Thursday, 19 July 2012

SNIPPETS

Share what you are doing, where you have been, your book club's news or your thoughts on any subject.  We can also use this page to post details of interesting coming events.

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  1. Speaking of book clubs, my groups would welcome new members. They are located Brisbane Southside and meet monthly. Two groups meet weekday evenings, one meets Saturday morning and the other late Wednesday morning. There may be one to suit you.

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  2. More on 50 Shades

    Apparently, it "is the fastest moving paperback in publishing history", according to last week's Australian Review. There is to be a film - Brett Easton Ellis wants to write the script and Ryan Gosling (?) and Angelina Jolie are rumoured to be involved.

    There were comments from just about every columnist in last week's papers. Surely this free advertising is contributing to the sales?

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  3. My washing machine broke down last weekend and with the rain the week before I have what equates to 3 weeks' wash. (I'm wearing clothes that I'd forgotten I owned !) So, armed with books and a notebook, I spent the morning at the local laundromat. What a social hub that is! I was given a lesson in crochet and had the time to practice some fancy stitches, learned about the islands of New Zealand from a resident and was warned of the perils of early retirement by a former teacher. Those commercial machines are so fast and the time passed so quickly that I didn't even open my book!

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    1. Sanmac, this made me chuckle as my machine was out of action for 2 weeks (repaired 5 days before we went on holiday!) and I drove to the launderette on 3 occasions armed with a book/newspaper. It seems people here don't have the patience to sit and wait for their washing to be done; many of the machines were in use but I was the only one sitting there! I did get some reading done though!:)

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  4. Jaywalker, we haven't heard from you for a while. Are you still incommunicado?

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  5. Tickets are now on sale for the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL 5-9 September.

    Check out the programme here:

    http://www.bwf.org.au/

    Maybe we can meet there?

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  6. For those residing in Brisbane the Brisbane City Council Library members can borrow and download free digital books from the online library catalogue. Discover how to download digital books and receive an introduction to eReaders at Brisbane Suare Librart next Wednesday 7/8/2012.The free session runs from 10:30 to noon. Bookings 3403 8888

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  7. It's Ekka time in Brisbane. On Sunday I'll be helping out at the CWA Canteen (Ringside). If you are in the area, call in and say hello. Tea and scones, anyone?

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  8. Just love the 'games' on Google's home page. Aren't they clever?

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  9. Welcome Home Jaywalker! We've missed you……………….and Opinion has languished. We want to hear the highlights of your trip but we'll allow you time to take off your hat and gloves and settle in first. It's good to have you back.

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  10. On Saturday, three of us met for a noon lunch at Jo-Jo's in the Brisbane Mall and we enjoyed ourselves so much that we plan to make it a regular event! Mark your diary for the second Saturday in the month and join us. RSVP here, on Social Seniors or to me direct - sanmac@bookwormlive.com. The next date is 8th September.

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    1. Lunch tomorrow at Jo-Jo's. I'm looking forward to catching up with friends - and making new ones. Hope to see you there.

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  11. Australian National Flag Day on 3 September. It is 111 years since the flag first flew over the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

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  12. Books for Bargain Hunters !

    September 15th

    Head to Ipswich Library and pick up a book on sale including fiction, non fiction, childrens's books, magazines and DVDs.

    Where : 40 South Street Ipswich

    When : 9 am - 11:30 am

    Info : 07 3202 1823

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  13. I presume this is Ipswich Australia moi? How strange because I was about to say I am going to Suffolk for a week's break on Saturday 29th staying in a village near Ipswich! Home of my ancestors too!

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    1. We want to hear all about your holiday. I am sure that your village is much prettier than our Ipswich! Enjoy your break.

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  14. Brisbane libraries are hosting author talks in October with: Peter Watt, Venero Armanno, Benjamin Law, Pat Noad, Matthew Condon and Di Morrissey, and in November with Peter Fitzsimons. A smorasbord!

    I've posted the link to the website under 'Sites of Interest' for you to check dates and venues.

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  15. Hi Sandra and everyone,

    Been having computer trouble i.e. emails bouncing back and forth etc. and unsure if you got my last email Sandra so might repeat myself a bit here, but just thought I'd look in for a moment.

    Sadly have fallen off the Group Read wagon re: Ruth Rendell but will strive to be part of the next group read. Family, work, life, laziness etc. my only excuses.

    Great to be able to put faces to names re: Bookworm members at the recent Soc. Seniors `catch-up' and overall really enjoyed my most recent visit to the Big Smoke.

    Caught the last day of `The Brisbane Writers Festival' and went to a few sessions. First one included children authors `Andy Griffiths of `The Day my Bum Went Psycho' fame and John Boyle who wrote among other reads 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' of which a film was later made. Also a lecture by David Maher on `The Many Faces of Patrick White' - have never read any Patrick White but really enjoyed this session. Overall though really enjoyed my time at The Brisbane Writers Festival and would recommend it to others.

    Anyway I'll keep moving but just thought I'd say hello to all - including the very interesting international members who write all sorts of great things and share all sorts of great ideas.

    Leonie

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    1. Hi Leonie, glad you're back. It's probably about time for a new group read. Do you have any suggestions?
      It was great to meet you at the lunch.
      I would have loved to attend the Patrick White lecture. I've read a couple of his books and think he is grossly underrated here in Australia. His SOH appeals to me.
      I haven't been as active as I would like, either, because of work and family commitments. We can only do what we can and I am blown away by all the interesting contributions.

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  16. The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is underway this week in Bali, attracting 140 authors from across the globe to the mountains of the small Indonesian island. The festival was started nine years ago by the Australian chef and writer Janet de Neefe, who wanted to turn around the devastating impact the Bali bombings had on tourism. Today, the festival attracts more than 2,000 literature enthusiasts, and has expanded to include programs for children in Bali and across the Indonesian archipelago.

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  17. Attention Australian e-Readers: The newspaper, 'The Australian' is offering 12 free eBooks. It began in yesterday's paper with 'The Marmalade Files' and there is a different book each day - fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry. There's a couple that I think would make it worthwhile acquiring an e-Reader for myself.

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  18. I bought a Sony e-reader a few years ago and used it a lot when travelling but found I didn't use it at home as what was available here was too limited. Then I bought an ipad and put the kindle app on it and I used that while we were overseas this year and hardly used my e-reader. I had thought the ipad would be uncomfortable to use to read but it wasn't so now the r-reader is just about redundant. Even with the kindle app the books you are allowed to download in Australia compared with the UK and US is very limited and new ones aren't much different in price. If you are a very general, wide ranging reader and happy with what is available, that's fine but if you have a somewhat narrower taste like me, then they are not a replacement for print yet.

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    1. I have been considering buying an e-reader and Sony has been recommended. I fit the bill as a "general" reader. I believe that you can get the Kindle app for the Sony as well? Maybe I should look at the ipad. I've been reluctant, not only because I am somewhat of a Luddite (I don't even own a mobile phone!) but printed books are real. However, my bookshelves groan under the weight. I could stock a store!

