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Forum: Politics & Society 28th May 2010, 12:13
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Views: 20,248
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Re: Rise of the Fundamentalists

And good on you for the first paragraph, JS.
Forum: General Chat 28th May 2010, 11:05
Replies: 322
Views: 25,904
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Forum: Book Reviews 27th May 2010, 11:18
Replies: 331
Views: 38,847
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Re: Recently Abandoned

The Kreutzer Sonata - Tolstoy. Couldn't get on with it. Amis, in his interview last week on BBC4, gave it such a withering dismissal while on the subject of declining powers of novelists (!), that...
Forum: Book Reviews 26th May 2010, 23:25
Replies: 20
Views: 3,538
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Re: Jon McGregor: Even the Dogs

Subtlety is not a word that springs to mind with this work. I think McGrgeor has written a remarkable book here. As an example of POV control I think it's a tour de force. To make the narrative of...
Forum: General Chat 24th May 2010, 12:54
Replies: 5
Views: 1,752
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Re: BBC adaptation of Martin Amis' Money

I thought the hour's interview that followed (having missed Money) was highly watchable (despite the interviewer). Talking of his depression some time after the death of his sister, he described the...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th May 2010, 10:55
Replies: 538
Views: 60,177
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Re: Martin Amis

Here (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/11/books/11book.html)is Michiko Kakutani's recent review of The Pregnant Widow in the NY Times:

The opening paragraph gives a taste:




And the last...
Forum: Other Reviews 20th May 2010, 10:21
Replies: 314
Views: 34,548
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Re: TV Hell

I much preferred the cheery simplicity of Mr Tumble to the current choice of Hannah Montana.

Like I ... like much preferred the like cheery simplicity of like Mr Tumble - sooooooo cool - to the...
Forum: Other Reviews 19th May 2010, 12:34
Replies: 305
Views: 29,793
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Re: Computer Games

In its original version (c. 1991/92) this is the only compter game I've ever played - all levels to be completed within an hour. After weeks of trying and failing, life became much, much better, and...
Forum: Politics & Society 11th May 2010, 20:08
Replies: 159
Views: 15,033
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Re: General Election UK 2010

But it really sticks in the craw to have switched from Labour to LibDem for the purpose of electoral reform and get the Tories. Tough shit, I suppose. That was always the risk.
Forum: General Chat 7th May 2010, 12:07
Replies: 697
Views: 60,927
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Re: Today, I will be mostly listening to...

The 10th game of the World Chess (http://www.anand-topalov.com/)Championship. Commentary is, alternatively, in English and Bulgarian.

Don't all rush at once and crash the site, now. Games...
Forum: Politics & Society 7th May 2010, 12:03
Replies: 159
Views: 15,033
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Re: General Election UK 2010

Yes, the same happened in the neighbouring borough of Ealing and Acton. This was always the risk. Despite expectations/perceptions, London - the aggregration of constituencies - remains Lab but...
Forum: Politics & Society 7th May 2010, 11:49
Replies: 159
Views: 15,033
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Re: General Election UK 2010

That's a particularly heartening story, JS. Sadly in my London constituency we returned the Conservative candidate, the Lab and LibDem splitting the leftie vote. Added to that, Ann Keen, the...
Forum: Politics & Society 6th May 2010, 13:19
Replies: 159
Views: 15,033
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Re: General Election UK 2010

You suspect correctly, Fanshawe. Glad you told me about The Sun. At least, when I see it, the retch won't be as unexpected.
Forum: Politics & Society 6th May 2010, 13:17
Replies: 159
Views: 15,033
Posted By Quink
Re: General Election UK 2010

When I lived there (Witney) it was Douglas Hurd's constituency. Hardly worth the other candidates turning up. (Like the sound of the Wessexistas, though.)
Forum: Politics & Society 6th May 2010, 12:15
Replies: 159
Views: 15,033
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Re: General Election UK 2010

Yes, with Mrs Q. Small queue inside. It still feels significant to put down your X, even after all these years.
Forum: Book Reviews 6th May 2010, 12:11
Replies: 16
Views: 2,172
Posted By Quink
Re: Austin Wright: Tony & Susan

Well, Col and Alan, thanks for your endorsement. I think I'll leave it that for now then.
Forum: Book Reviews 5th May 2010, 22:08
Replies: 16
Views: 2,172
Posted By Quink
Re: Austin Wright: Tony & Susan

Not exactly selling it, is it ? Will have a think and post some more thoughts tomorrow, polling station queues permitting ........
Forum: Book Reviews 5th May 2010, 13:48
Replies: 204
Views: 24,326
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Re: Philip Roth

Chris, there are no sequel/prequel issues in THS. Z is a framing device of sorts, one of Roth's assorted acts of ventriloquism. I was reading pages of it recently, and had forgotten how magnificent...
Forum: Book Reviews 5th May 2010, 13:43
Replies: 217
Views: 20,738
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Re: 2010 Palimplist Discussions

Put up some very quick notes on Tony & Susan. Very reluctant to spoil it for anyone while realising that I'm not singing enough of its many praises.
Forum: Book Reviews 5th May 2010, 13:36
Replies: 16
Views: 2,172
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Austin Wright: Tony & Susan

Never heard of the book, never heard of the writer. Book review caught my eye: "A fictional treat, this resurrrection of a 1993 novel is a master class in narrative intensity and artistic control."...
Forum: General Chat 4th May 2010, 13:19
Replies: 728
Views: 82,648
Posted By Quink
Re: Requesting...

The car - glove box, or inside door pocket ?
The loo, in amongst reading material ?
DVD cupboard, shelves ?
Fallen down behind the micro ?
The nearest magpie's nest ?
The local SPAR ?
Forum: General Chat 4th May 2010, 10:21
Replies: 728
Views: 82,648
Posted By Quink
Re: Requesting...

Dressing gown pocket.
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 28th Apr 2010, 22:49
Replies: 460
Views: 30,786
Posted By Quink
Re: First Line Relay

Mine's was so easy.

Hope this is not Estonia's greatest author, Beth.
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 28th Apr 2010, 9:05
Replies: 460
Views: 30,786
Posted By Quink
Re: First Line Relay

Sorry I jumped the gun there but I had thought the way was clear. Apologies, Adr.
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Apr 2010, 20:36
Replies: 2
Views: 1,242
Posted By Quink
Re: Philip Pullman: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Thanks for the review, Col. I just can't imagine myself reading this although I'm interested in the 'critical' collective on it, strangely. I did seem agenda-loaded somehow. Perhaps it was the...
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