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  1. There's an old saying. It's not what you know -...

    There's an old saying. It's not what you know - it's who you know that counts.


    There have always been places for exceptional students. James Rebanks went there in the 1980's, he was a farmers...
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    Slow black, crow black, fishing boat bobbing sea....

    Slow black, crow black, fishing boat bobbing sea. is very magnificently good.
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    Great stuff Jerry - Charlie's got a shadow That...

    Great stuff Jerry - Charlie's got a shadow That ain't a rabbit.
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    Lovely poem - (he said choosing exactly the wrong...

    Lovely poem - (he said choosing exactly the wrong words.)
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    About half of Shakespeare, most of the Greeks,...

    About half of Shakespeare, most of the Greeks, nearly all of the Norse.

    Otherwise "Money" by Martin Amis, because you might as well enjoy yourself while losing



    Edit, for heavens sake...
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    About half of Shakespeare, most of the Greeks,...

    About half of Shakespeare, most of the Greeks, nearly all of the Norse.

    Otherwise "Money" by Martin Amis, because you might as well enjoy yourself while losing
  7. Thread: Nettles

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    Recalls another great poem of yours, for that...

    Recalls another great poem of yours, for that "Time" competition.- nostalgia eh, what can you do?
  8. Ok I'll write this out again as it has...

    Ok I'll write this out again as it has disappeared.
    ^That is excellent Danik. I got into VW through Orlando, a very funny, accessible book, that gets you on her side when you come to her other...
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    I'm still here. I've been ill, but not dead yet -...

    I'm still here. I've been ill, but not dead yet - as far as I can tell.
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    Hi Danik. Thanks for doing that.

    Hi Danik. Thanks for doing that.
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    I don't know, I always think we try to over...

    I don't know, I always think we try to over complicate stuff. The princes were in Richard's care and they disappeared. To lose one prince is unfortunate, to lose two..
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    A bit grim, but Spring Offensive by Wilfred...

    A bit grim, but Spring Offensive by Wilfred Owen affects me greatly. The hapless soldiers contemplating the horizon that marks the limit of their existence, then walking towards it.. Very moving...
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    Another good one.

    Another good one.
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    "bathed in gracious sunshine" Excellent. I also...

    "bathed in gracious sunshine" Excellent. I also like the sentiments expressed. (post #994 that is)
  15. Thread: aperture

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    Good stuff cacian.

    Good stuff cacian.
  16. Thread: Audrey

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    Ordinary life is poetical. I had a similar...

    Ordinary life is poetical. I had a similar conversation with my sister yesterday. I'm glad I dropped by.
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    That could easily be a hymn.

    That could easily be a hymn.
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    A new direction ?

    A new direction ?
  19. I think it's good too. Those were the very...

    I think it's good too.
    Those were the very early days of the Novel and the genre hadn't settled down. He included stuff that has generally been dropped, and stuff that caught on and is not out of...
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    Hmm, I wonder what subject is relevant right now...

    Hmm, I wonder what subject is relevant right now ?
    In this bedeviled land we have forgotten The Christmas Spirit because of Brexit. So the next subject is.......


    CHRISTMAS, of course.
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    A good review, very helpful. McEwan draws you in...

    A good review, very helpful. McEwan draws you in (as expected) then kicks you out just when you've made your emotional commitment.

    I notice that often watching even a poorly adapted film of a...
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    Good stuff. I agree with Kiz paws. Love the...

    Good stuff. I agree with Kiz paws. Love the directness, the language, the message, everything really, especially the slightly delusional "Of which I am not one" refrain which adds a touch of cynical...
  24. Thread: Ronald.

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    I like that observational cynicism you do so well.

    I like that observational cynicism you do so well.
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    I long for the blueness of skies Hot sunshine A...

    I long for the blueness of skies
    Hot sunshine
    A dazzle in my eyes.

    I think of bright surf,
    Bluebottles,
    The smell of dry earth.

    A zephyr through leaves
    Sweet breath
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