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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.

Iain C Smith

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    Penicuik, Scotland
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    Books, Music, History, browsing the internet too much !.
  1. Paul - The Apostle,.....

    a biography by Tom Wright (former Bishop of Durham, now Prof of New testament Theology at St Andrews University ). I long admired the Apostle Paul as a man and as a thinker. Tom Wright writes in a very readable style about Paul and his journeys. If you like this kind of book I heartily recommend to you.
  2. The Death of Expertise.

    Once in a while a book comes along and surprises you, this is such a book. I heard the author, Tom Nichols on the radio talking about it. The subject matter peeked my interest. I got a copy and read it. It was a well written and easily understood book. Nichols' theory is that we have become used seeing and hearing from experts on numerous topics - without taking much notice of them. We, he says have made up our own minds and become experts ourselves (often wrongly). Highly qualified men and women are being ignored etc... I commend this book to one and all. It is thought provoking - possible life changing for some ?. THE DEATH OF EXPERTISE by Tom Nichols (Oxford University Press)
  3. New Crime/Thriller Authors

    Nordic crime thrillers have become very popular over the last few years. I recently discovered Stefan Ahnhem whose novels - "Victim without a Face" and "The Ninth Grave" were a great read. Strong characters and graphic story-lines. If you like this genre,have a look.
  4. Local History

    I live in an area that has a history of coal mining...long since gone, sadly. The Mauricewood Devils by Dorothy Alexander (Freight Books).- tells the story of the mining disaster of 1889 through the eyed of local people. Well written and worth a read.
  5. Your Top 10 books!

    My Top 10 books would be: 1. The Clowns of God by Morris West 2. The Moon's a Balloon/Bring on the Empty Horses by David Niven 3. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 4. The Morse Novels by Colin Dexter 5. Child 44 by Tom Rob smith 6. The DCI Daley Novels by Denzil Meyrick 7. The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker 8. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey ( the first adult book I read 1). 9.The Shardrake Novels by C J Samsom 10. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  6. What are you listening to?

    I have an eclectic taste in Music, I like most genres of Music .I have recently been listening to Neil Diamond, Gregory Potter, Dave Gilmour and Vaughan Williams.
  7. Very Pleased to Have Found You All

    Hello everyone, I have been a bit of a bookworm for most of my life. I just love books - in particularly Crime fiction, especially the Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter. I look forward to pop into the form on a regular basis.