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About my libraryBooks which I read and release through BookCrossing will never appear here. The books which I have registered at this site are my permanent collection only.

I have removed a number of books from my shelves and will begin deleting them from my library in the very near future. I will only be keeping those books which I think that I might read again, refer to in the future or, for emotional reasons am reluctant to part with.

I have bought an e-reader and as the choice of e-books becomes better I will be using it more and buying less paper books.

GroupsAll Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Australian LibraryThingers, Awful Lit., BookCrossers, BookCrossing Australia!, British & Irish Crime Fiction, BritWit, Cats, books, life is good., Crafts...what do you make and what books inspire you?, Crime, Thriller & Mysteryshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargery Allingham, Jane Austen, Desmond Bagley, Bill Bryson, Lindsey Davis, Len Deighton, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Janet Evanovich, Georgette Heyer, Carl Hiaasen, Jonathan Kellerman, Omar Khayyám, Donna Leon, Elizabeth Peters, Terry Pratchett, J. K. Rowling, C. J. Sansom, Dorothy L. Sayers, Nevil Shute, Mary Stewart, Josephine Tey, J. R. R. Tolkien, Doreen Tovey (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBookcaffè, Collins, Dymock's, Elizabeth’s Bookshop, Subiaco, New Edition Bookshop, The Lane Bookshop


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LocationClaremont, Western Australia

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Member sinceFeb 3, 2009

Currently readingYoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long
The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales (Expanded Second Edition) by Maria Tatar
Fast Cook: Delicious Low-Calorie Recipes to Get You Through Your Fast Days by Mimi Spencer

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Underdunkers? Underdunkers? I am crying with laughter at my laptop, crouching in case anyone sees me and thinks I have finally gone mad. Never heard the word and cannot believe I did not make it up myself. What a scream..!! Thank you for that.
Minnie, so long since I came by to speak!
I hope you're well and getting in some reading. Do stop by if you're ever here.
Thank you for the recommendation. I have a sister in Australia and usually have a catch-up on current events before I visit :)

I am so sorry to be answering so late. I really need to check my messages more often. My Bombay is 5 years old. My brother gave him to me for my 50th birthday and I just love him. I have had quite a few cats in my lifetime but Edgar is the only truly interactive cat I've owned. I'm aforesaid my blog has gone by the wayside since my mother's cancer came back. I've been told I should start an other one since it has been found therapeutic for caregivers. I do have some pictures of Edgar on my Facebook. His favorite treats are rose petals, dried apricot pieces, strawberry yogurt and the yellow part of candy corn. He enjoys sweet ice tea, and had taken up drinking bottled water. He only weighs six and a half pounds and still acts like a kitten. The one funny thing about him is that he talks. When I call his name he'll look at me and meow, it sounds like he is saying "what?" And he calls me using two meows like he is saying "mamma". He is truly a fascinating cat.
Thanks for your comment re: the pope... ;)

I see your moggy has found that in Oz your sink water drains away rotating in the WRONG direction. I am the servant of a patchwork cat who plays with the water rotating in the RIGHT (i.e. proper) direction up here in the top part of the planet...:o)

I was charmed to find that in US she would be called a "calico" cat, which I think would delight her. Do you use that name in Oz?
It is gratifying to hear that pinkozcat. Sensitivity and compassion need not be things of youth! Thanks for visiting!
Hi Pinko,

Max is just "un chat gries" and is just a moggie. Pardon my school boy french.
Boof head in looks and nature. Good looking, but really just a "toy boy". Talks all the time and though I do not understand a word I do know what he wants. We don't always agree. But he did have a hard life for a few months.

Lizzie, whose Age I can feel under my hands, is the smart one :-)

I didn't know that 'Bombays' were "...just Burmese with a minor gene change...". And how are they going?

Did you notice the problems Fuzzie/Seannie? (sorry I would have to exit this post to look the facts up) are having with their Australian Mists?


