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Forum: General Chat 22nd Nov 2009, 15:40
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Re: Today, I will be mostly listening to...

Today- Marvin Gaye's Got to get it on- I like funk while ironing.
Forum: General Chat 21st Nov 2009, 19:51
Replies: 697
Views: 60,146
Posted By alib68
Re: Today, I will be mostly listening to...

I have belatedly become addicted to The Flaming Lips- I can't understand how come I haven't encountered them before- and as well as adding most of their back catalogue to my Amazon wish list, I'm...
Forum: General Chat 21st Oct 2009, 19:20
Replies: 66
Views: 10,101
Posted By alib68
Re: Children's and Young Adult's Fiction

We read The Hobbit and The Ottobury Incident first year of secondary school. I had read them both already for pleasure. We seemed to mostly read silently and answer questions written on the board.
Forum: Book Reviews 21st Oct 2009, 10:16
Replies: 41
Views: 5,748
Posted By alib68
Re: Zoe Heller: Notes on a Scandal

Colyngbourne- you're right, I don't think it is contemporary. Part of the novel is set in the childhood of two of the protagonists and there is a lack of reference to technology (from memory- not...
Forum: General Chat 20th Oct 2009, 20:09
Replies: 643
Views: 37,462
Posted By alib68
Re: Recent Purchases 2009

Lets Get Out Of This Country- Camera Obscura
2 tickets to the Camera Obscura gig at Shepherds Bush Empire!
Breaking Rocks soundtrack
The Mouse and His Child- Russell Hoban
Dark Entries- Ian...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Oct 2009, 20:01
Replies: 41
Views: 5,748
Posted By alib68
Re: Zoe Heller: Notes on a Scandal

Thanks TwinkleToes. Its quite a nasty story, so I hope it isn't representative of independent schools(!), but as I said, the relationships and the detail felt right.
Forum: General Chat 20th Oct 2009, 17:06
Replies: 66
Views: 10,101
Posted By alib68
Re: Children's and Young Adult's Fiction

I remember The Weirdstone of Brisigamen and Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series being read to the class at Primary school. I'm a big fan of Joan Aiken's Wolves of Willoughby Chase series, which is...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Oct 2009, 16:27
Replies: 41
Views: 5,748
Posted By alib68
Re: Zoe Heller: Notes on a Scandal

I think that the book with a school setting that "feels" right is Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. It's not a school setting that I'm familiar with- its an independent school in a small town-...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Oct 2009, 16:17
Replies: 13
Views: 2,433
Posted By alib68
Re: Any views on Carl Hiaasen?

Looks great- it's going on my Amazon wishlist. Thanks Colyngbourne.
Forum: Book Reviews 18th Oct 2009, 9:57
Replies: 41
Views: 5,748
Posted By alib68
Re: Zoe Heller: Notes on a Scandal

"Although there were several details in both the novel and the film that didn't ring true (details about schools and policy and procedure)"...

I read it quite a while ago, and I have to say the...
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Oct 2009, 14:01
Replies: 13
Views: 2,433
Posted By alib68
Smile Re: Any views on Carl Hiaasen?

Yes, that's one- they seem to have some similarities to the concerns of the adult fiction- environmentalism etc.
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Oct 2009, 9:00
Replies: 13
Views: 2,433
Posted By alib68
Re: Any views on Carl Hiaasen?

I really like Hiassen. I find them very funny. They are not the kind of books I'd re-read, so I tend to buy them from charity shops and return or pass on to friends once I've read them. I like Strip...
Forum: Top Tens 14th Oct 2009, 20:56
Replies: 43
Views: 5,850
Posted By alib68
Re: Bad Music

Junk Monkey- perhps more leaning towards The Proclaimers?
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Oct 2009, 19:56
Replies: 49
Views: 5,872
Posted By alib68
Re: Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and series - Douglas Adams

I've just heard a trailer for Book of Bedtime on BBC Radio 4- which is indeed this book.
Forum: Top Tens 12th Oct 2009, 17:02
Replies: 130
Views: 28,259
Posted By alib68
Re: Worst self published books

It reminds me of that album cover game that was around on Facebook a few months ago.
Forum: General Chat 12th Oct 2009, 16:05
Replies: 697
Views: 60,146
Posted By alib68
Re: Today, I will be mostly listening to...

Tody I am mostly playing chicken with myself. How long can I listen to Ship Song by Nick Cave without blubbing? So far, managed 3 mins on public transport and 4:45 mins at home- best ever.

I'm...
Forum: Top Tens 12th Oct 2009, 15:33
Replies: 59
Views: 6,257
Posted By alib68
Re: Top Ten Musicals

My list:
Top Hat
Singin' in the Rain (I saw it with Tommy Steele and Roy Castle in the West End when I was about 13 and my sisters and I sang and danced the song up and down the Metropolitan Line...
Forum: Top Tens 12th Oct 2009, 15:16
Replies: 130
Views: 28,259
Posted By alib68
Re: Worst self published books

There's something called "The Wishing Book" by Graeme Howard being heavily promoted on Amazon's children's books forum by one GM Howard. Not sure if it is self-published, but the signs aren't good. I...
Forum: Top Tens 12th Oct 2009, 14:50
Replies: 43
Views: 5,850
Posted By alib68
Re: Bad Music

For those of you unaware of the Tottenham geniuses, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deeZTzIN_o8&feature=related
Forum: Top Tens 12th Oct 2009, 14:47
Replies: 43
Views: 5,850
Posted By alib68
Re: Bad Music

Hi all, new girl here. I own, and are on my iPod:

Kylie and Jason, Especially for You
Chas n Dave, Ain't No Pleasing You (and I stand by this, it is a fantstic song. If they were Scottish...
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Oct 2009, 22:07
Replies: 49
Views: 5,872
Posted By alib68
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Oct 2009, 20:34
Replies: 49
Views: 5,872
Posted By alib68
Re: Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and series - Douglas Adams

Hi, I'm new, but will be brave and venture an opinion. I'm quite hopeful about the Eion Colfer sequel. I really enjoyed the Artemis Fowl books, and I think that Douglas Adams' influence is quite...
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