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Paul C's 2017 Reading & Life - 20

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Jul 3, 2017, 8:10pm Top

Staggering into thread #20 and with it a look at Yorkshire's other splendid National Park - The Dales. James Herriot country.

Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 8:25pm Top

Paul's Poetry

This is something I sploshed down for one of my favourite 75ers who is going through a bit of a tough time at present.

Making Sense of a Deafening Silence

Silence intrudes with its cacophony -
There are those of us listening
to make sense of the wordless,
the soundless,
the loveless and the bereft.
An instrumental whose beat is monotony
whose every nuance is glistening
to illuminate the steadfast,
the miscast,
the one last and the last one left.

for Ilana ............18/6/17

Edited: Jul 23, 2017, 6:57am Top


I was 50 in September 2016 and have enough unread reading material on my shelves to take me safely into my seventies! I have lived in Malaysia since 1994 and have a long suffering (but never quietly) wife, Hani (sometimes referred to as SWMBO), three children Yasmyne (19), Kyran (17) and Belle (12), as well as a supporting cast which includes my book smuggling assistants Azim (also my driver and a part time bouncer who, despite his muscles, lives in almost as much fear of my wife as I do) and Erni (my housemaid, almost-little sister and the worlds greatest coffee maker). On this thread you'll probably read as much about the vagaries of life, book buying and group related statistics as you do about the actual books themselves.

I have added 3,000 books to my shelves in four years but late last year I decided to sort my books from the 4,500 books unread into the essentials of 900 fiction and 180 non-fiction books and I will try to make a serious dent in that list this year.

I will also be reading, as usual, plenty of poetry which is another passion and, as you have seen above, a faltering pastime.

Edited: Jul 23, 2017, 7:02am Top



1. The Magician's Wife by Brian Moore (1997) 229 pp
2. Maus I : My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (1986) 159 pp
3. Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft (2006) 440 pp
4. Out in the Midday Sun : The British in Malaya 1880-1960 by Margaret Shennan (2000) 471 pp
5. Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler (2003) 214 pp
6. The Assault by Harry Mulisch (1985) 185 pp
7. 100 Prized Poems : Twenty-Five Years of the Forward Books (2016) 176 pp
8. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (2005) 400 pp
9. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost by Ismail Kadare (2000) 182 pp
10. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (2010) 352 pp
11. Varamo by Cesar Aira (2002) 89 pp
12. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen (1935) 250 pp


13. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970) 456 pp
14. A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine : The Last Diaries by Tony Benn (2013) 294 pp
15. City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan (2016) 190 pp
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983) 210 pp
17. The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert by Jaroslav Seifert (1998) 246 pp
18. Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien (2011) 253 pp


19. Up the Junction by Nell Dunn (1963) 133 pp
20. Middle Passages by Kamau Brathwaite (1992) 120 pp
21. Maus II : A Survivor's Tale : And Here My Troubles Began (1991) 136 pp
22. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (2011) 466 pp
23. Fences by August Wilson (1985) 101 pp
24. No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod (1999) 262 pp
25. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (2001) 399 pp

Edited: Jul 23, 2017, 7:16am Top



26. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2003) 343 pp
27. Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason (2010) 296 pp
28. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (1967) 415 pp
29. When I Was Old by Georges Simenon (1970) 452 pp
30. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (1982) 262 pp
31. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (2013) 444 pp
32. The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald (2013) 307 pp
33. I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish (2010) 236 pp
34. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1965) 81 pp
35. Shout at the Devil by Wilbur Smith (1968) 391 pp
36. A Perfidious Distortion of History : The Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis by Jurgen Tampke (2017) 269 pp
37. Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Terrance Dicks (1976) 150 pp
38. The Haw Lantern by Seamus Heaney (1987) 51 pp


39. Then by Morris Gleitzman (2009) 196 pp
40. March: Book One by John Lewis (2013) 121 pp
41. Selected Poems : 1940-1982 by Norman Nicholson (1982) 78 pp
42. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992) 587 pp
43. The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe (1997) 402 pp
44. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth (1800) 97 pp
45. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (1999) 220 pp
46. And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yaris Varoufakis (2016) 246 pp


47. Il Postino by Antonio Skarmeta (1985) 112 pp
48. How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position by Tabish Khair (2012) 190 pp
49. 1914 by Jean Echenoz (2012) 118 pp
50. Resistance by Carla Jablonski (2010) 121 pp

Edited: Jul 23, 2017, 7:43am Top



51. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (1968) 281 pp

Edited: Aug 6, 2017, 1:17pm Top

British Author Challenge 2017



MARCH : A DECADE OF BRITISH NOVELS : The 1960s - 10 Novels by Men; 10 Novels by Women - 1 DONE


MAY : BEFORE QUEEN VIC : 10 Novels written prior to 1837




SEPTEMBER : THE NEW MILLENNIUM (Great Books Since 2000) A novel chosen from each year of the new century

OCTOBER : WELSH AUTHORS (Born in or associated with Wales) : JO WALTON & ROALD DAHL

NOVEMBER : POET LAUREATES : British laureates, children's laureate, National Poets


Edited: Aug 6, 2017, 1:20pm Top

American Author Challenge

American Author Challenge 2017

January- Octavia Butler Blood Child and Other Stories
February- Stewart O' Nan City of Secrets : A Novel
March- William Styron The Confessions of Nat Turner
April- Poetry Month - Ariel by Sylvia Plath
May- Zora Neale Hurston
June- Sherman Alexie
July- James McBride
August- Patricia Highsmith
September- Short Story Month
October- Ann Patchett
November- Russell Banks
December- Ernest Hemingway

Edited: Aug 6, 2017, 1:22pm Top

b>ANZ Author Challenge

I will be doing Kerry's ANZAC Bingo Challenge 2x12

ANZAC Bingo 2x12
1: Read a book about conflict or war
2: Read a book with more than 500 pgs
3: Read an Aussie crime novel COMPLETED The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
4: Read a book using word play in the title
5: Read a book about exploration or a journey
6: Read a book that's been longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award
7: Read a book that's part of a series COMPLETED Then by Morris Gleitzman
8: Read a memoir/biography (can be fiction)
9: Read a book written under a pen name
10: Read a book with a musical plot
11: Read a book with water featured in title/cover : COMPLETED The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
12: Read a book with an immigrant protagonist

Jul 3, 2017, 8:12pm Top

Other Challenges

Jul 3, 2017, 8:12pm Top

TBR Records

Jul 3, 2017, 8:12pm Top

Reading Plan for July

Jul 3, 2017, 8:13pm Top

Currently Reading

Jul 3, 2017, 8:13pm Top

Literary Worlds

Jul 3, 2017, 8:13pm Top

Around the world in 80 books

Jul 3, 2017, 8:13pm Top

Next is yours

Jul 3, 2017, 8:17pm Top

Well then I'll take it. Happy New Thread!

Jul 3, 2017, 8:18pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 3, 2017, 8:22pm Top

>18 mahsdad: Lovely to see you first up Jeff. I am hoping that I will have time now to get back into my normal posting and travelling the threads routine. I have missed it this last month on half-steam.

>19 amanda4242: Thank you Amanda, dear. I will get the BAC and CAC threads up today!

Jul 3, 2017, 8:29pm Top

Happy New Thread, Paul! *about time! ;-)*

Jul 3, 2017, 8:32pm Top

Jul 3, 2017, 8:32pm Top

Happy new thread, friend!

Jul 3, 2017, 8:34pm Top

What a lovely thread topper!

Jul 3, 2017, 8:34pm Top

>21 ronincats: Hahaha Roni. Yes it was quite a gap between new threads for me this time.

>22 weird_O: Nice to see you peeking in, Bill!

>23 scaifea: Thank you dear, Amber.

Jul 3, 2017, 8:35pm Top

>24 thornton37814: Thanks Lori. I do actually prefer the Dales to the Yorkshire Moors if truth be known. Closer to me I suppose and a little more varied.

Jul 3, 2017, 8:45pm Top

>20 PaulCranswick: That's good to know as I'm halfway through my first BAC read of the month.

Jul 3, 2017, 8:54pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul. May it be a happy and breezy one! :-)

Jul 3, 2017, 9:05pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 3, 2017, 9:58pm Top

>27 amanda4242: Hahaha I am surprised that you haven't finished 4 already!

>28 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley. I hope so too.

>29 foggidawn: Thank you Foggi. xx

Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 10:01pm Top

Duplicate post so I will put up a picture of Bolton Abbey in the dales :

Jul 3, 2017, 10:32pm Top

SUCH gorgeous pictures as usual, Paul!
I wish you a happy thread and a lot of happy reading and talking about it!

Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 10:34pm Top

The July British Author Challenge thread is up


Presenting the Stevensons DE & RL

Both prodigious (despite Robert Louis dying in his mid forties) and very different from each other although cousins (well her father was first cousin to RL).

Jul 3, 2017, 10:33pm Top

>32 LizzieD: Thank you Peggy. What makes my thread special to me are the visits from my dear friends. xx

Edited: Jul 4, 2017, 12:16pm Top

Following a wee burst of energy, the Canadian Author Challenge thread for July is up:

Carol Shields and Wayson Choy.


I am mortified that I got Choy's name wrong on the thread title!

Jul 3, 2017, 10:56pm Top

Hi Paul, I just love these gorgeous pictures of Yorkshire you have been posting and, thank you for acknowledging Canada's 150th birthday, we spent the weekend quietly but did manage to go to the community party on Saturday night for the fireworks.

Jul 3, 2017, 10:59pm Top

>36 DeltaQueen50: Lovely to see you dear Guru!

Quite a landmark 150 years and I for one am impressed how Canada has managed to carve out a distinctive place for itself in the world despite the size and strength of its near neighbours.

Jul 3, 2017, 11:09pm Top

>20 PaulCranswick: I love it when we are almost realtime around here (only 5 min after you posted). It's almost like we're really talking. And you're right, it is a rare occurrence for me to be up top. Last time was several years ago, probably in my first year.