Just bouncing around LT and found you on Guido's page after reading his posts on OldSarge's page. I really just wanted to look at your kitty pics. They are incredibly beautiful black kitties. We have three, well. they are really my daughters. My husband and I have 6 dogs. 4 American Bulldogs and then 2 Mini Dachsunds. The Kitties are Miles-male-tiger/Bengal cross-love him, he's an indoor outdoor type dude. Luckily we live in a quiet woodsy area on the end of a dead end. The other 2 are females, one a fluffy, long-haired calico-Maude or Maudey Pepper or a slew of other nicknames and her arch-nemesis Baby Beats. She started out life as a 1 oz.discarded runt my daughter named Lapis Lazuli, which somehow morphed into Baby Beats. How I don't know. Anyway, I don't know if you still come on LT but I finally got my computer up and running so I am enjoying the heck out of it after an enforced vacation. You can find me at my Profile page and I'm in the 75 book Challenge for 2012, of course. I think it would be great to get some animal lovers on LT!

Mary Beth or mmignano11

Wow, aren't you clever! And you're right too, he IS gorgeous (likewise your cat)! Aren't black animals a swine to photograph - we also have a black cat and a tabby, who gets very smug when his pic is taken because he knows he's the only one who won't look like a black animal-shaped hole in the furniture. Thank you for the email offer - it's okay, I've messed with the one I have on file, just too lazy to change the LT one. :)
Correction - I was testing the HTML of displaying cover images. I could dump them, but they're useful information, probably...They've been up for quite a while, and I'd pretty much forgotten about them.
Oh, you're talking about the "testing image links" thing? Yeah, I was just testing CoverThing - it's meant to display the cover, not actually be a link. Took me a while to figure out what you were talking about...
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That's a great shot! You should have that one framed. :)
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Why are they leaning to one side? (gorgeous kitties)
They sure are! :)

Mine's a tortie. Funny story: I didn't know *anything* about cats up until a year and a half ago when a friend asked me if I wanted to have a kitty that someone had left abandoned on his doorstep. He already had an adult male cat (he's huuuuuge!) and worked all day, so he couldn't take care of the little one. I said sure, so I took the wee one (about one month old!) to the vet, and the dumb doctor told me the kitty was still too small to tell if it was a girl or a boy! It was later that I learned (thanks to the kind people here in the Green Dragon) that only girls can be torties. Also, it's very easy to tell girls and boys apart, just by checking their "plumbing." So, yeah... DUMB doctor. :P

I adore her. She's super playful and sweet. And I just melt when she comes up to me when I'm in the sofa, just to curl up on my chest.
I'm just about dying from all the cuteness in your pictures!!! *fans herself* ;)
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I love that picture!
Yes, Burmese brothers (same litter). Picture was taken a year and a half ago when they were older kittens. I need to update.
Hi Pinko,

Just a thought,

Take a photo of their portraits and post it on the group gallery.

I don't think I have seen a Cat portrait on LT yet.
It might give other LT members ideas and might start something.

A good friend is an "artist" and I once asked him to do a "piccy" of Lizzy.
He tolerated that 'cos like all good painters he was "broke" and boy are
paints expensive and don't even talk about the cost of canvases.

Unfortunately he was then in an "abstract expressionist" mode and I guess I wanted something more err... realistic, thus I didn't commission him.

Perhaps a mistake.

I'll just have to wait for his pendulem to swing :-)

Your Aussi mate,

Sorry, can't edit my messages.

You must add a photo of "boy & girl" cat.
Perhaps you can suggest to "lilithcat" that we have a subset of the pictures
as an obituary.
Not sure if we can "partition" the Gallery, but lilithcat seems to be quite
wit-it re. LT.
I do rather like that picture of Parsifal he/she looks so sleek and cheeky!

Well, you know what to do. Add them to the group home :-)
In fact add all your "kitty" photos (one per unique kit) to the Group

With love,

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Just grogeous!!!
Umm, Lilly,

Sorry about this "chief".

