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2017-04-02 09:05 am
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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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2017-03-26 10:22 am

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Some pictures from the last few days

Birdies&stuff )
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2017-03-23 10:51 am

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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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2017-03-15 08:37 am

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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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2017-03-12 05:08 pm

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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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2017-03-12 04:59 pm
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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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2017-03-10 01:25 pm

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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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2017-03-10 11:10 am

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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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2017-02-13 01:07 pm

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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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2017-01-18 09:57 am

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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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2016-12-30 03:37 pm

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Just back from collecting Rob and his new velo from Newcastle ferryport this morning. I stayed up there overnight to make life easier and yesterday, I reached the Angel of the North just as dusk was falling...

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2016-12-15 08:53 am

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So, Rob went to the dentist yesterday, had a filling and *now* has toothache.

I may be wrong, but I rather thought that was supposed to work the other way round....
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2016-12-11 11:16 am

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There seems to be a competition on as to who can produce the most dirgelike version of "All I Want For Christmas Is You".

I'd say Michael "Monotone" Buble is winning over Lady Antebellum at present.

I'm just waiting for Coldplay to wheel out a *really* depressing rendition now....
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2016-12-11 08:59 am

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Rob's colleagues have asked if I'll be making them some mince pies again this year. Not sure if they're keen or fearful ;)
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2016-12-11 08:31 am

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Huge crash in the kitchen at about half six this morning.

Downstairs to investigate and there's the teapot - the *Denby* teapot, mind - on the floor and a rather subdued Rebus. Normally he's rubbing round my ankles in anticipation of breakfast first thing in the morning, but today he was into the lounge and observing from a distance, even before I saw what he'd done and called him a rude name.

Astonishingly, the pot itself was intact, but the lid was in a Several of pieces. I swept those up and then went to give Rebus a cuddle - we've got three or four teapots but only one cat, after all.
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2016-12-04 03:42 pm

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On Friday we drove up to Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for a short break - just overnight, coming back on Saturday. The main thing we went to see were the Whooper swans which migrate here from Iceland for the winter, but there were plenty of other birds too.

“Caerlaverock” )
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2016-11-25 07:44 pm

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Ironically enough, the best pictures I took at the zoo today were the ones of the wild birds ;)

“Zoo!” )
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2016-11-03 12:21 pm

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October's books.

As ever, books read aloud to Rob marked with an asterisk

215. The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
216. Boundary Born by Melissa F. Olsen
217. The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders
218. The Medium by C. J. Archer.
219. Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
220. The Last by Michael John Grist
221. The Lost by Michael John Grist
222. Songsmith by Andre Norton and A.C. Crispin
223. The Paladin Caper by Patrick Weekes *
224. The Least by Michael John Grist
225. Jeremy and Amy by Jeremy Keeling
226. The Miser’s Sister by Carola Dunn
227. Finder by Emma Bull
228. Ginnie Come Lately by Carola Dunn
229. Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
230. The Man in the Green Coat by Carola Dunn
231. The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler*
232. Killing at the Carnival by L.A. Nisula (81 pages)
233. Firestorm by Rachel Caine
234. Lavender Lady by Carola Dunn.
235. Sword-Maker by Jennifer Roberson
236. Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill*

The Secrets of Wishtide was a pretty good historical mystery with a female detective - I hope to see more books about her.
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2016-10-18 02:56 pm

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Popped over to the zoo last Thursday. here are a few pictures.

“Kitty! )
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2016-10-15 06:33 pm

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Given the issues with the Note 7, Samsung might want to change the music on the tv ad
for the S7 Edge to something other than Charles Trenet's 'Boum'......