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  19. Yes, the Sony is the most recommended but I would think seriously about buying an iPad. They are absolutely terrific for everyday use and especially for travelling and I would be lost without mine now. I read, play Scrabble on it and several other really good word games and take it to meetings and make notes and take it if I have to wait anywhere like doctor or hairdresser or airports.. When you are away you can either use it as a camera or download your photos straight on to it from your digital camera and immediately send copies by email. It also works as an ipod for music and you can attach earphones or external speakers so when we are away we use it as a radio and CD player. And it has a chat facility to speak immediately with anyone who has an iPhone. I've just got the Ipad3 and given my old one to Colin and it has voice recognition so you can speak into it and it writes what you have spoken.

    I know that all sounds complicated but you just start with the easy stuff (email and internet) and gradually get the idea of all the rest. The apps you can get are amazing - spoken poetry, several different bookstore apps, guides to cities and towns, maps, works as a GPS etc etc. If you do get one, make sure you get the 3G model so you can use it anywhere there is mobile phone coverage. If you don't you can't upgrade the non-3G model which only picks up wi-fi which is not everywhere.

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    1. Well, the decision has been taken for me. I have been downloading the free e-books from the newspaper against the time I have a reader and yesterday, my OH brought home a Sony. The iPad sounds great. I did google it and agree that it would be just the thing for travelling, though I'm not convinced I would use all its features.
      Ah, the wonders of technology! I have downloaded some books and am now trying to figure out how to download my 'saved' books in the Sony format. It may become my new hobby. lol

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  20. I'll send you a list of all the e-books I have (to your home address) which will load on the Sony and you can let me know which ones you want. It's a funny list because I have a friend in NSW who sends me e-books and they are not all to my taste but I keep them anyway. I also have lots of websites for free books and e-book shops if you want those too.

    There is free software called Caliber which I was told about by an IT whiz friend who believes it's better than the software that comes with the Sony. I have it and it does all sorts of amazing things like a regular download of any number of papers and magazines which automatically delete after a set time plus the facility to turn almost any file, including kindle, into a file compatible with the Sony. I still use mine when we go interstate or overseas so it's not entirely wasted.

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    1. Many thanks, Jaywalker. Caliber sounds good, particularly the conversion feature. I have several e-books saved but the Sony doesn't recognise the format and I've been unable to discover the name or details of Sony's format. Do you know?

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  21. This is a brilliant site with practically everything you want to know about e-readers.

    http://www.the-ebook-reader.com/

    And here is one to convert files and remove any blocking on files. It's not illegal but up to you whether you want to do it.

    http://www.ebook-converter.com/


    And here is Caliber:

    http://calibre-ebook.com

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  22. Sorry - I keep spelling calibre wrongly for some strange reason.

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    1. Thanks again. I will check out those links. In the meantime, I've managed to convert the files I have. I'll send the titles to you and we can swap. :D

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  23. Something of Interest:

    The Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series presents an author talk and book signing with Peter FitzSimonsa on Saturday 3 November at Brisbane Square Library from 1:30 pm. Peter will be discussing his new book Eureks:The Unfinished Revolution.

    Bookings are required Phone : 07 3403 8888 to reserve your place

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    1. That would be interesting. I can't make it but if you go, please tell us all about it.
      Brisbane Square is compiling a mailing list to email notifications of events, such as author talks. The information can be found online or in the "What's On" brochure but how convenient it is to have it delivered to your inbox! You can add your name at your local Brisbane library.
      • MARGARET ATWOOD is coming to Brisbane for one night only, Monday 25/2/2013 as part of the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. I am very keen to go. View a teaser here - http://vimeo.com/6911315

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  24. Something that made me chuckle after parking my car the other day.
    I passed an big old Volvo with two little notices/signs hanging in the rear window.
    One read "Baby on Board" (which is quite common) but the other read:
    "Ex-husband in Boot"!!

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    1. Smile....some are so clever! I don't know if they are global but here, many cars' rear windows carry 'my family' - drawings of Mum, Dad, the kids and their pets. Doing the rounds of facebook is one which has Dad and the kids, and for Mum, the comment, 'position vacant'. I wonder if he's had any takers?
      Another that made me smile is a US bumper sticker which reads, If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me :)

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  25. I've been off-air due to the storms in Brisbane. No damage but intermittent power supply. It was wonderful to see a blue sky today.

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  26. My son went camping/fishing near Noosa at the weekend but they are back and it appears everything is OK in Coolum.
    The recent posts is still playing up. Sometimes it's there and sometimes not!

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  27. Camping in the rain can't be much fun...even at Noosa.
    I'm sorry about the recent comments not appearing. I'm re-installed it several times but nothing seems to work for long. It's not much of a consolation that it is not specifically this site. Blogger needs to fix it, hopefully soon.

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  29. There was a big to-do at my house yesterday. During the night a corkboard fell and wedged itself between the door and a filing cabinet. The door wouldn't open and the window has security screens. It was impossible to get into the room!
    After much dithering I managed, from under the door, to lift the board using a cake fork, dinner fork, steak knife and finally, an egg slice and widened the opening to fingerwidth. Just as well the board is light and my hands are small. My computer and I are happily reunited and the corkboard has been relegated to the garage.

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    1. Thanks for the laugh Sanmac !

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    2. Yes, it is funny now, however, at the time....... I wish I had some of your talent for the anecdote.

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  30. I heard some sad news yesterday. Coaldrakes is closing at the end of the month. Oh I know that some big chains, like Borders, have gone & that many smaller independent bookshops have closed in the UK, but this news still comes as a shock. Coaldrakes has been one of Brisbane's 'better' bookshops (and my favourite) for 21 years. Who will now stage talks and book signings by notable authors? I will particularly miss the Barracks' store. I liked to call in for coffee and a browse before a movie. There is still Avid Reader at West End but Coaldrakes will definitely be missed. Is this progress?

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  31. Very sad. We only have one independent store in the CBD now and a couple in the "better" suburbs.

    I was watching a UK TV program recently which showed how to do paper crafts and the comment was made that this is becoming increasingly popular as so many people are now not only not buying real books but are throwing out books.

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    1. Throwing out books is sad, particularly when countries like PNG are crying out for reading material. I may have to rethink my retirement dream of a bookstore. :-(

      Yesterday, I restocked my bookshelves at Bookfest, even though I've not yet read all of my last haul. Perhaps the Bookfest, while good for the charities concerned and the consumer, also hurts the bookstores. It must do. There are some quite recent titles there. I picked up Favel Parett's 2012 Miles Franklin short listed 'Past the Shallows', Franzen's 'Freedom', Kingsolver's 'The Lacuna' among others, as well as Ackroyd's 'Dickens'. Woohoo! You wold have been excited by the number of crime novels, Jaywalker.

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    2. LOL I have so far stuck to my New Year's resolution not to buy any more books till I've read the pile of unread ones.

      Haven't kept it in relation to DVDs from amazon though and we are happily watching "The First Churchills", a long British series made in the 80s with Susan Hampshire looking divine as Sarah and Margaret Tyzak as a magnificent Queen Anne (18 pregnancies in 16 years, most stillborn, and none lived past 11) also full of well known UK actors in magnificent period costumes.

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    3. That was my NY resolution so many times that I don't bother with it any more. You have much more resolve than I. I tell myself that I am a collector as well as a reader. :) I'm kept fairly occupied with my book group selections and can only manage one a month from the unread pile. That pile is ever increasing. As well, I seem to be adding to the unread books on the ereader. Ah, so many books, so little time. "sigh"

      "The First Churchills" does sound interesting...I've not heard of it.

