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    Happy Easter! :)

    Happy Easter! :)
  2. Thread: Brits Out!

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    Not my country but I'm curious - what's with all...

    Not my country but I'm curious - what's with all these 'referendums'? I know it is democratic, but do we really need this much democracy? Is it not better to leave these important policy decisions to...
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    He's probably right about the happy ending. Shaw...

    He's probably right about the happy ending. Shaw felt it was because of Dickens's lack of understanding of himself as a man, though he was able to portray himself as a child very well. He also has...
  4. Interesting! Till now I only knew of Bernini's...

    Interesting! Till now I only knew of Bernini's highly erotic sculpture, "The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa", but I always thought that the artist had taken liberties with his theme. I had no idea it was a...
  5. Not sure if this fits the bill, but towards the...

    Not sure if this fits the bill, but towards the end of Jane Eyre Rochester's beautiful mansion Thornfield Hall is a burnt out ruin, his mad wife Bertha dies in the fire, and he is a shell of his...
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    Happy Birthday, Jacob!

    Happy Birthday, Jacob!
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    Happy Birthday, Calidore! :)

    Happy Birthday, Calidore! :)
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    I was thinking of Louis Moore, but perhaps I...

    I was thinking of Louis Moore, but perhaps I found him an unsatisfactory character, rather than unbelievable. The unbelievable part was a girl like Shirley falling in love with a guy like him.
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    "And here she was now, in her elderly days, with...

    "And here she was now, in her elderly days, with the Coriolanian style of nose and the dense black eyebrows which had captivated Sparsit,..."

    I think it is Mrs. Sparsit's nose that is described as...
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    Poll: Is it really like that? Maybe I must read it...

    Is it really like that? Maybe I must read it again. :)
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    Thank you, each one of you, for your kind...

    Thank you, each one of you, for your kind birthday wishes!

    Danik, the song made me smile. I only understand a few of the words myself. :) It's in one of our 28 or so main languages, and I only...
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    Very well said indeed. I too liked the huge,...

    Very well said indeed. I too liked the huge, rambling War and Peace better than Anna Karenina.
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    I try to avoid them like the plague but am...

    I try to avoid them like the plague but am usually forced to take antibiotics every time I get a cold by my doctor hubby. He pops pills like candy, but assures me they are completely necessary. I...
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    Sticky: Poll: Where have all the young'uns gone? There used to...

    Where have all the young'uns gone? There used to be so many when I first joined.
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    Poll: I see I'm outnumbered here and I know that Moby...

    I see I'm outnumbered here and I know that Moby Dick was only doing what whales do, but I really wanted the crew of the Pequod to kill the whale.
  16. Hi Adol! Nice to see you again. :) I'm a...

    Hi Adol! Nice to see you again. :)

    I'm a Christian too, but I do not think I believe in this heaven and hell business. I love Christ's teachings and think they totally make sense, and have made me...
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    Sticky: Poll: 54, (sigh) and that too in just a few days.

    54, (sigh) and that too in just a few days.
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    Poll: Novels are what I usually read, but I think drama...

    Novels are what I usually read, but I think drama is my favourite - what great writers in that genre - Aeschylus, Shaw, Shakespeare. I'm not a great one for poetry, but one of my most favourite works...
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    I guess this version would have been kinder on...

    I guess this version would have been kinder on the back parts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yqVD0swvWU
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    There was a lot I did not care for - Gandalf...

    There was a lot I did not care for - Gandalf battling the Balrog and similar scenes, that army of ghosts, Legolas jumping onto the Heffalump - sorry, Oliphant and so on, but there's something about...
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    I think the scouring chapter is realistic - home...

    I think the scouring chapter is realistic - home always seems more comforting and idealistic than it actually is when you are far away, and coming back could be anticlimactic, home is just as likely...
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    He is standing, with one leg raised and supported by a rock. Not sure what that is called. Is "standing astride" or "straddling" the word you are looking for?
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    LOL! For me it wasn't the elves so much as the...

    LOL! For me it wasn't the elves so much as the Orcs.

    I wouldn't call Tolkien verbose, but there were many parts in LOTR that I felt could have been left out entirely, especially the Scouring of...
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    "Er that I schale hennes go, " - You have...

    "Er that I schale hennes go, " - You have translated it as "before that, I shall go." I think it is more like "before I shall go from here" ( before I depart this life).

    "And as thow of a may...
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    OK then - I know God of Small Things author...

    OK then -

    I know God of Small Things author Arundathi Roy. She was a senior at school. Oh wait - this is actually true! I can't do this! :D
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