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Apple



Joined: 24 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:30 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I didn't mean it like that! But seeing as you mention it, I have to say I have seen plenty of evidence of it (and I'm not  talking about to me either) but I'm not going to get into an argument with you over it, its just not worth it.  You have your opinion and I have mine.  Smile


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verityktw



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The photo Gareth posted was taken on my 17th birthday (though it's a horrible photo of me!). I think I'm probably the youngest board member who has been here from the beginning and, especially through the first three years, the board has been a big part of my life. The transition's been massive, I've gone from being a GCSE student to an NHS manager in training, via two English degrees.  Even though my posts have been very intermittent since I started university, I hope to make a bit more of an effort now. Even in the patches where I haven't posted at all, I've read the board intermittently, and been pleased to read what everyone's reading and their thoughts about it. I'm always very happy to return and find out that people remember me, as I regard many of you as friends. There are also a couple of people who have been close friends to me over the years and through some very tough times either in person or through correspondence.

Reading-wise, it gave me the opportunity to talk to people on a level which stretched and challenged me, and exposed me to a repertoire of classics which I would never have just picked up in Waterstones. For the first time I developed more confidence in what I thought was good or bad about books and why. It's also somewhere where reading is fun and sociable rather than isolating, which I think it was for me at school. It's also challenged the way I think about books and my reading choices, and I hope it will continue to do so. After four years of very academic study of literature (albeit mostly poetry) it is lovely to come back and to remember that as well as appreciation and analysis, enjoyment is important.  Smile


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TheRejectAmidHair



Joined: 19 Nov 2008
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Location: Staines, Middlesex

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Verity how very good to see you here again, and how even better to hear that you intend staying, and posting about books! The more book-talk we can get, the better.

It's incredible that you were studying for your GCSEs when you started contributing to the old BBC board. Our daughter was but a toddler back then, and she is sitting er GCSEs now. As for me, I think I just feel old...

I'm off now to read your post on Jane Gardam.

Hope to see you around more!



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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Verity, I was thinking back to how young you were when all of this started (14 at the very start, if I remember correctly), when I was thinking about my own feelings about the board.  And now the other side of a postgraduate degree.  It's one of the things that makes this such a great community for me - we've been through loads together!  I remember us all chatting here the day Mike A's baby was due to be born, wondering how it was going, and George is now 4, I believe.


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mike js



Joined: 28 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only just spotted this topic, Ann. It is surprising to think how long ago the BBC big read message board started!

I can't remember exactly how early or why I joined originally, but certainly remember it all with great fondness. It is fascinating to see how a community can form by meeting in a virtual place. And this board is a fine continuation, though I have not done much to help, being very quiet.

I have certainly read a little more widely through some of the suggestions and reviews over the years. I have found a way to express truly awful puns now and then. All right, rather often in those early days.

The biggest change for me has been to sometimes write down how I felt about a book, which is something I don't think I would have tried otherwise. And, I wrote at least two poems:

Not a Verse to Chocolate
I like chocolate,
A lot.
O yes,
I like choc a lot.

Turf
Turf!
It's a few blades of grass,
and some earf.

I cannot recall why.

Happy reading.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to read your pomes again mike!  

And it was your influence that got me into reading Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and John Wyndham - for which I am very grateful.  Never, ever thought I'd read science fiction, let alone enjoy it!

I like the fact that people come and go here, dropping in when they feel like it, staying away when they don't, lurking a bit.


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MikeAlx



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Location: Seaford, East Sussex

PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
I remember us all chatting here the day Mike A's baby was due to be born, wondering how it was going, and George is now 4, I believe.

5 in a few weeks!



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verityktw



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, your chocolate poem reminds me of one I wrote for my mum on mother's day when I was quite young:

I love you
And chocolate too
The chocolate's gone
But you're still my mum.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poetry versus chocolate - one of my favourite memories


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mike js



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Evie. It is great that you have enjoyed your SF adventures. I feel guilty about not finishing Middlemarch now.  Wink One book I really enjoyed after recommendation from you was Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer.

Oh yes, Ann; poetry versus chocolate! That must have been where the chocolate poem came from. I still have no idea where what possessed me to consider turf.

Verity, your poem shows both love for your mum and a sensible early interest in chocolate.  Smile



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