Looking forward to your visit to my neck of the woods

Jul 3, 2017, 11:25pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 3, 2017, 11:26pm Top

>30 PaulCranswick: I'm pacing myself :)

Jul 3, 2017, 11:31pm Top

>38 mahsdad: I will be over there very soon buddy. I am getting my thread feet together again at last!

>39 drneutron: Thanks Jim

Jul 3, 2017, 11:34pm Top

>40 amanda4242: I should have tried to say that I was pacing myself too, but in truth I have under-peformed in the last few months as RL dug a big hole for me to try and climb out of. Finger nails full of earth, here I am keen to get back into my old routine!

Jul 4, 2017, 12:48am Top

>31 PaulCranswick: Oh! Fantastic photo, Paul! Happy new thread!

Jul 4, 2017, 5:24am Top

a) Happy new thread!

b) from the last thread, re: Starbucks. Nathan and Sthn Hemispherians delight in the place, but I hear they have trouble in Italy where the coffee is short, fast and standard (strong, with sugar), not bucket-sized, multi-flavoured and lingering.

c) And Another Lithuanian Dish, Robertas Aukstuolis from your last thread gets my full and 100% approval.

d) >10 PaulCranswick: for the Anzac challenge (5: Read a book about exploration or a journey) you should read The Hobbit. That was set in NZ, wasn't it? ;) (sometimes it is just me who thinks I am funny)

Jul 4, 2017, 7:04am Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

From last thread: Wimbledon starts for me today, as Roger plays. If he can't win it, then I want Murray to. I'll never be a Nadal fan, I'm afraid.

Jul 4, 2017, 7:23am Top

>2 PaulCranswick: A thoughtful poem Paul.

Happy new thread.

Jul 4, 2017, 8:25am Top

Ooh, love the pick of Bolton Abbey, Paul. The Yorkshire Dales is such a beautiful part of the country. I wish I had managed to spend more time visiting the area when I lived in the UK for all those years, but I only made it out there once when I got a job on a farm for the summer. And even then I didn't explore the area as much as I should have. I do remember having a fabulous time visiting the Malham Tarn though.

Jul 4, 2017, 9:12am Top

Happy new thread, Paul. Lovely pictures.


Jul 4, 2017, 9:13am Top

I just wrote a post and it disappeared. Twice. :-(

I am not much of a fan of Shields, sadly. I have read one and started but not completed a few others of her books. Pity because I have heard her interviewed before she passed away and liked listening to her. Oh well, c'est la vie.

I do have a Wayson Choy book on the TBR (All That Matters) and will move that to the top so hopefully, I will get to it this month.

Jul 4, 2017, 11:14am Top

>43 Storeetllr: It is a truly lovely place, Mary. The surrounding grounds and countryside are simply wonderful.

>44 LovingLit: I am not a huge fan of Starbucks in truth, Megan, but in Johor Bahru it is an oasis of air-conditioning so close to my in-laws oven of a place.

If the male and female dishes of Lithuania are anything to go by, it is a place that really should attract more visitors!

I am not sure Kerry would allow us that one although Tolkien's imagined landscape does seem to coincide with those marvellous vistas that your nation so readily provides.

Jul 4, 2017, 11:19am Top

>45 karenmarie: I will be backing Murray and Kerber (who scraped through today) although I would be happy to see Johanna Konta also do well. Stan Wawrinka losing yesterday was a surprise and Nadal and Djoko both have had less than taxing starts. I prefer FedEx to Nadal but his off-court bearing (Nadal's) helps me put up with that awful interminable grunting that accompanies his game.

>46 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you Caroline.

In truth it was the work of less than five minutes and typed straight onto Ilan's thread originally. I suppose it was thoughtful only in the sense that she is one of my oldest LT pals and I do get upset/moved by seeing her so down and seemingly lonely. Sometimes when an idea comes it just sort of spills out of me and then I'll go and tinker with it later. This one has not been tinkered with at all, yet!

Jul 4, 2017, 11:24am Top

>47 cameling: I bet working there for a whole summer on a farm was great fun, Caro (especially afterwards!).

I do think that it combines compactness with wide open spaces in a way that I have never seen elsewhere. The sky is big but, somehow, you know that over the horizon the scenery may not be the same at all.

Malham Cove is a wonderful place to visit:

Jul 4, 2017, 11:27am Top

>48 BLBera: Thanks Beth. I am very grateful to have managed 20 threads already and I love getting visits and posts from all my pals. xx

I also love sharing pictures of my respective homes in Malaysia and Yorkshire.

>49 jessibud2: I read Unless by her a few years ago and I don't remember being blown away although I don't think I hated it either. Let's see.

I don't have anything by Wayson Choy.

Jul 4, 2017, 12:28pm Top

Happy New Thread, Paul.

>1 PaulCranswick:, >31 PaulCranswick: Gorgeous

>2 PaulCranswick: Very nice poem for Ilana.

Hope the day has gone well for you. We're celebrating Independence Day over here.

Jul 4, 2017, 12:35pm Top

>54 jnwelch: Thanks Joe. I did think that my little missive for Ilana was heartfelt at the least.

The Fourth of July is something that us Brits ought not to celebrate too warmly but, heck, that was a good while ago.


Edited: Jul 4, 2017, 12:38pm Top

Happy Fourth of July to all my US LT friends.

Edited: Jul 4, 2017, 2:03pm Top

>53 PaulCranswick: - I also read Unless and remember thinking it had potential but kept waiting for something to happen, and in the end, I was just disappointed. Happenstance has an interesting construct; it is a story that is told from 2 perspectives, the first half, then you flip the book over and the second half is on the other side of the book. I don't think I got through that one, though. If I did, I have no memory of the story line, except that it was a husband and wife. Oh well

(touchstones on vacation, apparently)

Jul 4, 2017, 2:09pm Top

>57 jessibud2: Wow even the touchstones are being patriotic today!

I will give her a try again this month if possible.

Jul 4, 2017, 2:16pm Top

>55 PaulCranswick: Some people are wishing Britain would take us back. ;)

Jul 4, 2017, 2:18pm Top

>59 Storeetllr: Hahaha or simply send your President back to his golf course in Scotland where he is liked just as much as he is back in his home country.

Jul 4, 2017, 2:18pm Top

Happy new one, Paul. Your topper is stunning!

Jul 4, 2017, 2:29pm Top

>61 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie. Lovely to see you over here. Give my love to all at the Pecan Paradisio. xx

Jul 4, 2017, 2:34pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 4, 2017, 2:37pm Top

>1 PaulCranswick: Yes, that is the region I want to visit. I have actually been through there back in 2002 and it was so lovely.

Thanks for the Independence Day wishes. Honestly, I don't feel terribly patriotic these days but it's not a bad thing to remember the principles on which this limping democracy was founded.

I'm rooting for Murray myself. It was weird today to have two consecutive matches cut early for injury reasons. John MacEnroe about came unglued.

Jul 4, 2017, 3:19pm Top

>52 PaulCranswick: That's a gorgeous photo of Malham Cove, Paul. Maybe Yasmyne might like a summer job at a farm on the Dales. ooh.. oh she and Hani might enjoy a mother-daughter farm stay for a bit?

Jul 4, 2017, 3:46pm Top

Happy new thread mate.

Jul 4, 2017, 4:59pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures
>1 PaulCranswick: The Dales look beautiful, I loved the James Herriot TV adaptions.
>31 PaulCranswick: I think we need more duplicate posts ;-)
>52 PaulCranswick: WOW!

Jul 4, 2017, 6:41pm Top

Happy new thread Paul, those Yorkshire pictures get better and better, I'm already planning a visit;)

Jul 4, 2017, 6:50pm Top

>63 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda. xx

>64 EBT1002: Next time you make it Ellen, I will try to coincide a visit - otherwise I will be there and we'll get together (and maybe walk some of those green pastures together).

We don't really have an equivalent holiday in the UK so it is always fascinating to me to see the USA and France celebrate their respective July holidays.

I think that the level of retirements in the first round hint at something wrong in the game. Surely there should be some sort of fitness test to pass at the beginning of tournaments so other players who really are fit don't get denied an opportunity. First round losers get £35,000 and I am not sure that it is deserved if you play a few games and quit. Three out of the Big Four got through via retirements which really is unsatisfactory.

Jul 4, 2017, 6:53pm Top

>65 cameling: Thanks Caro. I am sure that Hani and Jasmine would thoroughly enjoy a stint on a farm. I do believe though that the cows and the sheep and the pigs might be less impressed by such an eventuality!

>66 johnsimpson: Our depleted team is falling foul of the weather too John, I see. Our three best batsmen are away from us on England duty and I really don't see why Ballance should have been re-selected so quickly.

Jul 4, 2017, 6:55pm Top

>67 FAMeulstee: The James Herriot adaptations were an early introduction to me to a countryside that is almost on my own doorstep (or was anyway). The people there are really close to how they were caricatured by Herriot in his books.

>68 EllaTim: Would be lovely to see you there, Ella.

Jul 4, 2017, 9:56pm Top

Banging and booming. Hooting and Hollering.

It's dark here now, Paul. Communities across our realm are blowing up stuff to enjoy the noise and sparklies.

Jul 4, 2017, 11:59pm Top

72 posts already; are you kidding me?

Happy new thread Paul!

Jul 5, 2017, 5:52am Top

Happy new thread, Paul!
I'm in awe of how many challenges you take part in - wish I could do even a 10th of that.

Jul 5, 2017, 6:59am Top

Happy New Thread, Paul! Love the Dales topper!

Jul 5, 2017, 9:39am Top

Happy new thread, Paul! Appealing photos once again, both up top and scattered throughout.

Jul 5, 2017, 3:37pm Top

>31 PaulCranswick: I really like the ruined church.

