it also. It amazes me how many different interpretations there can be to the same story. We could have a special page for our discussion. If ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is unavailable, we could choose another book. I wonder how many are interested in participating?

      Please indicate your interest and/or book suggestions by replying here.

      If enough people are interested, to give everyone time to organise a copy of the book, I suggest that we plan to start July 1st

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    2. I would too if we were not going away for two months. I'll certainly join in when I get back. Meanwhile here is a review.

      http://www.escapeintolife.com/book-reviews/50-shades-of-grey-book-review/

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    3. PS You can buy a kindle edition in the UK but not here, but amazon.uk have it for sale for £3 plus £7 postage so about $15.

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    4. It's not exactly a 'glowing' review is it? Madeleinea, I saw the spread in the paper, "Sex in the Suburbs"? Are you teasing us?

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    5. Not teasing you.... and I haven't read the reviews, I believe its all about Bondage, Sex etc.... things after being so long divorced I know nothing about...
      But I do think it would take us out of our comfort zone..... books don't have to be good to be discussed (just finished) and if my grandadughters can talk about witches, vampires, werewolves and flying broomstick we can discuss 'more mature matters'

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    6. I just googled 'Book REviews' Fifty Shades of Grey' and read several reviews. Certainly its not for everybody.... its a 'sexual fantasy' and women all over the State are reading and enjoying it. I thought a discussion would be robost and interesting.... but it may leave our members cold.... I'll be reading it anyway!
      If my granddaughters can be entralled by witches, werewolves and vampires... I can get entralled by sex and bondage!

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    7. Well, it certainly would take me out of my comfort zone. But you are right, that’s an advantage of book groups. I’ve read ‘American Psycho’ and doubt that any book could be as confronting as that.
      We may have to delay it, though. At my library, there are 76 copies and 415 holds. It certainly is popular.
      Anyone else for some ‘sex and bondage’?

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    8. Well, I have been using my research skills... I found the book (and the other two in the Triology) in our very respectable Queenland Book Depot and paid $12.95 for it. Yes that's expensive by some people's standards, but I am working... so able to afford little extras. You can also get it on the internet for $7.95.... but I didn't add postage there.
      Of course I perused it at the Bus Stop. Seems that a very ordinary working girl (like you and I 20-40 years ago) meets a man with 'unusual preferences' - nothing extraordinary so far.
      Written by a respectable ex TV Executive, married with two children.......
      This seems to me just what I need... I am so sick of studying society and mass impact... now we are into relationships........
      Love someone to join me in reading it
      (This is not to say it will not be in the garbage box very quickly if I don't like it.
      C'mon Girls (and Ron - a male perspective would be interesting) join me and abandon your morals for an hour each night reading the book

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    9. Certainly in for the read, although the choice of book makes me shake my head.However, happy to participate

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    10. This will certainly be different from your usual textbooks, Madeleinea. Madeleinea has her copy, I'll try to pick one up today. Moi will be joining us...and Leonie too, I think.
      Yes, let's have a male POV. John? Ron? Neal? Are you ready for some "Sex in the Suburbs"?

      There's a new "Group Read" page for our discussion. Please invite everybody you think may be interested in joining us.

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  17. I'd be interested in some sort of group read and discussion.

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  18. C'mon gentlemen.... be interesting to hear your views.... as an avowed feminist I am not sure what I have got myself into... but lets find out

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  19. Something that may interest those residing in BrisVegas. And apologies for short notice :

    Tomorrow night ( Wednesday 14 June) at New Farm Library staff will be discussing the world of banned books. Discover what books have been banned and why, between 6 p.m and 7.30 pm

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    1. Missed it but thank you.
      Also, for Joanne Harris (Chocolat) fans, she will be appearing at the Brisbane Writers Festival in September. See link on main page for details. (Thanks Jocelyn)

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    2. And just as a bit of trivia she was born and still lives in my home town of Huddersfield in Wes Yorkshire. I've enjoyed all her books, which are all very different.

