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    Hi, Paul. How are you these days?
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    Hey there. We haven't spoken in a while. Thought I'd stop by and see if you still come to Lit Net. Hope things are well.
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    Very busy at work, though things should slow down toward end of September.
    Not familiar with the Gollancz sci fi, but am interested in the general topic. I'll do a search.
    Speaking of the lads, mine is now into his second week of his first year at the university.
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    I was catching up the "Captain's Reading Log" thread, looks like you're getting a bit of reading in. I was curious though, I recalled some time back you were considering Dostoevsky The Idiot, I believe it was. Did you decide to carry through with it?
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    Checking in. We're overdue for an allotment update.
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    Similar case with me- difficult to find time for the Forums lately although, it is due in part to my dedicating more time to reading.
    I'm working on Mark's book, continuing with Solzhenitsyn, Plutarch's Lives and the Beast of Boggy Creek.
    When I get some time, I put a little more effort toward promoting the Beatnik theme for our next gathering.
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Holiday in Seville

by Paulclem on 08-11-2014 at 01:26 PM
It's the first holiday abroad in a number of years and I'm here in Seville with my son who is 22 in order to reinvigorate his interest in Spanish and open the possibility to him of working in this culture as an option.

I think it has worked. He loves the city and often takes off wandering around the place for hours. (My irritating company might also provoke this too, but I remain upbeat).

I like the city too. We went on a river cruise today past the Moorish Gold Tower

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Drama on the Green

by Paulclem on 08-26-2011 at 08:19 PM
About three weeks ago I was walking my Jack Russell as usual on the Green near our house and I noticed a crow hopping about the field. There had been quite a few crows about the field this year, with at least two couples producing offspring.

This crow stood out as it appeared to have no tail feathers. I proceeded to watch it from a distance, and it became clear that it couldnít fly. I continued to see the crow, and usually another pair with it or nearby. I presumed they were its

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Maths Again

by Paulclem on 08-21-2011 at 03:14 PM
A few weeks ago, my Boss came and asked me if I would like to change my role in the organisation. Iíve been a Literacy Programme Manager for a few years, but recently, with the insecurity in the Public Sector, I have studied Maths in order to give myself another iron in the fire.

So, as I did the L3 exam through my organisation, this has been noted.
As an incentive I was offered the chance this year to study for a L5 Maths Subject Specific Qualification at Warwick University.

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A Tale of Two Franks

by Paulclem on 08-09-2011 at 08:33 PM
When we moved into our house, we discovered to our delight that the close Ė a dead end road with no through traffic - had quite a community of old folks living in it. It was very friendly, and, as my wife and I donít drive, we would regularly see the other residents wandering round to the shops or walking the dogs. We soon got to know all of them, in particular Old Frank who lived over the road.

He was an irascible, bluff character who had served in the Fleet Air Arm in WW2. He would

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Retiring Colleagues

by Paulclem on 07-29-2011 at 08:16 PM
The ones coming to the end of their careers I mean. Not the quiet ones that we all have to watch.

Yes it was a funny day today Ė I wonít say weird as it didnít have any supernatural content, in the strictest sense of the word. It was funny watching the unfolding of a last day after watching the unfolding of the last six months.

It happened that my colleague, who sat opposite me all year, decided to take voluntary redundancy in order to enjoy her horse riding and all

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Updated 07-30-2011 at 03:49 AM by Paulclem