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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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  1. What's the weather like?

    It's 24/25C here, but as there's never a breeze with it and it's always humid, it's quite oppressive heat. When there's a breeze it makes a world of a difference, but I can only recall one or two days that had anything other than dead air. So sick of it. Working from home to avoid going out in it. I hate heat anyway, but even OH's parents, who live in Portgual, found the heat a bit much here without a breeze.
  2. What's Up in July? - 2018

    I literally took a week off work because I was sick of going out in the heat. It's been 22-28 degrees every day for 4 weeks now. Ireland is officially suffering from 'a drought'. There's water restrictions in place and dead grass everywhere, because we're just not equipped to for this kind of extended heat. It's meant to go on for another 10 days. Cracking up.
  3. What's the weather like?

    There's more moisture in the air than air. I.e. 10000% humidity.
  4. Bobblybear's Book List - 2017

    Maggot Moon sounds interesting. I read (or started, not sure I finished it) another book by her. It has very mixed reviews, but I'm curious enough to try it!
  5. What's Up in May? - 2018

    You're so lucky, I'm jealous. I have sweat dripping down my face right now because it's so damn humid and there's no air conditioning in my office.
  6. Aww that's a shame, I thought it was one of her strongest novels, and really enjoyed it. Probably me, I like Anna McPartlin I recently finished One Click by Andrea Mara, which I was really looking forward to after loving her first book, but I was very underwhelmed by it. Still slowly working through Strange The Dreamer and also tearing through With Our Blessing by Jo Spain, the first of an Irish detective series which I'm loving.
  7. What's Up in May? - 2018

    I finally finished my Masters for the year (and perhaps forever, depending on how I feel in December!) It really was grueling, nowhere near as engaging or worthwhile as the cert before it. I was just aiming for passing grades by the end. Glad it's done, more time for me! Went to see Derren Brown last night, think it's the first time he's been in Cork. Was fun to see him live, although I've seen all the tricks in the show (as it's a Best Of), before, so that took away from it a little. Still, he got me a couple of times, and it was fun to see stuff like the blindfolded mind reading in real life. It's way too hot here for me now, over 20 (22-26 usually) degrees every day. I know that's not hot by most peoples' standards, but it's near 100% humidity all the time, doesn't go down below 15 degrees at night, so I basically just just have to turn my head and sweat pours out of every pore. On Monday I went to Smyth's with OH to pick up a new game, 45 mins total maybe in the sun, and I had a pounding headache for the rest of the day. Every time I took a damp cloth off my head there was an incredible pressure all along the surface of my head which felt like my brain trying to escape. Rotten. Hate heat and summer. Roll on Winter!
  8. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Directors, producers, writers some pair from one of those teams. Most recently seen films: Deadpool 2, The Expendables, and The Secret Life of Pets. Fantastic, brain-meltingly not my kind of thing, and bizzarely dark and unsuitable for kids, in that order.
  9. I've been on a bit of a fantasy kick lately, which I'm loving. I really need to be in the mood for fantasy/sci-fi/magical realism/things that sort of dip into those areas, but when I am in the mood they're some of my favourite books. I finished The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and really enjoyed it, and now am reading Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
  10. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    I was thinking of Widow when i said that, even though I'm fairly indifferent to her and Cap. But I'd still take them over any GotG characters. I like Stark and Banner and Paul Bettany's face. Also love Black Panther, but he's not core.
  11. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    They handled it as well as they could, but there were too many characters, with at least 1 core character doing basically nothing but showing up and kicking a bit of ass a couple of times. And I'd much rather have seen that character than other, imo poorer, characters who got bigger or more plot-centric roles.
  12. Your Book Activity - April 2018

    I'm reading The Bear and The Nightingale by... someone, I forget who. Really enjoying it, though it's quite meandering.I was a quarter of the way through before I felt like the characters were settling into position for the plot to begin, and I feel like it's just starting now around the third way mark.
  13. What's Up In April? - 2018

    In ireland you can now use this public services card they've brought in as ID instead of a passport, but apparently the cards are very contentious as they contain so much information about the card-holder! No news here really. Started the new job, it's quiet so far and I'm a little on edge as what the role will specifically entail is a little up in the air right now. Penny is doing well, aside from the fact that my partner lets her sleep in the bed without her cone on at night and she's picked the scab off her side so now it's red and sore looking. But she's most of the way healed, 5 weeks and 3000 euro later!