Paul C Back to Basics in 2019
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Since I am starting this year with this Priestley classic that I've been looking for for the longest time and I am in the land of fish n chips at the moment.....what better way?
I am Paul Cranswick, sometime group statistician, Malaysian correspondent - construction project manager and avid book accumulator.
Father of three - Yasmyne, Kyran and Belle - the first two already studying in university in the UK and hopeful of a return to the UK in the none too distant future.
Had a tough few years and this affected badly my reading last year which was the first that I have failed to reach 100 books. This year - hope springs eternal so let's see.
BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
January 2019 - The Natural World https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6632759
February 2019 - Pat Barker and Peter F. Hamilton
March 2019 - The Murderous Scots https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6637458
April 2019 - Rosamond Lehmann and John Boyne
May 2019 - The Edwardians https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6656870
June 2019 - Nicola Barker and Wilkie Collins
July 2019 - YA Fantasy Series https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6660927
August 2019 - Anita Brookner and Jim Crace
September 2019 - Biography and Memoir https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6674204
October 2019 - Rose Tremain and Louis de Bernieres
November 2019 -The Jewish Contribution https://www.librarything.com/topic/301575#6688724
December 2019 - Zadie Smith and Michael Morpurgo
WILDCARD - Back to the Beginning - LIVELY and ISHIGURO
Here is a link to the thread:
A suitable topper indeed, Paul. Wishing you a better year, and one full of good reads!
Happy New Year Paul! Dropping my star here. Wishing you a good reading year to come.
Plumping my cushion Paul.
When do you head back to Malaysia? I hope you had a good visit with family.
How many times have you succumbed to F&C?
>5 PaulCranswick: Does the challenge have a 2019 thread yet Paul?
Hello Dear Friend. I plan to spend more time on the threads this year. 2018 was not a successful year for keeping up to date with you and many others.
All good wishes for completing the 100 book plan for 2019. All Happy, Happy New Year to you and your family!
I like "back to basics."
Dropping off my star and looking forward to staying a bit more in touch with one another in the coming year, Paul!
Found and starred! How long will you remain in the UK? I am sure you are savouring every minute!
Happy new year and here's to a better one!
Happy New Year, Paul and Happy New Thread. Looking forward to sharing another year of books with you! And hoping to see you around more often. You were missed.
>31 drneutron: Thanks Jim. Always great to be back and starting a new year.
>32 m.belljackson: Thanks Marianne. I am always in favour of reconciliation because life is too short. I also have to cater for the feelings of my siblings and mother for whom my father has assumed almost demonic proportions. I do let the kids see him and have spoken to him by telephone but I cannot condone that:
1 He called my kids half breeds
2 That he cheated my brother from a shared business with calculated spite aimed at ruining him and his family.
I don't wish him ill but I am not about to go and play happy families with him either.
One more, PAUL, for a great fun start to The 2019 New Year for your Malaysian Jazz Friend =
The entire Art Ensemble of Chicago will be featured in original paintings on A Skateboard!!!
Sounds like he could give BOTH Knausgaard and Wab Kinew's fathers some real competition...
Happy New Year Paul! A couple of those authors on The British Isles Challenge interest me. I have to say I didn’t realize John Boyne was British. I will be checking it out.
Happy New Year and happy new thread, Paul! I hope your reading ambitions are realized this year.
Yay! Paul C's back! Happy new year to you and yours! May all your endeavors in 2019 be rewarding and your free time for reading, plentiful!
Happiest of Happy New Years to you, Paul! I wish you every good thing in 2019, and that includes more time to read, reflect, and report.
Happy New Year and new thread. I hope 2019 brings you more reading, LTing and family time, Paul. And yay for fish and chips, you may be in the land of fish and chips now but where I am can probably give them a run for their money!
Happy New Year Paul! And happy new thread!
Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.
Happy New Year Paul. Sounds like you are off to a good start, nothing like fish and chips to accompany a good book.
>52 avatiakh: Thanks Kerry. Fish and Chips are a good accompaniment to most things aren't they? I remember having pretty good fish and chips in Christchurch by the way a number of years ago.
>57 PaulCranswick: Let's resolve to do it this year!
ETA: all this fish 'n chips talk is making me hungry. Wrapped in newspaper, doused in vinegar and salt and steaming hot, I hope.
>59 humouress: Nina, I am not a traditionalist on fish and chips because I usually seek out curry sauce as an accompaniment.
This is from my favourite fish and chip restaurant - The Kingfisher - in Wakefield.
I remember eating fish and chips out of newspaper :-). Well I would never take curry with this meal.
