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    If only to demonstrate that pedantry knows no...

    If only to demonstrate that pedantry knows no season, I feel obliged to point out that Stephen Hawking's name isn't Stephen Hawkings either.


    Happy Christmas, all.
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    It's a form of glottal stop -...

    It's a form of glottal stop - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glottal_stop - and it's an identifying characteristic of Estuary English - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estuary_English - which is what you...
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    What - all of them?

    What - all of them?
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    Actually Nell (10) felt more strongly than Grace...

    Actually Nell (10) felt more strongly than Grace (8) about the lack of incipient nihilism. Grace was of the opinion that, on the whole, the piece was played straight without the usual car crashes and...
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    Saw Monster University with my daughters (8 and...

    Saw Monster University with my daughters (8 and 10). Not bad, but we were all a little disappointed that it was a so short on incipient nihilism.
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    Indeed. Someone should explain that this is a...

    Indeed. Someone should explain that this is a discussion forum, not an completelyunsupportedassertionfollowedbysulk forum.
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    Saw Despicable Me 2 with my daughters, 8 and 10....

    Saw Despicable Me 2 with my daughters, 8 and 10. All three of us revelled in its (as opposed to it's) incipient nihilism.
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    I'm afraid that, in my case at least, it's worse...

    I'm afraid that, in my case at least, it's worse than that. It's hobbit-ignoring.


    When I was a kid - so, under ten, say - I really liked the Bobby Brewster series. Also The Cave Twins, which...
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    I hated it at thirteen or fourteen. And ever...

    I hated it at thirteen or fourteen. And ever since.
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    Cross-ref to thread concerning a thing I wrote...

    Cross-ref to thread concerning a thing I wrote for the Telegraph.


    http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?74900-MarkB-piece-in-the-Daily-Telegraph-about-e-publishing
  11. MarkB piece in the Daily Telegraph, about e-publishing.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10032659/How-I-overcame-snobbery-to-self-publish-an-e-book.html


    Please tweet and share and all that sort of thing.
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    No, no. Inventive and pragmatic = Excellent. ...

    No, no.

    Inventive and pragmatic = Excellent.


    Any idiot can record heavy artillery if they have a mike and some heavy artillery.

    It takes real genius to record heavy artillery if you have...
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    What's sad about that?

    What's sad about that?
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    As an aside, I have never seen the attraction of...

    As an aside, I have never seen the attraction of any aspect of a circus. Just don't get it.
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    I can contribute guitar or, at a push, ukelele. ...

    I can contribute guitar or, at a push, ukelele.

    http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq193/markbastable/Used%20and%20Links/178f5279-10bb-48f2-ac4a-d86c195a802e_zpsc1c35138.jpg

    Also vocals, though...
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    Cacian, you took that definition from Wikipedia,...

    Cacian, you took that definition from Wikipedia, which goes out of its way to distinguish between 'solitude' and 'loneliness', although you suggest one shouldn't.

    About three lines below your...
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    This serves to confirm me in my conviction that...

    This serves to confirm me in my conviction that we each live in a universe of our own devising.



    I think he's more for Jack than Johnnie. Then again, I don't think he cares that much.
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    I take it all back. The Munster car is a shoo-in,...

    I take it all back. The Munster car is a shoo-in, as long as I never again have to hear that truly appalling, too-crap-even-to-be-funny song.
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    I'm going to have to veto OMD. If you look at the...

    I'm going to have to veto OMD. If you look at the fine print of the constitution - which is written on a beermat now preserved in marrowjelly in a jar beside the pickled eggs - you'll see that I am...
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    Hello chaps, I've not been about much, and...

    Hello chaps,

    I've not been about much, and here's why....

    http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?74743-New-novel-available-from-this-weekend&p=1215442#post1215442

    I shall do...
  21. Scheh: could be a few weeks. I think you can get...

    Scheh: could be a few weeks. I think you can get a quasiKindle reader app for most tablets.

    Thank you, Gilliatt. Please review it on Amazon, whether you like it or not.

    The reviews have started...
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    When it happens, I shan't.

    When it happens, I shan't.
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    Speak for yourself (and whoever you're...

    Speak for yourself (and whoever you're co-dependent with at the moment).
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    Hello, all,

    I've not been around much lately - my free time has been swallowed by a combination of family circumstances, the demands of the dayjob and this...

    The Penny Falls is now available...
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    I'd say that the contemplation of mortality as an...

    I'd say that the contemplation of mortality as an alternative to the immediacy of the carnal was just about as metaphysical as you can get.
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