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Paul's Race to 75 Part 6

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1PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 13, 2012, 10:27pm Top



Continuing our journey around Malaysia. This time dawn across the island paradise of Pinang.

2PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 24, 2012, 1:19pm Top

Books read so far:
1 North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
2 The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
3 The Guards by Ken Bruen
4 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
5 Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
6 Shadow by Karin Alvtegen
7 The Road Home by Rose Tremain
8 One Pair of Hands by Monica Dickens
9 Pure by Andrew Miller
10 The Appointment by Herta Muller
11 The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
12 The Battle of Pollocks Crossing by J.L. Carr

Currently reading
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, The Years of Renewal by Henry Kissinger, Unknown by Mari Jungstedt, Zoo Station by David Downing, Jack Sheppard by William Ainsworth

3Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 13, 2012, 11:03pm Top

Well hellloooo!
Going panoramic for the picture this time really works for you!
And the book covers look great too, and why Paul, you look great too....hang on, it that a shoe print in your forehead?
Hope St Valentine visits your place quick smart and you have a lovely evening.

4coppers
Feb 13, 2012, 11:13pm Top

Hi Paul! Another gorgeous photo!

5PaulCranswick
Feb 13, 2012, 11:21pm Top

Megan - hahaha (ladies of the world unite obviously). Hope you enjoy your evening too and that your two boys sleep long enough for you both to make the most of it.

Joanne - thanks and welcome to the Pinang leg of the tour.

6Whisper1
Feb 14, 2012, 12:43am Top

Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors. Few can write with such power while using only a few words to portray a vividly clear image.

7PaulCranswick
Feb 14, 2012, 12:48am Top

Linda - you know Sci-Fi is not my thing but am enjoying journeying through the fertile imagination of Ray Bradbury.

8Whisper1
Feb 14, 2012, 12:52am Top

"Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future."
Ray Bradbury

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."
Ray Bradbury

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
Ray Bradbury

9PaulCranswick
Feb 14, 2012, 1:05am Top

Linda, words of wisdom indeed...you dooo like Ray Bradbury don't you....isn't Fahrenheit 451 about book destroying and censorship?

10gennyt
Feb 14, 2012, 3:03am Top

Hi Paul, your old thread ran away too fast for me to catch up, so I'm catching you on this new one before it too gains speed and escapes!

11calm
Feb 14, 2012, 5:50am Top

Hi Paul - hope you and SWMBO have a great Valentines and that Bambi's homecoming is successful.

12PaulCranswick
Feb 14, 2012, 6:06am Top

Thanks Genny I am struggling to keep up myself! Hope all is well in your Geordie parish!

Calm - thanks so much - I hope you have a lovely day too.

13scaifea
Feb 14, 2012, 7:43am Top

Just checking in after being out of town for a week (which means I missed a thread and a half of yours!). Happy Valentine's!

14PaulCranswick
Feb 14, 2012, 8:14am Top

Amber nice to see you...missed you around the threads for a few days but I noticed that you managed a fair bit of reading on your trip.

15sibyx
Feb 14, 2012, 10:37am Top

What an interesting collection of currently readings -- Kissinger and Bradbury at the same time, makes my head spin!

16curlysue
Feb 14, 2012, 10:45am Top

Happy valentines Day Paul

17Carmenere
Feb 14, 2012, 10:47am Top

Greetings, Paul! I'm so enjoying our Malaysian journey. I agree the Kissinger (how old is he anyway) and Bradbury reads interest me and I may need to chichi them out .

18Chatterbox
Feb 14, 2012, 11:14am Top

Oooh, the skyline of Penang has changed just a wee bit since I was there, oh, 30 years ago... *feeling elderly*

19EBT1002
Feb 14, 2012, 11:17am Top

Another beautiful photo, Paul.
You're reading five books at one time?
Happy Valentine's Day !

20arubabookwoman
Feb 14, 2012, 11:21am Top

I was in Penang too--in 1969! There weren't any skyscrapers then. I remember visiting a snake temple, a batik "factory" and a beach. I wonder if they're still there--I'm sure the beach is (or at least a beach).

Hoping for Bambi's imminent return home.

21lunacat
Feb 14, 2012, 11:22am Top

Are you out of the dog house yet, or sitting forlornly chewing your toys?

22DorsVenabili
Feb 14, 2012, 2:24pm Top

Hi Paul! I'll be reading The Battle of Pollocks Crossing for my Booker category. I look forward to your reaction.

23avatiakh
Feb 14, 2012, 4:05pm Top

Hi Paul, I've been away for a few days driving to Wellington and back but have caught up on your thread last night. Hope Bambi's homecoming is positive for you all and that you don't have any more shoes to dodge.
I read The thing around your neck a couple of years ago after attending a session with Adichie at our local writers festival, have you read anything else by her?

24Smiler69
Feb 14, 2012, 5:51pm Top

I'm very impressed with your current reading Paul. Impressed, but I doubt there'll be book bullets in there for me. We shall see, I may change my mind when I read your reviews.

25Morphidae
Feb 14, 2012, 6:56pm Top

I'm all caught up. You can put me at the top of the books read list now.

:D

26-Cee-
Feb 14, 2012, 6:57pm Top

Hi Paul! Hoping your dinner went well and Bambi is snuggled in at home :)

27thornton37814
Feb 14, 2012, 7:12pm Top

I found that after a light online weekend (because I wasn't feeling well due to a sinus infection and headache) that I was almost 130 messages behind on your threads! I didn't read them all, but I'm calling myself caught up and hope to do better!

28PaulCranswick
Feb 14, 2012, 9:22pm Top

BAMBI UPDATE

I took small revenge on Bambi last night by getting home and taking SWMBO out instead to a local eatery for a Valentine's slap up. Chose a place which is owned by a goos friend and she sat and kept us company for most of the evening as her husband was with wife number 2 for the evening!
Bambi is being collected as I type and will be installed at home by the time I get home this evening.
Belle last night suddenly changed her tune and took severe umbrage that I was out of time in collecting him yesterday. She had written a note for me on her whiteboard with a frowny face picture that I had let her and Bambi down - Bambi apparently isn't complaining!

29cameling
Feb 14, 2012, 9:38pm Top

What a great photo of Penang at night, Paul.

Bambi may have sent telepathic complaints to Belle ... hence the frowny face picture.

30tymfos
Feb 14, 2012, 10:17pm Top

That's a beautiful photo topping your thread, Paul.

I admit, I couldn't catch up with the old thread, am starting fresh visiting this one.

31PaulCranswick
Feb 14, 2012, 10:22pm Top

Lucy - I like to mix up my reading a fair bit and the opening of Kissinger Part Three talking about the transition of power to Gerald Ford is very interesting.

Kara - and the very same to you - I hope you are inundated with cards from admirers especially from the ones you would solicit!

Lynda - Kissinger is as old as the hills but has a lot of things interesting to say.

Suz - Malaysia has changed a lot in the last 16 years - Pinang especially.

Ellen - thanks Pinang is one of SWMBO's favourite places, famous in large part for its culinary delights. On multiple reading I believe Amber is the queen! Note from her thread that on occasions she reads up to 16 books at the same time!

Deborah - Pinang still has it's Georgetown charms, temples aplenty with or without the snakes, Batu Ferringhi has a long stretch of coast with sandy beaches although the sea on the east coast of the country is better. The last Prime Minister Ahmad Badawi was from Pinang and strongly promoted Batik during his tenure (some would say that it was the only thing he did do)!
Bambi is home!

Jenny - a slight thawing from my dramaice queen! A nice meal last night without kids helped somewhat and we had no cross words for several hours which is a recent record!

Kerri - so far so good - it is surprisingly light hearted thus far and not what I expected at all but well written certainly and the protagonist is from my home area of England which helps!

Kerry - It takes days to drive to Wellington and back - yikes I'm only going to NZ for three weeks! Hahaha on the shoe dodging she told me yesterday she will throw Kyran's in future as he is already a size 10! My favourite book last year was Half of a Yellow Sun. Read some of the stories of The Thing Around Your Neck and like the first one especially. Would love to meet Adichie as (1) she looks lovely in her photo and (2) she is a young writer of exceptional talent.

Ilana - like you I try to tell it as I see it. So far no disasters among the five. The Mari Jungstedt is pretty much as per her previous two - JL Carr is light hearted but well written and I'm expecting a twist, Adichie is good if you like short stories (which you don't really if I recall), Bardbury is upmarket sci-fi (also not your bag or mine normally), and Kissinger is well...Kissinger. Don't really adhere to the politics but fascinating.
Don't recall you reacting to my Canadian garden gag - does that mean you agree?!

Morphy I'll be over shortly to update and will do so now with bated breath. Hope you are feeling a bit better by the way.

Cee- Thanks and I think he will be the centre of attention for a goodly while.

Lori - I dread getting behind for a few days which I have done once a twice recently and I have now 118 members starred and quickly go into message overload mode. Hope you are feeling A-OK now and that you had or are having a nice Valentines.

32PaulCranswick
Feb 14, 2012, 10:26pm Top

Caro - thanks and hahaha on Belle. She really is a clone of her mother - the set of her jaw was quite unnerving last night as she was listing my shortcomings!

Terri - You are welcome at any time! I also have trouble keeping up especially with the time differences between me and most of my pals here. If I'm away from threads too long I start recent and work back just to try and avoid an obvious faux pas. Usually so much in a hurry as I am also trying to sort of run a business that I don't check before I post and finish up posting things like Bardbury instead of Bradbury as I did above!

33avatiakh
Feb 14, 2012, 10:40pm Top

Paul - no, we drove down in one day and then spent an evening and part day in Wellington before the return trip, threw in a night in Palmerston North on way back. It takes about 8 hours driving time each way. It was meant to be a laid back road trip of about a week in January but the Israeli ambassador decided to go on holiday.