Acquisitions for 2019 since my arrival in UK
1. The Good Companions by J.B. Priestley (1929) 618 pp
2. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett (1911) 327 pp
3. Wolfwatching by Ted Hughes (1989) 55 pp
4. Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (1984) 279 pp
5. The Echoing Grove by Rosamond Lehmann (1953) 300 pp
6. All Night Long by Erskine Caldwell (1942) 283 pp
7. Black Robe by Brian Moore (1985) 224 pp
8. Southtrap by Geoffrey Jenkins (1979) 254 pp
9. Esther Waters by George Moore (1894) 362 pp
10. God's Gift to Women by Don Paterson (1997)
11. Panic Room by Robert Goddard (2018)
12. Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano (1995)
13. The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason (1902)
14. The Wild Places by Robert MacFarlane (2007)
15. Findings by Kathleen Jamie (2005)
Hi Paul! Just popping by for a quick visit before things get very hectic around here! A very Happy New Year to you and yours, good sir! Sorry to hear there have been some tough times and family upheavals. Hopefully 2019 will offer less of that sort of thing and more in the way of good reads!
I see you favour the curry sauce option with your F & C. I'm more of a mushy peas lady myself, but the husband is slowly converting me to curry sauce. Or rather, I now take both. And lashings of tartar sauce and ketchup too! Hmm. Hungry now.
Oh Paul! Now I've got to go and have dinner.
(Curry sauce, you say? That was never an option that was offered, back in the day. Certainly not with newspaper. Is it good, then?)
Happy reading in 2019, Paul!
I hope 2019 is going to be a good year for you and your family, with enough reading time to reach your goal :-)
Enjoy your time in the UK.
>68 FAMeulstee: Thank you Anita. Will you beat your 2018 reading score do you think?
>61 PaulCranswick: oh-ah, I forget they come with curry sauce up in your part of the world!
>70 PaulCranswick: I don't think so, Paul, I am still recovering from my November/December reading run. It was fun to see how far I could stretch my readings for once. But feel no need to do such an experiment again.
Happy 2019, Paul! I should have known that once I found your thread it would almost be time for a new one! ;-0
>73 PaulCranswick: Haven't noticed it in London Paul. Maybe there are areas with a greater Indian population, but not my local chippie (Turkish).
I would be willing to try curry sauce with fish and chips, but over here in America, I usually just stick with tartar sauce.
Thanks, Paul! and Happy New Year to you too. May it be filled with the best of books and food!
>80 kidzdoc: Held mate. More for me that way. SWMBO says your a philistine for not trying curry sauce with your chips. If she's willing to go to gator tails she thinks it the least you could do.
>81 Kristelh: Thank you for the kind wishes, Kristel.
>82 figsfromthistle: I was slightly later to the party than usual, Anita.
>87 richardderus: A man of some discernment obviously!
Good plain old fiction surely, RD?
I also wish you a 2019 with everything in it you like dear fellow.
>88 PaulCranswick: The whole Five Towns cycle is good, basic storytelling, nothing fancy, nothing tricksy or cutesy. But the Potteries aren't terribly fascinating, are they? I mean, a hotbed of social realism they aren't, and they've never inspired romantic epics or suchlike that I'm aware of. Still and all, Bennett's ability to build a tale is undeniable. Just wish he'd been a smidge less verbose doing it.
>89 richardderus: There is appeal in the humdrum and the rising above pretty unpromising circumstances - even if the rising is often measured in inches!
Stopping by to drop a star and wish you a 2019 filled with good books and food. Looking forward to following your journey.
>94 amanda4242: Hahaha, well done so here comes October's picks and I'll get us a thread later today.
BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
Our October lady is ......
BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
Our October lady is ......
Sadler's Birthday (1976)
Letter to Sister Benedicta (1978)
The Cupboard (1981)
The Swimming Pool Season (1985)
Journey to the Volcano (1985)
Sacred Country (1992)
The Way I Found Her (1997)
Music and Silence (1999)
The Colour (2003)
The Road Home (2007)
The Gustav Sonata (2016)
The Colonel's Daughter (1984)
The Garden of the Villa Mollini (1987)
Evangelista's Fan (1994)
Collected Short Stories (1996)
The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (2005)
Great Escapes (2008)
The American Lover (2014)
BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
Our October gentleman is ......