The Devil made me do it...

Well "Minnie the Pink",


Hi! Thanks for the turn! I haven't been around LT much but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. I'll post my quote soon!
Oh, gee, thanks for accepting! Cats and books - has to be good!
Hi Minnie You tempt me to look at the Newland news reports. A bit of scandal always brightens things up. In our family tree research we learned about the disgraceful goings on at Kapunda which the relatives never said anything about, although they must have known, because there were pieces in the Kapunda Herald, and there was an inquest on file in State Records. If the facts of my life ever became known I think some of the family might be mildly surprised. But everybody must have realised that I was living in sin with my girlfriend of years ago. She died, and now I live in her home, and the Wilmar Library has come from the years of happiness that we shared. It is good to live your life and have a heritage to have to look back on. Mine has been a romantic story. Ad now, my marriage with my French wife is another chapter. And no less romantic thn the former ones. Thanks for your letter. Glen
Hi Minnie, As you are a genealogist you must gave consulted the S.A. Genealogical Society" publication "Biographical Index of South Australians,"
which has details of the Newland ancestors and their families. But perhaps you haven't tried the National Library of Australia Newspapers database. There are many pages of newspaper references there, and you can read the articles and copy them, and it's all free of charge. I am, in fact, using this service to get material for the book that I am writing. If you are not familiar with this I can help you if you wish.
"Paving the Way" is a book not without interest, and I really should read it. Many of the editions of this book have been very cheaply and badly printed and bound, and that makes them hard to read. The edition published by Gay & Hancock is the best one to have.
Henry Simpson Newland was a portly man, who always wore a waistcoat with a watch chain. He was greatly respected.
Hi. And going on from what I was saying, No, I am not related. My interest in the book was that it had a place in my collection of South Australian history, and I was interested, if possible, to learn more about the author of "Paving the Way," which I have on my shelf alas still not read -like many others. I notice that your collection is quite unlike mine. That is good. The only ones among your "favorite" authors that I have found space for are Jane Austen and Omar Khayyam.
Glen Ralph
Hi. It's nice to have famous forebears. I met Sir Henry Simpson Newland the surgeon on a number of occasions at the Friends of the Public Library (as it was then), but of course did not consider myself important enough to speaak to him. I was a raw youth in those days, with no clue about what sort of future I could ever make for myself. I have a good clean copy of the book which I bought many years ago. I read it. I began reading with great expectations, but in the end found myself disappointed. It was obvious that he had left the autobiography too long in his Things-to-do basket. But I was interested in parts of the book. It is good of you to write to me. I would have answered sooner than I have, but I am not logging on here much these days because I am busy researching for a book that I am writing, and don't think so much about Library thing. When I have finished the book I will catalogue more of my collection here.
Glen Ralph
And I read a comment abou The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam?
It's wonderful, I have a little black leather bound version of the book
Hey, I caught your comment on Awful Lit, I hope you've laid your hands on some more Coetzee. "Disgrace" has charmed me more than a lot else in life!
Hi, thanks for the comment! It's great to meet another Perthite here :)

"I don't think that Pride and Prejudice is a man's book" ?? Although I try to avoid the "cool jargon", I think the term for "man's book" , is now labelled "Dick Lit" as opposed to "Chick Lit". Also, movies are now classified as either "Dick Flick" or "Chick Flick". I wonder if any of this will ever get into the OED. We got the "Pride and Prejudice" movie, because we became quite enamoured with Colin Firth when we saw "Shakespeare in Love"; Colin Firth acted the role of Lord Wessex. He also was in "Girl With the Pearl Ear Ring." Since becoming Anthony Hopkins fans, we have obtained several of his movies (DVDs): "Sense and Sensibility"; "Remains of the Day"; "Othello"; "84 Charing Cross Road"; "War and Peace" (We are now watching it for about the fourth time; here his acting is quite outstanding.).