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  32. I have just bought a hardback of Dan Brown's book 'The Lost Symbol' - for $4.00. Is this because no body is prepared to pay full price for hardbacks anymore?
    NOW where do I put it?

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    1. Where would you like to put it, Madeleine? ;)

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  33. If you have a yen to learn another language, here is a free online site which offers a choice of languages. As part of the course, you will translate pages from Wikipedia. It's a great idea; we get a free course and they get free translation. I'm brushing up on my Italian. Thanks, Susan, for sharing.

    www.duolingo.com

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  34. March 10, 1926: Paranormal romance is nothing new—the first ever Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes, was about a woman who discovers that she's a witch. The club began 87 years ago today.

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  35. You may want to wait and read this long list of short reviews until you've finished - or you may like to read them now. They definitely demonstrate that everyone has such different responses to books. The reviews are American (and some of them have clearly not related to the British setting) and range from one star to five.

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/202875.Heat_Wave

    I didn't find the first person narrative at all distracting but certainly others might.

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  36. I've been 'snowed-under' with work, study and at home lately. It looks like continuing until the end of May when all will be back to normal (I hope). I haven't been able to post as much or as often as I would like but I still check in regularly. Please don't think I've deserted the ship, Lol

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  37. A Notice for Brisbane Residents :

    Start stashing those gold coins in the kitty folks. The Lifeline BOOKFEST is coming to town again at The Exhibition and Convention Centre from Saturday 8 June 2013

    A great opportunity to pick up reading fodder for the train each morning

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    1. I'll be there. I may have to start stacking book on the floor as all the shelves are full. Maybe my OH will relent and buy a new bookcase. hmm?

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  38. If you live Brisbane Southside, you may want to visit the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds this weekend. Rotary Club are holding their annual book sale. It's a similar setup to Bookfest, not as big, but still large enough to fill a hall. I have found treasures there in previous years and will be checking out this year's bargains. Good practice for Lifeline.

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    1. Local Rotary fundraiser last weekend at a local scout hall. Two massive sheds of books, sausage sizzles, cake stalls raffles, all amongst the towering gums. A lovely little outing.

      So The Muppet, whom has never been to a book sale of this scale ( umm, his local library in the wheat belt would not contain 500 books), went off to one shed whilst I went the other way.

      Forty minutes later I thought I'de better check on The Muppet, who was kneeling on the floor engrossed in a book about eels. The critters , not the football team. So I feel guilty as I've neglected him and there is no sign of any purchases ( Its alright, I took one for the team. Helped charity along mightily). He's says beaming, "its alright, I've already taken two loads to the car"

      Getting nervous about Bookfest..............

      Sanmac's OH might have to shout me a bookcase or two also...

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    2. He is really my kind of Muppet. After Bookfest you may need new bookcases. Good luck with O'Beast and remember that the line starts behind me! I did go to Rotary's book sale and relieved them of a couple of armfuls: some by favourite authors and a few new ones to try. I consider it a rehearsal for Bookfest. :)

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  39. BRISBANE FOLK - DATE CLAIMER:

    22nd June 2013

    Lunch at South Bank . Destination still under consideration. Suggestions welcomed

    Meet 12 Noon by The Eye (sore)

    Be good to catch up........................

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    1. Love your luncheons, O'Beast & I will be there. There's a great little Turkish restaurant hidden away at the southern end of Little Stanley or there's Toscani's for more traditional tastes? Happy to go wherever.

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  40. Didn't make the Bookfest this time so their sales must be way down. What bargains did you find?

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  41. Reading patterns are interesting, aren't they ? Not one of the books from The Game of Thrones series, and not one Great Gatsby, indicating to me that tastes are fuelled by TV and movies. What do you think ?

    Regardless, it means people have their heads in a book , and this is a good thing for a plethora of reasons.

    One of this months free Ibooks is The Great Gatsby so I will reacquaint myself soon. Last read it as a high school text so I am sure it will mean more next read

    Bargains galore ! We came away with approx. 30 books between us ( and we only recently loaded up locally). The Muppet spent a rainy morning chuckling to himself over the stories of Henry Lawson. Isn't it grand when a book has this effect ?

    I picked up too many treats to differentiate !LOL

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    1. Has the Muppet read my favouite, The Loaded Dog? Not just a chuckle but laugh out loud. Like you, I discovered a new book stall. It's in a vacant shop at the local shopping centre. Only new books (remainders?) and all $3.00, paperbacks and hardcovers alike. I freed about a dozen from the piles, including the latest Chabon, Harris, Kingsolver, Mieville & Swift. Now I don't feel so deprived for missing Bookfest. Bring on rainy weekends.

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  42. After what seems like weeks of computer problems, I finally called in an expert. Now that I'm back, where was I............?

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  43. TODAYS TRIVIA

    Green Eggs And Ham is a children's book by Dr Seuss ( a pen name for Theodor Seuss Geisel) first published in 1960.

    The vocabulary of the text consists of just fifty different words and was the result of a bet between Seuss and his publisher that the author, after completing The Cat in The Hat ( using 225 words) could not complete an entire book using so few words

    Most of us can quote this book can we not ?

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    1. Yes, I still can after reading it to my three sons repeatedly.

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  44. TRIVIA

    The famous author of Robinson Cruso changed his surname in 1703 from Foe to Defoe. He believed that Defoe is "more socially and upward sounding "than Foe .

    Hyacith Bucket could relate to that

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    1. Patricia Routledge is coming here early next year and I've already booked. She's 85 and still touring. Sh'e doing a duo act with the pianist Piers Lane based on the concerts of Myra Hess in the second world war.

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    2. Was not aware of the above performance in the new year.

      I did a bit of reading about Myra Hess. An interesting lady with pluck. Must have been quite the inspiration in her day

      Enjoy your outing Jaywalker.

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  45. TRIVIA

    Michel Thaler , a French author, published a 233 page novel without using any verbs. The novel is Le Train de Nulle Part ( The Nowhere Train). Thaler stated that verbs are "like weeds among flowers, the weeds should be removed".

    Better not ask this fellow around to my place for tea. The state of my garden would give him conniptions.......

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    1. Hard to imagine what HAPPENS in his book as we were always brought up to believe that verbs were DOING words!

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  46. TRIVIA

    Frank Baum named "OZ" after a file cabinet in his office. One cabinet was labelled "A to N" and the second was labelled "O to Z"

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  47. Brisbane's Lifeline Bookfest starts tomorrow and runs to the 27th. Wow, it's usually only 3 days. They must have heaps more books.

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    1. Check out the Gallery page for this year's Bookfest pics. It may be too late to go as I believe Moi has already cleaned it out!

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    2. Well Sanmac, I did eat my heart out seeing that photo! I could just camp in there for the whole 3 days!!

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  48. TRIVIA

    Charles Dickens had a gold tooth pick which he kept in a velvet lined box. It recently went up for auction for some ridiculous price........Shoots down all my visions of a lonely writers garret and living off the smell of an oily rag............................

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  49. He became quite wealthy after Oliver Twist and Pickwick Papers but he needed it with 10 children, an ex-wife's household and a mistress to support!

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  50. Attended a talk this week organized by the local branch of the U3A. The speaker, Roly Sussex, is a Professor in Applied Language Studies at UQ and Chairman of the State Library of Queensland, and has a radio program and newspaper column about language, both of which are syndicated across Australia.

