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  1. Rules for the game: Post a song title using one word from the song title in the previous post. For example: Post #1: Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles Post #2: Don't Let the Sun (Go Down on Me) - Elton John Try to use the song title only, but if you're absolutely stuck for ideas, the artist's name will do a pinch. I'll start: Don't Let the Sun (Go Down on Me) - Elton John
  2. Time for a new thread! What are you all listening to?
  3. Rest in Peace

    I thought I'd start a thread where we can commemorate authors and other admired celebrities who have passed away (rather than starting a separate thread for each). I'm sad to report that Colleen McCullough, the well-known Australian author of The Thorn Birds and many other books, has passed away at the age of 77.
  4. Cricket

    Woohoo! Another Ashes series has started. I have to admit that I haven't been very confident that Australia can win the series. I guess I still miss our old players such as Gilchrist, Hayden, Warne, McGrath, Lee etc. I don't know much about a lot of these newer players so I don't have as much confidence in them. But we got off to a terrific start yesterday so I'm feeling a bit better about things. The second day is about to start.
  5. Health and Fitness

    I thought I'd start a new thread for health and fitness, seeing as the old one hasn't been used for a while. Despite my long ramble below, this isn't my own thread; it's a general thread for everyone to give support and advice to each other and provide updates on how we're going. So, about me: I have some pretty terrible eating habits and I never exercise. I get so ashamed of myself for being lazy and eating unhealthily, but I'm determined to change. When I last had a relationship that ended, I fell apart, started eating badly and put on quite a few kilos. But this time around I'm determined not to fall apart. I want to be stronger and improve my life. I've been in two minds about starting this thread. On the one hand, I know that you all will offer me a lot of support and encouragement as I start on my journey, but I'm also scared because if I fail, it won't be just me who knows about it! But I think it would be good for me to be held accountable for any slip-ups and bad days. So don't go too easy on me! My top priority is to change my dietary habits. I'll worry about exercise later. Around a year ago, my doctor told me that I have pre-diabetes. That should have been enough to scare me into changing my habits, but it wasn't. I haven't had any further tests done, but I think I'm still OK for now. I want to turn my life around and surprise my doctor the next time he tests me. I'd also like to lose a fair bit of weight (I need to lose at least 20 kg!). This week I ordered a top-of-the-range blender with money I received at Christmas. I'm expecting to receive it early next week. From the reviews I've read, it's a really whizz-bang machine that can do smoothies, juices, soup and sorbet. I'm planning on having loads of fresh food delivered to my door every week and having healthy juices once or twice a day. Having the fruit and veg delivered has several benefits: I support a local businessman and growers rather than large corporations, my produce will be fresher, and I won't have to go to the supermarket as often (where all the evil, naughty foods are). I made a trip to the local health food store yesterday and spent a small fortune on various bits and bobs that can be used in smoothies (according to the recipe book the blender company sent me). These include things like grains, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs and dates. A good thing about spending so much money on the blender and food is that I definitely won't want my purchases to go to waste! I plan to make a lot of 'green' smoothies in particular, as I've always had low iron levels (so low that I was't allowed to donate blood the last two times I tried). I also don't eat enough fish and red meat, so I'm going to aim to have at least one steak and one fish meal per week (and fresh fish—not the frozen stuff I usually use!) When we start getting into the colder months, I'll start using the blender for loads of yummy soups. So, that's my plan for the short term. Any advice, recipes and encouragement are welcome.
  6. We're nearly halfway through the year! What's your book activity today? I've sadly done very little reading lately, although I ordered a few books online in the last day or two.
  7. Colouring for Adults

    What do you all think of colouring books for adults? They have become hugely popular in the past six months! The shops in my town seem to have sold out of the most popular books (those by Johanna Basford), and so have some online bookshops. I've also noticed that they've featured prominently in bestseller lists, and I've read several articles about Basford's books in particular and the 'colouring for adults' phenomenon in general. I have to say, I'm not surprised. Some years ago, when I was planning to make a mosaic table for Mum, I photocopied some patterns out of books and bought a set of coloured pencils. On my long daily commute home from work, I would sit and colour in. Within minutes of first starting it, I realised (or should I say 'remembered') how much fun it is. I also felt somewhat less stressed after spending some time colouring in, and I've noticed many people are now saying the same thing. I bet those people who looked at me strangely all those years ago now don't think I was so crazy. I recently ordered Johanna Basford's two books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. Hopefully I'll receive the first one later this week, but EF is being reprinted and won't be available until May. Now I'm shopping around for some good-quality coloured pencils, but goodness me they're expensive! I want to invest in a good set though. And I plan to photocopy the pages of the book rather than colour the actual pages; that way I can colour the same images multiple times. If you'd like to give it a go but don't necessarily want to invest in books, I found this article, which contains some free (legal) pictures that you can print off and colour in. Click on the images for larger versions. As a bonus, one of the pictures is of the Strand bookstore in New York! Personally, I prefer the beautiful nature images in Johanna Bamford's books (do a Google Image search for 'Secret Garden Basford' to see some examples).
  8. Matt Haig