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    3. Moi, I would have loved to attend the groupo at New Farm... please - more notice next time....

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    4. Should we have a place for events? A sort of 'What's On' in your area?

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  20. Sanmac, is it possible to have the first comments at the bottom of the page, so latest contributions appear at the top?
    Not importnant... just a suggestion

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    1. Many thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, I don't think it is possible. I will investigate further (help screen etc) but as this is a blog which I have adapted to a web page (as far as my limited skills allow), I am confined by the inbuilt settings.
      I can provide more 'heading' posts. I have considered splitting 'Bookchat', for example, into more categories but I feared it would make new comments more difficult to find. What do you think?
      I could increase the number of 'recent comments' appearing on the front page. Would this make it easier?

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    2. I was going to make the same suggestion as Madeleinea6 to save scrolling down the whole page to see if someone has replied to your comment. I understand it is a tricky one. Increasing the number of "recent comments" ont the front page will help I'm sure.

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    3. Thanks, Sylvia. I really appreciate the comments from you and Madeleinea. I have investigated this issue. The actual post (i.e. topics/headings) do appear as most recent first, however, comments and replies appear chronologically and I can't change this format. I've tried opening a new page (as with Opinion and Group Reads) but each page will only carry one topic.
      As a short term remedy, there are now separate headings for Quotes and Reviews and others will come, to lighten Bookchat. Suggestions for new headings/topics would be great!

      [A place for posts such as your visit to the British Library and Jaywalker's holiday news would be helpful. I've been trying to think of a title for these comments. Can anyone help?]

      There are now 10 entries on 'recent comments'. Is this enough or do we need more?
      Long term, a specially designed website is the ultimate solution. It's a goal. :D

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    4. Sanmac - firstly I do admire you for taking all this on and setting it up so thankyou. I do find it helpful to have the list of "recent comments"; for me the more the merrier as I tend to forget where I have posted something i.e. the posts between Jaywalker and me which side-tracked from a book by Alice Sebold to my holiday destination! I still haven't found it! HA. On Friendsreunited you could type in the name of a book or author in the Discussion box and the relevant posts and replies would appear on the screen. I realise this a very different site but yes I do feel there should be more sub headings.

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    5. Thank you, Sylvia, for the 'pat' and for your contributions and suggestions. It is very helpful to have feedback. I don't remember any reference to Sebold. Your holiday to Menorca was mentioned in What are you Reading, July 2, but this may not be the post you want.

      We do have a search function. It's just below the photo of the dishes. Hope it is helpful.

      By the way, we are still waiting for your impressions of 'The Paris Wife'. Will you be joining us reading Hemingway?

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    6. "The Paris Wife" - I'm only up to page 81 so too early to comment but I am enjoying it. Because it's a library book I felt I should make a prompt start on it but I am also reading "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett so have 2 on the go and not enough time!
      I shall have a look for the search function, thankyou.
      Alice Sebold wrote "The Lovely Bones" which I enjoyed and "The Almost Moon" which I took on holiday to Menorca and didn't enjoy!

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    7. Thanks for the 'thumbs down' on Almost Moon. I wondered about it and have not seen any reviews. I liked 'The Lovely Bones' - the book, but found the movie dreary.
      Be sure to share your thoughts on 'The Paris Wife'.

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  21. You may have noticed something strange happening on this page this morning, while we transferred to a new website address, www.bookwormlive.com.
    It is much easier to remember and to find, and I think it looks much more 'professional'. :D There is a redirect on the old address so you can still access us that way until you change it in your bookmarks.

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  22. *Coming Soon* to 'Ask the Author'.
    A 'live' interview with US author DR Smith, and you can ask the questions!

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  23. The Info page has been rewritten with more detailed instructions. Please let me know if anything was missed.

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  24. Would anyone be interested in a writer's thread? I know there are a few writers among us.

