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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 09:05am on 02/04/2017 under
March's books

35. Sun In Glory by Mercedes Lackey, et al.
36. Mrs Hudson and the Spirits’ Curse by Martin Davies.
37. Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller*
38. Wolverine’s Daughter by Doranna Durgin
39. A Bird in the Hand by Ann Cleeves
40. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
41. Angel by Carola Dunn
42. Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller*
43. In the Market For Murder by T.E. Kinsey
44. The Corpse With The Silver Tongue by Cathy Ace.
45. His Christmas Countess by Loiuse Allen
46. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
47. Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance
48. The Satanic Mechanic by Sally Andrew
49. Alas, She Drowned by Monica Knightley

Book Abandoned :- Shaded Light by J.A. Menzies

Best book of the month was definitely "A Monster Calls". It made me cry, but is excellently written.
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 10:22am on 26/03/2017
Some pictures from the last few days

Birdies&stuff )
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 10:51am on 23/03/2017
So, the protagonist of a detective novel is in an apartment whose owner has been murdered by poison.

Another resident of the same building has also died, within a day of the first victim, probably also by poison.

The protagonist is a criminologist, moderately sensible and intelligent.

They have just had lunch with the victim's wife and friends (sent in from a restaurant) and they are cleaning up the remnants while the others do things elsewhere.

They find a glass of cold beer in the kitchen.

They do not know who put it there.

They drink it.

On a scale of one to ten, how hard would you throw the book at the wall?
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 08:37am on 15/03/2017
The World's Dimmest Chaffinch is back trying to peck through my kitchen window.

Or else someone round here is trying to make a really low-rent production of The Birds....
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 05:08pm on 12/03/2017
I was partway through crocheting a tiny top hat last night , put the thing down to make a cup of tea and when I came back in the hook had disappeared.

Since we don't even have a sofa for it to have fallen down the back of, I can only assume we must have Feegle in the house and the little hooters have taken up pole-vaulting....
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 04:59pm on 12/03/2017 under
Just been reading a murder mystery.

Got about a quarter of the way through and there had been no detecting, nor yet any murder done. In fact we'd only met the detectives briefly in a short prologue. The first 90 odd pages of the book were introducing various members of a weekend party in modern day Canada and hinting at various reasons some of them might have for bumping off others.

Which is all well and good, but not my preferred style of mystery - I like to learn about the characters as the detectives do, so that I'm aware of the same evidence they are. Still I was prepared to give it a chance. Until one of the characters began banging on about her personal relationship with God in such a way that i strongly suspected she was a mouthpiece for the author.

I don't object to characters in fiction having sincere religious beliefs - indeed, one of my favourite fictional detectives is Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk - but I don't care for authors who *preach* at me. Shan't be reading any more of *that* one.
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 01:25pm on 10/03/2017
Small things that irk me, No. 6921:-

When I'm logged into my account on the Parcel2Go website and it still insists on defaulting to Mr as my title.

Not sure why it needs to use a title at all, for that matter.
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 11:10am on 10/03/2017
On Monday I had to take the van over to Stapleford for a repair. The bad news was, they couldn’t do it there and then. The good news was that it’s a recognised fault and they would take pictures, get it authorised by Ford and organise the repairs later.

So I pootled off to Attenborough to visit the ducks as it’s only a few minutes away from the garage….

“Ducks!” )
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 01:07pm on 13/02/2017
Scammer :Hello?

Me (with cheerful enthusiasm) Hello! Earwigs International, how can I help you?

Scammer: Is that Mrs Hag?

Me: (Still being annoyingly cheerful)What sort of earwigs would you like? Blue or pink? We have a special on orange ones this week!

Scammer: Mam, listen to me, I'm calling from Microsoft and...

Me Really? I'm so pleased they want some of our earwigs! We have some special polka dot ones!

Scammer: dial tone....

I'm particularly proud of this one as if was done entirely off-the-cuff... :)
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 09:57am on 18/01/2017
Congratulations YouView , you've rejigged your UI and made it less intuitive and more annoying to use.

The old version had the recordings in a simple text list, ordered by when they were recorded. It was clear. It was simple. It was easy to find the thing I wanted to watch.

The new one has pictures! Of different sizes! In no discernible order! And appears to be shouting in my face all the time! And have to scroll back across three screens to find the episode of Castle I want!

Hooterem sideways with the rough end of a pineapple.

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