    His presentation was about the evolving role of libraries in the digital world and commenced with a power point presentation of different libraries around the world, from uber sophisticated to two room shacks in the Torres Straits. Fascinating in itself !

    Did you know that two newly constructed libraries in QLD are considered ground breaking in the digital world where libraries are no longer merely information hubs and storage points, but rather as the point of communal social interaction? Cooroy and Coomera Libraries - the latter having a swimming pool complex attached at one end. A lot different to the library at Trinity Grammar, Dublin, which left me gobsmacked !

    Is there a particular library which has left its mark on you ?

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  51. I'd love to hear him speak at out U3A....but it's a bit far away! Today we had a chap from Sydney who was Yehudi Menuhin's private assistant for 22 years and has written a two volume biography of him. He was very interesting and we bought the books for our U3A library. He had been a teacher at Gordounston before that - where Prince Charles and his brothers went.

    Back to libraries - ours are stupidly called LINCS which all the oldies hate - and are described as 'hubs of learning' - well, maybe, but call a spade a spade. I say. I remember going into the one in Gothenberg in Sweden while I was living there 22 years ago and being gob smacked at it also being a community gathering place, exhibition gallery, theatre space and coffee shop a decade before our began thinking of such things.

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  52. As per www. zapaday.com the Bookseller/Diagram Prize is a humorous literary award that is given annually to the book with the oddest title. The prize is named after the Diagram Group, an information and graphics company based in London, and The Bookseller, a British trade magazine for the publishing industry

    Refer to this link for more information : http://www.thebookseller.com/diagram-prize

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  53. One of our Canberra readers recently gave us an indication of how successful preloved book sales can be as a charity fundraiser (Refer: What RU Reading). I know some of us are regulars at these events.( Some of us have to go into armed combat to ensure that there are some books left after Sanmac makes her visit). Here's a link to give you the dates of other book fairs around the east coast. http://www.collectingbooksandmagazines.com/fairs.html

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  54. COMING EVENTS:

    Alice Walker, author of The Colour Purple, will be appearing at the Sydney Opera House on 21 May 2014 as part of the Sydney Writers Festival
    http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/swf_alice_walker.aspx

    The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the RSL, Queensland Branch, will again be presenting an Anzac Eve Concert at Southbank Parklands, Brisbane, in the piazza. This is a free concert.
    http://rslqld.org/events/Anzac-eve-concert

    Readers and Friends, please feel free to share any coming events in your area. We sometimes get too busy to keep up with what is happening and gentle reminders are a good thing,,,,,,,,

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    1. Pity I won't be in Queensland but we did enjoy ourselves in Sydney this past week with Madama Butterfly on the harbour (It rained again like last year for Carmen) and Noises Off at the opera house drama theatre. Also a fascinating photo exhibition at the NSW Police Museum and a trip to the National Gallery. That's our dose of culture till we go OS in June.

      We've been lucky here though - the now annual Baroque Festival in Hobart was marvellous. The NY production of Orlando was great as was the visiting Russian soprano Julia Lezhneka who is already a star at 24. Next stop La Scala in July.

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    2. Pleased you enjoyed your few days in Sydney despite the rain Jaywalker. When my daughters and I were there the week before we followed the Writers Walk around Circular Quay which I had never done before. This was interesting in itself because it is such a busy thoroughfare and it was extremely difficult to navigate through the tourists.
      http://goaustralia.about.com/od/cultureandthearts/ig/Sydney-Writers-Walk/
      As an original Sydneysider JW, there is a lovely little pub on the tip of the eastern side of this walk that still does a $15 counter meal and has a damn fine chef ( and a decent beer garden hidden by sandstone walls. The Orient , put it on your to do list )

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    3. Thanks. I will definitely do that as go at least once a year.

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  55. 11 Recipes For Bookworms Who Love To Eat.
    http://bzfd.it/1sDqt4P
    Enjoy !

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  56. The MS Readathon, run by MS Australia, started in 1979 and is Australia's premier reading-based fundraiser. The MS Readathon encourages Australians to read books, learn about Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and raise funds to help people living with MS.

    This years event commences in June and this year will be the first time I will be spending time at local schools talking with children as an MS Community Volunteer. Not only do I think this is a worthy cause, but it also encourages our youngest people to read. I'm not fussed about what they read, as long as they do read.

    "Reading brings us unknown friends and you are never sad or alone with a good book".

    PS I have been badgered into this by my sister ,Number2. LOL

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      http://www.msreadathon.org.au/

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    3. And has been going in Australia since 1979 - my now adult sons used to take part.

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  57. For Brisbanites:

    One of Australia’s most acclaimed authors David Malouf is being honoured through an exhibition at Museum of Brisbane, opening this week. Check out the full list of free programs here:
    http://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/whats-on/david-malouf-and-friends/

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  58. TRIVIA:

    Ever laid awake all night worrying about sesquipedalophobia ?

    Have a look here for some of your literary phobias :
    http://writerswrite.co.za/characters-with-phobias

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  59. Something for all the Harry Potter Die Hards:

    http://time.com/2965574/j-k-rowling-new-harry-potter-story/

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  60. TRIVIA

    Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone With The Wind " between 1926 and 1929. In her early drafts the main character was named "Pansy O'Hara" and the O'Hara plantation we know as Tara was called
    " Fountenoy Hall ".

    Pansy, readers. Pansy ! Can you imagine this ?

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  61. Tickets are now on sale for Book Expo Australia, a new event established to promote the Australian book industry, which will take place at the Sydney Showgrounds on 29 - 31 August.
    There will be panels on publishing and self publishing, as well as sessions for authors, illustrators, and poets. As well, there will be readings and live performances. Please refer to :
    http:// www.bookexpoaustralia.com/

    Do we have any volunteers to be our roving reporter at this event ??? I'm sure we'd all be interested !

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  62. I've received a link from a friend that may be of interest to you all.
    It's from an Over 60 website and provides information as to other sites that provide free e-books, the idea being that you never have to pay for an e-book again ! That means more chocolate . I like that .
    http://oversixty.com.au/technology/technology/2014/07/never-pay-for-an-ebook-again.aspx

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  63. A few things that may be of interest :

    1) Brisbane Writers Festival is coming up . 3 - 7 September 2014
    Refer www.bwf.org.au
    May be some talks of interest for Lee here

    2) Like to hunt through charity shops for second hand books, but not well enough or too busy to get
    out and about at the moment ? The Brotherhood of St Laurence have an online second hand
    book store with proceeds going to charity.
    Refer to www.brotherhoodbooks.org.au

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  64. A few things:
    1) My book club read, The Ghost by Robert Harris, became a nightmare in that it was also published as The Ghost Writer after having been adapted into a film, starring Ewan McGregor and Peirce Brosnan. As I couldn't get either version out of the library because of the lengthy waiting list I ended up having to buy both titles as ebooks, not realising they were one of the same. My advice ? Watch the movie. Easier on the eye if nothing else....

    ( And Sylvia, you may know something more about this book as there has been much discussion that the author, a former journalist and BBC television reporter based this novel on Prime Minister Tony Blair ?)