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  25. Yes I would be intersted in a writer's thread Sanmac, having always loved writing but being a mother to 4 sons took all my time! When three of my sons left home I set myself a challenge to write a novel. I now have 4 sitting in a drawer waiting for me to do something about them! :)

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    1. Wow! Congratulations! 4 novels? That is a real achievement. You must tell us about them. A new page for writers? Is anyone else interested?

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    2. They are nothing exceptional; based on family life (which is all I know really!) with odd snippets of personal experiences integrated into the stories. I will have to get down and re-read them again though at the moment am writing (in fits and starts) one partly set in Gibraltar. Not enough hours in the day! Sigh!!

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    3. Sylvia, you are obeying the first rule of writing, 'write what you know'. Even I, (only a reader) have heard that one. Now that Marina has joined us and Leonie has shown her talents, the writer's thread looks like a 'go' and perhaps others will join in. Watch this space :D

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  26. Our writer's thread is now open. See 'Scribes' on the top tabs. I would like to start it off but I know my limitations. Who will be our first scribe?

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  27. I see that we have some new 'voices'. Please offer a warm welcome so that they are comfortable in sharing more with us.

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  28. Sanmac - what you do think of introducing a general "Announcements" column i.e. going on holiday, moving house, becoming a grandparent etc.
    Or perhaps that would be straying too far from our Books theme?

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    1. I love the idea that we share more than books. It's a way of getting to know you. We have the Good News (May) and Snippets (July) threads and these can be used for 'Announcements' too. My big announcement will be within the next 3 weeks. (I'm hoping for 'pink' but will love 'blue' just as much.)

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    2. Thankyou Sanmac, must admit I had forgotten about the Good News column. Looking forward to seeing your "Good news" soon!

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    3. I'll post the good news as soon as I know - it will be like a 'status update' :D

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  29. My news is that I'm going to be a great grandmother for the second time in February and this time it's a bit concerning because my grandson has slight brain damage - he had severe baby asthma and stopped breathing at one stage - and the result was severe ADHD. He can't predict consequences but has managed to get to 24 with only one criminal incident and now his partner is having TWINS. He has good family support from his parents (my middle son) and his partner has inherited some money and has sensibly paid a year's rent on their unit so hopefully it will settle him down and perhaps be the making of him. I just hope so. My granddaughter, who is 27, had her first child 6 months ago and is very happy and a wonderful mother - same parents, same upbringing but nature can interfere!

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    1. Nature can certainly interfere jaywalker! I am still waiting for one grandchild, let alone a great one! I've been told you continue to "worry" about your grandchildren as well as your own children and so on .... I am sure that's true. My second son was born with a learning disability and still lives with us (he's 38 now) but we are very lucky as he is very easy going, generally content and is healthy and mobile.
      Twins will certainly turn your grandson's life upside down for a while but as you say, hopefully this will be the making of him.

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  30. Suddenly ads have appeared on the home page. eek! This is NOT my doing. I have now deleted the 'social' buttons, hoping that they are the cause. They have been there since the set up of the site without problems...until now. It's freaky that we can be taken over by outsiders. If anyone has a solution or explanation for this, please let me know.

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  31. Now that some of us have (or are acquiring)an eReader, is it time for an eBook thread? - for hints? bookswaps? discussion? What do you think?

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  32. Hmmmm. It seems there is a glitch with the Group Read page. I'll try to fix it but there is a possibility that we have run out of room (as unlikely as that seems). The option of 'load more' at the bottom of the page does nothing and all comments are being redirected - I don't know where. So please, wait until an alternative is operating before commenting on Group Read.
    There'll be a continuation on the POSTS page where retrievable comments will be reposted and we can continue our discussion there.
    Many thanks to those who advised me of the problem.

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  33. I wondered what had happened but I have been somewhat sidetracked here by the fact that Colin fairly suddenly had to have a triple bypass and has only been home three days.He got over it amazingly well and it really is a wonder of modern medicine that they can do it.