34Smiler69
Feb 14, 2012, 11:57pm Top

Paul, Canadian garden? I remember thinking what you said about the U.S. garden applied to us too.

Great news about Bambi. That kid is set for life!

Hope you're holding up well and no major drama anywhere today. xx

35PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 1:28am Top

Kerry travel distances in NZ are quite disproportionate to the time it seems to take to get anywhere. According to http://www.distance-calculator.co.uk/world-distances-wellington-to-palmerston_no... the distance between Wellington and Palmerston North is about 80 miles and it estimates that the journey is 147 km and would take 2 hours and 8 minutes. Should I change my expectations of travel times?

Ilana - Yep good old Bambi - set for life certainly but hopefully the life is not too truncated and the quality of it is ok too. Surprisingly no dramas last night to speak of - even SWMBO has a day off for Valentines! Hope you had a nice Valentine's evening however spent and you would have been recipient of one of my platonic Valentines had I time to have sent it out! xx

36PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 1:31am Top

Kerry already realise my mistake! You are stopping off in Palmerston North. Travelling from Auckland? Oops sorry for being so slow witted.

37Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 15, 2012, 1:32am Top

>33 avatiakh: I love road trips! I drove to Fiordland with a friend 2 years ago for a 3 night getaway, and my father tried to throw cold water on it all with "its so far to go...all that driving for only 3 nights there etc". But it was ace! Sitting in the car with a good friend, chatting, music, car lollies...and then a holiday in the middle of it all. Couldn't think of a better way to spend time.

Fingers crossed that Bambi gets home and settle ok and that Belle comes right too :)

38VioletBramble
Feb 15, 2012, 1:46am Top

#37 Megan--- car lollies??? Please translate.

39avatiakh
Feb 15, 2012, 3:08am Top

Paul - Wellington to Palmerston Nth is about 1 hr 30-40mins, I was being light on details. There's an infamous murder case that depended on the drive time between the two cities.

Megan - I love a good road trip too. No audiobooks on this trip just a ramble through memory lane with over 10,000 songs loaded on the iPod. You could call it a musical duel as we didn't always want to hear the same music.

40PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 3:49am Top

Megan - I also like road trips and, as a student, used to travel over to Ireland with two friends regularly to travel around. The first time we went was at the height of the troubles in the North. As we travelled into Tralee there were umpteen Sinn Fein placards and graffiti of an anti-British sentiment that quite unnerved one of our company. He was concerned we may be mistaken for squadies and "taken out". I found this hilarious as the image of myself as a squaddie is nonsensical. The following day he was found under the car checking for "devices" much to the chagrin of both of his two pals (me included) and the absolute amusement of the locals.

41PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 3:57am Top

Kelly - would guess it is a lollypop, unless it is some kiwi confection beyond my humble ken?!

Kerry - interesting on the murder case (I will make a careful note of travel distances to take account of the possible need of this contingency if the children become too unbearable on our road trip!

42Morphidae
Feb 15, 2012, 6:35am Top

>Valentine's slap up

Er... sounds like... um... you sure you want to be sharing that in public?

:D

43phebj
Feb 15, 2012, 9:52am Top

#42 LOL! I kind of thought the same thing myself.

Paul, I'm eager to hear how Bambi is doing at home. And Half of a Yellow Sun is one of my all time favorite books too.

44PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 10:01am Top

Morphy possibly a poor choice of phrase given SWMBO's pugnacity however "slap up" does actually refer in this instance to "slap-up meal" an English slang term for a large and sumptuous meal: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/slap-up

45EBT1002
Feb 15, 2012, 10:02am Top

Good morning, Paul ---- and Bambi and family. :-)

Your dinner out sounds like a nice one and I'm sure Bambi didn't really mind!

I just can't imagine reading 16 books at one time. There are occasional times when I can have two going at once, but for whatever reason, I'm primarily a one-book-at-a-time reader. Some kind of measure of my intelligence, probably. And I know we've all talked about this before, so I'm not meaning to start up another discussion.

Meanwhile, how is Bambi doing now that he's home?

Waiting to learn what a "car lolly" is.....

46PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 10:05am Top

Pat - I found this site which is even better on slang terms: http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/s.htm . Bambi is safely installed in the girl's bedroom, a little thin and a little frustrated but he will walk again we are sure of it.
SWMBO was hopping mad as the Vet made no effort to brief her on caring fro Bambi subsequently other than ensuring that the bill was settled before he was given leave to depart. She told me that the Vet wiil be replaced henceforward.
Waiting for her to upload a few photos and then I will share them.

47PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 10:17am Top

Ellen - lol Bambi and family!
Amber is quite amazing and she manages to keep 16 books going whilst trying to potty train Charlie at the same time!
Bambi is fine.

48PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 15, 2012, 10:24am Top



Belle and Bambi reunited!

49DorsVenabili
Feb 15, 2012, 10:20am Top

Yay for Bambi! That is a precious photo.

50PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 15, 2012, 8:12pm Top



Yasmyne with Koo Yong - Everybody happy she is staying until July!

51PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 10:30am Top

Kerri - thanks.

52PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 15, 2012, 6:07pm Top



Complaints from SWMBO - why no picture of her - so here she is on one of the rare occasions smiling!

53PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 15, 2012, 6:24pm Top



Is this before or after I found out the bill for Bambi?

54lit_chick
Feb 15, 2012, 10:46am Top

Paul, gorgeous opening pic of Pinang, and I love the family photos! Yasmyne is Hani's mini-clone, to be sure!

55PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 10:53am Top

Thanks Nancy but Belle is the one with the mother's personality!
Sorry guys about the size of the photos - I am trying to figure out how to reduce them down a bit.

56jnwelch
Feb 15, 2012, 11:06am Top

Great photos, Paul. Sounds like all is well with the Cranswick clan.

57PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 11:10am Top

Yeah Joe happy day to be honest. Looks like brisk trading over at the cafe too - happy to share what is left of Lynda's champers with you mate!

58AMQS
Feb 15, 2012, 11:11am Top

Hooray, photos! Thank you:)

I love the photo at the top of the thread as well. I'll be going to Malaysia soon -- in a book, that is. Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarsan is my book club's April read. Have you read it?

59EBT1002
Edited: Feb 15, 2012, 11:56am Top

Oh, Paul, I love all the photos. Bambi looks SO MUCH like my Edgar, it's almost heart-breaking for me. I am thrilled for you and the crew that he is home and appears to be on the mend. And I will shed a little tear for my lost beloved. Belle is clearly happy to have the little guy back where he belongs.


It's also a sweet picture of Yasmyne and Koo Yong. And of you & SWMBO, of course!!!

You are surrounded by a wonderful family, in the most extended sense, Paul. I know you love it, grumbling aside. :-)

Edited with different heart. First one was outta control.

60msf59
Feb 15, 2012, 12:13pm Top

Hi Paul- Wow, way behind! Love the photos! What a good looking & happy bunch!

61Smiler69
Feb 15, 2012, 1:23pm Top

Love the photos Paul. Easy way to adjust size:

right after the html address followed by the closing quote mark, write:

width="400" before the pointy bracket (include quote marks).

You can replace the "400" with other pixel numbers for different sizes. You can also do the same but specifying height instead.
Just use the preview option to see what it looks like before you post.

62-Cee-
Feb 15, 2012, 2:27pm Top

YAY! Pictures of the whole family!!!!
Bambi - needs TLC and a few snacks... poor kittie
Belle - sweet and loving (at least it looks that way, lol)
Yasmyne & Koo Yong - beautiful young ladies! Happy friends...
SWMBO - You robbed the cradle! Lovely lady.
You - well, um... you *DO* look quite pained. The vet bill was that bad, huh? Poor, poor Paul :(
What a great family you have!

63phebj
Feb 15, 2012, 3:38pm Top

Thanks for all the pictures, Paul. Not only are you surrounded by women but very good looking women! And you're not so bad yourself.

Bambi looks pretty good. I hope he recovers fast now that he's home.

64Donna828
Feb 15, 2012, 4:30pm Top

Love the family pics! Bambi looks surprisingly well for a cat who found out the hard way that he can't fly!

65cameling
Feb 15, 2012, 4:43pm Top

Bambi and Belle reunion pic is precious! Bambi has an expression of "what's with all the fuss?" on her face.

Hooray for Koo Yong staying until July
I have to admit that I was looking more at the cake that was vying for attention in Hani's picture. ;-) SO what kind of cake was that .... curious minds and rumbling tummies want to know.

Love the pic of you and Hani .... was this taken when she refused to give you a slice of the cake?

btw, I'm close to confirming my schedule for KL, and it looks like I'm going to be in KL between March 21 - 24. :-) I'll leave for Hong Kong in the afternoon of March 24.

66PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 6:04pm Top

Anne - thanks. I haven't read Evening is the Whole Day and will be interested in your comments.

Ellen kind and bittersweet words indeed! Grumbling moi?

Mark - thanks most of em are not so bad looking I'll admit.

Ilana - thanks for the editing tips, I'll try it out shortly.

Cee - all laudatory until....! No the photo was taken in JB at a dinner for my MIL. Can't remember but it was probably the food bill that did it.

Pat - thanks for the back-handed compliment! I am pretty blessed as it happens.

Donna - hahaha don't think the poor little fellow will be flying for a while.

Caro - hahaha trust you to spot the food! I'm reliably informed the cake she is dipping her hair into is a carrot cake. Travel dates noted...I'm still in KL then....yay!

67PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 6:09pm Top

Ilana - thanks your instructions worked!

68Smiler69
Feb 15, 2012, 7:42pm Top

Yes, I see! Something weird with the pic of Yasmyne though... maybe you put in values for both height AND width? Try doing just one or the other.

