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Forum: Book Reviews 24th Jul 2011, 23:14
Replies: 53
Views: 11,132
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: George Orwell

Has anyone captured our current situation so perfectly as Orwell? Who else could have realized that we'd have to keep fighting a never-ending war to keep the peace? Or so they say.

I'd recommend...
Forum: Book Reviews 24th Jul 2011, 21:53
Replies: 331
Views: 38,323
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Recently Abandoned

I don't come around much these days so I won't start a thread but the alternative is reading a book that you keep thinking is going to deliver massively in the last few pages and doesn't at all. At...
Forum: All About Palimpsest 24th Jul 2011, 21:41
Replies: 18
Views: 7,238
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: let's leave amazon

Personally I wish everyone would ditch the Tinterweb completely apart from one or two decent sites like the great P. and not have boarded up town centres where people used to go. Then again I do work...
Forum: Book Reviews 30th May 2011, 22:31
Replies: 331
Views: 38,323
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Recently Abandoned

Just popped back in to say hello to the old Palimpsestarians. Good to see you're not dead. Anyway to say something vaguely relevant to this thread has anyone ever tried to read Ulysses? If you get to...
Forum: General Chat 31st Oct 2008, 16:26
Replies: 296
Views: 20,028
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Awfully quiet on the Palimp

I know it's a bit different for you, Beth, but am I the only one who doesn't really care who wins the American election? I know we're potentially on the verge of a historic event in US terms with old...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Aug 2008, 16:30
Replies: 14
Views: 2,501
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Charles Bukowski

Good to see some of you younguns getting into the drunken old bum, and I think we can say it takes one to know one. Haven't read any myself for a couple of years. Must dig out my copy of 'Playing the...
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Aug 2008, 17:11
Replies: 55
Views: 5,283
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Tom Rob Smith: Child 44

Hi folks, bak again. Not been away just busy. Anyway...

On the thriller front I would recommend Martin Cruz Smith who someone did mention, Peter Hoeg (Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow) or Stieg...
Forum: Other Reviews 5th Jun 2008, 12:08
Replies: 1,675
Views: 148,004
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Decent Telly

And somebody else (or is it the same person?) has married the Eiffel Tower. I used to think it was strange when people just married their horses!
Forum: Book Reviews 30th Apr 2008, 18:03
Replies: 35
Views: 5,003
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: William Faulkner

Incredible to beleive as it may be, I am still reading this, having started it, some time before the discovery of fire and have only just got to the stream of concoiusness mentioned by col. It's not...
Forum: General Chat 18th Apr 2008, 17:00
Replies: 1,424
Views: 139,863
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: The Food Thread

Chuck E Cheese sounds like what I occasionally do after a very heavy session. Not normally a great advert for a brand, though in appearance at least probably quite similar.
Forum: Politics & Society 18th Apr 2008, 16:42
Replies: 132
Views: 14,284
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Economic Recession in 2008 and or future?

And to throw something else in the pot, is economic growth only defined in terms of GDP? If so, recession may not be a bad thing. GDP is a crude measure of the amount of economic activity of any...
Forum: Book Reviews 18th Apr 2008, 16:17
Replies: 62
Views: 9,436
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Michel Faber

Without going as far as actually writing a review or anything, I would recommend The Fahrenheit Twins collection of stories to everyone. I'm not normally a fan of short stories but each of these is...
Forum: Politics & Society 18th Apr 2008, 16:10
Replies: 677
Views: 74,806
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: This is the News

Mr Lyalin apparently feels fine and bears no ill-will.
"We were drinking and what doesn't happen when you're drunk?" he was quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda as saying.

Hmmm. Yeah, all the time!
Forum: General Chat 18th Apr 2008, 15:51
Replies: 697
Views: 60,073
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Today, I will be mostly listening to...

In Tony Hawkes book One Hit Wonderland, he tells of being in an Albanian Karaoke bar (as you do) and seeing "I would don anything for love (but I won't don that)" on the list which he sang with his...
Forum: Politics & Society 17th Apr 2008, 17:59
Replies: 132
Views: 14,284
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Economic Recession in 2008 and or future?

Just to add my two pennorth, and in case anyone was wondering I'm not an economist, while there obviously has been a credit crunch in the US of A, isn't the fact that everyone's saying that the...
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Apr 2008, 14:48
Replies: 12
Views: 2,133
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Robert Harris, purveyor of historical fiction

Unfortunately, given the steady march of progress, chez bak is sans vidéo but hasn't quite moved on to sky+ as we can't get it, or a hard-drive tv thing cause we'd never get round to watching it,...
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Apr 2008, 14:18
Replies: 151
Views: 19,942
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Stephen King and horror fiction

Not having read any King, I wouldn't want to comment on his writing though it's always easy to be snobbish about the successful and popular. What I would say, though, to echo vald, there have been...
Forum: General Chat 9th Apr 2008, 15:10
Replies: 1,309
Views: 81,251
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Recent Purchases 2008

Don't recall seeing either down here in my W., but like you hinted, I think you get a slightly different selection no' th o' the bodder with more emphasis on Scottish authors.

Like you said,...
Forum: General Chat 31st Mar 2008, 11:25
Replies: 21
Views: 2,250
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Audiobooks

Not something I usually listen to much but spurred on by this thread I've just put Under Milkwood with Richard Burton on the phonograph. If anything it's better than reading it.
Forum: General Chat 31st Mar 2008, 11:09
Replies: 1,309
Views: 81,251
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Recent Purchases 2008

But if like me you only buy 2nd hand you have to buy the book(s) when you see them so that they're there waiting for you when you choose to read them! That said I think the 20 or so I've got waiting...
Forum: General Chat 28th Mar 2008, 9:26
Replies: 1,424
Views: 139,863
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: The Food Thread

Bak in my student days we were always running out of stuff and too lazy to buy anything, so you basically tried anything you had. Cornflakes are still pretty good on a sandwich, though I'd probably...
Forum: General Chat 27th Mar 2008, 17:46
Replies: 1,424
Views: 139,863
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: The Food Thread

Cheese and jam is the best thing on a sandwich since sliced bread. Better in fact as I prefer unsliced bread that you can cut yourself and therefore decide the thickness. Another unusual one is...
Forum: General Chat 22nd Mar 2008, 18:39
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Children's book illustrator seeks writer

Ooooops! Don't think the blushing smiley quite covers it. Give a man a spade...
Forum: General Chat 22nd Mar 2008, 18:35
Replies: 2,160
Views: 206,481
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: The Wonderful World of the Web

Note to self 'Must stop imagining 'limpers to look like their avatars!' Unless you were a child bride of course. And I wouldn't want to meet Stewart and Nou on a dark night. Definitely to much of the...
Forum: General Chat 22nd Mar 2008, 18:31
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By bakunin_the_cat
Re: Children's book illustrator seeks writer

Yeah, cheers guys, I did think of you Nou, but wasn't sure what was happening with the Nonnymouse. As for Jerkass, I wasn't sure if she was still around these parts much. I'll print both out over the...
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