Louis de Bernieres
BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
Louis de Bernieres
Latin American Trilogy
1. The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (1990)
2. Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991)
3. The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman (1992)
The Latin American Trilogy (omnibus) (1994)
1. Red Dog (2001)
2. Blue Dog (2016)
aka Red Dog: True Blue
Corelli's Mandolin (1994)
Birds Without Wings (2004)
A Partisan's Daughter (2008)
The Dust that Falls from Dreams (2015)
So Much Life Left Over (2018)
Imagining Alexandria (poems) (2013)
Of Love And Desire (poems) (2016)
The Cat in the Treble Clef (poems) (2018)
Labels and Other Stories (2019)
Sunday Morning At the Centre of the World (2001)
Hi stranger, Nice to see you have Peter F. Hamilton ups on your challenge list this year .....
all the posting of Fish & chips makes me hungry for them ... its hiding towards 10pm so that's not a good thing ! D
Happy new year
>100 roundballnz: I thought about you, Alex, when I chose him, because I wouldn't have heard of him without you.
Happy 2019, Paul!
I hope it's an easier year for you, and a better one for reading. The Good Companions sounds like a fun one.
Just stopping by to say hello and drop off a star. Looking forward to another year of fun.
And now I want fish and chips.
>86 PaulCranswick: SWMBO says your a philistine for not trying curry sauce with your chips. If she's willing to go to gator tails she thinks it the least you could do.
Hmph. Tell her that I have plenty of beef borscht left over, but she won't get a drop of it. (She'll know what I mean.)
Paul, I looked at that picture and headed directly to my stove. That looks like delicious (what we call in the states) comfort food. I am not sure what three sauces we see.
So whether you make it to 100 this year or just "War and Peace", it is nice seeing you on board for 2019!
Hanging my star at the top of this thread so I can follow along. I'm terribly behind on 2019 threads. Glad you are enjoying your time in the UK, and I hope you'll be able to return there on a more permanent basis soon. I would love to have "proper" fish and chips. The UK is on my wish list of places to visit. I think I'd enjoy quieter places than London for the most part. The older I get, the less of a big city person I am. I still want to see London itself, but I want to spend more time in other places. Maybe I'll get there one day.
>108 kidzdoc: She has smiled Darryl. She has smiled. Enigmatic, but a smile nonetheless.
>109 Forthwith: It is indeed comfort food, Michael. Great stuff in fact.
I am not bothered about 100 this year. I failed to do it in 2018 so that spell is broken so to speak. I'll just read and see where I get to this year.
Like many of your faithful thread followers I am behind on all the threads. A week without internet will do that, so I am going to hijack your thread for an announcement, and because I know you like Scandicrime you might be interested.
I am hosting a mystery challenge thread within the 75'ers Group.
Here is the link. https://www.librarything.com/topic/301787
For lack of a better title I christened it: Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge. I thought about doing something with North vs. South or Hot and Cold Climes Crime, but somehow it just didn't mesh. If one of you can come up with something let us know over on the new thread.
It is part of the 75 Books Challenge group. For a couple of years we have been doing a compare and contrast mystery group read and this year we selected the Erika Falck series by Camilla Lackberg and the Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon as our two authors. Scandicrime vs. Canal Crime? The Ice Princess is our first book for this year.
If nothing else, drop a star on the thread and just lurk. We don't mind.
>118 benitastrnad: Ooh great Benita. I have a few Donna Leon's to read and PLENTY of Scandi. In addition to Leon there is also Marco Vichi and Andrea Camilleri and Carlo Lucarelli and Valerio Varesi and Massimo Carlotto.
I would also refer you to Carlotto's own picks on the interesting site "Five Books"
I can’t believe I missed your thread – thank goodness Jim keeps a threadbook and I went through it methodically today. Of course I then got distracted making meatloaf for supper and a lemon pound cake for afters, but here I am to wish you a very Happy New Year and Happy First Thread of 2019. I hope your reading soars to new heights and your business and personal life thrive.
>62 PaulCranswick: You’ll probably be shocked to hear that I love catsup/Worcestshire/tabasco/lemon/horseradish sauce – known as cocktail sauce here in the US – with fried fish.
>64 PaulCranswick: I am humbled to realize that I’ve only heard of one of those books although I’ve heard of several other of the authors.
Happy new year, Paul, and hoping you can read more in 2019 than last year! Have a great weekend!
>125 bell7: Me too, Mary, but I don't want it just to be measured in number of books this year.
Hi Paul, I'm dropping my star here and sending wishes for 2019 to be a stellar year for you and yours.
Hi Paul! Fish and Chips, a perfect "Friday night, I don't want to cook" meal. I like your addition of curry. I have never tried curry with fish and chips but I can admit to loving pierogis with curry (I prefer them with either butter chicken or a good masala), so there you go. ;-)
Dropping a star so I can find my way back. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
>129 lkernagh: Lori, I had a pretty good Indian meal on the evening of sending Kyran back to Portsmouth.