I agree you have a good looking family and though it's true you look pained, you're still handsomely pained. I'm not as good as you at paying compliments, especially to men, so read between the lines. xx

69PaulCranswick
Feb 15, 2012, 8:15pm Top

Ilana - Right again and adjusted back following your advice.
Compliment not bad at all! Now completely clean shaven due to complaints from SWMBO and especially Belle who complained that Daddy's kisses were too sharp! xx

70Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 15, 2012, 8:43pm Top

Yay for Bambi homecoming, and happy children again!
Have to agree with Claudia up there saying Yasmyne & Koo Yong - beautiful young ladies! Happy friends....

And waaay back to posts 38, 41 & 45...car lollies are lollies (sweets) bought for a car journey, and then eaten for the duration of said car journey, replenished when necessary of course :) Basically any excuse to indulge.

71Dejah_Thoris
Edited: Feb 15, 2012, 11:07pm Top

Paul - you have a wonderful thread -- er, threads (I think I just read through four of them). I really enjoyed the proposal stories, the travel tales and the family photos - and, of course, the latest good news that Bambi is home.

Please extend best wishes for a smooth and pain free convalescence to Bambi from me and my herd of feline companions.

72coppers
Feb 15, 2012, 10:25pm Top

So glad to see that Bambi is home and thanks for sharing the pictures. What a lovely family you have!

73DeltaQueen50
Feb 16, 2012, 12:15am Top

My goodness such a busy place. Lovely pictures of your family, Paul. I can see why you are such a happy man.

74PaulCranswick
Feb 16, 2012, 1:22am Top

Megan - Thanks for the comments about Bambi, Koo Yong and Yasmyne respectively. My definition of car lollies was almost correct - Ellen will be happy to get your info.

Dejah - always nice to see "new" visitors here ~ honoured by your presence as I am by all my wonderful visitors - thank you for the very supportive comments and feedback - it is the contributions by all of you that makes this thread enjoyable (if I may and for me too) I am merely the host enjoying the discussion along with everybody else. Will try to find your thread but would be grateful if you could send me a link to make a return visit easier.

Joanne - thank you - I can claim little credit for the well being of Bambi - Hani is a true heroine in this respect whose insistence to give him a second, third and fourth chance has been vindicated entirely - the family follow definitely more in her shadow than mine - I am simply the Paymaster General!

Judy - I am in the pink today although I'm not really sure why - my biggest project I have told the Employer is not feasible without a look at the procurement method (don't really want my fat fee if the Project Owner, also my friend, cannot then service his loans), my Helicopter Centre Contractor is failing miserably and I have issued instructions to take over part of his work to catch up - my UK clients and family business is at war with itself - my Aerospace Manufacturing project has a conference call later today with the client's management three Glaswegian fellows with (to my staff) completely incomprehensible accents - tomorrow I have a site visit in Johor with a poor Canadian couple who engaged a contractor to build their dream home which became a nightmare when the realised that the brickwork was without stiffeners and unsafe to live in (they have engaged me as an "expert" to help them recover some of their money) - I also have to meet an old Korean colleague whose partner has reneged on his development agreement leaving him in the lurch with his building half-finished and he is engaging us to finish it off for him. All this and 118 threads starred and to follow. In short Judy I am a happy man - life is full!

75Fourpawz2
Feb 16, 2012, 6:12am Top

Wow - are you a busy man or what? Between your job and keeping track of our stats here on LT, I guess there is no chance of you getting of bored.

Love the pictures - you are all pretty much as I imagined. Bambi's looking well, although I fancy he seems a little pale. Am sure that SWMBO and Belle will soon have him up to snuff once again.

76PaulCranswick
Feb 16, 2012, 6:52am Top

Charlotte - your clairvoyant ways are able to predict what we all look like? Impressed!

77Fourpawz2
Feb 16, 2012, 7:02am Top

Aw shucks! T'warn't nothin'.

Of course I didn't know exactly what you look like - I just had a picture of you-all in my head and what do you know - it pretty much measured up to reality.

78PaulCranswick
Feb 16, 2012, 8:11am Top

Hahaha Charlotte - SWMBO duly noted that you have no photo on your profile page!

79dk_phoenix
Feb 16, 2012, 8:36am Top

Love the photo sharing, Paul! It's always great to be able to put faces to the names/stories shared in our threads. :)

80PaulCranswick
Feb 16, 2012, 9:25am Top

Thanks Faith - the photos snowballed from putting Bambi on and then remembering to show Koo Yong and then having SWMBO complain as to why I was hiding her - the last one was her idea as I don't much care for photos of myself as can be seen from the unusually grumpy visage.

81-Cee-
Feb 16, 2012, 11:02am Top

Hi Grumpy!
You can't fool us - you are still a handsome dude behind the scowl ;-)

Sleep well.....

82PaulCranswick
Feb 16, 2012, 11:31am Top

Hahaha - partly right Cee...I am one of the 7 dwarves anyhow! Have to drive down to Johor Bahru tomorrow (4 hours drive) so will turn in relatively early.

83Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 16, 2012, 1:48pm Top

Cee you are classic. Love your comments.

Hi Paul, drive (or be driven?) safely on your trip. My trip to Johor Bahru is mainly memorable for the bus driver trying to get me and my friend to go and stay at his house! I believe he used the phrase "you want beer? I buy you beer".

84Smiler69
Edited: Feb 16, 2012, 2:09pm Top

Cee is a classic, though a very unique one, in her very own category of course!

Paul, now I know SWMBO reads your thread... I guess I'll refrain from being kissy-kissy the way us French folk tend to be though of course you know I don't mean anything by it... *cowering*:

"Hi SWMBO! Friends?" :-D

:-S

85phebj
Feb 16, 2012, 2:34pm Top

Hope you have a restful night and good trip tomorrow Paul. You are one busy man!

86DeltaQueen50
Feb 16, 2012, 4:44pm Top

Paul, your life is so busy, I got tired just reading about it. I hope all your business concerns resolve themselves (in your favor, of course).

Now I'm going to toddle off and have a cup of tea, read a bit, and rest up after my strenuous reading!

87cameling
Feb 16, 2012, 4:53pm Top

I don't know how you can keep up with these threads when you have so much to do managing your RL business! You must be one of the few men who multi-task well. *hides from indignant LT males*

88PaulCranswick
Feb 16, 2012, 5:58pm Top

Thanks Megan - did you have any car lollies with you on your JB trip?

Ilana - don't worry about SWMBO she only reads what I draw her attention to! I'm sure you would be friends with her as she is a character, a la Cee.

Pat - didn't sleep too well actually as I had a hour and a half on the phone with my brother as his travails with my father continue.

Judy - things normally resolve themselves ok - conference call anyway was OK even though three of my staff were thoroughly non-plussed by most of the discussion as they could understand about 20% of what was discussed. The tea sounds great.

Caro - honorary female in terms of multi tasking? You forget how many good ladies I have around me to help me cope!

89scaifea
Feb 16, 2012, 10:28pm Top

Oooh, *wonderful* pictures! Are all ladies in your part of the world so lovely, or are you just incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by them?

*whispers* Yes, but I read those 16 books *very* slowly...
Oh, and I got peed on today. Sigh.

90Smiler69
Feb 16, 2012, 11:37pm Top

You forget how many good ladies I have around me to help me cope!

That explains it. :-)

91Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 17, 2012, 2:35am Top

>89 scaifea: Oh, and I got peed on today
Oh dear, sounds unpleasant. By what may I ask?

Paul, I didn't have car lollies unfortunately, but I'm sure I would have had some delicious and bad-for-me Malaysian treat, like Twisties. (PS we didnt go home with the bus driver despite his offer of beer, and we did find accommodation despite his warnings that they were all closed. Sheesh, we could have done with a driver then I think, even if it does go against the back-packers ethos!)

92scaifea
Feb 17, 2012, 7:23am Top

>91 Ireadthereforeiam:: I was referring to Paul's reference to me way up above - I'm working on potty training my 3-year-old.

93PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 9:13am Top

Amber lovely to see you. If you read em slowly or not 16 books at the same time is still impressive.

Ilana - Isn't that the way all guys cope?

Megan - Yep Amber what happened?
Twisties - a Malaysian institution!
Malaysia is one place where a car is mighty useful as the public transport system sucks.

94PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 9:15am Top

Amber I fell asleep between typing and posting. Potty training explanation noted and a demerit mark for me for being so slow.

95PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 9:17am Top

In Johor Bahru this weekend - site visit this morning - family wedding on Sunday. No aircon and limited internet access in between.

96jnwelch
Feb 17, 2012, 10:09am Top

>89 scaifea: Oh, and I got peed on today. Hah! You cracked me up, Amber. Thanks for hosting the party, Paul.

97curlysue
Feb 17, 2012, 1:21pm Top

great family pictures Paul even if you are scowling :)

98jdthloue
Edited: Feb 18, 2012, 7:16pm Top

Oh, i have been neglecting you of late...but, then, i've been neglecting everybody..so don't feel "special"

I will never get to Malaysia...except in dreams...but, your photos help..

>53 PaulCranswick: Now I know why I like you...you look like a friend of mine (minus the glasses) who lived here...a fellow who helped me so much after my Dad died...Jerry doesn't live here any longer..he moved, to be closer to his daughter....I know, "silly story", but true.....

;-}

99lkernagh
Feb 17, 2012, 7:12pm Top

Stopping by for an 'end of the week' visit and see things are busy as ever on your thread. Great news that Bambi is now home and with a very happy family. Sounds like you are juggling a lot all at once Paul! Here is hoping you find time for a relaxing weekend.

100PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 10:33pm Top

Joe - Amber's confession did more for my day yesterday than it did for hers! Will be over at the cafe later to check on my Yorkshire tea.

Kara - thanks - believe it or not scowling is not my usual disposition.

Jude - long time no see on here! I am regularly over at your place but don't contribute too much as Stephen is monopolising the patter and I can't keep up!
Nice that I remind you of some one you know and like - your crazy witch pictures remind me of.......