Jul 5, 2017, 5:17pm Top

I want to say thank you for the posts regarding the incident with my dogs. I began to cry in the middle of the library with the flood of relief that I felt when I read the post about the trainers who had their animals turn on their cat. Of course I have no wish for anyone to go through any experience even half as brutal. But it did address all the guilt I have been feeling that we had done something wrong although we have devoted ourselves to our animals. Only our children have received more love and attention. Thank all of you for taking the time to post re: that horrible experience. Paul, your threads are always lovely and uplifting. Thank you for allowing me to steal some time to share.

Jul 5, 2017, 8:08pm Top

>72 weird_O: Bill, you never fail to light up a dark day!

>73 humouress: A little bit of a spurt perhaps, Nina. I am a fits and starts sort of guy these days, my dear!

>74 PawsforThought: I am less in awe of how many challenges I actually succeed in keeping up with, Paws! The ambition and intention is always there but the execution is very flawed.

Jul 5, 2017, 8:10pm Top

>75 msf59: Thanks mate. You really ought to get yourself over to the UK as I am sure that the Yorkshire beer would agree with you!

>76 harrygbutler: Thank you Harry. Yorkshire has gems like this scattered throughout its acres. Considered by many north of Watford in England as the frozen industrial North, we have so much to offer in terms of both culture and scenery.

Jul 5, 2017, 8:12pm Top

>77 Oberon: Thanks Erik. Another one I like is Fountains Abbey which is not so far away from there either close by the city of Ripon:

Jul 5, 2017, 8:16pm Top

>78 mmignano11: That really touched me, Mary Beth. You have always been a close pal in the group and I have been saddened over the last few years at how cruel life's cards have been dealt you and your family.

I am happy that a few uplifting words and the collective warmth of this lovely group has a positive influence. I know when I have been down and nearly out the 75ers have helped to lift me up, dust myself down and face up to the future invigorated, determined and with optimism. xxx

Jul 5, 2017, 9:36pm Top

Love the Yorkshire pictures. I've always wanted to visit the Dales.

Jul 5, 2017, 10:49pm Top

>83 laytonwoman3rd: One day Linda we should plan a giant 75 er meet-up there. xx

Jul 5, 2017, 11:09pm Top

Oh I added a book last night whilst I was waiting for Hani shop for ladies things in the pharmacy:

80. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling (1888) 284 pp

Why? It was an attractive Indian edition that was only $3. I also love reading Kipling.

Jul 5, 2017, 11:10pm Top

All those old monastery ruins. So picturesque, but sad too (to me) that so much beauty and history was lost due to the Dissolution. I've read a number of books recently that featured monastery ruins. The latest was When Falcons Fall, one of the recent entries in the St. Cyr historical mystery series. I laughed when I read this bit:

"It's beautiful," said Hero, pausing beside Sebastian at the edge of the meadow to gaze at the shattered cluster of monastic buildings. ... "What I wouldn't give to have seen it before Good Ole King Henry got his greedy hands on it."

"You mean, back when it was still crawling with smelly monks who delighted in burning witches and heretics and thought women the spawn of Satan?"

She laughed. "Yes. Then."

Jul 5, 2017, 11:28pm Top

>86 Storeetllr: Great quote Mary. It adequately serves to show the difficulty and complications of history don't you think?
Henry's fall out with Rome had as much to do with his penis than his principles but he didn't do things by half once he got started!

Jul 6, 2017, 1:43am Top

>85 PaulCranswick: Ooh I love the look of that edition Paul. Very tempting.

Jul 6, 2017, 8:56am Top

Not only monastry ruins in England... in 2011 we visited the monastry of Le Thoronet that was abandoned and restaured after the French Revolution. I found it a sad place, it really lacked people living there.
Later that vacation we visit a "living" monastry, Chartreuse de la Verne, that place felt so much better!

Jul 6, 2017, 10:27am Top

Edited: Jul 6, 2017, 10:40am Top

>85 PaulCranswick: Nice find, Paul! I'm gradually getting all my Kipling in uniform editions (unless unavailable in that edition) with this cover:

Jul 6, 2017, 12:24pm Top

>88 charl08: It was so tempting that I couldn't resist it, Charlotte. For some reason because it was printed in India meant that it was also extremely reasonable price wise.

>89 FAMeulstee: Oh I agree, Anita - there are some fabulous buildings of historic proportions in and throughout Europe. I love much of the architecture in France both ancient and modern.

Jul 6, 2017, 12:30pm Top

>90 Oberon: Erik, I have spent many happy hours in the town of Ripon which is close to Fountains Abbey. It has a great market square, is picturesque and boasts a magical horse racecourse.

Jul 6, 2017, 12:34pm Top

>91 harrygbutler: Someone who won an early Nobel Literature prize who has not been tossed on the scrapheap of history.

I can declaim his wonderful poem "If" and still get stirred by its wonderful mixture of sentiment, sensibility and lyricism.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Jul 6, 2017, 12:39pm Top

>94 PaulCranswick: A fine writer and a fine poem indeed, Paul. I'm fond of his poetry, quite enjoy his stories, and like his novels, too. I've not read everything he wrote, but I've read a good deal, and it's always a pleasure to get back to his work.

Jul 6, 2017, 12:59pm Top

>95 harrygbutler: He has been disparaged in recent times as an extoller and glorifier of Empire but his love of India was profound, genuine and eloquently expressed. For me a wonderful writer.

Jul 6, 2017, 5:54pm Top

>93 PaulCranswick:

Looks like the only thing missing is RIPPIN GOOD COOKIES which are made in its namesake, Ripon, Wisconsin.

Jul 6, 2017, 7:09pm Top

>97 m.belljackson: I was not aware of the cookies Marianne but Ripon has several great places to eat if I may plug them:

The Water Rat

This is the Water Rat Public House:

Jul 6, 2017, 7:53pm Top

Nice place! I'd love to visit someday.

Jul 6, 2017, 9:09pm Top

>99 drneutron: I can guarantee, Jim, the pub grub as we call it in England (the food served at the Inn) is really good.

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>96 PaulCranswick:
>95 harrygbutler:

IF was my sister's favorite poem and one I sent to her sons after her death.

The poem is great and memorable...but the author...?

...the "White Man's Burden" promotor
and close friend, while living in South Africa,
of racist murderer Cecil Rhodes, non?

His stories have some questionable leanings as well.

I've always loved "East is East and West is West..."

Jul 6, 2017, 9:27pm Top

I have always thought that the loss of all those Abby's hurt England more than helped it. Most of them were self-sustaining and more. They provided the locals with employment in the least and of course they sent money to Rome.

Someday I want to see what little remains of the Abby at Cluny. Man builds great things but then destroys them just as well.

Jul 7, 2017, 7:59am Top

Hi Paul!

I've never read any Kipling. I have Kim and The Jungle Books on my shelves, and obviously so many more out there. There are just too many books and too little time. Sigh.

I hope you have an excellent weekend.

Jul 7, 2017, 11:09am Top

>101 m.belljackson: Kipling was a creature of empire and of his time undoubtedly. Some of his views on the civilising nature of empire strike a discordant chord in today's more politically correct and equal world but I am not sure that it quite marks him as quite the racist he has been painted.
Given my own views of race and equality are in keeping with conventional notions of what is right I feel emboldened to suggest that Kipling - clearly a lover of India - would have been in my camp if he lived today.


Jul 7, 2017, 11:38am Top

>104 PaulCranswick: I haven't read that many of Kipling's books but the ones I've read I've loved. And I agree with you that his views was because of the time he lived in - they would be different if he had lived today. And his love of India is so apparent in his books you can't miss it.

Jul 7, 2017, 11:46am Top

>102 benitastrnad: Not sure that I see the advantage of them sending money to Rome, Benita. The dis-establishment of the monasteries is a rich part of British history and some of the ruins which remain are a testament to both the excesses of the catholic church and its grandeur too.

>103 karenmarie: I agree that there are more books than any of us, even Suz, Charlotte and Anita will have time to read. A small second or two for Kipling could be rewarding.

Jul 7, 2017, 11:46am Top

>104 PaulCranswick: I listened to a series of podcasts on post-colonial children's literature some time ago and they started with a look at Kipling as a baseline, not as an archetype of colonial literature, but because some of his views challenged conventional Victorian thinking. It was some years ago now and I can't remember much of the argument apart from the fact that Kipling was perhaps unfairly maligned.

Jul 7, 2017, 11:47am Top

>105 PawsforThought: He had such a direct way of addressing the reader especially in his stories that made them so readable, Paws. I am really enjoying his Plain Tales from the Hills at the moment.

Jul 7, 2017, 11:50am Top

>107 SandDune: There was perhaps a feeling on occasion that he was a touch on the jingoistic side, Rhian especially when it came to the Boer War and WW1 but in all fairness to him, the quiet stoic dignity and passion he demonstrated following the loss of his much beloved son, John, on the Western Front, showed a different side of the man.

Jul 7, 2017, 11:55am Top

>104 PaulCranswick: I am a fan of Kipling. Kim didn't hit the mark for me but I enjoyed almost all of the other books by him that I have read. I think you are correct in identifying him as more a product of his times than an unredeemable racist.

Jul 7, 2017, 12:31pm Top

>110 Oberon: Sometimes context is all Erik isn't it? For all the fine words of the American Declaration of Independence some of its leading lights Washington and Jefferson included were slave owners but I am fairly sure that if they were breathing the Virginian air of the 21st Century they would be aghast at such a prospect!

Jul 7, 2017, 12:43pm Top

>109 PaulCranswick: Have you seen the film "My Boy Jack" with David Haig as Kipling? I watched it last year and loved it - Haig was terrific in the role, and the story is so incredibly sad.

Jul 7, 2017, 12:59pm Top

>112 PawsforThought: I did Paws and thought it brilliant. Wasn't Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) John Kipling?

Jul 7, 2017, 1:03pm Top

>113 PaulCranswick: Yes, he was!