SWMBO as usual requested something that, strictly speaking wasn't on the menu which in this case was a King Prawn Gujarati. Similar to this one:
BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
THE BRITISH JEWISH CONTRIBUTION
Diversity is a strength of British literature. The contribution of its various creeds and ethnicities be it from Asia, Africa or the Caribbean has added a richness and texture to our language and literature that has elevated it tremendously. The impact of the Jewish community is quite possibly chief amongst these - both via immigrants fleeing persecution or lack of recognition - Arthur Koestler and Elias Canetti spring to mind as well as those assimilated and comfortable in their British skins.
Some authors to choose from :
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Alain de Botton
Stopping in with belated New Year wishes!!! Just got back home and trying to thaw out. Hope all is well with you and all the family.
>134 BekkaJo: Lovely to see you Bekka. Will look out for your thread......
The British Isles Author Challenge Thread is up:
A bit late, but still: Happy new year.
I wish, that you may find a good and solid path in 2019
Happy New Year! and OY with the fish and chips! It's only 8;45 am and now I want lunch. Grrrr.
So I see you're heading back to Malaysia tomorrow - or todayish. Time. What is time? Anyhoo. Safe travels and good reading!
>64 PaulCranswick: You are off to a great start in adding to the acquisitions!
>139 PaulCranswick: I made that picture a few weeks ago on a cold December morning ... it looks a bit like my way: I see a few steps (days) ahead and the rest disappears around the bend.
Have a good trip to Malaysia
Belated Happy New Year Paul and safe travels! May the new year bring you joy, success (as stress-free as possible), always good health of course and many many great reads.
As I don‘t eat fish, I‘d happily give those chips with curry sauce a try. Though I also like them with vinegar (and hate them with ketchup/ tomato sauce and mayonnaise, the German combo).
A little belated Happy New Year.
A little belated Happy New Thread.
I wish you and yours a year full of books, love, friends and health.
Journey back was awful - both planes were full to the brim and I didn't get an aisle seat on either. I realised centre seats make me claustrophobic and I was extremely uncomfortable on the first leg of the trip.
To make matters worse I put The Good Companions accidentally in the checked in luggage and so wasn't able to finish it en route.
I did get the year off to a decent start though by finishing two books on the journey.
BOOK #1 IN 2019
Findings by Kathleen Jamie
Date of Publication : 2005 (1 of 150)
Pages : 190 (190 total)
Author Origin : UK (1 of 80)
British Isles Author Challenge (January 1 book total)
Very rich writing mainly concentrating on the natural world of the far north of Scotland.
Jamie is a poet and this shines through in evocative prose:
"it was a weakling light, stealing into the world like a thief through a window someone forgot to close."
Book #2 in 2019
Black Robe by Brian Moore
Date of Publication : 1985 (2 of 150)
Pages : 224 (414 total)
Author Origin : Canada (although born and brought up in Northern Ireland) (2 of 80)
Epic tale by an undeservedly ignored author these days. All his 1980s novels are excellent and this one is up there with The Colour of Blood as my favourite.
Seventeenth Century New France was an imposing and hostile place. A replacement Black Robe sets off to bring religion to the hostile tribes.
Very well done.
>151 Caroline_McElwee: They did indeed, Carolie - De Niro and Irons if I remember rightly.
>150 PaulCranswick: - Hi Paul. Glad to be back on terra firma, I imagine!
Re Black Robe. Many years ago, I took a course in Irish Lit and though this wasn't the one I read by Moore, I remember it was made into either a film or a tv movie, in Quebec and I think it was banned for awhile (or was met by great controversy). Quebec being a very Catholic province, I guess it rubbed some people the wrong way. It was quite awhile ago and my memory of the details of what happened are sketchy, at best (early 1970s, I think).
Oh. I am just now seeing Caroline's note in >153 Caroline_McElwee:.
>155 PaulCranswick: yup, that will scramble your brain Paul. I'm not sure I could do a long flight like that myself. The longest i've done is 8 hours.
>156 jessibud2: The book is cinematic, if that makes sense, Shelley. I have liked other books by him more but not much more.
I am not overly pleased to be back but my work is here for now.
>157 Caroline_McElwee: I prefer the direct 12.5 hour flight to London, Caroline, but I couldn't book it. I do wish my budget would have allowed Belle and I a little more comfort.
Sorry to see your travels home didn't go well but yay to finishing two books already!
Sorry to read you had a rough flight back to Malaysia, Paul.
I hope you can catch up on sleep soon.
Welcome home Paul!
>162 m.belljackson: Looks like getting the kids to read aloud is the way to go.