Lori - Yeah I dont have too many spare minutes. Not so much driving around to meetings and my reading is suffering this year so far.

101Smiler69
Feb 17, 2012, 10:36pm Top

Isn't that the way all guys cope?

Only the clever ones. And the really smart ones know how to treat them well too. I know for sure you're one of those Paul.

102PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 10:47pm Top

hahaha Just back from your thread Ilana and not smiling as much as normal. Take care dear. xx

103scaifea
Feb 17, 2012, 10:49pm Top

Joe & Paul: Well, I'm so glad I was able to amuse you, sirs. Harrumph! ;)

104PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 10:50pm Top

In Johor Bahru this weekend at the in-laws. Means no aircon and sleeping on the floor. It is supposed to be good for your back but my own doesn't believe that spin and first thing in the morning I feel 105 years old until I get my tea. Has its compensations in the ministrations of my MIL who knows my menu and caters to it every time.

Bad news from UK as my brother called to tell me my Mum is hspitalised with pneumonia again and doesn't look too good. Will try to speak to the old girl later as Peter will call me from the hospital. Looks like one thing after another!

105scaifea
Feb 17, 2012, 10:51pm Top

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom - I'll be keeping her in my thoughts, Paul.

106PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 10:53pm Top

Amber - you are an erudite, intelligent and amusing lady whether you are trying or no! The idea of Charlie almost making it to the potty but finding his beseeching Mom instead is priceless. He's a lovely kid and you'll look back on those moments as the best of your life!

107avatiakh
Edited: Feb 17, 2012, 10:58pm Top

Good to see Bambi looking well. Hope you are enjoying a slower pace for the weekend.

Crossposting and missed that about your mother.

108PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 11:05pm Top

Thanks Kerry and the same to you on your weekend.

109scaifea
Feb 17, 2012, 11:08pm Top

Aw, shucks. Now, let's stop talking about me getting peed on, shall we? Yes, let's.

110weejane
Feb 17, 2012, 11:13pm Top

Hey Paul - I gave up on attempting to catch up, so I'm just starting a new here. Seriously, dude, SIX threads and I barely finished one! :)

111PaulCranswick
Feb 17, 2012, 11:45pm Top

Amber it's a deal

Brit - noticed your new thread too. No prsssure to keep up Sweetie I can't manage to do that either.

112Smiler69
Edited: Feb 18, 2012, 12:54am Top

Paul, I'm so sorry to hear about your mum. I hope she gets well soon, no matter how dire it might look.

I haven't replied to you properly on my thread yet, but once again, your intervention in reply to my lengthy distress signal bowled me over. You're a sweetie Paul, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

113Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 18, 2012, 1:15am Top

Hi Paul, bad news about your mums health. Hope she is in the clear asap. Living away from your family can be tough.
>112 Smiler69: You're a sweetie Paul, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
OK, who said otherwise! I'll get the heavies onto them, I know people in low places so no telling Paul he's not a sweetie, OK? *flexes arm "muscles" and prepares to rally international peeps*

114PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2012, 1:16am Top

Thanks so much for your kind words Ilana about Mum and her son!

115Smiler69
Feb 18, 2012, 1:22am Top

Lol @ Megan's comment. :-)

116roundballnz
Feb 18, 2012, 2:03am Top

"Will try to speak to the old girl later as Peter will call me from the hospital. Looks like one thing after another!"

I hope the old girl is doing well ...... but no air conditioning???? .......

117PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2012, 5:27am Top

Megan - In you my dear I can literally find strength in my friends! Thanks for the support best wishes and minder duties!

Ilana - I think it is the milk they drink in Christchurch that makes them so hardy and muscular!

Alex - thanks, the absence of aircon is obviously my problem not my mums!

118gennyt
Feb 18, 2012, 9:10am Top

So sorry to hear your Mum has pneumonia again, Paul. Have you managed to speak to her? It must be hard being half way round the world at times like this...

(Glad to hear Bambi made it home safely, btw, and I enjoyed all the photos too, especially the one of you - reluctant though you may be - because I think we've seen the other members of the family before at various times but it's good to have a picture of the illustrious thread-host himself in mind!)

119PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2012, 10:34am Top

Hahaha Genny I do remember your thread showing your likeness in silouhette from your Portugal trip.
Havent managed to get hold of Mum yet but Peter (my twin - he's the Schwarzenegger, I'm the Devito) says she is comfortable. He will call me when he is at the hospital so I can speak to her.

120msf59
Feb 18, 2012, 10:36am Top

Hi Paul- Sorry to hear about your mother. Hopefully everything will turn out just fine. Keep us posted, my friend.

121PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 18, 2012, 10:49am Top

11. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury



Regular visitors here know Sci-fi is not my bag but I gave myself the 12 in 12 task of reading 12 science fiction works of repute. This is a book by someone who writes very very well. In an imagined and obviously impossible Martian landscape humans are slowly attempting to infiltrate. The story alternates long chapters with shorter ones and I found more effective his occasional visits back to earth and particularly his ironic and effective castigation of racism as the black population of the southern states head off for a better world. Still don't like the genre but there is a lot about this book and Bradbury to admire.

122cameling
Feb 18, 2012, 10:52am Top

Sorry to hear about mum, Paul. Hopefully the hospital staff will get her comfortable and feeling better soon.

Living away from my own family I know how difficult it must be when you receive news of your mum's ill health. I'm thankful and grateful that my brother lives next door to my mum and keeps me abreast of things, and is also on hand to help out.

123PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2012, 10:59am Top

Caro, thanks - we are in similar positons really aren't we? Peter and my sister Julie live nearby her place and I am relieved that she and Peter have mended fences after a year or so of being at odds with each other.

124mckait
Edited: Feb 18, 2012, 11:42am Top

not even pretending to catch up...
wishing well for our mom, though.....

eta I adore Bradbury... everything he wrote is great in my book..

Have you read Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land?

also wonderful

125lit_chick
Feb 18, 2012, 11:53am Top

Hope mom will be better very soon, Paul. Thoughts to you.

I'm with you on Bradbury/Sci Fi. Still, admire your effort to include different genres in your reading experiences. Me, if I don't like it, that's probably not going to happen!

126jnwelch
Feb 18, 2012, 12:01pm Top

Bradbury's a beautiful writer, Paul. Glad you liked Martian Chronicles. As soon as you get into the context of aliens looking at humans, racism starts looking silly indeed. One of the things I like about the genre. You might enjoy his largely non-sci-fi Dandelion Wine. It had a lot of impact on me as a youngster.

127PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2012, 12:05pm Top

Kath - Heinlein's classic will be up soon this year and thanks for the message of support.

Nancy - We have fairly similar reading tastes as I know but I don't think the sci-fi gets too much in the way with Bradbury.

Joe - Will take up your suggestion on Dandelion Wine as I have it around somewhere.

128Smiler69
Feb 18, 2012, 1:07pm Top

Paul, an acquaintance of mine, café friend of venerable age and a lifetime reader and intellectual recommended The Martian Chronicles to me several years ago. It appeared on one of my wish lists, but not this one here on LT. I've rectified that now. I'm very new to sic-fi too, so we'll see how it sits with me when I read a few titles this year.

129Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 18, 2012, 3:32pm Top

Sci-fi is not my genre really, but I could be tempted as I have a secret liking of it in the cinematic format (dont tell anyone I said that). Ray Bradbury interests me...

130souloftherose
Feb 18, 2012, 4:22pm Top

Sorry to hear the news about your mum Paul. Glad you liked the Bradbury as I have that one somewhere in the TBR piles and as I am a science fiction fan I will hopefully like it a lot.

131DeltaQueen50
Feb 18, 2012, 6:00pm Top

Paul, so sorry to hear about your Mom, hope she takes a turn for the better soon.

132cameling
Feb 18, 2012, 6:12pm Top

I'm seconding Joe's recommendation of Dandelion Wine, Paul. It's a great read...grab a flashlight and start hunting down your copy.

133jadebird
Feb 18, 2012, 6:46pm Top

The best Bradbury I’ve every read is Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-Made Truly Egyptian Mummy. It could be the best short story ever!

134kidzdoc
Feb 18, 2012, 7:11pm Top

I'm sorry to hear about your mother's illness, Paul. I pray that she makes a quick and complete recovery.

135nittnut
Feb 18, 2012, 8:07pm Top

So far behind...

Good wishes for your mother.

136AnneDC
Feb 18, 2012, 8:07pm Top

I hope you are getting some better news about your mother, Paul.

137PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Ilana, it is interesting as it is almost a platform for him to sound-off about the dangers of the nuclear age and the ills of America in the 1950's.

Megan - I remember being enthralled by the first two Star Wars films and of course LOTR. Tolkein's epic is on my top ten list but generally it is not my favourite genre...that said I have read almost all the Doctor Who books as a teenager.

Heather, Judy, Darryl, Jenn, Anne - thank you so much for your kind words of support re: my mum; they mean a lot to me - seems it is bronchitis but she has had pneumonia twice so her lungs are not so well equipped to deal with it.

Caro -torchlight batteries are being looked for already!

Ren - I am slowly collecting (this year very slowly) Bradbury's oeuvre - will check the short story collections I have to see whether that one is on it.

138phebj
Feb 18, 2012, 8:44pm Top

I hope your mother is feeling better soon Paul.

139PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2012, 8:45pm Top

Thanks so much Pat.

140PaulCranswick
Edited: Feb 18, 2012, 11:24pm Top

12.

The Battle of Pollocks Crossing by J.L. Carr

Quirky just about sums this one up. In parts light hearted in parts ironically serious. We follow George Gidner from Bradford to South Dakota as he takes up offer of a contract to teach english in a small great plains town. Covers small town politics, the great crash and the writing of history to disadvantage the red man and excuse the white. Not sure the tone of the novel always works but it is certainly well worth the trouble to find out. I'm not a great one for quotes but couldn't resist this one - interested as I am in the plight of the American Indian:

"Let our Hiawatha paddle off into his sunset. But not his people! They dragged themselves off to degradation. First butchered, then starved, now neglected. 'One race indivisible'! Ha"!