Edited: Jul 7, 2017, 1:37pm Top

>104 PaulCranswick:

Thanks for the link - since no Comments are included, was he accused of being an apologist...?

Online Searches for:

Rudyard Kipling (life);
Kipling a racist?
and Cecil Rhodes

lean toward Kipling agreement with Rhodes African racism
and horrific treatment of Black Africans during the ten years of long Winter vacations
spent at his mansion in South Africa.

As well, there are some jarring, eye-openers on interpretations of his books!

A well-mannered discussion here, though Mark Twain's rating of Rhodes clearly was not!

Jul 7, 2017, 1:20pm Top

>94 PaulCranswick: definitely a fave Paul.

Jul 7, 2017, 2:26pm Top

Happy Friday, Paul! Hope you and Hani have a lovely weekend!

Jul 7, 2017, 7:05pm Top

Congratulations on thread #20, Paul! Glad to see that life is looking up these days and sending your belated congratulations on your recent weight loss. Wishing you a fabulous weekend.

Jul 7, 2017, 8:18pm Top

>114 PawsforThought: I thought so. I remember the show being really moving, Paws.

>115 m.belljackson: Now if the discussion was of Cecil Rhodes then my response could well have been very different. I won't get into ends and means to try and excuse some of Rhodes' excesses and certainly Zimbabwe today shows very little sign of having learned from a "civilising hand"! With North Korea, Somalia, Chad, Syria, Libya and Yemen as the countries I am not overly keen to visit in the next two weeks! How much that blame should be allocated to Rhodes, I cannot say but his legacy, if that is what it was, in Africa did little to help relations between the respective races subsequently.

Jul 7, 2017, 8:21pm Top

>116 Caroline_McElwee: I used to be able to recite it all through but as I get older I have to keep checking that I am not missing out things or adding things in a Kipling style. xx

>117 ChelleBearss: Lovely to see my favourite new mum out and about on the threads already. xx

>118 lkernagh: Thanks Lori. I am expecting a busy Saturday but hopefully an extremely restful Sunday.

Jul 7, 2017, 9:16pm Top

>119 PaulCranswick:

Yes, glad that you did not accept the invitation to relocate to Zimbabwe or we might not be corresponding!

Even the best of intentions could not save us or the people from the legacy of Mugabe or Idi Amin...or Mr. Rhodesia.

Jul 7, 2017, 9:31pm Top

>121 m.belljackson: The latter may be a reaction to the former Marianne but it doesn't make it any less unpleasant. xx

Jul 8, 2017, 7:04am Top

Hi Paul!

Great discussion about Mr. Kipling and now my interest is piqued. I'm busy with prep for the RL book club meeting at my house on Sunday, but will see what I can do later this month!

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Mr. Federer plays today, but we're meeting friends for lunch so will probably miss most of it. Sigh.

Jul 8, 2017, 10:59am Top

>98 PaulCranswick:

Oddly named for a restaurant (!), but looks VERY inviting.

Ripon, Wisconsin, is also famous as the Birthplace of that (now infamous)

anti-slavery political party, The Republicans.

Fierce abolitionists, like your Wilberforce, they were...

Jul 8, 2017, 12:08pm Top

>120 PaulCranswick: I am able to make small appearances right now because babe is super sleepy still and giving us lots of sleep and down time. I imagine in a couple weeks she will wake up and stay awake a lot longer. Enjoying the quiet while I can :-)

Jul 8, 2017, 1:15pm Top

Hopefully your Saturday wasn't as busy as you had expected, but I do so hope you'll enjoy a restful Sunday anyway. I'm using Wimbeldon as my excuse for not doing any chores today, but I will pay for my slothfulness tomorrow since they don't play on Sundays so I won't have any excuses... unless the weather is so nice I have absolutely no choice other than to go to the lake for a swim, read and nap. That's a valid excuse reason, right?

Jul 8, 2017, 3:33pm Top

>123 karenmarie: Pleased to see that I have piqued your interest in the UK's first Nobel Laureate.

Federer had a tough looking draw with Zverev but came through in quite a polished manner as per normal.

>124 m.belljackson: Interesting that about Ripon, Wisconsin being the birth of the Republican Party. 1854 in a Ripon, Wisconsin schoolhouse and now we have trump representing the GOP.

Jul 8, 2017, 3:35pm Top

>125 ChelleBearss: Chelle I can almost feel you typing as quietly as possible so as not to wake the baby!

>126 cameling: Maybe no excuse Caro but Sunday should be the day that Ed takes you out to breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Jul 8, 2017, 3:57pm Top

Hi Paul, lovely start to Root's captaincy with a cracking 190 although both Ballance and Bairstow failed with the bat. Yorkshire got off to a good start in the T20 last night with a good win over Notts after scoring 227 for 5 but disappointing to go down to a Three run loss today against Derbyshire, hope this is not going to be a pattern.

Hope you and Hani and the kids are having a good weekend mate, the weather has been good here for the last few days and hopefully it will stay this way. We had a lovely day out in the heart of the Dales on Thursday, you can't beat God's Own Country for the scenery and the people although the sheep need to learn the Green Cross Code and roadside etiquette.

Jul 8, 2017, 8:29pm Top

Hi Paul, just trying to catch up a tad and wanted to wave hello before I missed any more threads of yours. I wish you the best of luck this month and a lovely weekend. I've been enjoying Wimbledon when I can watch it and am rooting for Federer as the old guard to come through. Certainly seems like it could be any of the top 4's game, and the women's is looking incredibly competitive as well.

Jul 8, 2017, 11:17pm Top

>129 johnsimpson: Let's see what Ballance does in the second innings mate but I am still a bit grumpy that he got picked and left Yorkshire with our top three batsmen all playing for England.
You are right about the sheep someone really ought to organise lessons for them!

>130 bell7: Lovely to see you, Mary, as I have missed you around the threads lately.

I think that the mens and women's draws are really open. Apart from the top four, I think Raonic, Dimitrov, Thiem, Cilic and possibly Zverev are not without a chance either.

In the ladies draw I really have no idea who will win it.

Jul 9, 2017, 1:58am Top

You are chatting up a storm, Paul. Did you have this week off?

Jul 9, 2017, 6:49am Top

Hi, Paul. Just checking in. Hope you had a good weekend. Are you getting plenty of reading in?

Jul 9, 2017, 8:26am Top

Happy Sunday, Paul. I just try to find my way back on LT.

Jul 9, 2017, 9:11am Top

Happy Sunday!

Jul 9, 2017, 12:30pm Top

>132 Familyhistorian: No Meg. Last week was extremely busy and this one looks like it will follow suit!

I am down with a touch of flu (more likely a heavy cold) but did spend a few quality hours with Hani out at a new mall that she likes. Bought her a couple of items of apparel and she got herself a pair of shoes (it is bad luck according to the Chinese to buy your lover footwear otherwise they will walk away from you). We also had a really good Thai meal for supper. We have had some stresses and strains lately with me working hard to get my businesses back on track and she missing the attention and worried about things too. It was good therefore to put those things aside today despite me being under the weather.

>133 msf59: Nowehere near enough reading, Mark. My habit of starting things I am not finishing is getting worse although I don think that Miss Buncle's Book may save me!

Jul 9, 2017, 12:31pm Top

>134 Ameise1: Lovely to see you back, Barbara. I have missed you loads.

>135 The_Hibernator: And the same to you Rachel. xx

Jul 9, 2017, 1:00pm Top

>137 PaulCranswick: Thanks so much, Paul. It's good being back.

Jul 9, 2017, 1:05pm Top

>>> handkerchief...

Glad you got some time with Hani this weekend Paul.

Jul 9, 2017, 7:47pm Top

>138 Ameise1: You are more than welcome, Barbara - your warmth and thoughtfulness are always much missed when RL gets the better of you occasionally.

>139 Caroline_McElwee: Hehehe Caroline. Still feeling a little under the weather this morning (it is Monday morning here) and I hope that I can shake it off quickly.

Jul 9, 2017, 9:26pm Top

Hi Paul! Just trying to catch up on what's new with my friends. Glad you had some time with Hani and that she bought the shoes. LOL. Hope you feel better ASAP. Hugs buddy.

Jul 9, 2017, 9:29pm Top

Feel better soon, Paul. Stress can compromise your immune system.

Jul 9, 2017, 9:52pm Top

>141 Berly: I am already feeling much better, Kimmers and a post from you will certainly help me along too!

>142 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks Linda. I think that generally I handle stress reasonably well but you could be right about the immune system.

Jul 10, 2017, 6:49am Top

Happy Monday, Paul! I hope you're already feeling much better! It sounds like you had a lovely day with Hani - wonderful.

Jul 10, 2017, 8:13am Top

Hi Paul, just checking in. I've been sucked into the genealogy black hole for a few days, but have resurfaced for a break and back to reading books.

Jul 10, 2017, 10:04am Top

>144 scaifea: It was a nice day, Amber. We have had some tough days recently so it was good to get back into a better groove yesterday. I happened to say to Hani last night as we were getting snuggled into bed : "Wow we went the whole days without fighting today sweetheart". She looked at me an smiled and said; "It is 11:50 don't speak too soon there is another ten minutes left yet!"

>145 avatiakh: Lovely to see you Kerry having climbed down from your family tree!

Jul 10, 2017, 10:29am Top

I hope you ended up with a fight free day, Paul! Enjoy the Miss Buncle book. I found it charming and over way too soon.

Jul 10, 2017, 11:02am Top

>147 Familyhistorian: I am really enjoying it Meg. It is pure and unadulterated wholesome enjoyment. xx

Jul 10, 2017, 3:50pm Top

Alas, poor RAFA - yet, he had the courage to show up at Wimbledon, unlike a No-Show at Roland Garros...

Jul 10, 2017, 4:01pm Top

Hope you are feeling better, Paul. And hooray for fight-free days!

