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About Talisman

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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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    leafy Surrey
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    Reading, writing, walking, photography and eating Icelandic chocolate.

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  1. Christmas planning and chat

    You have to look after them as they work hard all year, and I know how much I appreciate it when my boss does the same for me.
  2. Christmas planning and chat

    The only people I have to buy for are my 3 staff - and its easy to do that, must get them all a bottle of wine!
  3. Libraries

    This is no doubt something to do with copyright and digital rights management which is still a tricky issue to resolve.
  4. The high price of cheap books

    Good for you Athena - I had no idea that authors could even do this, but when I think about it, why wouldn't or indeed shouldn't they? People crowdfund for all sorts of things.
  5. The high price of cheap books

    That's an interesting idea about buying the author a coffee Hayley - I suspect you're right though like tips in restaurants it would end up being up among loads of other people …..
  6. The high price of cheap books

    I would say that depends like everything else it depends on their own financial situation. It stands to reason though that paying full price for anything creative always benefits the creator as does when possible buying direct from them.
  7. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    I don't think I have many countries left now - I don't know what I'm going to do when its finished!
  8. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    A few more countries I have completed in recent months: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan for Cote D'Ivoire Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku for Zambia The Blind Fisherman by Mia Couto for Mozambique The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay for Kashmir Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo for Madagascar Uncertain Light by Marion Molteno for Tajikistan My Trip to the Central African Republic by Martin Whitacker for Central African Republic White Sand Blue Sea by Anita Hughes for St Barts Conquered Hearts by Michael Heath for Jersey Rivers of Babylon by Peter Pistanek for Slovakia
  9. How many books have you read this year?

    I'm a bit behind tis year at 66. I set myself a goal at the beginning of this year to read 100, but have downgraded it to 85. At the moment I'm not sure if I'm likely to achieve that either. It doesn't matter that much though as there are other things to life than just reading, as much as I enjoy it!
  10. Travel Plans

    I will have to see whether I have the time to visit, but yes, I have heard that.
  11. 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.
  12. What are you listening to?

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

    Sounds good to me. We have a week in a cottage in Somerset coming up soon as well.