7/10

141ronincats
Feb 19, 2012, 12:34am Top

I hope your mother improves quickly--thank goodness it is not pneumonia!

Science fiction is as varied as the whole field of fiction--everyone can find something to like within it!

142Deern
Feb 19, 2012, 3:00am Top

I missed some days, so sending a belated "Welcome Home" for Bambi!

Great family pictures and I am glad Koo is allowed to stay till June. I must have missed where she is staying - still with her mother or is she with your family now?

I am so sorry about your mother being hospitalized and I hope she will recover quickly.

143lauralkeet
Feb 19, 2012, 7:19am Top

>140 PaulCranswick:: Paul, have you read Carr's A Month in the Country? It's very good (and apparently, the film adaptation with Branagh and Firth is as well but it's not readily available here).

144mckait
Edited: Feb 19, 2012, 7:56am Top

Hope your mom is doing better?

Back to Bradbury for a minute.. Dandelion Wine is my favorite, closely followed by
Something Wicked This Way Comes and of course I also love The Martian Chronicles .
Oh dear.. I feel a reread coming on...

145Morphidae
Feb 19, 2012, 8:24am Top

I just read The Martian Chronicles, too. I rated about the same as you.

See?!? We do read the same books on occasion!

146-Cee-
Feb 19, 2012, 8:39am Top

Hi Paul!
It's so intimidating to see how many messages I need to catch up on when I come here... but I was brave this morning!
So sorry to hear your Mom is having difficulty. Hope she is comfortable by now.
Your mettle is being tested this year! And I see you are up to it. Soldier on. Make sure to take care of yourself amidst all the turmoil and stress.
Has the wedding taken place yet? Was it fabulous?
Can't imagine sleeping on the floor anymore, though it didn't used to bother me. Argggh!

147sibyx
Feb 19, 2012, 8:43am Top

Hope your ma improves quickly. Glad you enjoyed the Bradbury. I am an sf freak - always happy when someone even if guardedly likes something in the genre.

148DorsVenabili
Feb 19, 2012, 9:22am Top

#140 - Hi Paul. The Battle of Pollocks Crossing - you don't often hear of Booker shortlisted books set in the U.S. great plains. Interesting. As I said, I'm scheduled to read that one this year.

I'm glad you enjoyed the Bradbury. Good for you, reading outside your comfort zone! I love sci-fi, but I realize it's not for everyone. Plus, it's definitely a genre with a high crap content (pardon my rude language.)

Good wishes to your mom! I hope everything is ok.

149PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 10:08am Top

Roni - Thanks for the good wishes to my mum - your comments on sci-fi are spot on. It is such a varied field in terms of quality as well as subject matter - because I suppose there are few boundaries to it other than the limits of imagination.

Nathalie - Three hobby horses in short shrift - Mum ok, Bambi much better and Koo Yong is staying with her mum who has decided (sensibly) to stay until July.

Laura - I have A Month in the Country but haven't read it yet. Hope to get to it fairly soon - he is an interesting writer to be sure. Haven't seen the movie either but will look it up.

Kath - I surprised myself as to how many Bradbury's I have but this is the first I've actually read. Dandelion Wine is definitely attractive to an old lush like me. Thanks for the kind thoughts to my mum.

Morphy - hahaha wonders never cease! Actually I don't know whether you agree but your reading this year is far more varied than last - as is mine?

Lucy - I would be the last in the group to describe you as a freak! sci-fi or otherwise. Have plenty more sci-fi to go at this year so let's se if we can make me a convert. Passed on everyone's good wishes to my ma.

Kerri - again thanks for the good wishes. I think your idea is a novel one. Let's get Jim to work hard and invent a crapometer where the crud of whatever genre can be shown up for what it is.

150PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 10:15am Top

BAMBI UPDATE

Tired after travelling back from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur (340 kms - 215 miles) Huge pile up on the highway and a motorcyclist had gone through the windscreen of another vehicle and the condition of all involved didn't look too good.

Great news on the Bambi front is that he is now able to sit up properly and can just about support his weight and stand for a short while at a time. Erni has turned into a scatter brained version of Dr. Doolittle (in her case Dr. Dooalot) and is massaging Bambi's legs daily with positive results so far. She's a great gal and the cat is already perking up and has put on a little weight.

151PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 10:18am Top

Yikes Cee I missed you out in my replies completely inadvertently.
Thanks for the kind wishes re my mum. Thought about your situation when Peter told me about my mum upon admission being given some set questions that are apparently new NHS policy. The first was "Do you know when the second world war ended?" which she answered impatiently and they followed this with "Do you know which year we are in now?" - seems the old girl blew her top and pointed out that her problem was her lungs not her short/long term memory!

152rebeccanyc
Feb 19, 2012, 10:21am Top

The J. L. Carr sounds quite different from A Month in the Country, which is a wonderful book. The movie is good too.

153PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 10:47am Top

Thanks Rebecca I will read A Month in the Country fairly soon.

154Dejah_Thoris
Feb 19, 2012, 11:25am Top

I hope your mother is already doing better - it certainly sounds as though she is in excellent spirits!

The good news on the Bambi front is great to hear, too. It's wonderful that he's back home where he can be both well cared for and loved.

A Month in the Country is sitting on a shelf, waiting to be picked up and read - I just don't know when I'm going to get to it. I'll look forward to your review!

155PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 11:29am Top

Dejah, thanks - know how you feel - too many books, too little time!

156-Cee-
Feb 19, 2012, 12:39pm Top

Ha! Your Mom's story is pretty funny if you don't think about how tragic it is! Whatever happened to reasonability and common sense? She sounds like a spunky lady ;-)

Yay Bambi and Dr Dooalot!

157PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 1:10pm Top

Cee - she is a character - has had pneumonia twice - once just after arriving in Malaysia after the birth of Yasmyne when she gave us a tremendous fright in the early hours unable to breathe. Loves the grandchildren to bits especially Yasmyne and Ryan (Peter's son) who had a stroke as a baby and still "carries" an arm and leg on one side of his body bless him. Has given up smoking more times than I care to remember and now holds the view that she doesn't smoke ~ the cigarette smokes - she just puffs!

158Soupdragon
Feb 19, 2012, 2:00pm Top

Just catching up. Love the photos but sorry to hear about your mum. Does she still live in Yorkshire?

159Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 19, 2012, 2:13pm Top

now holds the view that she doesn't smoke ~ the cigarette smokes - she just puffs!
Ill have to pass that one on to my mum, I can just see her using that!
Great news on Bambi and her kind carer :)

160lauralkeet
Feb 19, 2012, 2:49pm Top

pssst ... A Month in the Country is VERY short. You could read it in a day. Brew a pot of tea, curl up in a chair, with a cat if you choose, and enjoy.

161lkernagh
Feb 19, 2012, 4:14pm Top

Sending get well wishes for your mom Paul... Bambi seems to be recuperating nicely!

162DeltaQueen50
Feb 19, 2012, 5:21pm Top

Hi Paul, great quote you used in your review of The Battle of Pollocks Crossing.

Erni sounds like she is worth her weight in gold, imagine taking the time to massage your cat's legs! What a great thing to do for Bambi!

163PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 7:22pm Top

Dee - Thanks....my mum is still in a village called South Heindley mid way between Pontefract, Barnsley and Wakefield. She was born there and has never moved far.

Megan - I thought you might like that gag!

Laura - hahaha - When does a short story become a novella and a novella a novel?

Lori - Thanks, I guess SWMBO will be taking some more photos to chart her favourite's progress.

Judy - thanks, it is not often that a quote catches my eye to the extent that I want to write it down.
Here's the thing with Erni and Bambi. Bambi is a stray from a litter of five kittens that the girls found abandoned in the condo stairwell (the mother was hit by a car and SWMBO and the neighbours joined together to get her well, but that is another story). After nursing the kittens to the extent that they could fend for themselves Hani then found homes for three of them but two were left. Belle had already decided the white one Jinxy stayed with us and nobody seemed to want Bambi who was on the zany side of playful. Erni asked me if we could keep him and that she would take care of him - well as everybody knows the ladies in my house can get round me so easily, Erni included, so I agreed.

164PaulCranswick
Feb 19, 2012, 11:00pm Top

Back in the office in KL and the meetings stacked up a little. I have our scottish clients here from tomorrow and will be called in for interperative skills in addition to technical ones! Two separate projects kicked off on site today and my poor staff were pleased to see their sleepy eyed leader this morning.

165brenzi
Feb 20, 2012, 12:28am Top

Hi Paul, trying to catch up here, as usual. Add me to the many fans of A Month in the Country. Just a really lovely and quite short book.

166PaulCranswick
Feb 20, 2012, 12:54am Top

Bonnie sometimes the shortness of a book is the starting point of its attraction but some shorter books we are bereft when they end...Of Mice and Men being a prime example of this for me.

167PaulCranswick
Feb 20, 2012, 4:54am Top

Update on the posting "league" for those few interested.

Now 6 people have more than 1000 posts
24 people have more than 400 posts
Top ten unchanged for the whole month
Richard of course still on top of the pile.

168scaifea
Feb 20, 2012, 7:33am Top

Good morning, Paul! Lovely to hear about Bambi's recovery process, and the good news about your mom!

169PaulCranswick
Feb 20, 2012, 8:31am Top

Thanks Amber.

170drneutron
Feb 20, 2012, 9:08am Top

As an add-on to the stats race, the 75ers seem to have made it through another start-of-the-year rush. We peaked at nearly 7500 messages in a week and are now down around 3500.

