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Marita

Ten Years of Big Readers

In April 2003 the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel and they created a forum so people could discuss those novels. The discussions continued even after the BBC forum closed. Ten years later we're still discussing.

That calls for a celebration. Virtual champagne all round.


Evie

Yes, cheers to us!  Thanks for remembering, Marita - can't believe it's been ten years.  Though I remember Verity being 14!
TheRejectAmidHair

Three cheers for the Big Read board!

When I first got online - some time in the late 90s - I soon found myway to the Penguin Classics board. But by 2003, that was on its last legs, so I migrated to the BBC Big Read board. I am still in touch (via Facebook) with the main contributors to the Penguin Classics board. Indeed, one of them, with whom I had crossed words on many occasions, turned out (after a few years' acquaintance on the board) to be working in an office just ten minutes walk from were I lived: we soon met up, and we remain friends.

I have met a few people from the Big Read board (and its successors), and it has always been delightful. But, online or  offline, despite the various ups & downs, it has all been quite lovely!
Apple

As a relative late comer to the forum - I joined a few months before the beeb board closed, and I always like love reading comments and contributing where I can.

Happy birthday Big Readers!  occasion9
chris-l

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to those who have worked so hard and given so freely of their time and expertise to keep this site going through all its manifestations. I know some of your names, but as I cannot find a list, I think I would be sure to miss out someone who deserved a mention, so I will stick to a global vote of thanks.

I have loved reading this board for the last 10 years and look forward to continuing for even longer into the future. I have 'met' some delightful people here and also, through their recommendations, come to enjoy books and authors who would otherwise have remained unknown to me.

Thank you everyone! I wish the champagne could be more than virtual...
Joe McWilliams

Huzzah!

How long have I been on board? Half of that time, maybe? I value it highly, though you might not see a post from me for weeks at a time. Keep up the good work!
Ann

Cheers everyone  occasion5
Chibiabos83

I don't know how I remember the date, but I believe 26th October 2003 was when I first logged on, a bit later than E/V and Himadri and some of the other old hands (I include myself as an old hand, I'm not being intentionally ageist). I have a few months to go before I can celebrate my personal ten-year anniversary, then, but I'll break out the Martini, or would if I could find an appropriate emoticon.

snorting  elephant  Safe

The pig is because I was born in the Year of the Pig, the elephant is because I will never forget the many happy events of this board and its ancestors, and the man wearing a condom as a hat is for novelty value.
chris-l

Yes, I too was born in the Year of the Pig, although not the same one, I am quite sure!
iwishiwas

Although I do a lot more lurking than posting, I am thrilled the forum is still going strong.  occasion5

Here's to the next ten years!
Caro

I was in England with time on my hands while my husband was working when I came across the BBC Big Readers' message board.  And what a delight it has been over the years, and not just in itself, but it lead me to several others, mostly historical ones or language ones.  And I have made some good friends from them.  In those days people suggested that everyone you 'met' on the internet was someone other than what they said, and I have been so pleased to find so many lovely people wandering round it.

Thank you all.
Joe McWilliams

Hi Caro

Not to impose, but I would be interested in checking out the historical and language boards of which you speak, if they're still active.
Joe McWilliams

I see I never got a response to this. Still interested, though.
Caro

Hi Joe,

I don't remember seeing this before, though quite possibly I just thought I would reply later and forgot.

The boards are a bit tricky.  This one, which I would recommend as a very friendly little group of mostly men, is a closed board so you have to apply to join.  But normally if people seem genuine we accept them, and we would certainly accept you, since I would say I knew you, and liked you.  They do talk a lot about war - best generals, strategies, planes, artillery, weapons, etc.  I have to mostly ignore those threads since I know nothing about them, but I can join in other war-related threads.  And there are quite a lot of other discussions about history and other things too.  I think you would enjoy it - there are a couple of people on it who live or have lived in Canada.  Others from NZ, England, and Australia.  [url]https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/worldhistoryjiglu[/url]

The one dealing with language and words has become a little moribund at the moment, with some people leaving and others away for various reasons.  If it picks up a bit I will get back to you.  The third one is a very intellectual one run by a very clever man who knows everything and can be a bit strong and cutting, so I am not sure if you would enjoy that or not.  It is here: http://reshistorica.historyboard.net/

Hope you do join one of them, you would be a big asset.

Cheers, Caro.
Joe McWilliams

Thanks Caro. I'll give it a whirl. I'm sorry to hear about the language and words group not being active. That was the one that most interested me.
Caro

Hello Joe,

That board seems to have come to life a bit recently, at least with the language stuff.  It is at http://s4.zetaboards.com/Radio4forum/forum/3660153/ and the language threads are at Word of Mouth.  It is very British-oriented, but still interesting for me at least.

I don't know what you have to do to sign up for it though.

Cheers, Caro.

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