Hi Paul, just dropped my star off even though it is a bit late, hope you and Belle have a safe journey home and you may not yet be aware that your beloved Leeds are out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 loss at QPR.
I have also made a good start to the reading year and have finished two so far.
Good to see that you are home safely, Paul, although was it really necessary to hit me with a BB? (The Brian Moore)
I hope the coming week is successful without too much stress.
>149 PaulCranswick: That was one I looked at for the BIAC, but since it wasn't available locally, I decided on one that was. I might even get to a second one if it is still available when I finish the one because it was on my radar.
>61 PaulCranswick: oh dear. Gravy on chips? Reminds me of the time a guest at the neighbour's party made poutine and W said "I'm not going to stand around here and watch you do that to chips" and promptly left :)
>150 PaulCranswick: I am tempted!!! I reject the idea that the latest publication is the only thing to read, and try to harvest the good'uns from years gone by. I will just go ahead and WL this one. (Mark that down a BB for you, sir!!)
>148 PaulCranswick: I certainly understand about the middle seat in a crowded plane. I suffer from migraines, and there's nothing like a very heavy perfume to bring one on immediately. Sadly, my experience with middle seats usually entails a middle aged lady wearing either a very heavy Estee Lauder perfume or a Clinique fragrance called aromatics.
>145 PaulCranswick: You should have a couple more on the way! Glad you made it home safely.
Too bad your trip back was uncomfortable, Paul. Hope that work will not be as crazy as it was before you went to the UK.
Ugh, I hate the middle seat on planes! My preference is the window seat, as I can lean against the wall and there’s no danger of having my elbow whacked by the beverage cart on its way by.
I absolutely always, always try to avoid the middle seat on a plane. Last time, I smiled at the person next to me and made up a story about being claustrophobic, and he gave me his aisle seat. A little white lie that was necessary for a 10 hour flight :)
Congrats on book #2 already in the new year.
Does the abdication of the king and setting of an election to replace him have any immediate impact on you?
I think I might join in on your British Isles challenge. I'll see if I can find books of interest.
I've never had "proper" fish and chips but I've had the American version. I'm a heathen and put ketchup (no mayonnaise, yuck) on them.
Ketchup + mayo = Thousand Island dressing
Ah, the middle seat. I know someone who deliberately books the middle seat, as he sees it as an opportunity to potentially make not one, but two new friends. Yes, he is an extrovert, and does not understand that I prefer to spend my flight time quietly reading a book and not engaging with my random seat neighbors. ;-)
Glad to see you are safely back home and with two books already completed.
>168 LovingLit: Would you take the chips / fries completely dry then, Megan?
Book bullets at the beginning of the year are the best shrapnel possible.
>169 Whisper1: I have to be fair, Linda, I was the meat in a very pleasant sandwich. My daughter on one side - the stubbornly unspeaking Ysabelle - and on my aisle side there was a very nice young lady in braids from Mali of all places. Still couldn't help the claustrophobic feelings I always get so I did get up and spend an hour or so at the back of the plane stretching my short little legs.
>170 cbl_tn: I am in eager anticipation, Carrie. Thanks so much as it was a lovely way to come home.
>171 richardderus: I hate it RD when I lend out books that never get returned. The book is normally better than the film and I guess the film seems to have had its merits.
First day back was tiring as I was in a Commercial meeting at the site within 30 minutes of my return and surprised that my memory enabled me to contribute at least a little bit.
>172 Familyhistorian: I don't see too much let up to be quite honest on the work front Meg, but at least I have had a couple of weeks off to recharge my batteries.
>173 foggidawn: That is exactly what I did on the second leg of the trip, Foggy! I much prefer the aisle and normally manage to get one but the flights were all chocka-block. I normally don't travel business for personal holidays but if I manage to ever sort out my finances I might change that policy!
>174 figsfromthistle: Lacking your charm Anita - I got stuck with it!
>175 karenmarie: No Karen. It was actually quite well known in certain circles that the Agong or King was a drug addict and his election in the first place was slightly controversial for reasons of perceived incompetency. Malaysia's Federal system results in nine sultanates of which each is supposed to serve in turn for fixed terms. That system is creaking a little now and thank heavens as they are such a drain on the public purse.
>176 Morphidae: Heaven forfend, Morphy, against Thousand Islands dressing!
Would love to have you along for some of the BIAC challenge this year. I have missed your presence dearly on LT these last times.
>177 lkernagh: I am an avid plane reader too Lori but do also enjoy chatting with fellow passengers in between. Not enough though to wish to have one either side.
