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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.


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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. Saving content

    The only thing I might want to keep is a copy of all the books I have read as part of the Around the World Reading Challenge. It is easy to just copy and paste that.
  2. What's the weather like?

    The last few days for me have been absolute bliss after the intense heat. Today though it bucketed down and flooded half the floors where I work. Myself and 2 of the maintenance men spent almost an hour clearing it all up!
  3. How many books have you read this year?

    I finished no. 61 yesterday. Hoping to get to 100 by the end of the year, but I think that might be pushing it.
  4. Pets - 2018

    They are suffering a bit in this heat which isn't the best. We have the fan running in the living room where they spend most of their time and the top windows are open enough to let the air in while making sure they can't jump out! It is obvious that poor Billie really wants to go out as she keeps trying to climb on the radiator in our bedroom as she can see the top window is open. We are not going to let her though until the cat flap is safely installed, which won't be long now. We had a quote for installation today - our front door has raised panels which will need to be changed in order to fit one. We know the flap we want - the Sureflap Dualscan, which works with their microchips to prevent other cats from coming in. That should be arriving on Wednesday and the fitter says he will call us as soon as he gets the panel. It should be by the middle of next week then.
  5. General questions / discussions

    I am not going to bother with another forum at this stage. It will be strange as I have been a member of one in one form or other since the millennium, but I am sure I will get used to it. I have joined the Facebook group and if anyone on there or on here that I am not already friends with wants to keep in touch with me they are free to do so. I am friends with some of you already anyway. I should be easy enough to find via my real name which is listed in my signature. I will miss the monthly threads the most I think where we tell each other our news, and of course the book challenges and lists. I can easily keep track of mine via Goodreads though, which I do already anyway. If I feel the need to join another reading forum further down the line it shouldn't be difficult to find one via Google.
  6. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    A few more countries to add to the list: Damages: BK Bazhe (Macedonia) The Tunnel: Ernesto Sabato (Argentina) Best European Fiction 2014: Various (Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, England, Wales) USSR: Diary of a Peresroika Kid: Vladimir Kozlov (Belarus) The Orchid House: Phyllis Shand Allfrey (Dominica) My Year on a South Sea Island: Kathy Giuffre (Cook Islands)
  7. Pets - 2018

    Billie has taken to sleeping on our bed since I got back but Becky is still a little nervous of that. She comes into the room for a sniff and occasionally jumps on the bed, but runs straight back out again with the slightest sudden movement. We thought we had lost her yesterday - we searched the house and were starting to worry as we hadn't seen her for hours. Then we suddenly noticed her perched on top of one of the book cases watching us - they really are strange creatures! We have a man coming on Monday to measure the door panels with a view to changing them so we can get a cat flap installed, as we have had them 6 weeks now so it's time they started to explore the garden as well as the house. I must admit that I do really love these cats. They are so loving and such fun to watch.
  8. What's Up in July? - 2018

    I got back on Sunday evening - I finally got home just before 9pm and had to be back at work at 7.30 the following morning - not good! The holiday though was brilliant - I stayed in 3 different places - all capital cities of the countries concerned, with day trips to a few others, including Helsinki. Lithuania was the country I enjoyed the most - it 's clean and very walkable with lovely people and very easy and safe to get around. Tallinn too is beautiful as these old towns tend to be, but packed with other tourists. It's a cruise port, so the cruise liners were out in force, with up to 6 of them on some days.
  9. Pets - 2018

    So sorry to hear this - goats are lovely animals. I missed our 2 cats so much while I was away - and they were all over me the moment I walked through the door. We are getting them a cat flap hopefully next week, so they can go outside. It will be interesting when they meet the 2 next door.
  10. General questions / discussions

    I haven't used the site an awful lot in recent years, but will still miss you all. I can understand the reasons though, having run forums myself - an awful lot of work goes into it, especially on something this size. I will miss you all though and will check out those other sites.
  11. Rights

    Have you tried google? That's usually the first place I turn to.
  12. What's Up in July? - 2018

    I might have gone up to London for the Trump protests today if I hadn't had to work and wasn't going on holiday tomorrow. Taking time off today was impossible though as it's the 80th anniversary of the charity that I work for tomorrow so there has been a lot of organising and preparation to do - including cleaning. If I wasn't going away tomorrow then I would have got roped into volunteering tomorrow as part of the celebrations, so it's just as well that I am! I will be visiting 3 different countries this time - starting with Lithuania before bussing to Latvia on Thursday and then on to Tallinn (Estonia) which I fly back from on 29th July. The flight from Luton to Vilnius is at 7.40 tomorrow morning so Coran and I are driving down there tonight to stay overnight. Coran will then drive back again tomorrow morning where for the next 2 weeks she will have sole responsibility for the cats. I will miss then like mad over the next 2 weeks.
  13. What's Up in July? - 2018

    That really sucks and I can't say I blame you for saying no. As for the heat - it has been a bit cooler today (about 23 degrees) but the heat is set to come back tomorrow. It's the poor cats I feel sorry for with those thick fur coats.
  14. What's Up in July? - 2018

    I know how you feel - the sweat has been running down my back on and off for most of the day - which is really unpleasant. I tend to feel the heat more than most anyway, so this weather for me is not good news. The temperature in the swimming pool at work, which I cleaned at 8.30 this morning must have been close to 40 degrees - goodness knows how people swim in that! I will be glad to leave the country at the weekend and go somewhere cooler for a while, but I will miss the cats like mad.
  15. What's Up in July? - 2018

    Yes, I am sorry too about your co-worker Echo. I know you didn't really know him, but you are still working there and so of course are still affected. I know what you mean about the football Madeline - I am not a football fan either, but have got a bit sucked into this one too. I am one of just 2 women in a team of about 8 or 9 men at work so that may be a reason - plus of course all the clients are all talking about it as well. They will probably watch it on the big screen in the ballroom on Wednesday I expect. It's great that England have got through to the semis whether you are a fan or not and can only be good for the country, especially with all the uncertainty and doom and gloom going around at the moment with Brexit and of course Trump's impending visit. It's a shame in a way that we didn't get to Pride yesterday but I think it would have been too hot anyway for both of us. I will miss Trans Pride as well this year as it clashes with my holiday. Coran was going to go with another trans friend, but she is still recovering from her surgery and so doesn't feel up to it. Brighton Pride is I think the weekend after I get back so perhaps we will try and get to that instead. I will miss the Ride London this year as well, as it's on the day I get back - the roads will be closed from 8am to 5.30. Luckily my plane gets in at 6.40 so Coran should still be able to come and pick me up! The cats are getting bolder each day - Billie managed to escape from an open window the other night which caused a bit if drama, but she stayed in the garden and we got her back indoors safe and sound. Becky in the meantime has been exploring he kitchen - she also went outside for the first time yesterday as we left the front door open to see if they would. Billie was asleep and not really bothered but Becky went out on the doorstep for a few minutes before running straight back in the house! They really are adorable and I love them to bits.