We ceased watching TV, in 1972, because of the Viet Nam War (We did turn it on again in 1974 to watch Richard Nixon squirm during the Watergate hearings.). Now our TV set is for vido tapes and DVD movies and Teaching Company lectures. After both sons grew out of Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, we only watched the TV news. Now our news comes from the news-papers and the internet.


After being "sucked in", by your blog entry "Diary", I checked out your library to see the books we had in common, and was prompted to identify an interesting library. Incidentally, I had never read Pride and Prejudice; it was only after obtaining the movie, DVD, with Anthony Hoptkins (as Darcy), that we were motivated to eventually get the book and read it.

I'm not really a bookcrosser. I just have an account there because I tried it once. If I receive a book with BCID I will usually journal it, but that's all.

Perhaps the main reason I don't do it is that I have trouble finding stickers I like. I don't want ones that tell the receiver that they should release the book after reading it, and all the ones on the bookcrossing site seem to imply that.
You are welcome!
Hello pinkozcat!

I do not own a copy of The Rubaiyat nor have I read the whole thing. I've only read parts of it. Most of the other poems (that I have read) from The Rubaiyat seem to be mostly about drinking and as I don't drink myself I probably didn't get their meaning! These quotes just happen to mean something to me and so I've put them on my profile.

As for Stieg Larsson I don't know anything about your taste in books so I wouldn't know whether to recommend him or not. But you can go to my 50 Book Challenge thread,

to find out what I personally think about it and then decide for yourself.

No, I'm afraid you don't know me; I just happen to own the book (and the game, of course). I didn't have more than occasional Internet access back then.
Hi, Minnie! Nice to be friended!
Yes, Pon and Jandy and I are about the only three who still post at readersplace. You remind me that I should get in touch with them in a more permanent way because I certainly don't want to lose them when that nice site folds. Nobody has worked on it for eons, I don't think. (Not that I blame them; it may have been a labor of love, but it was certainly labor.)
Yeah. I don't know exactly what happened with the guys. I just assumed that they had gotten too political for the admin........ I haven't been in touch, but hope to when RL settles down a bit.
Hope things are going well with you. I've heard from Joan once and was delighted. Hope that she is not having health problems.
Stay in touch!
Well, Minnie (and I'm happy to know your real name!), memory is a funny thing. I'll stand anybody down that what I remember is chapter and verse the way things were. Then I'm proved wrong yet again. I expect your mom is the same. I also expect that every family has wonderful stories that end up as untrue or twisted or made-up. I treasure ours anyway (and tell them at the drop of a hat). My husband has had experience like yours in doing research and finding that even names in the family Bible are just plain wrong.
Thank you so much for making it possible for Joan and me to get back in touch. That spurs me on to look for other lost friends here. I don't know why I didn't think to do it long ago. I'm still hoping to get to Aravis's site soon, but RL continues to interfere with my play time.
Stay in touch!
Ah: nothing like Google!!
I found out that Longfellow wrote the first verse - "and when she was good, she was very good indeed" is what he actually wrote.
Finally I found a second verse that is pretty much what I remember.

She stood on her head in her little trundle bed
With no one about to hinder;
And she kicked and she squalled and she screamed and she bawled,
And she drummed her little heels against the window.

Thanks for reminding me to search this one out!
Isn't this funny! Here's what I remember - which incorporates some of what you have, but not quite!

2nd verse: ???????????????
??????????????? in her little trundle bed
So she kicked and she squalled and she screamed and she bawled
And she struck her little heels against the window.

3rd verse: Her mother heard the noise
And she thought it was the boys
Playing in the empty attic;
So she rushed upstairs and she caught her unawares
And she spanked her most emphatic!