Jul 10, 2017, 7:06pm Top

>149 m.belljackson: Muller was a revelation, Marianne as many other players would have wilted under Nadal's comeback. He stood his ground and just about deserved it. Whether he can now beat Cilic who is playing very well is doubtful though. Murray came through without overly impressing whilst FedEx looked pretty awesome against Dimitrov.

>150 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda. I am almost back to normal and will be all the better for not wearing boxing gloves!

Jul 11, 2017, 6:39am Top

>146 PaulCranswick: Ha! So how did that last 10 minutes go...?

Jul 11, 2017, 12:13pm Top

>152 scaifea: Hahaha I survived!

Jul 11, 2017, 12:19pm Top

Hello Paul! I hope you feel better soon.

>1 PaulCranswick: I love the topper as well as the cathedral shots in >31 PaulCranswick: and >81 PaulCranswick:.

Jul 11, 2017, 12:36pm Top

>154 brodiew2: Thanks Brodie. I am a little chesty today but hopefully tomorrow will see me in better form.

Jul 11, 2017, 2:09pm Top

Greetings, Paul.

Jul 11, 2017, 6:05pm Top

>146 PaulCranswick: Ha!! Hani is so cute!!

Jul 11, 2017, 7:35pm Top

>156 EBT1002: Thank you, Ellen, dear.

>157 ChelleBearss: Tell me about it, Chelle!

Jul 11, 2017, 7:44pm Top

Hope you are well upon the road to recovery, Paul!

Jul 11, 2017, 7:50pm Top

>159 ronincats: A little bit achy and chesty Roni but I have had a lot worse recently! Hopefully I will be ok in the next couple of days. xx

Jul 12, 2017, 2:04pm Top

Both Murray and the Joker bite the dust today. Murray was hampered by a hip injury but well done to Sam Querry whose game is ideal for the surface at Wimbledon. I think Cilic is on fire and believe that he will face FedEx in the final.

Come on Jo Konta tomorrow against Venus.

Jul 12, 2017, 2:28pm Top

>161Therefore Federer won. Big smile.

Jul 12, 2017, 4:49pm Top

Dropped by to catch up on your thread today. As always I enjoyed the conversation and feel educated about places and authors I am somewhat unfamiliar with. I so enjoy your pictures also. I have so little time I can't seem to get my own books listed on here but I am reading quite a bit. Mostly mysteries and detective novels, and hope I can get in here to list my recent reading and review them before I get hopelessly behind. Glad to report that most of the work of moving is done, although I have the organizing of my crafts ahead of me. A necessity as I hope to sell them over the next few months and right through the holidays! Maybe I can manage to get a picture on here with the nice new phone my husband got me. I actually went about a year without one and I can honestly say I didn't miss it! I needed a break from the constant onslaught of technology and I feel somewhat proud of myself for getting by without a phone and cable. I don't like to depend too much on anything like that. But I am enjoying being able to look things up on Google at will...

Jul 12, 2017, 5:29pm Top

This is a topsy-turvy Wimbledon. Perfect for Roger, though. As always, not sorry to see the back of Murray or Djokovic. The Rafa match hurt, but Muller certainly deserved it (and I wasn't sure that he wasn't going to pull through against Cilic as they were in the 4th set). I honestly wouldn't mind any of them winning the whole thing except Berdych, and luckily I don't see that happening!

Jul 12, 2017, 6:22pm Top

>164 ursula: Agreed re Rafa and Muller. I was, as usual, pulling for Rafa, but what a match Muller played. He did deserve it.

Jul 12, 2017, 8:26pm Top

>162 Ameise1: Barbara, Federer has been picture perfect to date. I expect him to make the final at least although I am very impressed with Cilic this time and wouldn't be surprised if he wins.

>163 mmignano11: I am always happy to see you posting Mary Beth and your own contributions to the discourse hardly lowers the tone! I am not a lover of mobile phones but they are increasingly a necessity! I appreciate my privacy but these things impinge upon it more than a little. Business requires a mobile nowadays but I do like to shake things up and go off grid from time to time!

Jul 12, 2017, 8:29pm Top

>164 ursula: I agree with you Ursula about Berdych. Nothing wrong with him per se but he does come across as a bit of a automaton at times. Cannot see him troubling Federer but I do see Cilic troubling him.

>165 jnwelch: It is quieter this year without Nadal grunting and screeching into the last days of the thing. Admire him a lot but all that noise is a bit off putting. Same with the ladies - Konta will hopefully win without too much squealing.

Jul 13, 2017, 6:55am Top

Hi Paul! I hope you're fully recovered from the flu.

I had the great good fortune to be able to just sit and watch without interruption the Murray-Querrey and Federer-Raonic matches yesterday and the bit with Djoker before he had to retire.

I'm a Roger fan all the way, but Berdych has given him fits in the past so will be glad when that match is over with Roger heading to the finals. I'm rooting for Querrey, too. He played beautifully. It will be an interesting matchup between Yosemite Sam and Marin - I didn't realize that they are both 6'6" until just now.

I'm rooting for Jo Konta, too, simply because it's time for another British woman to be in the mix.

And no screeching and grunting and yowling is good.

>146 PaulCranswick: I do hope you managed the last 10 minutes to make it the whole day!

Jul 13, 2017, 12:08pm Top

>168 karenmarie: I am almost back to normal, Karen, if I could ever be described as such!

Querrey did play magnificently against Murray and I actually don't think the latter's hip niggle should detract from a wonderful achievement by the big American. It will be a real slugfest against Marin Cilic. Since Cilic was my tip to win the event from the very beginning I will follow up still on cheering him on. Of course I want Federer to prevail against Berdych.

Konta has just lost to Venus which was sad but she just couldn't hit the heights she did against Halep. Venus had the rub a little bit at crucial times but fair play and a testament to her tenacity and concentration considering the fatal traffic accident she was involved in just before the event.

My dear wife is liable to turn her mood at any moment but I am pleased to report that the weather in that particular direction has been amazingly serene the whole week thus far!

Jul 13, 2017, 12:56pm Top

>167 PaulCranswick:

Maybe all those 'sounds' give RAFA's female fans something to dream about...?

Jul 13, 2017, 1:31pm Top

Since I am feeling a little better and my better half insisted I meet her this evening in the KLCC Twin Towers, I couldn't resist a visit to my own a-religious Mecca - the Kinokuniya bookstore. Came away with ten books and made the young lady at the cashier desk squeeze the books into one bag so that Hani would under-exaggerate the number bought - didn't work!

Here is what I added:

81. Augustown by Kei Miller (2016) 237 pp

Why? Jamaican writing is in vogue and Miller may be following Marlon James to fame. This won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2017.

82. The Bickford Fuse by Andrey Kurkov (2009) 343 pp

Why? The Guardian calls Kurkov a Ukrainian Murakami, whilst the back cover blurb reckons the novel is "Catch-22 meets The Brothers Karamazov". Intriguing non?

83. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (2013) 537 pp

Why? I am in the mood for some fantasy. A "dreamwalker operating in ...London". Last time I became a dream walker I walked straight into a lamppost!

84. The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu (2016) 852 pp

Why? Because I am gambling that I shall enjoy the first instalment of this series to which today's book is the second. Bloody long book if I am wrong!

85. Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe (1997) 235 pp

Why? Surely not a question you would ask a lady of only mild acquaintance? The Daily Mail reckon it "Very, very funny"; I disagree with that publication on almost everything so I hope this is an exception.

86. A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (2014) 198 pp

Why? The author is internationally acclaimed and this made the Man International Prize shortlist despite a fairly ropey title.

87. Nutshell by Ian McEwan (2016) 199 pp

Why? McEwan can be hit an miss for me but I always have high hopes of each new book he has published which vary from awe to bore.

88. The Prospector by J.M.G. Le Clezio (1985) 340 pp

Why? A Nobel winner I haven't yet read.

89. First Among Equals by Jeffrey Archer (1984) 466 pp

Why? I always thought Lord Archer to be an abhorrent little shit. I met him recently in Kuala Lumpur at a breakfast meeting and had to reluctantly admit he was a charming abhorrent little shit. Therefore I have folded from thirty years of avoiding his writing like it contained the plague.

90. The Power by Naomi Alderman (2016) 339 pp

Why? "All over the world women are discovering they have the power." Surprised this was in the fiction section, hehehe!
I better keep this book away from Hani otherwise she'll be flicking her fingers!

Jul 13, 2017, 1:33pm Top

>170 m.belljackson: Hahaha Marianne. The really divine looking ladies of the courts like Daniela Hantchukova were always so silent which is probably for the best considering that I already have trouble sleeping!

Edited: Jul 13, 2017, 1:49pm Top

Here are the books:

Jul 13, 2017, 2:33pm Top

>173 PaulCranswick: Great looking catches, Paul. Enjoy them!

Edited: Jul 13, 2017, 5:40pm Top

I went to the library and came out with six titles. I didn't have to pay for them! Isn't that wonderful!

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Kushiel's Dart by Carey
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Borderline by Mishell Baker
Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

I also bought 3 books at the Used Booksstore
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Song Yet Sung by James McBride
Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies

I took part of the afternoon off to go borrow money to buy a car and came home with books. And no car. Go figure!

Jul 13, 2017, 7:45pm Top

>174 ffortsa: Lovely to see you Judy. A bit more like my old self in the book store yesterday. The owners will doubtless be breathing a sigh of relief!

>175 benitastrnad: I took part of the afternoon off to go borrow money to buy a car and came home with books. And no car. Go figure!
You are among like minded individuals, Benita; perfectly understandable. Start a new chapter, with your car!

Jul 13, 2017, 8:44pm Top

>173 PaulCranswick: Great haul. I've read the Shannon and the Alderman, both were good,the Shannon gets a bit bleak for a while. I went to a Naomi Alderman event when I was in London a few years back, she's a very amusing and interesting speaker.
I have the David Grossman book on request at the library, it will be my third attempt at making time to read it.

Jul 13, 2017, 9:59pm Top

>177 avatiakh: I was pleased with the new books on the shelves in the bookstore yesterday but it rewarded me for not having visited for far too long.