    I had to work this week and couldn't really ask not to work as it is casual and this is the busiest fortnight in parliament as it is their last sitting and budget estimates week and if I said no it's possible thy would not bother asking me again, so luckily Colin has a son who is able to come over and sit with him while I was at work and will do so again next week. It's all been very tiring, rushing to hospital and back every day for a week, then working for a week and now semi-nursing him at home although he is nearly back to normal.

    Things should settle after this next fortnight when U3A ends, parliament breaks and Colin is allowed to do more!

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    1. Poor Colin. Give him lots of good books and wish him a speedy recovery...and good luck to you, with your juggling act!

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    2. Thanks. Yes, lucky he is an avid reader and therefore not bored with house-arrest!

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    3. May I suggest to Colin that he tell us all what he is reading? :-)

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    4. He's not a joiner of groups but he just finished the new John Harvey detective novel which I bought for him in hospital and is now reading The Quarry, a Swedish thriller set on the island of Oland, off the east coast.

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    5. That's a pity - book chat from a man's point of view would be great. It seems you have similar taste. What a saving! We have 'his' and 'hers' bookcases.

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  34. ANNOUNCEMENT: Unfortunately, there is no support for the loss of our 'recent comments'. This is a free site, powered by Google and Google offers gadgets which are not controlled by them. It is hoped that it will return but there are no guarantees. I have begun a discussion on the Google blog page and others are joining. I hope that it will make a difference. In the meantime, I have manually added the posts which have recent comments. I know it means that we have to search for the original post and I apologise for the inconvenience. I don't know what else to do.

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    1. Fixed, Woohoo! - thanks to a knight in shining armour (Nitecruzr) who is Mr Wonderful. It's in a slightly different format and it's set so that it opens in a new window, exactly at the comment. (If this is a bother, it can be changed.) The only downside is that it only allows 5 comments, which is very much fewer than we are used to.

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  35. Well, I know it looks like I have been neglecting you. I haven't. I'm really struggling with this semester and my 2nd assignment is due next Sunday. Please bear with me till then. Add to that, a bout of illness and holidays and I'm sure you will understand why I haven't been around much.

    The 'gadget' which lets me list the 'Recent Active Posts' is faulty. I've tried to reinstate it but have been unsuccessful. Please let me know if it is helpful and I'll keep trying or find an alternative.

    I'd like to start a thread for non-bookish posts and comments. For instance, there is nowhere suitable to post this notice and I'd like a post that is more social, not book-related, where we can post whatever takes our fancy. What do you think? Anyone interested in naming rights?

    There are many interesting things happening in the book world, too. All I need is time to be able to tell you all about them.

    Thanks for your patience. Cheers, Sanmac

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    1. Hi Sanmac, I hope you are feeling better and not too overwhelmed by all that is going on in your life. It doesn't take much to find we are very much behind in our routines!
      Personally I did find the "Recent active posts" list very helpful especially if you, like me, have not logged on for a few days.

      For a non-bookish thread how about:
      "Post It Here" or
      "Your News" or "Your Memos"


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  36. APOLOGIES. The Administrator of this site is experiencing issues with her computer . Sanmac is aware that additions to the What Are You Reading thread are not visible and it is hoped that this issue will be rectified this week

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. We'll be back soon !

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    1. Thanks, Moi

      Fix computer (tick)
      New 'Group Read thread' (tick)
      Second 'What Are you Reading' thread (tick)
      Reinstate 'lost' posts (tick)
      Spam removed (tick)

      Let me know if I have forgotten anything, otherwise, it's all systems GO.

      Many thanks to you all for supporting the site while I've been away. You've been great and it is much appreciated by me and, I am sure, by our viewers.

      Group Read - Moi has suggested that we each post 3 recommendations. That's a great idea and, of course, we can add to the list at any time. Now, recommendations are 'lost' at the end of the GR thread, so I'll start a new thread [GR - General Comments] and keep the list at the top. What do you think?

      It's not too late I hope, to wish you all the best for 2014.

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    2. Glad to see you back, sanmac. And thanks for all the "fixes".

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