I don’t like sitting in the middle seat in a plane. There simply isn’t enough room for my big butt. That makes everybody uncomfortable. However, with the change in policy at Delta I no longer get to choose. Even though I am a frequent flyer with them.
>188 humouress: My sister asked me to buy a couple of Roald Dahl books for her son for Christmas. When I happily brought them home to my mum's place she told me...."but Christian hates reading"!
His mother, my devious sister, either wanted to read them again herself or wanted to practice reading with him. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and plump for the latter. I suppose Roald Dahl could instil a love of reading in many a youngster.
Book #3 in 2019
Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood
Date of Publication : 1933 (3 of 120)
Pages : 256 (670 in total)
Origin of Author : UK (2 of 80)
Unemployment. Poverty. Northern England.
A familiar troika of my growing up in Eighties Britain only this was set in the Great Depression and betrayal of the 1930s and its misnamed National Government.
The Hardcastles are typical. They suffer. They try to rise above the drudgery. Their lives are mean and sad and tragic.
Part social documentary, part powerful novel, wholly recommended.
>185 PaulCranswick: Oh, I don’t mind Thousand Island. But it belongs on salad not fries (chips.)
>191 mahsdad: Jeff: Oooh, that is my very favorite Dahl book! So, so wonderful. There's an excellent audio version out there, read by the fabulous Peter Serafinowicz.
>193 ChelleBearss: Chelle: Charlie was about Chloe's age when we read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together and he was absolutely enchanted. I hope she loves it, too!
You are dealing out the BB's again Paul! I think I'd love Findings but couldn't find it here.
Best fish and chips I ever had was in Oban, Scotland! Way better than we can get in IJmuiden Holland. We sometimes consider going back there, just for the fish, though Oban had other things going for it as well;-)
I'm slowly doing the rounds - Looks like I should just have time to say Happy New Year! before this thread turns into the next.
On my recent holiday trip on small airline Allegiant , I was not only able to pick my seat, but chose an exit row seat which gives more legroom and ensures no kids. I love kids, but not flying with a fussy small fry next to me.
I had to promise that in case of emergency, I could open the 40 pound emergency exit door, disengage it and throw it outside across the wing. Ha! In that sort of emergency, this little old lady could probably handle a lot more than 40 pounds!
>199 scaifea: Dahl deserves so much recognition for his contribution to making reading a delight for children of all ages.
>200 EllaTim: Oban is a delightful place isn't it, Ella? I wouldn't have thought of it for fish and chips necessarily but the Firth of Lorn is really picturesque and Oban Single Malt is well worth a try as it has a great mixture of smokiness and sweetness.
>204 PaulCranswick: Interesting trip, Janet. Allegiant is quite a name for an airline.
Another Carrie, Secret Santa book to happily report. Thank you dear lady!
23. The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (1948) 149 pp
>205 PaulCranswick: Glad it arrived! I had not heard of that particular Waugh novel before. I'll be on the lookout for it myself since the cemetery in the book is supposed to be based on Forest Lawn in L.A. I have relatives buried there. (My grandfather's uncle and aunt.)
>177 lkernagh: DELIBERATELY books the middle seat?! I can't even begin to get my mind around that sort of behaviour.
>177 lkernagh: I hadn't heard of that before either in all fairness, Megan.
Gotta love our teeny-tiny planes. Window or aisle and no choices ;)
Hope the first week back isn't too appalling.
Book # 4 in 2019
Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
Date of Publication : 1995 (4 of 120)
Pages : 192 (862 total)
Author Origin : Uruguay (3 of 80)
One of the very best books written on football (or soccer as it is inelegantly referred to Stateside).
Galeano has an acerbic pen and his setting of the scene for each of the World Cups by talking about the world events then current, is priceless.
Opinionated and a lover of the beautiful game, he does fall somewhat in the trap of rose-tinted nostalgia whereby the sport was a thing of glory and honour until the TV, big sponsors and professionalism turned it into a fear ridden, defensive shell of itself.
If you like the sport you'll love the book, if you love good writing you'll like this book.
Paul, I'm sorry you are struggling with bronchitis...as you know, that knocks the stuffing out of you.
I'm sorry your mother was hospitalized again. I seem to remember that this occurred last year as well. I'm glad she was discharged.
Let's hope the rest of 2019 is less stressful, and certainly more helpful.
All good wishes to you my friend!
Dropping in to say hello and to send wishes for a great year of reading.
The appropriate topping/sauce/accompaniment to chips (and most but not all potato things) is butter and salt, plenty of both. Yum!
>222 bohemima: I have never seen anyone put butter on french fries before, Gail. Interesting and worth a try methinks.
