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  1. Fall at your Feet - Crowded House
  2. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Yes this one did feel a bit dated, although it was only set in the 1970s. Great comfort reads though.
  3. Thought it was about time I started a log on here. Just finished the 7th book in the Poldark series ("The Angry Tide") which was hugely enjoyable but a little political occasionally as Ross is now a Member of Parliament. But his rivalry with George Warleggan is as strong as ever, and his marriage to Demelza is on shaky ground, and their attempts to get back on track aren't helped by Ross's recklessness. And there's a shock at the end too. 8/10 Also just finished Falling Love by Donna Leon, another entry in the Venice-set series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, who is called in to help when his friend, opera singer Flavia Petrelli, seems to have a stalker. Probably not the best book I've read in this series, but still enjoyable, with it's cynical sense of humour intact. 7.5/10
  4. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart - Bryony Ashley is forced to return home to Ashley Court, her beloved ancestral pile, after her father is killed in a road accident. As the only girl, she knows she can't inherit and the house and estate will go to her cousins, but there is a family trust to protect the house from falling into the wrong hands. So when her cousins turn up, begging her to break the trust so that they can inherit faster and basically do what they like with the estate, she's not too happy; although it is their inheritance she starts to get suspicious and wonders if her father's death was an accident. Helped by the local handyman with whom she grew up, she soon starts to realise she might be in serious danger, and that her cousins might do anything to get their inheritance. I quite enjoyed this, I don't think it's the best of Mary's books but it was a nice escapist read, even if it was a bit of a standard woman in peril tale! I really liked Bryony as a character, she has a nice dose of cynicism, and the use of her inherited telepathy gave the story a slightly supernatural twist. 7/10
  5. What's the weather like?

    We haven't had that much rain, not enough to fill a saucer even. Had a brief downpour on Saturday but it soon dried out again.
  6. Change-a-letter Book Title

    Metaborphosis - we studied this by Kafka for German A Level, and it was our nickname for it.
  7. I hear you! the Power of Love - Frankie Goes to Hollywood/Huey Lewis/Jennifer Rush
  8. What's the weather like?

    Oh yes, about 30 mins every night watering, I don't mind it though, it's relaxing and gets me moving after a day stuck working at my "desk". bit breezier today so a bit more comfy.
  9. What's the weather like?

    My mum has a theory that all those wind farms are causing the winds..... Saturday was also windy and we had a brief downpour with hail for about 10 minutes, then it cleared up but was still very windy. Sunday and yesterday were glorious though, managed to get to a garden centre and it actually felt like a Bank Holiday weekend.
  10. Reap the Wild Wind - Ultravox
  11. What's the weather like?

    Well the last couple of days the weather has cooled down, it's been very windy and today we had a brief heavy shower with a bit of hail! Hopefully the rest of the holiday weekend won't be so wild.
  12. Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan (even older than the 70s I think!)
  13. What's the weather like?

    Went out in the garden at about 9.00 and it was quite warm even in the shade! there was a nice breeze yesterday which helped but when it dropped it was very warm!
  14. Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys/Elvis Presley etc
  15. What Are You Watching Now? - 2020

    Is that the one with Eva Green? I think it's due to be shown here too.
  16. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    Glad I didn't waste money in the cinema, it was on TV! I noticed a continuity gaff too, but I can't remember what it was.
  17. What's the weather like?

    It was quite warm around 9.00, cool in the shade. Yep meant to be mid or maybe even upper 20s tomorrow (depending where you live) then cooling down a bit.
  18. What's the weather like?

    Gradually got warmer over the weekend, although there were a lot of rainclouds but they blew over, meant to get warmer this week.
  19. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    the Snowman - the film version of Jo Nesbo's novel - what a mess! I have read the book but couldn't remember that much about it apart from the basic storyline, but it was very disjointed and they fudged the ending - the final confrontation is done much better in the book, whereas the film's ending felt very rushed and anti-climactic. I also thought Michael Fassbender was too young, again this is where the book comes in - Harry is about 10 years older than MF in the book, and he was just too young to capture all the world weariness that Harry has, he just came across as the usual petulant maverick cop, which he is in the book but there is much to his character than all the usual clichés. It was obviously hoped there'd be another film judging by the last scene but I remember the reviews weren't very good so I wasn't expecting much. Also one of those films with lots of familiar faces popping up in tiny roles. Great scenery though.
  20. Every Thing I Do (I do it for you) - Bryan Adams
  21. What's the weather like?

    Yes still the same here, bit sunnier today but still that cold wind.
  22. All Cried Out - Alison Moyet
  23. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (think that's right) - caught up with this at the weekend, after the first half hour or so I enjoyed it. There was a really strange coincidence involving the book I'm currently reading - in the film the main character gives the farmer Charles Lamb's tales, illustrated by Arthur Rackham - that night I carried on reading my book and got to a bit where the heroine finds a valuable book has gone missing from her old nursery, and the book is Lamb's tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham! Seems such a coincidence, especially as I'd only watched the film a few hours before, and then read about the book a few hours later. Twilight Zone or what!