Jul 14, 2017, 12:49am Top

Hi Paul. Glad you are over the bug you had and that you survived the last ten minutes with Hani. Nice books. I like the squeeze-it-in-one-bag trick. : )

Jul 14, 2017, 5:03am Top

>173 PaulCranswick: nice haul. I'm sure Hani is wise to the slight bit of hand Paul.

Jul 14, 2017, 7:32am Top

Hi Paul!

I am amused at your futile attempt to deceive Hani. My husband just shakes his head most of the time, but is always genuinely happy for me when I score big at the Friends of the Library Sales.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Jul 14, 2017, 7:39am Top

Hasn't Wimbledon been fun this year? I copied the Federer/Raonic match and watched it after work that day and was absolutely blown away by Federer's performance. Sadly I won't be able to watch the semis (and I've decided not to record them since it would mean staying up *really* late tonight), but I plan on following and will watch both finals this weekend. I was sorry Konta lost, but Venus vs. Muguruza in the final should be excellent.

Jul 14, 2017, 12:09pm Top

>179 Berly: She is wise already to such shenanigans, Kimmers! I actually took a calculated risk because with so many of her friends in attendance I knew I could get away with the small liberty of a few books.

>180 Caroline_McElwee: Slight sleight of hand doesn't work on her eagle eyes, Caroline, unfortunately.

Jul 14, 2017, 12:12pm Top

>181 karenmarie: Small deceits are surely allowed Karen?! I am positive that Hani tracks me via my mobile phone as she has been able to catch me out on a number of occasions when I had assured her that a certain bill had been paid etc! Heaven forbid I had a bigger secret to keep!

>182 bell7: It has indeed Mary. Just seen my tip Cilic power past a brave Querrey and am now lapping up FedEx & Berdych trade breaks.

Jul 14, 2017, 6:08pm Top

Stopping by to get caught up. Sorry to read you have been "under the weather" but happy to see everything else is looking good or at least up.

Jul 14, 2017, 8:59pm Top

>185 lkernagh: Lori, I am more perky in terms of being optimistic to life, business and overall well being than probably any time in the last three difficult years. Only wish I could start finishing a few books!

Jul 14, 2017, 9:13pm Top

This is why I am a bit stuck reading wise. Books I have started but not yet finished.

Jul 15, 2017, 1:38am Top

>187 PaulCranswick: I know that feeling, I am reading 8 books right now too.

Jul 15, 2017, 3:47am Top

Happy wrekend, Paul. When will you move to the UK?

Jul 15, 2017, 8:15am Top

Hi Paul! Yikes. 8 books on the go. I've 'only' got 5, and one of those is a year-long Bible as Literature project.

I'm so glad to see you be able to write I am more perky in terms of being optimistic to life, business and overall well being than probably any time in the last three difficult years.

Jul 15, 2017, 10:17am Top

>187 PaulCranswick: Started to read eight books...? I would never be able to leave that many unfinished, Paul ;-)
Not finished because they are not that interesting, or just because you like to start something new?

Jul 15, 2017, 10:24am Top

>187 PaulCranswick: sorry to see you are also in a reading slump. I only have one on the go but I don't see it getting finished anytime soon, although I am enjoying what little I have read of it so far

Jul 15, 2017, 11:59am Top

Good morning, Paul!! Glad you are healthy again and that life's outlook is feeling more promising today. Eight books waiting for you is wonderful! Books are our best friends. They don't whine about neglect; they just sit there patiently waiting, at our beck and call (aren't they nice that way?), so when you find the time, they will be there, filled with adventure, insights and humor. : ) Happy tennis watching.

Jul 15, 2017, 6:06pm Top

Hi Paul, I also have several slow books on the go, so I picked up a Gerald Seymour last night instead.

Edited: Jul 15, 2017, 8:14pm Top

According to my LT tally I am reading 11 books right now, but that is because I haven't updated the list. I am actively reading 7 at the moment.

Into the Wild for my real life book discussion group
Kushiel's Dart because I escape into science fiction/fantasy
Gas City my commute book I listen to in the car
52 Loaves for Chatterbox's Non-Fiction Challenge
Wanderlust started for a previous non-fiction challenge topic of Suz's devising
Summerland my book to read during lunch hour at work and for the American Author Challenge of a few months ago
Warleggan because I love the Poldark TV series and want to read the books

Jul 15, 2017, 8:32pm Top

>188 Familyhistorian: And the problem is I am making progress with them and quite like most of the books but I am so distracted that I am not able to really push on as I would like. Normal times I would have plenty of reading time in the car but nowadays I seem bombarded by phone calls there and it seems to spread to my usually quieter moments.

>189 Ameise1: That is a good question, Barbara. Some of the exchanges I had in the UK with my brother and subsequently have made me think long and hard about the direction I want to go in. I have a company here with an order book of $25 million and despite plenty of challenges there are a lot of positives about moving forward. My brother has a profitable business in the UK which he wishes to grow and knows that I can help him do so. The Project Management company we wish to replicate in the UK he sees parochially as a way of servicing his own company and giving contractual advice to his clique. I would always see things large project based. His turnover with a good margin is around $5 million and it could definitely sustain me comfortably in the UK but I would have very little freedom of movement.

My disenchantment with Malaysia and the business mores that I was forced to experience have made me a little tougher and, I hope, a little wiser. It also means that companies I fought so hard to rescue are not easily relinquished when I have helped them turn a corner.

I suppose the upshot is that I am a bit conflicted but am not planning just for the moment to relocate permanently.

Jul 15, 2017, 8:36pm Top

>190 karenmarie: Karen, I have actually got 10 on the go as I did not add The Family of Pascal Duarte and Their Eyes are Watching God which wouldn't give me a cover picture yesterday for some bizarre reason.

>191 FAMeulstee: It is simply because my mind is in scatter brain or scatter gun mode! I hope to get many of them done in the next week as that would make my reading figures look a little more respectable.

Jul 15, 2017, 8:40pm Top

>192 ChelleBearss: Well you do have a pretty marvellous reason to be distracted Chelle!

>193 Berly: Mine do seem to be grumbling, Kimmers! Too many and for too long!

I was pleased that the Spanish lady won yesterday although I was mightily surprised that Venus capitulated so dramatically.
I have been tipping Cilic for a while and I will stick with him over FedEx today although I will not be at all disappointed if Roger wins a record eighth title.

I am also enjoying Le Tour. Froome grabbed back the Yellow Jersey yesterday in the most open race I can remember. I would like Romain Bardet to give France its first winner since 1985.

Jul 15, 2017, 8:45pm Top

>194 avatiakh: Reliable page turning thrillers are one sure way of breaking a rut, Kerry. I might follow you in that respect too. xx

>195 benitastrnad: Some quite compelling stuff there I would have thought, Benita!

Jul 15, 2017, 8:49pm Top

I had hoped that Venus Williams would win. But, as they say, on any given day ...

Your musings on Malaysia are interesting. Both countries have their advantages, but don't base your decision about your companies on anything other than finances. You and your wife are resourceful and resliliant people. Those qualities will help you to live a full and fulfilled life anywhere you choose to live. Make your decision based on what you and Hani want for your future

Jul 15, 2017, 8:59pm Top

>200 benitastrnad: Thank you for that Benita. Sound advice I feel. That is pretty much how I feel to be honest. I occasionally have a strong yearning for the UK - my mother, twin brother, its books, its seasons, some friends and the Yorkshire air - but I also love this country which adopted me 23 years ago.

Jul 16, 2017, 2:56am Top

>196 PaulCranswick: Thanks for your explanation, Paul. I was just wondering because you showed us photos from the house etc earlier this year and therefore I thought it's a definitive project.

Jul 16, 2017, 11:16am Top

If you want the best of both worlds, Paul, I think staying in Malaysia with regular travels to the UK would be the best option... The only real advantage of moving to the UK would be that you are close to your mother.

Jul 16, 2017, 1:43pm Top

>202 Ameise1: Well it was very close to becoming actuality Barbara. I do feel that had my brother's vision coincided with my own I may have upped sticks as soon as I paid off the high-interest loan.

>203 FAMeulstee: Yes that does appeal, Anita. I am hoping that a project in England will launch me back there in just the manner you advise.

Jul 16, 2017, 1:56pm Top

Last night I was watching a travel program on my local public television station (the same kind of station programming as BBC - or thereabouts) and the travel person visited Gladstone's library. The travel host stated that the Gladstone library was in Yorkshire. I thought Gladstone was Welch? The library looked amazing and the director of the library said that anybody can go there. They also said that his library was the model for the US Presidential Archieves and library system. Anyway, it is one of the places I would put on a list to visit in the Yorkshire Dales.

Jul 16, 2017, 7:45pm Top

>205 benitastrnad: Gladstone was actually born in Liverpool of Scots ancestry, although he did live in his later years and die in North Wales.

It is in the small North Wales town of Hawarden that the Gladstone Library is situated. In 1895 he gave the then princely sum of £40,000 and some 35,000 books to help found the library which was known as St. Deiniol's Library until 2010. As far as I know he had little association with Yorkshire.

Jul 16, 2017, 7:50pm Top

Doctor Who has two hearts, can travel in time, can regenerate himself and is virtually immortal. Why on earth therefore should it occasion any surprise that he can in fact become a woman!

Good luck to Jodie Whittaker who will be the 13th Doctor.

Jul 16, 2017, 7:51pm Top

Many tennis fans will be happy also that Mr. Federer has now won a remarkable 8th Wimbledon titles. Thoroughly deserved as my tip from the last 16, Marian Cilic was overcome and a little overawed by the whole thing.

Jul 16, 2017, 8:37pm Top

>207 PaulCranswick: I'm as cautiously optimistic as always about a new Doctor. I hope she's given better material to work with than her predecessor was.