Ah, Paul, another era of music ends with the death of Joseph Jarman...
I have a sudden hankering for fish and chips which I have with tartar sauce and ketchup. Not in my immediate future unfortunately.
>227 m.belljackson: The Art Ensemble of Chicago were certainly groundbreaking weren't they? Jarman was some instrumentalist too. RIP.
>228 Familyhistorian: I do miss fish and chips when I come back here, Meg. We don't have any good alternatives locally and it is often referred to on the menus as "fish and chip" . I was worried that I would finish up with only one of my little potato friends.
>229 markon: You should Ardene as it is really an exceptional novel.
Welcome back home and I see your book reading has picked up its usual speed. Happy Sunday! : )
>235 harvey_g: It is a good read Harvey and especially his various precis of the world cup competitions.
>231 PaulCranswick: Paul - if you or your friend ever become ultra-uber-rich, ECM recently released a 21 (!) CD Box Set of the AEC.
I think I need to go to England to experience what proper fish and chips are. I'm sure they aren't the Long John Silvers or Captain D's varieties. ;-)
Hope you had a great weekend, Paul!
I can't say I've ever tried butter on fries before but on a baked potato butter is a must :) (And sour cream, cheese and bacon if I'm not counting calories! )
>216 PaulCranswick: That looks like it might be a penguin classic Paul, from the cover design....
Hope you recover soon, butter or no butter (always mayo for me).
>241 charl08: It is indeed a Penguin classic, Charlotte, well spotted.
I am not a mayonnaise fan unfortunately.
>196 PaulCranswick: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Paul.
Got you starred! Pretty sure I can't keep up with you, but I hope to dip my toes in at intervals to see how you and the family are doing. Sorry that 2018 was so difficult for you and interfered with proper reading time. Me too. I didn't even reach 50 books. Already doing better this year!
See all the opinions on butter with fries (chips)! That’s what makes the world go round. I have to admit I’ve used lots and lots of ketchup on them, and occasionally even dipped them in ranch dressing. Butter will always be my choice, though.
I wish you and all of yours a healthy and happy week, Paul.
Mayo for my fries, please.
And I unashamedly proclaim my love for Long John Silvers!
Morning Paul! I have a vote happening on my thread. Just thought you might like to know.
Finally stopping by and catching up before you move on to thread number 2! Hope you’re feeling better, Paul!
Hi Dear Paul, first of all, wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with great books to read and acquire! I haven't planned my reading in the last few years simply because my moods won't allow it. I've found when I try to impose myself anything I tend to drop books too often, so I just go with the flow and so I've done away with my beloved lists for a while, all but the lists of what I've actually read. But I must say your British Isles Challenge looks incredibly tempting, and I may want to take on some of your themes and authors at various points during the year. Rose Tremain is among my all-time favourites, I've always got a couple of Louis De Bernieres novels knocking about waiting to be read, Jewish authors aplenty and on and on. Glad you're still organizing stuff for us! xo
All this talk of fries is making me hungry! And I'll add a dip no one's mentioned yet: chocolate milkshake. I know it sounds revolting, but I like the contrast of the sweet and creamy shake with the salty crunch of fries.
Hi Paul! I just got Happiness in the mail. Was that from you, my SS? I am looking forward to reading it.
Butter and ranch and mayo, oh my. (More like, oh, yuck. Heh.)
I'm a simple ketchup-on-fries gal, myself.
I prefer my chips with gravy whenever possible, if not then I agree with Morphidae and "ketchup" is the choice.
I'm just loving all this "what goes on the chips" talk! My current preference is for something I don't think anyone else has mentioned, although I might have missed it----Buffalo hot sauce (the stuff so popular on chicken wings here). I don't care for ketchup or mayo alone on much of anything, although I grant their usefulness as ingredients in certain mixtures. I like malt vinegar on fish and chips. I also like cocktail sauce (ketchup with horseradish, lemon juice and a dash of tabasco). Once in a great while, I will put tartar sauce on the fish. "Gravy fries" were very popular among my high school crowd 50 years ago, and they can still be ordered in many diners, but I'm not a fan. A few years back one of the lunch places I frequented from work featured what they called the "Penn State Special"---French fries (chips) topped with their homemade chili con carne and further topped with melted cheese. As deadly as it was delicious. I would definitely try curry sauce, or butter, on chips.
I prefer my chips/fries with just salt on them, or possibly a salt/pepper dip. If I'm eating them with something that goes with ketchup I'll have that. If anyone comes near them with dressing, mayonnaise or any non-ketchup dip they'd better be prepared for a fight.