171PaulCranswick
Feb 20, 2012, 9:56am Top

Jim this also shows in the number of individual posts during January compared to February.

Richard topped the poll in January with 1075 posts - he now has 1572 and still leads.
I have the most posts in February (most people would say that Bambi has the most posts) and it is presently half of Richard's January total with 2/3rds of the month gone.

172msf59
Feb 20, 2012, 10:21am Top

Hi Paul- It looks like the 75ers still rule! It's the place to be. Glad to hear Bambi is doing so well. Go Bambi!

173ChelleBearss
Feb 20, 2012, 10:28am Top

Hi Paul! What a lovely picture in your first post! And some great family pics too! Glad to see that Bambi is home and doing better!

174Fourpawz2
Feb 20, 2012, 10:58am Top

Good news about your mother - yay! Good news about Bambi - yay!

Re: #78 - Tell SWMBO, if you will, that I am a little (a lot, really) camera shy. I don't think I own a picture of myself that isn't 25 or 30 years old. I once totally disgusted my aunt by hiding out in the ladies' when the photographer came around at the Whaling Master's Descendants annual luncheon meeting. I must have been in there for 15 minutes, but when I finally re-appeared he was still there! (I think the people at our table thought that I was in the Witness Protection Program.) He finally got to snap the picture, but mercifully I never had to see it.

175PaulCranswick
Feb 20, 2012, 11:00am Top

Mark - even after the start of year rush has died down we have still six times more activity than any other group....so you're right we do literally rule!

Chelle - been watching your house hunting with some interest and a modicum of envy. Thanks for taking time to browse the photos and hope that your trip was as successful as it certainly appeared to be from here.

176PaulCranswick
Feb 20, 2012, 11:03am Top

Charlotte - hahaha great story about avoiding photos - Witness Protection Program ...classic

Erni is also notoriously camera shy and she has so little to be shy of ...as do you I'm sure!

177-Cee-
Feb 20, 2012, 9:21pm Top

Hi Paul!
You won't regret taking a wee bit of time to read A Month in the Country - echoing similar sentiments above.

178Smiler69
Feb 21, 2012, 12:22am Top

Hi Paul, dropping by to wish you... I guess a good day, since I'm ready to turn in for the night. xx

179PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 12:23am Top

Cee - Carr certainly seems a popular writer. He was an eccentric teacher and later headmaster who publihsed his own work and other works through his Quince Tree Press. The Battle of Pollocks Crossing was based in some part on his experiences teaching in South Dakota in the 1930's. A fellow Yorkshireman, he was disarming apparently and mildly amused with the late acclaim generated by his 8 novels - I like this quote attributed to him:

"James Lloyd Carr, a back-bedroom publisher of large maps and small books who, in old age, unexpectedly wrote six novels which, although highly thought of by a small band of literary supporters and by himself, were properly disregarded by the Literary World". (Vogue)

180EBT1002
Feb 21, 2012, 2:29am Top

Well. 120 posts. No prob. I'm practicing my speed-reading skills.....
So, having skimmed through:
I read The Martian Chronicles back in high school and remember absolutely loving it. I never really took to sci-fi and I don't know why since that was my first shot at it and, truly, I remember it as one of my favorite reads from that phase of my life. Maybe I should give it a re-read and/or try another Bradbury....
Sorry your mum was ill. Glad she seems to be better.
Thrilled that Bambi is on the mend and sending a soul-sister hug to Erni who is being such a great cat-caretaker. I love knowing there are others out there who are such softies.

As an aside along those lines, I have a little animal story from today's visit to the Botanical Garden. As background, the island of Kauai is greatly inhabited by wild chickens. They are everywhere. They were introduced and have no natural predators on the island (especially now that the spey-and-neuter program has successfully reduced the feral cat population), and a large number of them (bred and kept for fighting, sadly) were accidentally freed in a hurricane during the 1990s. Anyway, there was a hen with seven adorable chicks wandering around the section of the garden where we were this morning. The chicks couldn't have been more than a week old. The hen, being less intelligent than I would have thought, didn't seem to realize that the little ones could not successfully follow her into and (more importantly) back out of a little ditch she wanted to cross. She crossed a couple of times and kept coming back to encourage the little ones to follow. Finally, we saw that she was on the other side with --- uh oh, only five chicks now. The other two were down in the ditch, struggling to get out and heading toward a drowning. Our tour guide simply knelt down and scooped them up and set them down in the direction of mama chicken. They scurried off with her in a lovely happy ending. I'm not thinking about how often this occurs without a softie tour guide there to assist.......

Now, back to you, Paul! ♥ Thanks for keeping up our stats! And I might join you for a reading of A Month in the Country. It's been on my virtual list for a while.

181PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 6:36am Top

Ellen, the consensus seems to be that there is Sci-fi and there is Bradbury - if you don't care for Sci-fi don't rule out Bradbury. Don't know but so far that has panned out for me.

Nice chicken story - I wonder if that is staged for the benefit of tourists on a regular basis, absolute cynic that I am.

Still keeping up the stats. It is slowing down a touch now as Jim points out but the numbers going over a hundred posts increases too. I will raise it to qualification 250 posts from next month.

182PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 11:42am Top

Quiet around here in the last day or so which is lucky as my life is overly full at the moment.
My father continues to wage war upon my brother with a view to ruining his life and taking all the money from their company. He has attempted to embroil me in the dispute by alleging ridiculously that I am somehow assisting my brother siphon money from their company (this on account of very subsidised professional services provided to their company over four years). Fuming actually and it is all so unnecessary as my company can fully substantiate that we have been underpaid!
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

183PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 11:45am Top

Ilana - just noticed that a post from you landed at the same time as one of mine and I missed it. (#178). Nice to see you have had a positive few day and that you old man is making more effort than mine. Reading between the lines he obviously cares but is too self absorbed and judgemental to communicate it properly.

184Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 21, 2012, 1:59pm Top

>182 PaulCranswick: boo on horrible family dramas. It very disappointing when family members let you down so spectacularly.

185KiwiNyx
Feb 21, 2012, 4:11pm Top

Oh wow, 3 threads caught up on, and too much to comment on. Hope you get rid of the grrrr's concerning those recent family dramas with your Dad. Hope your mum is feeling better as well. Really happy to hear that Bambi is home and doing good and lastly, I have to say Paul that your daughters are drop-dead gorgeous! Have you got that lonely chair in the corner with the huge lamplight ready for potential suitors to be interrogated by? My husband has his corner organized when the girls were about 3!

186FAMeulstee
Feb 21, 2012, 4:30pm Top

catching up:

lovely family pictures

:-( your dad

hope your mum is doing better

and YAY for Bambi and caretaker Erni

187cameling
Feb 21, 2012, 5:10pm Top

Oof Paul, this seems to be the week for family company dramas. I just loaned my rather broad shoulders to a friend (from Petaling Jaya) whose younger brother has been causing no end of problems for his dad and himself by over-promising clients on the services and products they can provide. Because he's the youngest of 5 sons, he's a pampered, spoilt, self-centred lunatic (but I won't tell you how I really feel about him). He's one of the sales managers for their company so all he wants is to get an order and then he drops the ball in my friend's lap because he's in charge of fulfillment and resource allocation. He has also been getting his mother (he's already 42 years old, married with 2 kids) to pay for his new BMW and some credit card bills. I've know the family for years and he's still the same reckless individual he was in his early 20s.

I'm sorry your dad is attempting to drag you into the fracas ... and hopefully your brother won't lose much hair in frustration over this.

How's mum doing?

188PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 7:28pm Top

Megan - thanks, it is sometimes to be cherished that I refused when approached to return back to UK and join my father and brother in the then family business. I am much better off in my tropical idyl.

Leonie - hahaha regarding the lonely chair. Must admit that I am not looking forward to interviewing possible suitors for the two little madams. The boys themselves will have their work cut out too given the character similarities to SWMBO.

Anita - nice to see you and your succinct catching up summary brought a smile to my eye.

Caro - thanks for sharing the story. Sounds like a fair number of PJ businessmen to be quite honest. My own BIL (not a business man by any stretch of the imagination) is in his 30's has three children (the oldest of whom is still under three) and lives with my retired in laws with his growing family without contributing much to their upkeep. The three kids are precious though.

189PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 7:29pm Top

Good news on the mother front! She has been discharged from hospital and is at home. A bit weak but seemingly on the mend so hopefully that is one worry less.

190cameling
Feb 21, 2012, 7:38pm Top

Yaaay for good news about mum, Paul.

Sounds like a fair number of PJ businessmen
LOL... i had a bit of a giggle at that .... I could just picture a bunch of other PJ bizmen up in arms and pulling out bank statements and dragging their kids and parents out in their defense, to prove they're not deadbeats.

It crosses the waters too, my BIL is a chump and when he was in his 40s and divorced, he dumped his eldest son on his parents who were in their late 70s while his ex-wife had custody of the younger 2, and had his parents pay for his child support fees, while he gallivanted with a woman he'd been having an affair with and rented a gorgeous apartment by the ocean on Long Island. He's stolen from his parents, traumatized his 2 younger kids and is, in my opinion, an idiot with a bolded capital 'I'. But his parents still want us to include us in family holiday plans and accuse my husband of not helping his brother out more! Eh?

191PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 7:43pm Top

Caro - hahaha my BIL is also my MIL's favoured offspring - there seems to be some quotient that the more problems children heap upon their mothers the more they adore and defend the child!

192-Cee-
Feb 21, 2012, 8:58pm Top

Interesting. Thanks for the info on Carr, Paul. I should read more by him. Will check that out :)

Glad to hear your mother is better - and home!
Father - no comment *heavy sigh*

193PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 9:12pm Top

Yeah Cee Mr. Carr was yet another interesting Yorkshireman!