    Matt Haig has a new book out: How to Stop Time. Synopsis from Book Depository: 'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.' Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.
  9. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    Yes, indeed @bobblybear! It's very sad. I hope you're enjoying Persuasion. I dearly love all of Austen's books and really want to re-read one soon. So glad you enjoyed TCotGF. I bought it last year but haven't read it yet (or anything else by Crispin). In my last piece of book activity for July, I finished reading The Gruen Transfer, which I've been dipping in and out of for many months. Quite an interesting look at the advertising industry.
  10. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I started and finished Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth over the past weekend or so (lots of pictures; small amounts of text). I've had this book for a while and was inspired to push it up the TBR pile when I saw an interview with Gore on TV last week. Very interesting read, although it's a little dated now that it's 10 years old. Apparently the term 'global warming' was still used instead of 'climate change' back then, and obviously all the stats were missing 10 years' worth of data. I wonder if he'll update the book now that he's made a sequel to the original documentary? Oh, I just looked it up and the answer is 'yes'. That led me to read Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction, which I've heard great things about. I started it yesterday and have read around 50 pages. It's a fascinating read so far.
  11. Game of Thrones

    Yes, I watched it! I enjoyed it all, and yes, that opening scene was brilliant!
  12. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    It sounds like those of us who don't love social interactions should get together for a Silent Reading Party. I've been having a woeful reading year, but I've managed to pick it up a little in the past few weeks by rereading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams. At least, I thought I'd read the second book before, but none of it was familiar. I'm now reading Life, the Universe and Everything by the same author. I'm also not sure if this is a reread—I thought I had read at least part of it before, but again, nothing seems familiar. I know I definitely haven't read the next two books though, so I'll be continuing on with them next.
  13. Rest in Peace

    Very sad, and such a young age.
  14. The first Harry Potter book was published 20 years ago (yesterday...I'm a little late!) To celebrate, I thought we could get a discussion going about the books and movies...it has been too long since we had a good HP discussion! Favourite and least favourite Harry Potter books? Favourite and least favourite Harry Potter movies? Which house do you think you would be sorted into? Which house did Pottermore sort you into? Favourite and least favourite characters? Favourite and least favourite professors? What would your patronus be (have you received details from Pottermore, or do you have your own idea)? What would your wand be made of? (Pottermore) Favourite spell? Favourite subject at Hogwarts? Favourite thing/s about Hogwarts? What would your post-Hogwarts occupation be? Was anything left out of the movies that you really wanted to see? Was anything you would cut out (or down) in the movies? Favourite shop in Diagon Alley? Favourite place in the wizarding world? Feel free to expand the list!
  15. Black Mirror

    I recently finished watching this series and loved every minute of it! Very thought-provoking. Apparently Charles Brooker is going to publish three 'Black Mirror' volumes of novellas written by different people. These will go on my wish list for sure.
  16. I think it's bizarre that you (David James) could think anyone would think weirdly of someone reading Lolita near a school, or of reading a book about a serial killer in public, even a recently deceased killer. In the latter case, the subject would obviously be of interest to people at the moment because it's currently in the news. Do you think that somehow means someone reading a book about Brady actually condones what he did? Because that's the only logical conclusion I can come to when reading what you wrote. That's laughable and ridiculous. For the record, I once read Lolita on public transport. I can't be bothered Googling the cover to include it here, but it has a cartoonish image of a young girl in a bikini. Not the most provocative Lolita cover out there, I'm sure, but it was distinctive. I had the book sitting on my lap (front cover up) while I was doing something else, and a gentlemen next to me engaged me in conversation about the book. He turned out to be a big fan of Nabokov and a few days later he arrived on the train with a couple of spare copies of other Nabokov books and gifted them to me. We ended up becoming great friends and stayed in touch for several years, discussing art and books (he remains the most well-read person I've ever met). At the time I was in my mid 20s and he was probably in his early/mid 60s. Based on what you've said, you would probably have thought him some kind of sicko and advised me to stay well away. Luckily I'm not so judgmental!
  17. Your Book Activity - May 2017

    I'm interested in your thoughts on this. I know it's about Richard Dawkins, who I have great admiration for, but I'm not sure if the book just makes fun of him?
  18. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    I haven't read the book, but I've watched the first couple of episodes and like it well enough so far.
  19. What's your book activity today? Having finished The Lifeboat, I've returned to reading Isaac's Storm by Eric Larson. It's been hard to put down, and I've read more than 60 pages in the past day. Hoping to finish it in the next couple of days.
  20. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    I loved If On a Winter's Night a Traveller! It blew my socks off. I hated Miss Smilla though. Those books are so pretty! And so ridiculously cheap!!
  21. The Buuracombe novels

    Are you a member of Goodreads? If so (or even if you're not a member), you might be able to find an answer there. Someone might have addressed it in a review, or you can post a question on the page of the relevant book and someone might be able to answer it.
  22. Your Book Activity - March 2017

    Have you read Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden? That's quite a good one about North Korea. I've had this on my TBR pile for years and finally picked it up the other day because I've seen it in the news so much. I've probably only read half a dozen pages so far, and it seems good, but I'm not sure I'm in the right mood for it at the moment. I'll keep going for a while. SaveSave
  23. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I watched the final ever episode of The Vampire Diaries. Fitting ending, I thought. Lots of tears (theirs and mine).
  24. Book related songs

    I've merged this with an existing thread. Be sure to check out the earlier posts...there are some great songs there!
  25. I've read 8, and I'm 1 behind in my Goodreads challenge.