What are you reading right now? Page 237

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Kenneth

  • Monday 22nd June 2020, 3:08am
  • Australia
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Quote: beaky @ 29th June 2016, 10:15 PM

Just about to read Bill Bryson's The Road to Little Dribbling, which I meant to buy when it first came out, and found in a Spanish supermarket this afternoon.

Did you like it? "I went to a shop and the young guy serving me was a complete f**kwit. This town sucks because the butcher's shop and the bookstore have closed and I couldn't find a battery for my watch. I got stuck in traffic. The museum gift-shop is a ripoff. I felt nervous walking past a horse. The tearoom was crowded. F**k other tourists. Young people are f**kwits who watch Mrs Browns Boys. Etc, etc."

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Monday 22nd June 2020, 8:32am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
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? Is that the bowldlerised version? I've just downkindled The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie because 1 - It's a novella of less than 200 pages and I have the attention span of a nitwit knat, 2 - It's considered a classic and 3 - It's one of those 'Nothing like the film' books which infuriates the novel's fans.

I caught the film on the other night, a 60s made film set in the 30s, looking much more like a film about the 60s. So I thought well, I've got to see how much it veered from the book, and was Maggie Smith over acting? Huh I'll soon find out.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Friday 26th June 2020, 11:53am [Edited]
  • England
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Having given up (for now) Hawking's "Brief History of Time", thought I would make a third attempt to get into Carlo Rovelli's recent book "The Order of Time", and so far have managed to get to Page 70 at the end of Chapter 4 with a smattering of what he's talking about, the bones of which are that time slows down the nearer you get to a mass and speeds up the faster you go - so for example, for the astronauts on the space station these two effects almost cancel each other out - we are talking about by Infinitesimal small amounts here!

So, Aristotle, Newton and Einstein pretty much agree with each other (with adjustments) and with a bit of concentration we can follow this........................THEN Einstein has to stick his oar in! :( "it is Einstein who observes that this cannot be the last word on the nature of time and space, because of the existence of quantum mechanics."

Chapter 5 "Quanta of Time"................and I feel I've lost the game before even reading the first sentence. :S

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Friday 26th June 2020, 12:34pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
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Sylvia Plath. With coronavirus I need cheering up.

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Rood Eye

  • Wednesday 8th July 2020, 11:34pm [Edited]
  • England
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I'm reading some tweets from Jerry Seinfeld.

The normally non-controversial Jerry upset a few sensitive souls when advertising a forthcoming chat with comedian Lewis Black (who is white).

Jerry urged people to watch the show by stressing that "Black's life matters".

Quite clever, I thought. Laughing out loud

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Wednesday 8th July 2020, 11:38pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
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F**king Hell. Sounds like one of my jokes.

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Rood Eye

  • Wednesday 8th July 2020, 11:40pm
  • England
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Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 8th July 2020, 11:38 PM

F**king Hell. Sounds like one of my jokes.

Can it be entirely coincidence that you and Jerry have never been seen in the same room? Laughing out loud

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Thursday 9th July 2020, 12:06am
  • Eternal City, Italy
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Deny it all.
Reading 'How to express yourself'. Shittest shit I ever readed.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 15th July 2020, 9:30am
  • England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 26th June 2020, 11:53 AM

Having given up (for now) Hawking's "Brief History of Time", thought I would make a third attempt to get into Carlo Rovelli's recent book "The Order of Time", and so far have managed to get to Page 70 at the end of Chapter 4 with a smattering of what he's talking about, the bones of which are that time slows down the nearer you get to a mass and speeds up the faster you go - so for example, for the astronauts on the space station these two effects almost cancel each other out - we are talking about by Infinitesimal small amounts here!

So, Aristotle, Newton and Einstein pretty much agree with each other (with adjustments) and with a bit of concentration we can follow this........................THEN Einstein has to stick his oar in! :( "it is Einstein who observes that this cannot be the last word on the nature of time and space, because of the existence of quantum mechanics."

Chapter 5 "Quanta of Time"................and I feel I've lost the game before even reading the first sentence. :S

Nope, lost me by the end - seemed to be full of waffle too.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Monday 20th July 2020, 9:18am
  • England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 26th June 2020, 11:53 AM

........... thought I would make a third attempt to get into Carlo Rovelli's recent book "The Order of Time".......................

:S

Now my brain has recovered I thought I would re-read a childhood copy of "Treasure Island" I manage to pick up on eBay..........it has pictures too, which are a bonus - the illustrations being by the then famous Scottish cartoonist Dudley D. Watkins.

Ahhh.............so much more relaxing, and fond memories of reading it after finding same in my Christmas stocking :)

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lofthouse

  • Saturday 1st August 2020, 1:50pm
  • Nowhere, England
  • 9,586 posts

Renegade- life and tales of Mark E Smith

Lovely stuffLaughing out loud