Greatly relieved about my Mum - she is not the strongest health wise and stubborn in that her refuge is normally nicotine flavoured. She was hoping to come out to Malaysia again later in the year and if she gets up her strength I will buy her a ticket to do so.

She had always warned Peter (as had I if truth be known) against entering into business with our father who she refers to as "the Rat". It is one of the few times that a mother will be unhappy to be proven right - ignore a mother's advice at your peril!

194Whisper1
Feb 21, 2012, 9:23pm Top

Paul

I'm stopping by to see if there is news re. your mom...I'm delighted that she is better.

Now, I'm saddened by the behavior of your father. The old adage re. we can choose our friends but not our family rings true eh?

My crazy mother once accused me of stealing my grandmother's art work. In fact, the "art work" was a velvet painting that she displayed above her sofa.

195PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 9:49pm Top

Linda

Struggling to keep up with the posts this last week to be honest as life takes a stranglehold.

The addage does ring true but I feel we are always better to have stared into the face of adversity and without blinking got stronger as a result.

My wonderful father has sent a birthday card for Yasmyne (it is next week) from "a loving grandad"! This despite terming all my three "half-breeds" not so long ago. He really is difficult to comprehend. Of course the card is placed centrally on the mantlepiece as the children do not know of their grandfather's nicety of expression!

196Carmenere
Feb 21, 2012, 9:50pm Top

Greetings Paul, I am so very far behind but scrolled down slowly enough to catch the great pictures of you, your family and Bambi. My goodness, he looks mischievious and as if he's planning his next caper.

Ugh, as if you don't have enough on your mind, family issues enters the mix. Hope all is rectified soon. I think I missed your mom's problems but comments sound promising.

197PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 9:52pm Top

Lynda - thanks for at least trying to catch-up!
Bambi is mischievous but hopefully his capers are at an end as I think 8 and three quarter lives have been used up already. His sister does not seem to happy to see him back home and I think she is frustrated that they are unable to frolic as before.

198PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 10:09pm Top



Thought this was appropriate considering my brother's and my situation with my father.

199PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 10:34pm Top



Jinxy complained that her brother is getting all the attention.

200brenzi
Feb 21, 2012, 10:36pm Top

What a piece of work your father is. Amazing how civilly you treat him Paul.

201PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2012, 10:58pm Top

Bonnie - I can never alter the fact that my father is who he is. He is responsible for making me who I am for better or worse and forgiveness is, for me, one of the most important facets of life. That said I am not prepared to sit idly by whilst he destroys my brother and his family but neither will I see my brother exact a full measure of revenge when he rightly prevails. I want my father, who in fairness has always had a tremendous work ethic, sail off into the sunset, comfortable in his old age and with a grudging respect for the fact that evolution proves that the human race generation upon generation get smarter, fairer and more merciful and more tolerant.

202Smiler69
Feb 22, 2012, 12:26am Top

Oh Paul... I hope you're right with that last comment. I'm not feeling quite as optimistic as you these days. As others have said, I'm really glad your mum is on the mend, but too bad about that nicotine habit. Nasty stuff! Your dad... well, you mum's name for him "the Rat" made me smile. Sheesh, with all the family drama around here, who needs to read novels anymore? All the drama and suspense you want right here folks! *sigh*

Hugs. Love the kitty pic.

203PaulCranswick
Feb 22, 2012, 12:33am Top

Thanks Ilana - we do have a fair bit in common don't we? My reading has suffered this month and I am certainly behind schedule in my 12 in 12. Thanks for being a friend and well...you.

204Smiler69
Feb 22, 2012, 12:34am Top

:-) don't mention it. xx

205EBT1002
Edited: Feb 22, 2012, 3:42am Top

Oh fer pete's sake, if it's not one parent, it's another. Weird, from my perspective, as an "orphan" (both parents dead by the time I was 33 years of age), but there are some things I don't regret not having to deal with....
Jinyx is very cute and appropriately demanding of her attention.....
Hang in there, Paul, as you know you have a community of supporters here.
And: there is Sci-fi and there is Bradbury ---- yes, well, I think I'll set myself up for a summer Bradbury-a-thon. Maybe I can get a few souls to join me.... I'll start with The Martian Chronicles.

206EBT1002
Feb 22, 2012, 3:42am Top

Oh, and: {{{Paul}}}

207Fourpawz2
Feb 22, 2012, 6:50am Top

Re: #201 - Paul, you are clearly a fine human being and a much better one than I. I don't think that I would ever wish good things on a parent such as yours after the horrible things he has done and said. I am afraid that once I am shat upon, I do not forgive.

Hope Jinxy reconciles with her brother soon. Cute picture (Is that her bag? I do love a red bag.)

208msf59
Feb 22, 2012, 6:57am Top

Hi Paul- Sorry to hear about the family problems. It seems to be an epidemic around here lately. Try to enjoy the rest of your week, my friend.

209thornton37814
Feb 22, 2012, 8:06am Top

199> MEOW

210mckait
Feb 22, 2012, 8:19am Top

Family Drama is the worst. The worst.
I hate it.

Glad that your mom is doing better, and kitty too!

211Deern
Feb 22, 2012, 10:16am Top

Hi Paul, sorry I am not commenting much right now. Let me just say that I am feeling with you. And I loved what you wrote here and could directly apply it to my dad (although the problems are different, well - most of them):

"I want my father, who in fairness has always had a tremendous work ethic, sail off into the sunset, comfortable in his old age and with a grudging respect for the fact that evolution proves that the human race generation upon generation get smarter, fairer and more merciful and more tolerant.

#210: That's so true. It's because you can't really run away from it. You can free yourself from abusive partners and everyone will say 'finally - well done', but you can't turn away from your parents once they've reached a certain age.

And *waves* to Jinxy!

212PaulCranswick
Feb 22, 2012, 10:18am Top

Ellen - thanks for the support amid my parental troubles. On the positive side I spoke to my mum this evening and she is weak but sounds ok. She has a good friend, Liz, staying with he for a few days - I have great friends, including so many here, and so does she in Yorkshire.
May be up for a summer Bradbury but I would have to go with Dandelion Wine due to acclaim from Joe and Caro.

Charlotte - hahaha as forthright as ever! Don't think it is anything too unusual to be caught in the quandary of loving our parents unconditionally without being able to accept the dastardly deeds they do.
The red bag is a Longchamp belonging to Yassie. What the heck a 14 year old is doing with a Longchamp bag heaven knows.

Mark - thanks mate the week is waning quickly and I seem to have achieved very little. A trip to Chicago or a visit to your friend the bear is San Diego would be uplifting for me...if only.

Lori - hahaha your post is purrfect.

Kath - we seem to share a propensity for a lively family environment. Good luck with managing yours too. Have you managed to clog your SIL's arteries sufficiently on good ole fast food yet?

213PaulCranswick
Feb 22, 2012, 10:20am Top

Thanks for your kind words Nathalie - I must admit I follow your thread with a shared trepidation concerned as I am as a fellow business person that your business gets the support I'm sure it deserves. xx

214ctpress
Feb 22, 2012, 10:58am Top

Hi Paul. I manage to go from part four to part six, missing an entire thread. Me being lazy or you making speed conversation? Well, a bit of both I guess.

Read Martian Chronicles last year and enjoyed some of the stories a lot. Some of them not so much. But I have plans to read more Bradbury. He's a good writer for sure.

215sibyx
Feb 22, 2012, 11:07am Top

Glad Bambi is making good progress.

216curlysue
Feb 22, 2012, 11:10am Top

great news on your mother Paul!
family conflict can be draining to the soul....hang in there :)

217jnwelch
Feb 22, 2012, 11:30am Top

I'm glad your mom is home and doing better, Paul. I hope that knot with your father gets resolved, and your next few days are better than their predecessors.

218PaulCranswick
Feb 22, 2012, 5:49pm Top

Carsten - nice to see you! Looking at your varied reading this year I don't think you could be described as lazy.

Lucy - thanks, Bambi is making slow and very steady progress. I was looking at him last night and it crossed my mind and chilled me somewhat to think how close the little fellow came to not being with us.....if SWMBO had listened to the Vet his cheeky face would no longer be seen around the house.

Kara - thanks for the support! - now trying to manage my mum's concerns regarding my brother and his family.

Joe - family are a worry and a pain and a joy and a comfort and a bane! Each day we get something different and sometimes much more or much less than we bargained for!

219Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 22, 2012, 6:26pm Top

Bambi's little brother is cute too! Sibling rivalry rears its head even in the cat world I see :)

evolution proves that the human race generation upon generation get smarter, fairer and more merciful and more tolerant
I really really hope that is the case Paul, I am a little more pessimistic Im afraid but love your optimism.

220PaulCranswick
Feb 22, 2012, 6:40pm Top

Megan - just back from your thread and saddened to see that yesterday was a stinker for you. I think you are an embodiment of the sentiments I stated and you quoted above one dismal day notwithstanding. xx

221Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 22, 2012, 6:48pm Top

Thank you Paul (did we cross post then!?), feeling better by the minute thanks to you :)

222PaulCranswick
Feb 22, 2012, 6:59pm Top

Aw shucks and blushes. Enjoy what's left of your Thursday.

223cameling
Feb 22, 2012, 9:13pm Top

Hidey-ho Paul ..... what's new pussycat? Love the pic of Jinxy. My uncle had 4 Siamese cats and I loved going over to play with them. I like cats in general, but my favorite breed is the Siamese.

224-Cee-
Feb 22, 2012, 9:20pm Top

Awwww... Jinxy is so sweet! Be sure to give her plenty of attention too - so she won't try the flying act to get your love :)

225coppers
Feb 22, 2012, 10:29pm Top

Quick catch-up. So glad to hear your mom is doing better. It's so hard to be so far away...

And another beautiful kitty!

226Smiler69
Feb 22, 2012, 11:43pm Top

Just sending you a hug Paul.

