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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Feb 05 2016, 12:08

    The recent television series was very good with Levison Wood, who according to 'The Times' is Britain's best-loved adventurer ...



    Levison Wood's most challenging expedition yet begins along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan and travels through five countries. Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison walks the entire length of the Himalayas in an adventure of survival and endurance.

    A personal story of discovery, Levison forges strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds. By travelling on foot, and following the same footpaths that locals use, he uncovers stories that might otherwise remain hidden. Along the way he also reveals the history of the Himalayas and two millennia of exploration, and examines a continent in crisis in the 21st century.

    Packed with action and emotion, more than anything Walking the Himalayas is a story of personal adventure and striving beyond the limits of convention.

    ... you may wish to look out or it

    ... you may have another book in mind to read ?

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Feb 20 2016, 18:07

    Harper Lee Dead: 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Author Dies Aged 89



    "Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' made her a literary superstar

    Her 1960 novel made her a literary superstar and won her the Pulitzer prize. It was also turned into a timelessly fascinating film starring Gregory Peck as the lawyer Atticus Finch, who tries to do good in a town whose racial tensions were brought to the surface in a trial.

    Harper’s second novel, ‘Go Set A Watchman’, was published in July 2015, after being “rediscovered” in a safety deposit box at her retirement home.

    While fans and critics alike were delighted to learn of the novel’s existence, its release was marred in controversy following speculation over whether the reclusive author actually wanted it to be published."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/19/harper-lee_n_9273534.html


    I thought the film with Gregory Peck was excellent.
    I've yet to read 'Go Set A Watchman'

    But RIP Harper Lee
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    Post by Jan1 on Thu May 26 2016, 15:59

    When I went to school the 'school reading scheme' was the 'Janet and John' books.
    I've always enjoyed reading and can remember Enid Blyton, AA Milne and many others, featuring during my early childhood years.

    I must admit I was pleased to read this today:

    Winnie-the-Pooh story celebrates Queen's 90th


    A new Winnie-the-Pooh adventure has been released to celebrate both the 90th birthday of the Queen and the fictional bear himself.
    Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday sees the much-loved bear travel to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin and friends, Piglet and Eeyore.
    The free story has been written by Jane Riordan and is illustrated in the classic EH Shepard style.
    It is available as an audio-video download, narrated by Jim Broadbent.
    The Queen officially celebrates her 90th birthday on 11 June, although her actual birthday is 21 April 1926.
    The first Winnie-the-Pooh book, written by AA Milne, was published in October 1926, though the bear 'of very little brain' had previously featured in a poem and a tale in a newspaper.

    Broadbent said he had "loved being part of" the new adventure.
    "I have been a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh since I was a boy. In fact I named my very first and much loved teddy Pooh and that can only have been after the AA Milne character," the actor said.
    "It's been an honour to narrate such an iconic story and I want to wish both Her Majesty The Queen and Winnie-the-Pooh a very happy 90th."

    Story/read more here
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36386828#?foo=bar&

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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Oct 28 2016, 13:20

    Out and about both in supermarkets and book shops I see the Christmas Books selection are out on the shelves... and it's a large collection of all different types!

    As a child I remember we always got an annual in our Christmas Stocking ... well actually it was a Christmas pillow!

    So many annuals to choose from and I think all the grandchildren are looking forward to getting at least one, and there are so many to choose from - I think we may need a helpful hint LOL!

    So many books to choose - from thrillers like 'Solomon Creed' to a very light hearted Christmas romance 'Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe' ...it doesn't sound as if there may be many LCHF dishes to chose from LOL!

    Of course there are 'zillions' of cookery books - but one I saw recently - which did have a good selection of LCHF recipe ideas was this one 'The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet'. Of course some of the recipes, or similar ones, may have been featured here or on the low carb diabetic blog! My other thought is - both Eddie and I have been living the LCHF lifestyle for more than eight weeks - its been more than eight years now!

    Anyway should you be lucky to get a good Christmas Book this year ... please enjoy the read.

    Of course if you have any thoughts on a good book we are always pleased that you share them here ...

    All the best Jan
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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Nov 29 2016, 11:36


    You may have seen this already? It's about Louisa May Alcott, an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. She was born November 29, 1832. She is perhaps, one of the best-known female authors of the time, and was rarely one to conform to type.

    Alcott, who was born 184 years ago today, became a famous feminist and campaigned for the abolition of slavery. She is best known, however, for writing Little Women, the iconic children's book that inspired millions.