    2)Coming to Australia later in the year - the stage production POTTED POTTER, described as "all seven Harry Potter books in seventy minutes". Check it out at PottedPotter.com.au

    3) Nice little article in the weekend Courier Mail (16/8/2014) about the new wave of female, Australian authors:
    Hannah Kent Burial Rights
    Brooke Davis Lost and Found
    Fiona McFarlane The Night Guest
    Evie Wyld, All The Birds Singing
    They all look worth a glance.....................................................

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  65. Received an email over the weekend from my daughter about a mutual acquaintance who, as a fundraiser, is undertaking the mammoth task of walking 10kms on ALL FOURS. She is doing this in support of an organization - Soldier On - that supports wounded military personnel. Our acquaintance states that she -

    “hopes to raise awareness and promote a strong link between our physically and psychologically wounded Australians and their communities. Raising funds for Soldier On will assist the charity with their life saving work to improve the lives of our wounded veterans and their families”

    Why would someone torture their own body in such a way?

    Because she “believes the idea of leaving no man behind should not be limited to the battlefield”. Leaving no man behind is a phrase from the book written by Lt Gen Harold G Moore and Joseph L Galloway, very successfully adapted to cinema, called “ We Were Soldiers Once ….And Young” about the very early days of the Vietnam conflict.

    I make no apologies for having a soft spot for our lads and lasses of the defence forces and would recommend to you reading “Without Warning” written by Damien Thomlinson , more commonly known as “Iceman”. Damien is an ex commando soldier who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, and is the poster boy for the Commando welfare trust having recently raised a lot of money and awareness after completing the Kokoda Track. “Exit Wounds” by John Cantwell and Greg Bearup is another telling read. John is a Queensland Country lad who has seen multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2006. Both of these books are what our friend is trying to make people understand.

    If you are interested, there is a facebook page to follow our friends preparation for this event. Please refer to www.facebook.com/bearlymoving

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  66. What has happened to our Recent comments?? Should we be worried?

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  68. A Few Things:

    1. For an interesting read sent in by Bernadette go to :

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brain-function-boosted-for-days-after-reading-a-novel-9028302.html

    2. Life Line Bookfest to be held in Brisbane from 17/1/2015 to 26/1/2015 is looking for volunteers for all manner of tasks. Go to volunteer@uucommunity.org.au or ring 07 3250-1297.

    3. TRIVIA : The name, Wendy, was made up for Peter Pan. There is no record of any Wendy before this book.

    And where is this trivia from ? The Pinterest website. Have you been there ? Put in a search for a Books. The information you stumble across is amazing.

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  69. Having difficulties with the Christmas shopping?

    A Blackboard sign outside of Kaleido Books in Perth, WA on
    Why You Should Buy Them A Book This Year
    1. Books work straight away ( no batteries required)
    2. Books are easy to wrap
    3. You don't have to know what size to get
    4. You can write a lovely message just inside the cover
    5. Books don't go out of style
    6. Books can be taken anywhere ( even through airport security)
    7. There are books for every kind of person
    8. Books are filled with ENTIRE WORLDS ( yet still so cheap)
    9. Books can make them better people
    10.They will probably let you borrow the book when they are done.

    Christmas Solved!

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    1. Very good! Clever person who thought up those comments. I know I'm getting some books for Christmas - I gave the OH a wish list which he recently took down to our city bookshops. Will have to wait to see what he could find!

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  70. So true ....Wish everyone I knew had an Amazon wish list!

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    1. My Secret Santa at work gave me a gift certificate for Fishpond. Well, you just can't order one book , can you ? Won't have them for Christmas, but they will be a nice way to celebrate the New Year ( and a nice change from the past two Decembers which is generally when the white goods need urgent replacing. Why is this so ?)

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  71. Have just signed up for the Aussie Author Challenge 2015 with Booklover Book Reviews, which is an an attempt on my part to become better acquainted with some up and coming Australian authors.

    The Challenge reading period runs from 1.1.2015 to 31.12.2015 and has three Challenge levels. As this is new to me - and on a personal level, I have never in my life been goal orientated which drove my father to despair- I'm opting for the mid level (Wallaroo Level).
    This means I have to read six titles by Australian authors,two by males, two by females. Two of the authors have to me new to me, the titles can be Fiction or Non Fiction, and from a minimum two genres.

    Gulp. I can do this.

    Have a look at bookloverbookreviews.com for more information.


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    1. Fantastic to have you join us May! Am sure you will have no troubles meeting the challenge - there are so many great books by Aussies out there, the trouble will be choosing which to read first :)

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  72. As one year finishes and a new one commences some of us tend to look at our past reading habits, and look to new challenges for the coming year. 2014 found me focusing on the number of books read which proved unsatisfactory as in some instances I did not slow down to enjoy the subtleties of some novels. In 2015 I will focus on new Australian authors instead and I hope this makes me a better reader.

    Take a peek at this article, written by Keith Austin, from last weeks Sydney Morning Herald in which Keith shares his reading list of 2014. I love what he had to say about Moby Dick!

    Happy Reading in 2015.

    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/my-word-a-year-of-reading-dangerously-20141218-129pwp.html

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  73. I'm a terrible bore when it comes to reading and rarely step outside my comfort zone these days. At 71, still working part-time in a stimulating job, involved with U3A both locally and online and going to Red Hat functions and secretary of my Zonta club, I'm just reading for pure pleasure nowadays but good luck with your challenge.

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  74. I'm also reflecting on my 2014 reading and to be honest it was pretty dire. For someone who used to churn out a couple of books per month, I think I finished the year on three and a half... Not at all proud of myself.

    I battled through Tropic of Cancer early in the year and Mr Flanagan a few weeks back. Didn't enjoy either of them. Honestly, the stand out has to be John Green's The Fault in Our Stars! A very simple book but written beautifully. The biggest road block though? Ian McEwan's Atonement. I swear I started it in March and I'm still only half way through! Very slow but I'm too stubborn to give up. I know that life's too short to persist with an awful book but I need this one to check off my list. As you can see I'm in a bit of a quandary.

    My reading plans for 2015? Between work and study it's hard to fathom reading much more but I have to do better than last year. Perhaps if I'm a little more selective in what I do read? I could be persuaded by this Aussie Author Book Challenge...

    PS - Anyone else had issues with Atonement? I could get through War and Peace four times in the same time it's taken me to read it...

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  75. I admire you Number2 for persevering with a book you are battling with. I used to be like that but no longer; life is too short to be spent NOT enjoying a novel. For Christmas I asked for and was given "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche; "Dear Life" Alice Munro and "Mornings in Jenin" Susan Abulhawa. I also have waiting in the bookcase a book I treated myself to on someone's recommendation "The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan, nearly 600 pages so that will be MY challenge this year. I am a slow reader and generally only read at bedtime but I think I will have get off the computer more and read instead!!

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  76. I've completely given up sticking with books I'm not enjoying. As Sylvia says, life is too short. These days I alternate a crime/mystery novel (reading Susan Hill's newest Inspector Serrailler at the moment) with something a bit more "literary" (such as Penelope Lively or Anita Brookner) or a biography. Currently reading (during the day) The Maud Allen Story - biography of 'the scandalous lesbian dancer' of the 1920s who had an affair with PM Asquith's wife:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160901/The-incredible-story-lesbian-dancing-star-Maud-Allan-sued-MP-libel-complained-seductive-performances--affair-Prime-Ministers-wife.html

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    1. Thank you for this link,Jaywalker. I enjoyed the read. What an interesting life Maud led!

