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    Thumbs up GAGB Pub Chat - "Culture Vultures around the table"

    Tell us about that good programme you watched on TV, or the book you're reading, or the latest film/show/gig you attended. What's your latest hobby or interest?

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    After some years, I've recently returned to Wilbur Smith's novels and I'm three quarters way through "The Quest", one of his series of Egyptian stories. Great stuff, easy read, adventure with a heavy spoonful of mysticism thrown in... a bit grusome in places... Those Egyptians knew how to create a good torture

    Anyone else got a good read on the go atm?

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    Steven Fry on sunday night going around america. Well worth a watch.

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    Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon - for the 6th time......
    and Iain banks - the Wasp Factory, for the squillionth time (but only when I'm on the loo)

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    I rather like The Eggheads, except that the questions are faaaar too easy...
    ​​Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light. (Dylan Thomas)​


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    I enjoyed the first of Fry in America, too - I saw a couple of his interviews promoting the series and he spoke eloquently of his experiences in USA and how he had enjoyed meeting the citizens. He really put across how individuals there are proud of their home state and were anxious that he should leave with a good impression of them and their area.

    keehotee - In a recent conversation (which started off talking about Bletchley Park, cos we used to live up that way) somebody else recommended "Cryptonomicon" to me but it sounded a bit 'heavy' for a first go at one of his novels - Would you suggest any of his others that might be easier for a trial run?

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    Two of the best books i have read in a long time and highly recommended by me are "Kane and Abel" then read "The prodical daughter" both by Jeffery Archer.
    Forget the politics...........The man can write.

    Other favorites, anything by James Patterson or John Grisham.

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    You're a man after me own heart Wadders, I love Grisham and Patterson.
    :cheers:
    A great book with a fantastic twist was one of Archer's early ones, Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less. Teaches a great lesson !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Blorenge View Post
    I enjoyed the first of Fry in America, too - I saw a couple of his interviews promoting the series and he spoke eloquently of his experiences in USA and how he had enjoyed meeting the citizens. He really put across how individuals there are proud of their home state and were anxious that he should leave with a good impression of them and their area.

    keehotee - In a recent conversation (which started off talking about Bletchley Park, cos we used to live up that way) somebody else recommended "Cryptonomicon" to me but it sounded a bit 'heavy' for a first go at one of his novels - Would you suggest any of his others that might be easier for a trial run?
    Hmmm - his earlier stuff's a bit cyberpunk / scifi.......
    The Baroque books are good, and sort of prequels to Crypto....
    The Diamond Age is fantastic - but again sci fi (in a Victorian steam punk way)
    Can lend you Crypto or any of the others if you want to try 'em out.

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    whoops - and just realised I was on Ali's log-on........ :-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by *mouse* View Post
    ...Can lend you Crypto or any of the others if you want to try 'em out.
    thanks! :socool:

    Next time we're at the same Event I'll remind you of that and maybe you can bring one along

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    OK folks, you've had a whole weekend of exciting activity. Did anyone do, or see, anything vaguely "cultural"?

    Admittedly, the nearest we got to "culture" this weekend was a bit of anthropology while people-watching from the queue in B&Q and some light bird-watching along the Severn estuary. We did find a good location for a hamster cache though. (I'll say no more about that because it might be considered On Topic rather than Off.

    As for on the telly... Well, somebody had better contribute something before I feel the need to talk about Saw and Saw 2 hmy: :wacko:

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    Not really, just went for a walk as I normally do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Blorenge View Post
    OK folks, you've had a whole weekend of exciting activity. Did anyone do, or see, anything vaguely "cultural"?
    We watched 'The Story of Maths' :wacko: - and just about followed it as well
    Judging by the occasional avatar around here there are a few Terry Pratchett fans about: one part of the programme had a sort of mathematics tournament and for some reason they had camels: - then I thought of the greatest mathematician on the disk in 'Pyramids'

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    Been to see "burn after reading" very funny.

    saw The Stranglers live.

    and wandered over maiden castle near Dorchester, Dorset.

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