    Google has commemorated her birthday with a special Doodle (seen above) displaying the characters of Little Women, who were based on Alcott's own family.

    Read more at Wikipedia, or many newspapers!

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Jan 07 2017, 13:51

    ... Unusually I didn't get any new books this Christmas, luckily I still have quite a few that I've not yet read.

    Eddie received a copy of 'Sully' Miracle on the Hudson.
    It's a true story which became a movie starring Tom Hanks.

    I think he will enjoy the read - well I hope he does !

    I wonder if any readers / members may have got any new books for Christmas?

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    Re: Reading and Things

    Post by Derek on Sun Jan 08 2017, 22:17

    Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips was a gripping film , Jan!
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Jan 09 2017, 11:20

    @Derek wrote:Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips was a gripping film , Jan!

    Yes, I agree Derek ... we watched it recently.

    To be honest I don't think I've ever seen Tom Hanks in a bad film, and he's done a lot.

    All the best Jan

    PS Eddie is enjoying reading Sully
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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Feb 12 2017, 12:48

    With Andy talking about golf recently ... this book came to mind.

    A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour
    by John Feinstein
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/892594.A_Good_Walk_Spoiled

    Has anyone read or been reading a good book lately?

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Aug 01 2017, 17:41

    I know many people like their kindles (or similar) for reading, but with me I just like books.

    Out and about last week having a mooch around 2nd Hand Book stores etc. I spied a Christmas read (sorry to mention Christmas in August!)

    Romance in a Winter Wonderland setting ... I bought it for the bargain price of £1-00 and have put it away until later this year ... well, I thought it is a little early to be thinking of winter wonderland ...

    My current read is a historical novel set in the 1860's Smile

    Are you reading any books this summer?

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Fri Aug 04 2017, 01:02

    I'm spending so much time on Twitter and blogs and reading research that I haven't read a book for ages. I do use a few for reference, like my bird and flower books and various atlases and distribution maps when I'm looking to see how things have changed in the recent past.

    I must buy and find time to read Diabetes Unpacked though, it sounds rather good.

    Fiction I'm mostly getting via the TV. Oh wait, that's the news.
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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Aug 06 2017, 17:04

    Do you use your local library? They can be fantastic places ...

    This summer the grandchildren have signed up for Animal Agents, they're really enjoying it so far  Smile

    "This summer there’s something strange happening at the library – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in!

    The Animal Agents love solving mysteries and they need YOU to help them crack their biggest case yet.

    Who has painted graffiti on the library wall?
    Why are things suddenly going missing?

    Join the Animal Agents for the
    Summer Reading Challenge 2017 and help them uncover the truth!"
    https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/news/general/about-animal-agents

    Call me old fashioned but I think it's so important to encourage children to read, explore and expand their knowledge in a fun way!
    We are always learning aren't we Smile

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    Post by chris c on Tue Aug 08 2017, 00:12

    Oh memories! Yes I graduated early from the children's section to the adult section. Over the years they moved the libraries around a lot and subsequently closed several of them down.

    I used to take mother regularly. The library here is still pretty good but I have such a collection of books, including those inherited from my father and later my mother, I stopped going.

    I'm reaching the age where I only need one book, because by the time I get to the end I've forgotten how it started and have to read it again . . .
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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Aug 29 2017, 13:01

    Books, books, books ... we are so fortunate to be able to have such a wide reading choice.

    However, did you know that with "over seven million Brits saying their finances are in the worst state they've ever been in, one in four are turning to alternative methods to make extra cash - by flogging off the clutter lying around their house. Almost a third of sellers choose to sell old books from their collection, and while plenty are making a decent sum of cash from clearing the shelves, there are some fortunes to be made."

    The top five are
    1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    2. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
    3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    4. Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
    5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    More to read here
    https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/08/21/do-you-have-a-fortune-sitting-on-your-book-shelves/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D-750233272_uk

    Will you be searching your book shelves ...

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Sun Sep 03 2017, 00:48

    I've been toying with getting a few book buyers in to see what they can find in my collection, and what I inherited. But first I need to dust them, and rearrange some shelves.

    I've amassed quite a collection of agricultural machinery leaflets from the sixties to the eighties mostly, some of them are worth £20 or so each. Also I have a collection of vintage Truck magazines, Power Farming, and a bunch of historical books which would be of interest to a specialist collector/seller.