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    2. She certainly did and the book, although all based on records, is written as a novel and very easy to read. I just noticed on this site that it is available on kindle.

      http://russelljamesbooks.wordpress.com/books/the-maud-allan-affair/

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  77. Facebook CEO , Mark Zuckerberg, has started a book club so that likeminded people can join him in his resolution to read a new book every fortnight.
    Refer to http://on.fb.me/1xCXB0n.

    The Facebook Page states "our books will emphasise learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies". The first book is The end of Power by Moises Naim.

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    1. Good luck to him but much too deep for me at the moment!

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  78. Ditto Jaywalker! Anyway it takes me longer than 2 weeks to read a book.

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  79. A few things :

    1) So we know that many books are turned into movies. But did we know that there's an actual term for that process ? It's called Ekphrasis. An Ekphrasis is an Ancient Greek word, meaning a written or verbal destitution of a visual object.
    (Refer Words and Thoughts of Rob Kennedy)

    2) Any idea about the 2014 WOTY? Read: Word of The Year.
    The Oxford DictionariesWord of The Year is.......vape. I repeat: vape.
    Refer to blog.oxforddictionaries.com and all will be revealed.

    3) At no time during my cruise did I manage to read a book, nor did I view any movies, despite being confined to sea due to a cyclone over Vanuatu. I did however, attend numerous trivia competitions. Can you tell ?

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  80. Can't find VAPE in my dictionary.
    Are you hooked on cruising now Moi?
    Are you know dying to get into a good book?

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  81. I only heard about vape because I happened to mention to a friend about all the e-cigarette shops we'd seen in Europe this year and she told me her adult son does it. I heard the other day that it could be as harmful as real cigarettes.

    Did you enjoy cruising? What a pity about the cyclone. Not a lot to see in Vanuatu but it's nice to get off the ship. We're vaguely thinking of doing a long one to Asia the year after next.

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    1. No, do not have the cruise bug. Thoroughly enjoyed the break and am as ready as I ever will be to face work again tomorrow, but I like my holidays a little more hands-on. House boats are more my style. However, really did love the evening shows and various live music and comedy performances throughout the cruise. These alone made the experience worthwhile ! Interestingly, I expected there to be an onboard library but this was not the case. ( Trivia : Queen Mary 2 has a library of 8,000 books)

      One of the comedians was Mark McConville. Funny fellow and also interesting in that he has been instrumental in connecting Comedy with Mental Health. Have a look at his website for more : markmcconville.com.au.

      Haven't selected a book to take on the train journey yet. There are 27 unread books at the end of the bed so I'm not short of choice. After work, I am supposed to be assisting restock shelves for the mammoth charity book sale for Lifeline for the rest of the week. I'll get interested in reading again when that commitment is over.....

      How is hubby finding the Richard Flanagan book ,Sylvia ?

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    2. Hubby has not started the Richard Flanagan book Moi! He is not an avid reader like me but he might take it on holiday in June where he doesn't have the distraction of the computer or anything else for that matter!

      If ever we went on a cruise it would be to the Mediterranean or Adriatic where we would visit a port each day. Hubbie not keen and I'm not sure it would be a suitable environment for our son who has a learning disability.

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  82. Very unusual for a cruise ship not to have a library. All the ones we've been on have had one - quite a big separate room with not only books but jigsaws and board games, cards etc. What ship were you on?

    I'm not mad about South Pacific cruises as the ports of call are not that interesting and it's such a huge ocean that you spend a lot of time just at sea. We did the Bravo cruise there last year and will again next year because it's a special classical music cruise with big stars such as Elaine Page and Teddy Tahu-Rhodes etc but you would probably enjoy the European ones more where you get off at a different port almost every day and same with the European river cruises. I especially enjoyed the Mediterranean and the Greek Islands.

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  83. Just read an interesting article about words that have no English equivalent. Must have had a visitor from Japan sneaking around my bedroom when I wasn't watching as they have the word TSUNDOKO - the Japanese term for book lovers who let books pile up around the house without getting through them.
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/lifestyle/health/excellent-words-with-no-english-equivalent/story-fniym6di-1227210910737

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  84. Thought this article fun for those of you who attend a bookclub.

    http://readnow.isentia.com/articlepresenter.aspx?GUID=c4502e7d-ff50-4ba3-925d-197ffda76783&serID=72137&ArticleID=373087475&output=pdfsearchable

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  85. A friend gifted me with a DVD this week :- Bryce Courtenay's "Last Class" which is the recording of the author's final writing workshop, which he bravely conducted at The National Library in Canberra just a few months before he passed away in November 2012.

    The workshop was produced by the author's wife, Christine, who donated 10,000 copies of the DVD to Lifeline, Canberra, to be sold at last weekends Lifeline Bookfest, with 100 % of proceeds being retained by the charity. I believe Mrs Courtenay was expected at the Official Opening of the charity fundraiser but was too ill to attend.

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  86. One of our Tasmanian contributors, Joy, reminded me yesterday that the 5th March was
    World Book Day.

    Here are the Top 10 Reading Related World Records from The Guinness Book of Records to observe this date. I particularly enjoyed The Most Abandoned Book catagory.........Enjoy!

    http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/3/world-book-day-our-top-ten-reading-related-world-records-374040

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  87. So, you think you're a book nerd .....,Want to know how much of a book nerd you are ? Then take this test.....(courtesy of Barnes and Noble)

    www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/feature/whats-your-book-nerd-score/



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  88. 24 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your High School Favourites.. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/books-you-should-read-now-based-on-your-high-school-favorite

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  89. Trivia
    Have you heard of paskekrim. Did you know that reading crime stories and detective novels during Easter is a national trait in Norway. Learn more here:
    www.tnp.no/2260-paskekrim-why-crime-story-on-easterij

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  90. Perhaps I have Norwegian blood - I read a crime novel all over Easter. But then, I read a lot of crime novels.

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  91. May be of interest ?

    1) There was a Jane Austen Festival in Canberra over the weekend. Though not a fan, I think this event would have been great fun!
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-11/jane-austen-festival-period-dressmaking-to-attract-mr-darcy/6385776

    2) Stumbled upon a terrific website by accident recently.Readers' Niche - a gift shop for book lovers. Some great tee shirts and hoodies ! Take a peek at
    www.readersniche.com.au.

    3) There are two Cystic Fibrosis bookstores in Brisbane with shelves lined with the council's ex-library books for sale. The stores are located in Nundah and Salisbury. Go to : www.cfqld.org.au

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  92. Best Literary Walking Tours,
    - according to Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015

    1 Millennium Tour, Stockholm, for fans of Steiger Larsson's crime thrillers.
    2 Literary Pub Crawl, Dublin, Ireland. Raise a glass in creative drinking holes.
    3 Literary Landmarks, Boston,USA. The birthplace of American a Romanticism with the homes and haunts of Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Thoreau and more.
    4 James Bond's Mayfair, London. Classified secrets of the Fleming high life.
    5 Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, New York City. Decades of inspiration in the Big Apple, from Revolutionary writers to the present day.
    6 Writers in Paris, France. Step into a world peopled by the ghosts of Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, Samuel Beckett, Jean Rhys and Marcel Proust.
    7 Literary Shanghai, China.from local stars such as Lu Xun and Xun Zhimo to visiting giants of international literature including George Bernard Shaw.
    8 Jane Austen in Bath,UK. Universally acknowledged Regency charms.
    (From Readers Digest)

    My youngest daughter and I did the Irish Pub Crawl in Dublin back in 2009. We then trained it to Galway where we enjoyed their annual Music Festival. It was a grand week....,

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  93. Not meant as a boast....but I realise I have been to every one of those places BUT have not been on any literary walking tours. We have just about taken our own Dickens tour in the sense that I think we've been to almost every house he lived in over many years. And we went to Jane Austin's house in Chawton last year.