Jul 16, 2017, 8:39pm Top

Hi, Paul! Hope you had a good weekend. I am glad to see you trying a James McBride. Others have enjoyed Song Yet Sung, so I hope you can finish it.

Jul 16, 2017, 8:49pm Top

I saw also that Dr Who has a new writer, Moffat has retired.

Paul, I just started The rules of backyard cricket and think it might be one you like, an easy crime read with lashings of cricket.

Jul 17, 2017, 2:21am Top

Yay for Federer and yay for a new writer on the Doctor! Happy Monday, Paul. Have a great week.

Jul 17, 2017, 3:32am Top

Hi Paul!

I was very glad that Federer won. Even had Cilic not had blisters and been a bit overawed, I think Roger would have won. He was playing so beautifully. And I was happy to see Muguruza win. Venus collapsed in the 2nd set, but Garbine's first set win was convincing and well earned, IMO.

I hope you have a great week!

Jul 17, 2017, 5:17am Top

>211 avatiakh: Moffat went to my daughters' school. He came back to give a speech and presentations on a prize giving day and was very interesting - especially as he was interrupted by a very impressive working model Dalek created by a robotics lecturer and his son at the University.

Edited: Jul 17, 2017, 11:16am Top

Good morning, Paul! I hope you are having a good one.

>187 PaulCranswick: I started Song Yet Sung a couple of years ago, but put it down do something else. I am going to return to it because I enjoyed the hypnotic style.

>207 PaulCranswick: My initial response was: Because he's a man! But, that only lasted for a few minutes. Whittaker looks the part; both beautiful and fierce. I hope she is not too severe and that the Doctor's mania is able to shine through.

Jul 17, 2017, 11:34am Top

Strange - as the program was all about vacation/tourist spots in Yorkshire. However, the program did start out in Liverpool, so perhaps that is the reason why it was included in that program. It was fascinating, and the idea that the general public can go to an archive of that nature and see the stuff is really great.

Jul 17, 2017, 3:44pm Top

Hi Paul, hope you had a good weekend mate and to be honest I have no words to describe England's performance in this Test Match, less said the better I think.

Will you select the next squad mate?

Jul 17, 2017, 7:44pm Top

I was in Federer's camp the whole way and I was pleased as punch when he won yesterday! He was looking really great during the whole tournament and he really did look much like his younger self when he ruled the tennis world. I would love for him to play in the US Open and win that as well so he gets a nice round 20 Slams. After that, if he wants to step down and let the younger players step up, that'd be fine with me because I can't see anyone beating his records any time soon.

Jul 17, 2017, 8:42pm Top

Wow! I am anxious to see what our female Dr Who brings to the series! I personally enjoyed Christopher Eccleston (sp?) and David Tenant(my favorite) and am having some trouble imagining the Dr. as a woman. I think the writers did well with making Tenant vulnerable and I'm not sure whether they will go the opposite way with a female DR? Should be interesting. Paul, I am interested that you chose First Among Equals as it is a rather old book not that we don't always read books from other centuries even but he strikes me as a rather dated writer like Harold Robbins or Jaqueline Suzanne. Not really a timeless type of writer. Is that making sense?

Jul 17, 2017, 10:55pm Top

Ooh, are you staying on in this neck of the woods, neighbour? I don't know why it should make a difference, since we haven't managed to meet (yet) in real life, but it's nice to feel that you're near by.

Jul 18, 2017, 10:41am Top

>213 karenmarie: In no way was I heartbroken that Federer won but I felt a little sorry for Cilic who had done so well to reach the final only to fail to do himself proper justice.

The Spanish lady clearly had Venus' measure and I actually think that Konta may have coped with her style a little better.

>214 sirfurboy: When all is said and done the Doctor Who franchise has seen some wonderfully imaginative writing over the years. Daleks, Cybermen and the like have given us tremendous thrills and spills - The Master and UNIT and the creative juices that premised the Time Lords have certainly been a great addition to British television.

Jul 18, 2017, 10:46am Top

>215 brodiew2: Nice to see you Brodie. I am enjoying Song Yet Sung and will probably finish it before the weekend along with Miss Buncle's Book.

A few years ago it would have been inconceivable that a lady would have gotten cast as The Doctor but she seems to fit the role and we haven't even seen her perform yet. Science Fiction surely should celebrate innovation!

>216 benitastrnad: Gladstone doesn't easily and often get associated with Liverpool, Benita. I suppose North Wales and Midlothian would more immediately spring to mind, but I really wouldn't put him even as a token or honorary Yorkshireman.

Jul 18, 2017, 10:52am Top

>217 johnsimpson: "Rubbish" springs to mind when I think of their performance John. I believe that the axe needs to fall on Jennings, Dawson and Wood at the very least and I would rather like Ballance to return to bolster Yorkshire's ranks. My XI for the next test:


>218 cameling: Magnificent Federer has been without a shadow of a doubt. The most elegant and complete player I have ever seen play the game. McEnroe on his day was sublime but Federer would have beaten him more often than not.

Jul 18, 2017, 10:55am Top

>219 mmignano11: My own favourites:

1 Tom Baker
2 Jon Pertwee
3 David Tennant
4 Patrick Troughton

I like books on political intrigues, Mary Beth, which may explain my choice. He is a bit pulpish as a writer but I chose one on the basis that I had met him recently and - despite myself a little - actually enjoyed his company.

>220 humouress: We will be near neighbours a while longer and I really must get down to you for a long, long, long, long overdue meet-up!

Jul 18, 2017, 2:50pm Top

>221 PaulCranswick:

All those Federer accolades don't include clay, eh? non?

Jul 18, 2017, 3:19pm Top

Malaysian new reaching our country: I saw at the news sites that a daughter of a Malaysian Sultan is going to marry a good looking Dutch guy :-)

Jul 18, 2017, 3:49pm Top

I forgot to mention to you mate that if you are giving Jeffrey Archer a try with one of his best early ones give his latest series a try, The Clifton Chronicles. I have loved this series set over 100 years, it was supposed to be a five book journey but after completing the third he knew he would have to expand it to seven books to do the story justice. This set of books have gone back to his early days when he was at the top of his game, I have the last to read and want to savour it.

Jul 18, 2017, 3:52pm Top

>223 PaulCranswick:, Hi Paul, your test squad selection just about mirrors the one me and Rob have just chatted about, we had two differences. I agree with Stoneman as opener especially on his home ground and as for Hildreth, I do not know what the lad has to do to get selected as he has batted well for the last ten years.

Jul 18, 2017, 5:12pm Top

>222 PaulCranswick: I've been - it's beautifully quiet for writing. The library also has a book festival - I was really tempted. Maybe next year.

Edited: Jul 18, 2017, 9:03pm Top

>222 PaulCranswick: According to this PBS documentary website, Gladstone was born in Liverpool. Unless someone was particularly careless with their phrasing:

"Then in his middle eighties, his vision and hearing failing, he retired to his estate and vast library at Hawarden, near Liverpool, his birthplace. "

I know our own caroline_mcelwee has stayed at the Gladstone Library from time to time. The idea of a residential library is almost irresistible, isn't it?

Jul 19, 2017, 2:11am Top

>225 m.belljackson: To be fair to Federer, Marianne, he has won 11 clay court titles from 26 finals and has reached a total of 5 French Open finals (he lost four to Nadal and won one).

>226 FAMeulstee: Most states of Malaysia (Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Perak, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis) have Sultanates so there are always plenty of Royal Weddings here!

Jul 19, 2017, 2:14am Top

>227 johnsimpson: I am not really a fan of the genre John but I was persuaded to try by having had an enjoyable breakast with him!

>228 johnsimpson: Ballance is ruled out anyway but I hope they do make four changes as the performance the other day was simply not good enough.
Hildreth is probably the most deserving of a belated chance but I have a feeling that his time is gone. Either of the Overton twins would be fine and Curran could also be good with the test location being where it is. I like Stoneman and Denly and Northeast so let us see what they do.

Jul 19, 2017, 2:21am Top

>229 charl08: I would like to go there too Charlotte and I am sure that I would appreciate it.

>230 laytonwoman3rd: Linda - I have always enjoyed political biography and remember reading an extremely long one of Gladstone by Roy Jenkins. Certainly he was born in Liverpool although I don't think that he really classed himself as a son of the city. Hawarden in North Wales is also the schooling place of the Leeds and Wales footballer Gary Speed who tragically killed himself a few years ago, the famous England footlballer Michael Owen also grew up there as did Lady Hamilton whose lover Lord Nelson was less than beloved of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Jul 19, 2017, 6:22am Top

Just a drive by wave.

Jul 19, 2017, 8:28am Top

Hi Paul!

It is always fun to try to imagine tennis greats of the past with modern day equipment and fitness training - without both they wouldn't fare well.

I hope your week is going well and that you're getting close to finishing some of the books you've got going!

Jul 19, 2017, 8:48am Top

David Tennant is my favorite Dr. Who. We've been watching his excellent acting in Broadchurch. He was also a great villain (Kilgrave) in the Jessica Jones series.

Debbi, who has never watched Dr. Who, now wants to, once the female doctor, Jodie Whitaker, starts. She plays the mother in Broadchurch beautifully.

Jul 19, 2017, 2:35pm Top

>234 BekkaJo: Lovely to see my favourite Channel Islander around the threads again. xx

>235 karenmarie: Not so sure that they would fail but certainly they would have a fair time retraining. I do believe that Borg would beat Federer using the old Donnay racquets of those days.

Jul 19, 2017, 2:36pm Top

>236 jnwelch: I also really liked Tennant in the role, Joe. I am looking forward to seeing what Ms. Whittaker will make of the role.

>237 sirfurboy: Hahaha talk about lady drivers!

Jul 20, 2017, 6:43am Top

I'd chime in as a Doctor Who fan, but I can't say that that would be 100% honest. I did love the Who that I've watched, but it's all been David Tennant, so it's more accurate to say that I'm a Tennant fan, I think. I do think it's pretty fantastic that the next Doctor will be a woman, and I hope her companion is a woman, too...