    Or I might just hang on to them until I REALLY need the money, in the hope that they'll become even more valuable. 90% of the stuff I collected has turned out to have no value at all.
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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Sep 05 2017, 20:00

    @chris c wrote:I've been toying with getting a few book buyers in to see what they can find in my collection, and what I inherited. But first I need to dust them, and rearrange some shelves.

    I've amassed quite a collection of agricultural machinery leaflets from the sixties to the eighties mostly, some of them are worth £20 or so each. Also I have a collection of vintage Truck magazines, Power Farming, and a bunch of historical books which would be of interest to a specialist collector/seller.

    Or I might just hang on to them until I REALLY need the money, in the hope that they'll become even more valuable. 90% of the stuff I collected has turned out to have no value at all.

    Well I don't know anything about agricultural machinery, trucks etc. but I have read that many of these magazines can be worth some money ... it's surprising really!

    You never know what treasures may be in the attic - if you have an attic?

    I can remember many years ago when moving house and clearing the loft, some of the many treasures rubbish that we had to throw out. LOL!

    All the best Jan

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    Post by Puff8370 on Wed Sep 06 2017, 10:28

    Hi all,

    My usual diet of literature was (and still is, to a certain extent) Historical Fiction & Autobiographies, however, I had one of those days, where nothing was appealing to me. As I was flicking through the Kindle Shop, I came across a free book, by an author called Michael R. Hicks, (Google him) called 'In her Name - First Contact'.

    If you want an alternative, to what you usually read, have a go at this. Yes, it is Science Fiction, but please don't let that put you off. Considering where we are, in terms of SETI (again, Google it) this is not all that far fetched.

    Once I had read the first book, I had an insatiable appetite for the rest. I had the 'good'(?) fortune of discovering this series of books, quite late, which meant that I could read them all, one after the other, in quick succession. Sadly, that has been exhausted, and I now have to wait for new books being released.

    Go ahead. It won't cost you anything on Kindle. beammeupscotty

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    Post by Long birder on Wed Sep 06 2017, 21:23

    Hi Puff,I recently read Robert Harris's books on the times of Cicero I thought they were excellent. regards. Derek
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    Post by chris c on Wed Sep 06 2017, 23:04

    I inherited a huge collection of science fiction books from my father, in addition to my own collection, and I was privileged to look after another huge collection for a while when a friend went abroad to work for a couple of years. I just about finished reading them by the time he returned.

    Sadly most of them are paperbacks and haven't stood up to the test of time that well.

    I used to have a load of Eagle comics, but when I left home my father generously donated them to the children's ward at the hospital where he worked. He also had a lot of original science fiction mags - Astounding and the like - which he also gave away at some stage.

    Later I knew someone who owned a chain of bookshops. He started his business empire selling comics and SF magazines from his back bedroom. Sigh. Since then I've tended to keep everything I collect, but most of it is not worth a lot.

    Puff, is the book you mention related to the Jodie Foster film Contact?

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    Post by Puff8370 on Thu Sep 07 2017, 07:27

    Hi Long birder, many thanks for the recommendation. I have read many books of this ilk, so much so, that I can no longer be precise about what I've actually read! Razz  I go to a book store, look through the books and think... 'Have I read that?' Razz Razz

    Hi Chris, The book is not related to the Jodie Foster film, of the same title. It's a different take and leads to a wonderful collection of books. I consider myself extremely 'picky' when it comes to SF books. On this occasion, I found myself extremely lucky to have found the first book. Unfortunately, the front covers of his books do not do them justice. I know the old saying, 'Never judge a book by it's cover', but you just can't help yourself, can you? Razz
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    Post by chris c on Sat Sep 09 2017, 23:59

    OK I went and looked on Google like I should have done in the first place <G> no not familiar at all.

    SF is such a vast field, some of my all time favourites are the numerous (and often prophetic) dystopias of John Brunner, the hard science stuff like Arthur C Clark and Larry Niven, the softer social side like Ursula LeGuinn and various oddballs like Michael Coney.
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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Nov 05 2017, 18:27

    I just happened to have a wander around the book shelves in our local supermarket and of course the number of Christmas titles out is mind boggling. I didn't actually want a Christmas book because I had been in a charity shop recently and spotted a book that I thought would make a good December read ... it was only .99p a bargain! I then tend to recycle them back for others to enjoy ...
    I did however treat myself to a new Kate Furnivall paperback
    Well why not  Smile

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