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    1. Lovely memories for you,Jaywalker....

      We make a determined effort to spend a few days in rural Qld each year: a change for us, new places to see, and we spend a few bob in the little townships. Win win all round. Last year we headed off to Allora to see the family home of P L Travers. Not sure what happened,though we ended up in Aratula instead for their annual carrot festival!

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  94. My daughter is off to Melbourne for the Writers Festival. She is a huge fan of Louis de Berniers; has all his books. Here's a link to news about his latest novel. Oh, and Caitlin, can you please send your poor old Mum an update on your experiences at the Festival ?

    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/louis-de-bernieres-a-life-of-writing-that-has-ranged-around-the-world-20150720-gig6vm.html

    I'm off to a Literary Dinner in a fortnight at the local hotel, The Grand View. Michael Rowbotham will be presenting his latest novel, Close Your Eyes. I'm not really into crime writing though recently read one of his books at Bookclub and enjoyed it.

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    1. I just wondered Moi, is your daughter a budding writer herself or is she just a Bookworm like us all? You know, one of the books I could NOT get into was "Captain Correli's Mandolin"! It is still sitting in my bookcase waiting but I'm not sure I shall ever attempt it again. but never say never!

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    2. My daughter is not a budding writer though she does write for a living - public policy, government speeches, boring stuff of that ilk. She does want to undertake an Editing course when she completes her Masters ( again something really boring and Government based) and would agree to being called a grammar Nazi.

      No, she just enjoys Louis de Bernieres. And is probably a bit eccentric...like her mother. Did you like the movie version of the book? It was the first and only time I liked Penelope Cruz!

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    3. Nothing wrong with being a Grammar Nazi - I wish there were more around in this day and age! I flinch each time I see incorrect grammar and apostrophes in the wrong place etc.
      Yes I did see the film Captain Correli's Mandolin; enjoyed the scenery more than anything! If ever you want to see a different side of Penelope Cruz (the Spanish side) buy the DVD of "VOLVER" written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. It's in Spanish but has English subtitles and it was recommended to me when I was studying Spanish many years ago. If you and your daughter are a bit eccentric I think you would enjoy as I did. I thought Cruz played the part excellently!

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    4. I will keep an eye out for Volver, Sylvia, thank you.
      I recently received a parcel in the post - no identification though hand written address ( all very mysterious and exciting!)- that simply included a DVD of the 1935 version of Mutiny On The Bounty. Originally in B&W and filmed in 1935 with Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian - four years before Gone With The Wind! -I have since started reading up on Captain Bligh et al.
      Not only that - and this is a wee example of the eccentricities in the genes - my daughter and I have just booked a holiday early in the new year to Norfolk Island, primarily to learn more of the history. Anyway, that's my excuse:)

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    5. Colin and I are both Almodovar fans and have seen most of his films including Volver and I agree with you about Penelope Cruz. I think she has been shown in some very poor American films that don't do her justice.

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  95. Any thoughts on this current craze for Adult Colouring Books ? Been on the top of the Best Seller Lists for some weeks now. Is it the same overseas ?
    Personally, I cannot think of anything more frustrating. Colouring between the lines has never been my forte as it requires too much focus, making it a chore and not a pleasure. Some book stores have even been holding Colouring Evenings !
    Mindfulness or con job ?

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    1. Funnily enough Moi, I spotted these colouring-in books recently on the bookshelf alongside BOOKS in W.H. Smith's here in England. I'm not sure how popular they are and I've not heard of anyone who has one yet. Maybe some people would find the art of colouring therapeutic as some would find in doing tapestry, crosspoint, jig-saw etc. Not for me though; you would need a LOT of patience and time! IF I do hear of anyone who admits to it, I will post it on here! ;)

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    2. Well what a coincidence! There was an item on this very subject on our local radio station this morning Moi! Apparently "someone" (might have been the designer or publisher) was on The One Show on TV talking about these colouring books and it all just took off BIG TIME!!
      The chap who was talking about it on the radio said that for him and many others, colouring-in provided respite from stress, an escapism. He added that some people didn't adhere to staying within the lines, they would just use broad colourful strokes! I can see how it would be soothing for people who are ill as long as they have the patience. I will stick to books for my escapism I think!

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    3. Sylvia, at my place of employment we are delivering a Workshop later in the month where attendees can have a glass of wine and cheese, select a mandela to colour, and then the session will finish with a meditation. It's all about mindfulness - apparently.

      Interesting though, I asked, what is a Mandela ? Apparently, its origins go back to the monks who used to draw these beautiful and intricate drawings in the dirt, only to wipe them out. The lesson being - apparently- that nothing is permanent.

      How's the packing going ?

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    4. Packing progressing slowly but surely Moi! Having just been told by son no, 3 that he doesn't want us to keep all his English Literature classics I now have to go through them ready to give to a charity shop. I expect there will be many young students looking out for some. Meanwhile I have already found a couple that I really must read myself!!

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  96. Hi Moi

    We
    re back from OS...to cold wet Tasmania. Also by coincidence, I saw a woman doing one of these at Heathrow when we were waiting for the plane. I wondered what she was doing and had a surreptitious peak over her shoulder and that's what it was. She had a pack of fine nib colour pens with her and was very busy. Now I have the answer. I haven't seen them here but then, I haven't lookede.

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    1. Welcome back, Jaywalker. I have enjoyed following your adventures. I'm surprised you have not returned to Tassie weary after such a busy holiday !
      The other item on trend and climbing the best seller list is the Wreck Journal. This is the journal for those of us who stray when it comes to journaling. I say this as I start off with good intentions, though lose interest easily. The Wreck Journal encourages behaviour outside the norm, behaviour that we were reprimanded for as youngsters. Every few days within its pages is a new activity, such as colouring outside the lines, spilling coffee on the page, or bending the corner of a page over.
      I'm thinking these would make a cool Xmas gift for my daughters.

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    2. Not heard of the Wreck Journal but will look out for it! Even our Sainsbury's supermarket is selling those Crayoning for Adults books!

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  97. It's taken me a while to recover fully as I caught a very nast strain of bronchitis two weeks before coming home. Luckily we were planning to spend the last week with friends in Derby who were marvellous and took me to their walk-in medical centre and where I was seen and given a prescription very efficiently and at no cost.

    It has taken almost another two weeks to completely get rid of the cough but it seems to be OK now. Very debilitating as you get older.

    Have finished The Four Sisters - bio of the four Romanov sisters - and started last night on The Lodger which Colin bought for my birthday back in June. Outline here:

    The first biographical novel about Dorothy Richardson, peer of Virginia Woolf, lover of H.G. Wells, and central figure in the emergence of modernist fiction

    Dorothy exists just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's surgery and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend. Jane recently married a writer who is hovering on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie as he is known to friends.