I have my chips 2 ways either with salt and vinegar or with garlic mayonnaise never together.
Lots of chips talk here. My favourite topping is satay sauce. Garlic sauce is a good second:-)
We had fish and chips just the other day. Our local is called Focus on Fish and my order now includes a couple of potato fritters for the vegetarian offspring. That is a large slice of potato dipped in batter rather than the grated potato of a rosti or latke. We usually just have salt with a squeeze of lemon on the fish. The only dip I'd consider is aioli, so if there was some available I'd be dipping.
I generally order the fish - tarakihi, I just looked it up and in Australia it's known as jackass morwong.
>251 scaifea: The franchise may be better in the US, Amber, but its Malaysian version is less than wonderful. The independent fish and chip shops in the UK produce wonderful fish and chips. I hope to get the chance to treat you to them one day.
>252 BBGirl55: I'll pop along, Bryony, if I'm not too late.
Paul, I see your thread is brimming with condiment heresies. Being American, I usually prefer the old standard of ketchup on fries. However, if I'm in a South American restaurant, I love, love, love the huancaina sauce on my fries. Aioli is an acceptable substitute on occasion in other restaurants. But my true love is sweet potato fries straight up.
>255 Smiler69: Dear Ilana, I have enough trouble trying to organise myself these days, but I occasionally do still have bursts of energy. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.
>256 amanda4242: Well, Amanda, I wouldn't have picked that one out! I do like to have my chips or fries with tomato soup occasionally.
>270 PaulCranswick: Oh, it's probably not much better here; I'm just partial to bad fast food, to be honest. But I've love the chance to be treated to the real thing with you someday!
>272 justchris: I love that, Chris. "Condiment Heresies". Maybe it should be the title of my memoirs or at least a chapter thereof!
>274 scaifea: Hahaha Amber. You would have a real pal in Belle then as she has the same partiality!
It was her 15th birthday yesterday and but the two of us in Malaysia. We had Korean food together and I really enjoyed her company. Sweet girl (even though I am hugely biased)!
Salt and vinegar on fries for me, please. I was once told it was a very French-Canadian thing but it's what I grew up with in Montreal and I just thought everyone ate fries that way!
>280 PaulCranswick: I am looking to buy a condo later this year, and I am so excited about getting a full-size refrigerator again, and all to myself. I am tired of trying to squeeze everything into the small apartment-sized units. People keep looking at me in disbelief when I squee about this because I'm single and how could I possibly fill up a whole refrigerator. They have no idea just how many condiments I possess. And how many more I still need...
>283 justchris: We will probably be downsizing, Chris, and I expect a fairly major announcement in the first quarter of this year.
Good luck with the moving.
>285 PaulCranswick: Good luck with the downsizing! Not an easy task. I too need to keep working on it. But at least I already got a start on it a couple years ago when I broke up and moved out of a house and into a tiny apartment. Lots of the people who are buying the other condos in this new development are going to be dealing with a major transition, as many of them are close to retirement, have lived for decades in their own houses, etc. That's a lot of accumulation to shed. And good luck with your own major transitions this year.
>286 justchris: Thanks Chris. Moving home is immensely stressful. SWMBO is presently scouting properties in Sheffield in expectation of a move there. Let's see.
I am so used to condo living now that I do think I would find the transition to a landed property a bit of a task.
Book #5 in 2019
The Rider by Tim Krabbe
Date of Publication : 1978 (5 out of 120)
Pages : 148 (1,110 total)
Origin of author : Netherlands (4 out of 80)
Thanks to Carrie for giving me this one for my Secret Santa stocking.
Those regulars here will probably remember my unlikely (given my present dimensions) affiliations with cycle racing, so this book was bound to be something I would appreciate.
Tim Krabbe is a chess master and that shines through in his depiction of the strategy of cycle road racing. Will our hero win, will someone beat the field into submission on the climbs or a "wheel-sucker" pass through sneakily on the home straight.
I enjoyed this short novel.
>288 humouress: We currently have three rather overstocked fridges so I also know the issue.
Books are a problem that is for sure! 11,000 books do take up space.
>290 PaulCranswick: (Yes; I didn't confess that we have 2 fridges.) Obviously a necessity in the tropics. Obviously...
Anticipating downsizing, Paul? I don't envy you the task of dealing with your own library.
>292 Familyhistorian: It could be cathartic Meg. I do have to face up to it sooner or later though.
>282 jessibud2: I don't know about the French Canadian connection--salt and vinegar on french fries is something I learned about when I went to college in central Pennsylvania. Up in the northern corner of the state where I grew up, it was always ketchup. I converted in no time flat!
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