227ronincats
Feb 23, 2012, 12:39am Top

Checking in after an evening of college hoops. Hope all is well in KL!

228PaulCranswick
Feb 23, 2012, 7:08am Top

Caro - like Tom Jones and can do a decent impression of him but no ladies have ever thrown their underwear at me. Jinxy is a tad bad tempered of late due to the brothers struggles methinks. From the same litter and not a siamese in sight so I can't explain why she looks as she does.

Cee - lovely to see you - had to pull her off the high wall a time or two already. Hopefully she keeps her footing better than Bambi

Joanne - you are right about distances - sometimes feel with my brother/father situation I could solve their dispute if I was over there but who knows......

Ilana - gratefully received and surreptitiously returned! Awfully packed day to be honest and I am ready to drop. 20:05 and about to leave the office for home via the chemist to buy gaviscon for SWMBO's stomach.

Roni - "college hoops"? Is that basketball? All is fine here my dear but there are not enough hours in the day at the moment to keep on an even keel.

229ChelleBearss
Feb 23, 2012, 8:14am Top

Good morning Paul! (Or I guess Good Evening on your side of the world!)

Jinxy looks adorable! Couple of cute cats you have there!! I can see while the kids are so fond of them!

Mine has taken to hiding from the dog underneath blankets! While my sister was housesitting she could not find Taz (the cat) because she was sleeping under the covers on the spare bed!
Cats are a special breed of creature!

230PaulCranswick
Feb 23, 2012, 8:28am Top

Thanks Chelle - would agree about the cats they have characters of their own. Hope you find Taz in time to relocate to New Scotland!

231coppers
Feb 23, 2012, 10:44am Top

>228 PaulCranswick: So far away, doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?

232cameling
Edited: Feb 23, 2012, 5:45pm Top

Hey Paul, let me know if you'd like to meet up on the evening of March 22 or 23 or during the day on March 24? I've got some other friends who want to plan some stuff with me but I've known them for years so I'd rather give you first dibs on date/time and then work them around your schedule. :-)

I do have to get on a flight to HK on March 24 though at 6pm.

233PaulCranswick
Feb 23, 2012, 6:21pm Top

Joanne - actually my mum has never moved from the small village she was born in 67 years ago. I'm the traveller in the family.

Caro - 23rd is out as SWMBO would kill me - its our wedding anniversary! Either of the other dates are fine with me; I am happy enough to defer to your other friends don't worry.

234Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 23, 2012, 6:55pm Top

I'd bet your head would land more than a shoe if you had an LT meet-up on your wedding anniversary Paul :) Haha

235PaulCranswick
Feb 23, 2012, 7:16pm Top

Megan I am only lucky that SWMBO is not keen on high heels and her shoes don't have so many sharp edges!

236Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 23, 2012, 7:23pm Top

lol, too true!
I haven't resorted to shoe throwing (yet?) but have thrown Andrews dinner plate out the window when it was placed un-thoughtfully on the "dishes already washed" side of the sink. Not my proudest moment, but pretty funny nonetheless.

237PaulCranswick
Feb 23, 2012, 8:31pm Top

We had a laundry basket near to the window when we stayed on the 10th floor of a condo in Johor shortly after getting married. I used to do my Bond and Moneypenny trick and throw my discarded clothes towards the open basket with varying degrees of success. SWMBO had warned of the consequences of this fun on several occasions. I missed the basket with my favourite Christian Dior shirt only to see SWMBO pick it up and hurl it through the open window and ten flights down. Poor Dior never saw it again!

238Whisper1
Feb 23, 2012, 8:46pm Top

Dear Paul

You are very popular...lots of posts since I last visited.

I'm very glad you are a part of the 75 challenge group!

239-Cee-
Feb 23, 2012, 9:13pm Top

Waving Hi! Can't stop yawning - hope I can stay awake long enough for the Knife to be repaired by the armored bear! So sad I am reading the last book of the trilogy His Dark Materials. Oh well... no shortage of books here :)

240Smiler69
Feb 23, 2012, 10:19pm Top

Paul, I wish I was in a mood to dredge up some of the high jinx I performed to my ex-boyfriends' horror. I'm for sure *that crazy woman* in the stories they tell their friends about their exes. But hey, may as well leave them with some memories. They'll have lived a little. ;-)

241Chatterbox
Feb 23, 2012, 11:59pm Top

I simply can't keep up!!! 200 plus posts -- whimper. And all full of news - makes me feel as if I've been doing nothing but work. Which is kinda true. Delighted Bambi is home -- that cat is probably the luckiest feline around. As for fathers -- sigh. I have to say you're a lot more mature and resigned that I feel able to be. yet. Maybe one of these years. I do know that growing up in my family has left me so conflict-averse that I just collapse and fall apart when someone yells at me or argues.

242DeltaQueen50
Feb 24, 2012, 12:06am Top

I learned not to throw things during my first marriage. That man could push my buttons, and I was young, stupid and a redhead! I threw a head of lettuce at him, he ducked and was outta there. The lettuce exploded against the wall and I was left picking up pieces of lettuce and wiping the green marks off the wall.

243Ireadthereforeiam
Feb 24, 2012, 1:05am Top

>237 PaulCranswick: oh, that is good! I hope she wouldn't throw a plate out a 10 storey window!? I wouldn't, I'm sure I wouldn't....

>242 DeltaQueen50: he he he, there's nothing like your nearest and dearest to promote feelings of utter rage :)

244wookiebender
Feb 24, 2012, 4:37am Top

I think I've caught up almost in time for a new thread.... ;)

245PaulCranswick
Feb 24, 2012, 5:43am Top

Linda - lovely words from a lovely lady. It is huge hearted individuals like you that make this group special, I think I have said it elsewhere on other threads but your example of offering comfort to others even when in emotional pain yourself is a tremendous example to me. Thanks so much.

Cee - I have seen your list of books so I know you are completely inundated!

Ilana - I am sure that you have lived life to the full! I over indulged myself in a frantic 2 years before marrying SWMBO in as cosmopolitan manner as possible with chinese, indian and malay girlfriends mostly overlapping. Surprisingly I am far more happy with the more mundane existence of a settled married life (at least I retain sufficient reflexes to avoid flying objects) so I can understand you being comfortable with a mellower and less intrusive form of existence as am I. I look back fondly on my days especially with the girls who made me work a little as I'm sure your exes look fondly back on their time with you.

Hi Suz - Not sure I agree about Bambi totally. I was choked watching his painful progression across the living room dragging himself along. Hopefully with SWMBO and Erni on the case he will continue to improve - he has a session with a different vet on Monday to see if we can help him with his mobility and do some physio.

Judy - I learned early in my marriage to beware of salads! My first serious relationship was with a redhead - who surprisingly enough was not obviously fiery although our eventual blow-up scarred me for almost a decade with ladies.

Megan - SWMBO has calmed down somewhat over the years (or rather transferred her attentions more to Kyran and Yasmyne - the clone always escapes her attentions) but she did move on to pitching wooden fruit at me in the vain attempt to persuade me that they could indeed be edible.

Tania - Your appearance, like a robin signifying spring does tend me towards the continuation button.......ok I'll keep going a little longer.

246mckait
Feb 24, 2012, 6:47am Top

I am not really caught up, as I have just skimmed, but it looks like things are relatively
smooth and calm for the minute?

247msf59
Feb 24, 2012, 7:00am Top

Paul- Just swinging through to say hi! Hope all is well and you have a terrific weekend.

248PaulCranswick
Feb 24, 2012, 7:13am Top

Yeah Kath floating into the weekend - Brother and Father still destroying each other, Mother better but weak, cat still not able to walk, SWMBO her usual emotional self, work tomorrow to check whether we should terminate a contractor who is delaying a project and hopefully three books to finish over the weekend

Mark - and the very same to you Sir! I hope Chicagoland is not too wild, wet and windswept in comparison with last weeks venue.

249-Cee-
Feb 24, 2012, 8:18am Top

Hi Paul, What if you got a very small skateboard for Bambi and taught him to use his one good leg to push?

250lauralkeet
Feb 24, 2012, 9:22am Top

>249 -Cee-:: a very small skateboard for Bambi:
Like this? Complete with propeller beanie!


The internet is a wonderful thing. Here are more cats on skateboards!

251-Cee-
Feb 24, 2012, 9:58am Top

LOL! Very cute pictures. I like the one of the cat sleeping on skateboard ;-)

I was thinking more like this for Bambi:

252DorsVenabili
Feb 24, 2012, 10:06am Top

#249 - I think I remember seeing something like that on The Dog Whisperer, with a little paraplegic dog! He had some sort of wheeled contraption that he scooted around on. I'm pretty sure it made me cry.

253Donna828
Feb 24, 2012, 11:50am Top

>248 PaulCranswick:: Paul, I admire your sunny outlook with all the bleak things happening in your life. Let's hope things improve for you... and soon.

It's good you have plenty of LT friends to send you funny pictures to put things in perspective. And then there are those three books awaiting completion. Life isn't all bad. Have a great week end!

254PaulCranswick
Feb 24, 2012, 11:57am Top

Cee - what a good idea but I have a feeling that I would most likely fall over it on a regular basis. Your skateboard shot even looks like Bambi.

Laura I'm not sure how aerodynamic your board would be! Good idea though but I think Bambi better not be encouraged to fly!

Kerri - you would have had a tear in your eye this morning watching the stoic little fellow. I am someone supposed not to like pets but my heart melted immediately (shh don't tell anybody I'm becoming a softie).

Donna - as usual lovely and eloquently expressed words from you! Have a lovely weekend yourself.

255jnwelch
Feb 24, 2012, 12:07pm Top

My kids wouldn't be surprised to know those cats are better on a skateboard than I am, Paul. I'm still hearing about my (lack of) rollerskating prowess.

256PaulCranswick
Feb 24, 2012, 12:11pm Top

Joe - still more we have in common then mate.

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