    First chapter has really got me involved.

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  98. My reading has been a bit slaphazzard I am afraid. I had to read a crime novel for Book Club, and I whinged and grizzled because I never read crime. The book by Australian author, Michael Rowbotham , features a psychologist character who sucked me right in. Another dysfunctional , just the way I like them : Parkinson's disease, cerebral, seperated. So I've read the library dry. No Rowbothams left.

    With winter I have enjoyed catching up with movies. Enjoyed The Last Cab To Darwin, The Oyster Farmer and looking forward to the release of Oddball in the next few weeks.

    Also enjoyed some live music of late also : The Eurogliders - who, they ask ? - and Jon English. Interesting, in both cases the acts are older than I am, as are most of the audience. Big nostalgia thing happening ?

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  99. Which reminds me : anyone interested in seeing A Walk In The Woods? This is the newly released movie starring a 70 plus year old Robert Redford playing Bill Bryson in an adaptation of the travel writers book about hiking in the Appalachian Trail ?

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    1. "A Walk in the Woods" is one of the few Bill Bryson books I've NOT yet read. We do have a copy which will soon be packed away. Have you read the book Moi?

      I finally finished re-reading "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute last night. Do Australian men still say "Oh my word....." a lot or is that just an 1950s saying?
      I must now look for a short novel to start bearing in mind the big house move where I will have to carry a book in my handbag for the overnight stay at a hotel. I think it will be the book a friend bought me for my birthday; "Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day" by Winifred Watson, published in 1938 so shall be in for another pre-war mode of writing!

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  100. Sylvia - you might find a few older men who still say that but not many I would think! I haven't read A Walk in the Woods either although, like you, I've read most of his others. My favourites are Notes on a Small island and At Home. Not sure I want to see the movie.

    I've seen the movie of Miss Pettigrew but not read the book. Speaking of pre-war, have you heard of Persephone Books? Not sure if I've mentioned them before. It's a lovely little shop in Lamb Conduit St in London and I've been there on our last three trips. I found it through another blog I read. This is from their website:

    Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. All of our 112 books are intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written and are chosen to appeal to busy people wanting titles that are neither too literary nor too commercial. We publish novels, short stories, diaries, memoirs and cookery books; each has an elegant grey jacket, a ‘fabric’ endpaper with matching bookmark, and a preface by writers such as Jilly Cooper, David Kynaston and Elaine Showalter.

    Website here: http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/

    If you buy one a year, you get their quarterly magazine free which is very good reading. They are so elegantly presented that I can't help buying at least one a year.

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    1. Jean, yes the Miss Pettigrew book I have is a Persephone book and I just started it last night and knew immediately that I would enjoy it! I must ask my friend who bought it for me if she actually bought it from the London shop. The book is upstairs but I must check who wrote the preface; I did start to read the preface (and it was interesting) but I was so keen to begin I skipped those pages.

      There was a clip of the film "A Walk in the Woods" on TV last night! If it ever comes out on DVD I might buy it. That will give me plenty time in which to read the book; at least if I find it boring I won't buy the DVD. My favourite Bill Bryson book was also Notes on a Small Island.

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  101. PS - Moi - I'm glad you've discovered good crime novels!! You might consider trying Susan Hill's DI Serrailler series which are much more than just crime novels.

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  102. My favourite Bill Bryson is In A Sunburned Country, written in 2000 about his visit to Australia. The book petered out towards the end but for the first three quarters I clearly remember tears running down my face from laughter on the train ride into work.

    I've just started on an autobiography that I picked up at the weekend markets. Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes is the story of Dublin born , Martha Long. I'll let you know if it's as sad as it sounds......

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  103. Just for a bit of fun have a look at these thirteen cakes inspired by literature. Personally, I like the Jules Verne.
    What's your favourite ?
    http://www.cbc.ca/books/mobile/touch/2015/10/13-cakes-inspired-by-books.html

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  104. Some tidbits :
    a) Attended the recent launch of Ghost Galleon by local author Errol Bishop about a Portuguese ship that sunk off North Stradbroke Island three hundred years ago. There has been talk for years about old gold coins washing up on the beaches of Straddie after storms, and the author has used this as the basis for his novel. On the TBR list over Christmas.
    b) Went to the local theatre groups presentation, Radio Plays, a re-enactment of the internal workings of a radio station when families lived by their radios for entertainment. This was great fun and a good night out, with performers between the ages of 6 to 80.
    c) Essentially, have been evicted for being "the weakest link" at my afternoon bookclub. Telling the employer that I had to go home to read did not cut it. Three missed meetings and you are out apparently. And one of those was a Jane Austen meeting which I feel should not count.
    Wondering if it is worth trying to setup an evening meet and greet for this purpose, where you could enjoy a light meal and something wet. Any thoughts please ?

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    1. I'm horrified Moi that members of your afternoon bookclub would be "evicted"!!!
      I've never belonged to a Bookclub because I'm not good at speaking up and would hate to have to read a book I disliked so I don't feel I could pass on any thoughts but you could give it a try. Would members be willing to cook and host in the evenings?

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  105. I haven't belonged to a book discussion group for almost 20 years but when I did we always met in the evenings with nibbles and drinks as most of us worked and it was easier that way.

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  106. Happy Jolabokaflod!
    In Iceland books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and you spend the rest of the night READING. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolates. How cosy and wonderful does that sound?
    Iceland publishes more bppks per capita than any other country, and more books are typically published early during the Christmad season- the frenzy is called Jolabekafled,which means Christmas Book Flood.

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  107. How interesting and by coincidence among the books Colin bought me was Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland. I'd seen a review and we went to Reykjavik a few years ago and were fascinated by it, as I am by all things Scandinavian. I'll let you know about it when I've read it.

    He bought me sis books in all so I'll be able to be just like an Icelander!

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Names-Sea-Strangers-Sarah-Moss/dp/1847084168

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  108. 2015 awards for the worst writing about sex:

    https://literaryreview.co.uk/bad-sex-in-fiction-award

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    1. Her breasts were like young fawns ? OMG ! Thanks for the laugh...

      For those looking to unleash their creativity over the summer holidays (instead of watching the cricket ), information about a new short story writing competition:
      http://medianet.com.au/releases/release-details?id=847416

      I received a quirky book as a gift this Xmas: Gone With The Gin, Cocktails With a Hollywood Twist by Tim Federle. It includes cocktail recipes such as Bonnie and Mudslide and Close Encounters of the Slurred Kind.

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  109. Let us know when you've tried some! A few years ago, after doing a cruise on which they had very nice and not too expensive cocktails, Colin bought a cocktail shaker and book. We went out and bought a couple of bottles of what you need and made a few but the novelty soon wore off after we realised how many ingredients you have to have, the big operation of mixing and cleaning up and the cost.

    I'm reading Bill Bryson's follow-up to Notes from a Small Island - The Road to Little Dribbling. It's just as hilarious and I'm laughing out loud every few minutes. As well as being funny, he is also keenly observant of British society and the things that have changed or not changed - for better or worse. We've been to so many of the places he mentions and that makes it more interesting.

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    1. I will definitely have to look out for Bill Bryson's new book Jean if you recommend it. AS you've said, it's made all the more interesting if you've actually visited places he writes about. Really MUST go and join the library asap!!

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