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Favourite contemporary authors?
at 01:03 16 Dec 2017

We do quite a few 'who's reading what' threads. There are a lot of bookworms on here, who is the one you always look out for and rate the most of this generation?

I'll kick it of with John Lewis-Stempel. If you haven't read him, you're missing out.









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FAO Jack Meoff: Mel Gibson, 1987 - not so Mad Max...
at 22:29 13 Dec 2017

Just for you, pal. Shining a spotlight on the racket...

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That's Lisa's present sorted. It's beautiful in a bigly way....
at 18:59 8 Dec 2017

I spotted this little beauty in Waterstones earlier as well. He's no Yeats and he's certainly no Blake but as the big cheese says on Page 5, "he who has the gold makes the rules..."

All his own words, the inner musings of a mandarin. The cover photo is genuine too...the rustic hunk!





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It's Christmas time snowflakes...
at 14:22 8 Dec 2017

I was in Waterstones a bit earlier and saw a stand of these....



If there's somebody creepy in the family... a turn in the eye ... a gap in the teeth...an aversion to washing...then your search for a gift is over.
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Michael Buble's child - is he really the father...
at 20:58 28 Nov 2017

Anybody else look at the photo and just think Christ! it's a young Donald Trump?

.. those of you capable of looking past his wife, that is....

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Big hairy bloke does Sinatra...
at 19:47 20 Nov 2017

The way he slurs I've got the feeling he may have had a few before he stepped up to the mike, but it's bloody good, this....

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Swansea City of Sanctuary
at 19:06 20 Nov 2017

For who?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42057641
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Was passiert in Deutschland?
at 10:12 20 Nov 2017

A full two months after the German elections and the FDP pull out of coalition talks. The world's fourth largest economy has no properly functioning governance. What a mess.

I wonder what effect political instability at the heart of Europe will have on the Brexit negotiations?
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Foy Vance
at 11:51 13 Nov 2017

Some voice this...

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FAO Warwick - worst cover versions
at 16:21 3 Nov 2017

I like Van but come on, is it?

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Catalonia declares independence.
at 14:44 27 Oct 2017

Here we go then, buckle up...
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FAO Trampie - Leanne Wood???.
at 10:38 16 Oct 2017

Having finished the Maconie book I've been going back through it fact-checking a dozen or so claims, quotes and assertions I'd marked as I went along. Some because they ran contrary to notions I had picked up across the years and I'd wanted to fact-check, others because they'd interested me enough I wanted to explore them further, but there was something on Page 78 that struck me as ridiculous coming from Leanne Wood.

I take it you recall Theresa May in the run-up to the Tory leadership contest in the wake of the Brexit referendum making a bid to occupy Macmillan's old centrist, One-Nation Tory position by claiming she would "make the Tories the party for working people?" Remember that statement, Tramp?

Maconie goes on to quote, with obvious tacit approval, (he describes her as being "white-faced with quiet rage" having been "pricked into passionate scorn") from Leanne Wood's response on Question Time later that evening. Now pay attention here, Tramp - " I worked as a probation officer in south Wales during the miners' strike.... they will never be the party of the working people."

Now a politician's propensity for coming out with self-serving averment notwithstanding that's an extraordinary thing to say! I have vivid memories of the miners' strike, but then I would, I'm older than her and by my reckoning she would have been a schoolchild at the time. Thirteen or thereabouts?



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A new book worth reading.
at 08:43 13 Oct 2017

Stuart Maconie's Long Road from Jarrow. I picked a copy up yesterday and I'm about two-thirds of the way through. A travelogue with some prescient, ground-level observations on the contemporary state of Brexit Britain. Funny in parts, discommoding in others it offers up a running commentary on the cyclic nature of history and turns a spotlight on both the tardiness and puniness of the response to preventable injustices by the political class in 2016 just as in 1936.

Read it.

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He's back!
at 18:11 11 Oct 2017

Radio 4 has just reported that Teflon Tony is being mooted as a UN envoy to mediate between the Cortes Generales in Madrid and the Parlament de Catalunya

"Shall I tell you where the men are who believe most in themselves? For I can tell you. I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar."

G K Chesterton

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Trouble posting up new threads?
at 18:09 11 Oct 2017

Anybody else?

Edit: Sorted!
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Studio over-production kills a song.
at 11:10 4 Oct 2017

Contrast these two versions just as an example. Does my nut in!

Beauty then the beast...





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FAO Dav - Broadway, Nashville.
at 23:45 16 Sep 2017

The reason Christ turned water to wine...





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Miriam Margolyes - chat show gold!
at 22:07 16 Sep 2017

After, perhaps, Peter Ustinov and Mel Brooks she has to be the the best thing to be perched on a chat show couch. I remember watching this first time around and spilling a drink over myself. Sartre said that "Hell is other people," but he never met Miriam...

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No mention of Jacob Rees Mogg?
at 23:57 10 Sep 2017

I've been away, in work, then away again so in catching up on here I was surprised to see no mention of his comments that seem to have sent The Guardian and Observer columnists scurrying for their adult pampers.

I'd have thought that would have been meat and drink to the good denizens of JNF?

PS - I don't know who Mo Wives is but he's just provided me with the happiest hour of reading I've enjoyed in a long while. Bravo sir!
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Exactly 100 years ago today...Passchendaele
at 14:23 30 Jul 2017

As you sit there reading this exactly one hundred years ago today the boys of the 38th Welsh Division, many of your relatives amongst them, were making their way forward to the jumping-off point for the attack on Pilckem Ridge that went in at dawn on the 31st.



A blue pennant stone cromlech surmounted by a red dragon now marks the spot and commemorates the fallen but every war memorial in Glamorgan you pass by today carries the reaper's roll-call.

Before you go to bed tonight spare a thought for the boys who never came back...

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