I haven't had much playing-around time for the past couple of weeks, but I have marked Aravis's site and will get there soon, I hope!
Thanks, Pink!
----and Robert and Tenarke, now that I reread your comment......
I had totally forgotten Aravis's site, but I remember you and Wyndham quite strongly. Thanks for the update; I'll look in!
Meanwhile, isn't this a fantastic site? I can't spend enough time here - and I sink quite a bit into it. In fact, I guess I'm actually reading less and buying more these days: not a particularly sane sue of resources. I love it!
Why, yes indeed! Your name was so familiar that I didn't even think about our not having been in touch in a long time........ Glad to know that you are you!
The Readers' Place is still going but is geriatric. We may get one post a week; I hate for it to die.
As for cats - a topic I don't think we ever discussed - when our Dandy boy was dying at age 19, a mother moved herself and her 2 kittens into our quiet yard. (A neighbor was feeding them.) They are now permanently ensconced on our kitchen porch and I am campaigning quietly for their entry into the house full-time. They get along fine with the dog; elder cat Chibby is the problem; well, Chibby and dear husband who is not eager to have 5 animals in the house. We'll see. Meanwhile, I have a lovely gray tabby and white mother Elle, her look-alike daughter Hilfy Bit, and a solid gray and white boy, Tully. Lovely!
I'm also interested to see the Tarot group. I used to play with the cards years ago and will go by sometime to see what's what.
Visit me again please, and catch up!

Hi, Minnie. Yes, it's startling to me that we're the only ones with Ruth Dudley Edwards. I especially enjoy her earlier mysteries, with less of Lady Troutbeck. I found 3 or 4 of them absolutely hilarious. I'm a huge fan of (certain kinds of) mysteries, and am always on the look-out for ones with educated humor and/or that sort of shivery feeling achieved by Patricia Highsmith.

I see, too, that you're a catlover. Although I don't currently enjoy the company of one, I am mad about them. For a bit of daily humor, all cat-based, may I recommend the internet site called LOL Cats? Truly funny and so telling about them.

If you don't mind, I'd like to add you to my friends list here.


Sorry about the delay in geting back to you, but the gap has been filled with many, many chuckles at the thought of your boy deciding to end the attack of the (potentially) killer bananas once and for all!

They are just the most delightful animals - continually providing interest and surprises.

My boy has broght home a couple of rats now - however he only leaves a triangle of about one inch on each side, with whiskers!!! He is renowned for eating everything, but this is quite extraordinary - although it mean I don't have to cope with disposal of live rodents.


Ah - in my experience, fifteen is maybe middle age for Burmese - they prefer not to be thought of as 'old' until they are well over twenty... I shall start thinking of muine as mink-covered hot-water bottles - mostly I think of tehm as 'purry-furries" because once they hear me begin to stir in the morning, they leave the comfort of the bottom or middle of the bed and drape themselves as close to my face as possible (meaning on top of my neck, ear and cheek, or within one inch of the end of my nose ...) and purr violently, so that I wake up to purry-furriness... If the boy thinks I have slept for long enough, he will gently pat my mouth or my eyelid, to see if he can elicit a response!

The girl is a great hunter - bringing home rats and mice - whilst I try explain to her that her predecessor would kill them so why can't she, whilst I steel myself to catch the rodent. The boy follows nd watches entranced - he is much younger (just over 1, she is 4) and has not yet caught anything ... this autumn will be interesting!

Hi, thanks for being my first "dropper-inner". I admit having William Boissevain more by accident than design, but claim not to have a "style". About half my collection (about half entered) are more by accident than ...., but i love 'em all, even those i violently disagree with. best regards, jules

Thank you for 'dropping in" to say hi!

I agreee that we have a very high correlation of interests - I have not marked my favourite authors, (mostly because I find it too hard to choose) but if I did Pratchett and Lindsey Davis would be in there!

You are absolutely correct in identifying the cats as burmese - I enjoy their interest in everything around them and the way they like being with you (and thankfully my two generally stop at bed time and sleep, except for when ....)

Plus they are very benign about being shifted so that two cats can fit on one lap and NOT affect the line of sight tot he inevitable book!....


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