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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     


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    Ugly bag of mostly water
  • Birthday 06/21/1965

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    Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
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    Reading, writing, walking, photography and eating Icelandic chocolate.

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  1. Travel Plans

    I will have to see whether I have the time to visit, but yes, I have heard that.
  2. Travel Plans

    Nice photo Quinn - it sounds like a real adventure. We had a nice weekend in Bournemouth recently for the Lib Dem conference which was fun - and glorious weather. The next longer trip for me though will be to Portugal during the 1st week of November - it should still be reasonably warm (low 20's) I hope. I will be spending 4 nights in Lisbon and 3 in Porto, so must remember to book the train between the 2 different cities this weekend. It should be fun. I am starting to think about next year as well now, although holding off a little bit because of the dreaded B word. Hopefully though it will be a trip to Valencia in Spain in February. I will have to see what dates are best - EasyJet offer several flights a day from Gatwick so there are plenty of options.
  3. What are you listening to?

    Isaac Hayes - By the time I get to Phoenix - love that organ solo at the end.
  4. That Old Devil Called Love - Billie Holiday
  5. Travel Plans

    Sounds good to me. We have a week in a cottage in Somerset coming up soon as well.
  6. Which will be the best books to read while travelling?

    Far too many to mention! If you give us some idea re what sort of books you like - crime, general fiction, non fiction etc. perhaps we can help you a bit more.
  7. Your Wish Lists

    I use Amazon as being a Kindle reader, I have to buy my books from there. It currently has over 100 items on it and seems to get longer by the day!
  8. Going Paperless

    I am going more and more paperless - I rarely read paper books and all my news subscriptions are now digital as well. I use my phone to make lists of things I need to do rather than writing things down (although I still write things down at work as I don't always have my phone on me). For the first time this year I didn't buy a paper diary, which I don't really miss - I do still have a paper calendar though and one at work for writing everyone's holidays on!
  9. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    Countries I have got through this year include a few overseas territories that are not on my original list - So Many Islands by Thomas Laughlin for Fiji, Kiribati and Niue, Tropic of Violence by Natasha Appanah for Mayotte The Old Man and the Mastiff by Patrick Chamoiseau for Martinique The Svalbard Passage by Thomas Kirkwood for Svalbard Silent Territory by Fredrik Louren for Western Sahara
  10. Travel Plans

    I'll miss them like mad - and so will Coran! I love those cats!
  11. Travel Plans

    I am off to Bosnia this weekend - in 6 days time - I am going via Dubrovnik in Croatia so wont actually get there until Sunday evening - about 7.30 local time, but I am really looking forward to it. Coran hasn't been well for the last few months, so it was touch and go for a while as to whether I would have to cancel, but we both decided that wasn't going to happen as I REALLY need this holiday to recharge my own batteries. Coran is going to stay at her sisters for a while with our lovely neighbours once again looking after the cats, who I will miss like crazy - I have turned into a crazy cat lady since we got them! This time next week then I will on the bus heading towards Mostar at the start of my adventure.
  12. Travel Plans

    It certainly is. Coran and I had a fabulous weekend near Amesbury in Wiltshire over Easter, with perfect weather and it's 4 weeks this weekend until I am off to Bosnia. Coran hasn't been well of late, and I had to cancel a much needed trip to the Canaries in February hence the few short breaks we have had in between. She is still not good unfortunately, but I am not cancelling another trip - we will just have to find a way to make it work.
  13. What's Up in April? - 2019

    We did. I had fun yesterday as well. I went up to Parliament again after work to make some noise as there were 2 large groups from North Yorkshire and Cornwall coming down to take part in a sing off against together. They sang their own versions of some popular songs changing the lyrics to Brexit themed ones instead with musical accompaniment. It was all great fun and very good natured - even the Police Officers were singing along! The 6 o'clock shout (where we all stand outside the House of Commons and shout "stop Brexit" was good fun too - with more songs and chants from the 2 groups - we even made the BBC 6 o'clock news! We also managed to ambush Mark Francois who is Vice Chair of the ERG (a group of ardent Brexiteers). He was being interviewed on College Green and when he finished we all followed him back to the Commons shouting "vote leave lied". It's much more fun that cleaning toilets at work, talking of which we have been interviewing for a new gardener for the past week, as our current one is leaving us at the end of next week, so have to make a decision tomorrow as to who to offer the job to. I know which one I would prefer but need to discuss it with the maintenance manager tomorrow as well in my own bosses absence and see if he agrees.
  14. What's Up in April? - 2019

    It's fine - you don't miss what you never had!