Jul 20, 2017, 8:47am Top

I have never been a Dr. Who fan, although we did watch a bit of it waaaay back in the Tom Baker days. I'm just amazed at the people who say "how can he just all of a sudden turn into a woman?". Welllll....how can he step into a phone booth and travel through time? And haven't they heard, men turn into women in the real world nowadays. And vice versa. Grow UP, people.

Jul 20, 2017, 9:44am Top

>240 scaifea: I don't know. Maybe if her companion were a man...who always trips over when running away from monsters!

(If you did not watch the 1970s/80s Dr Who, you may not get that reference :) )

Jul 20, 2017, 10:13am Top

Howdy, Paul! Your photos of The Dales are exquisite! If one were to visit Yorkshire, what airport is the nearest?

Jul 20, 2017, 5:20pm Top

>240 scaifea: I would have thought that you would have picked Stephen Fry as your alternative Doctor Who, Amber, as I do recall that he is your true heartthrob (Tomm and Charlie excepted of course)!

>241 laytonwoman3rd: Ha Linda! That was my point too! It is Science Fiction after all so to morph into a lady is hardly inconceivable.

Jul 20, 2017, 5:22pm Top

>242 sirfurboy: Of course he started out as a Grandad figure with a granddaughter and a whole batch of companions so to become a woman hardly tests our imagination overly.

>243 Carmenere: Yorkshire has airports Leeds/Bradford and Doncaster notably but in International terms, Manchester would probably be the most likely airport of choice for the North of England.

Jul 21, 2017, 1:46am Top

>187 PaulCranswick: started but not yet finished!! I have a few of those too. Divorce Islamic Style? Glad that one isn't working out for you!!!!

Jul 21, 2017, 6:22am Top

>244 PaulCranswick: Yes, well, my heart does at least partially belong to Fry, but I don't think he'd make a good Doctor. I'd prefer him to remain Jeeves...

Jul 21, 2017, 11:09am Top

>246 LovingLit: It is funny, Megan, because Hani did raise an eyebrow or two when she saw me with it but has now picked it up herself!!

>247 scaifea: Don't know that I agree there Amber - I reckon he would be fabulous in the role but I don't see him doing it.

Jul 21, 2017, 11:31am Top

I got a lovely surprise today when I received from dear Karena vintage copy of Amok by Stefab Zweig which is a book I have looked for in vain for a goodly while.

It appears to be a limited Viking edition hardback from 1931. Karen you are the best!

Jul 21, 2017, 3:20pm Top

What a wonderful surprise, Paul!

Jul 21, 2017, 7:01pm Top

>250 FAMeulstee: Karen had messaged me to let me know that something was coming but I didn't expect such an exquisite little package.

Jul 21, 2017, 7:12pm Top

I'm with Linda (>241 laytonwoman3rd:)!

>249 PaulCranswick: That is so cool!

Jul 21, 2017, 7:33pm Top

>252 Storeetllr: Yep doesn't matter if the Doctor is a woman because he she is is a Time Lord / Lady

It really is a lovely little book, Mary.

Jul 21, 2017, 8:01pm Top

Any chance of photos of flowers and birds and animals of The Dales?

Jul 22, 2017, 2:17am Top

>254 m.belljackson: This is more Mark's field than mine but the Dales has about 29 species of birds which includes these four:

Eurasian Curlew

Ring Ouzel

Hen Harrier

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Jul 22, 2017, 2:23am Top

>254 m.belljackson: Some Dales animals

The Otter

The Grey Hare

The Badger

The Red Squirrel

Jul 22, 2017, 4:04am Top

>239 PaulCranswick: Was that what we were discussing, then? >0(

As for Dr Whos, the first one I ever saw was Tom Baker, with his large hat and long, long scarf. I liked Peter Davidson (in his cricket whites) because he came over from All Creatures Gret and Small. I didn't see most of the others, for some reason, except for David Tennant but I seem to have caught quite a few of his episodes.

Really, the only amazing thing about Dr Who being reincarnated as a woman is that it hasn't happened before.

Jul 22, 2017, 7:57am Top

Hi Paul!

I loved reading Amok and am happy that it's now yours. It kept calling out to me to send it to you!

I love the photos of the birds and other animals of the Dales! Red squirrels - ours are a boring gray/brown. No badgers, no otters. We have rabbits, but no hares. I'm feeling deprived.

Jul 22, 2017, 10:10am Top

Happy weekend, Paul!
I must admit that I have never seen a Dr Who episode. And it's been on so long now that I wouldn't even know where to start with the show

Jul 22, 2017, 11:01am Top

Happy weekend, Paul.

Jul 22, 2017, 11:28am Top

>255 PaulCranswick:, >256 PaulCranswick: Love the critters!
>252 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary.

Jul 22, 2017, 1:38pm Top

Happy weekend, Paul! Love all the animals!

Edited: Jul 22, 2017, 2:24pm Top

Hello there! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. What a lovely surprise Karen gave you! Lucky man. : )

Jul 22, 2017, 3:03pm Top

>239 PaulCranswick: My husband and I have been watching Doctor Who from the start. Right now we're in the middle of Tom Baker as the Doctor. Each of them have had their good and bad points. I am thrilled to see a female Doctor and can't wait to see how she does!

Karen O.

Jul 22, 2017, 3:09pm Top

>255 PaulCranswick:

Your Dales efforts appear to be welcome!

Have you ever seen the Curlew? the Ring Ouzel?

or a Badger?

Wisconsin is THE Badger State but we've yet to see one.

Jul 22, 2017, 3:58pm Top

Hi Paul, hope you are having a good weekend mate. Love the nature photos and we saw the Eurasian Curlew stood on a fence post as we were making our way towards Hawes from Ribblehead viaduct on my birthday. I must say that although we didn't see the Hen Harrier I did hear what sounded like a hawk whilst driving around with the window open.

I must say that I am disappointed with the selection for the Third Test and if you get a chance try and look at Chris Waters article in the Yorkshire Post dated 22nd July as I think he has hit the nail on the head about the state of England's Test team (s) and the hierarchy.

We both send our love to you all.

Jul 22, 2017, 6:30pm Top

>255 PaulCranswick: Loving all the bird photos. I especially like the Ring Ouzel. I have not heard of that one.

Happy Weekend, Paul! I finished my second McBride today. I think he was a fine choice for the AAC.

Jul 22, 2017, 9:26pm Top

>257 humouress: The first one I can remember watching as a boy was Jon Pertwee and I really enjoyed his take on things. Tom Baker, I think went even better and I do think that the franchise soft pedalled a little until Tennant came along.

>258 karenmarie: It was so lovely that you thought of me with the book and I am sure that it is not simply because my life is somewhat "amok"!
The animals and birds of the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Yorkshire Moors are varied but fairly harmless so one feels at ease walking around and sort of seeking them out!

Jul 22, 2017, 9:29pm Top

>259 ChelleBearss: I can almost hear a sharp intake of breath from the dedicated Whovians amongst us. I have lost touch with it a little, Chelle, to be honest from my remove of Malaysia, but the old shows which are very dated nowadays, still call to me from time to time.

>260 Ameise1: Lovely photo, Barbara. Nice to see you back posting with your usual thoughtfulness. xx

Jul 22, 2017, 9:32pm Top

>261 laytonwoman3rd: I particularly liked the picture of the otter as it was so expressive. The fresh air that the locale provides is calling to me at the moment, I must say, Linda.

>262 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda. xx

>263 Berly: I do feel like a lucky man again, Kimmers, to be honest. Work is still a bit tough but much more manageable than it was say six weeks ago.

Jul 22, 2017, 9:44pm Top

>264 klobrien2: The first four Doctors were quite strikingly different :
Hartnell - a grumpy grandpa
Troughton - a bit of a whimsical flusterer
Pertwee - a suave boffin and man of action
Baker - with his jelly babies and penchant for switching between bawdy and brooding

Lovely to see you Karen

>265 m.belljackson: I have seen the curlew but not the ring ouzel. I have seen the badger but not the otter (in the wild anyway).
Thanks for the direction to go and look and put up some of those pictures. xx

Edited: Jul 22, 2017, 9:58pm Top

>266 johnsimpson: Hawes is a great place, John, isn't it?

I don't know what the ECB is doing to be honest, John. They don't seem to have a clue what formula should work at test cricket.

I believe that : Cook, Root, Bairstow, Ali, Anderson, Broad and Stokes are shoe-ins but the rest of the team needs to be geared to winning and towards consistency. Malan and Westley are decent players but are either of them more worthy of a test place than Sam Northeast other than for the fact that they play for a favoured county? The bowling choices are also strange. Wood has been poor and looks half-fit so why persevere with him when Overton could come in and we could see what he could do. Roland-Jones is OK but brings nothing particularly exciting to the game. The main spinner choice is particularly bizarre. We need to find someone who can spin teams out under the right circumstances. Leach looked to be the man until they played with his head and Rayner is a good bowler. Dawson is not a test match bowler, period.

>267 msf59: I did think of the original warbler as I was looking up those pictures, Mark.

Jul 23, 2017, 2:40am Top

It sounds like things are going better for you, Paul. Have a great and relaxing weekend and get some of those books finished.

Jul 23, 2017, 5:43am Top

>273 Familyhistorian: I do have a few issues at home Meg with the amount of time I have been spending at work and the efforts I am making to secure the future of both of my two companies. The stresses and strains of the last few months have told mightily on Hani and I in truth. I guess that I was a little more stoic whilst staring into the abyss than she because Hani has been petrified of our life being altered in a way that I couldn't repair it.
Let us see what time brings us and certainly love remains - it would be the cruellest of ironies for the one thing that I was striving for to slip through my fingers when I have managed to right everything else.

I have kept some of these darker thoughts and moments to myself in the main here both, I suppose, to efface those thoughts and also because I have always been and remain immensely proud of my marriage and family.

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