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county_lady



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Mike I envy you the Alasdair Gray as I saw some of it earlier this year in a programme, possibly Imagine?

Mine from hubby were Why does E = mc2 and why should we care?, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw and a book of West Bromwich memories where I lived from age 8 in 1956 till 1972. Today's late Xmas arrivals from Amazon were Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey and Creation, the true story of Charles Darwin by Randal Keynes.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just had one book, but am looking forward to reading it - it's a beautifully produced paperback edition of Henry Williamson's Salar the Salmon.  I have read Tarka the Otter, but not  this one, and the lovely woodcuts in it are a joy.

I was delighted to get it, from my sister - I rarely get books for Christmas, but then I don't really get presents!


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Marita



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get mostly books for Christmas and New Year. This year they are:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
Drood by Dan Simmons
The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Selected Illustrated Works of Charles Dickens (a Wordsworth Library Collection hardback with the Christmas books, Ghost stories and other tales and early sketches)
The rest were a gardening book and some cookbooks.

Marita


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

County Lady, I didn't know you were a Black Country girl - I was born in Stourbridge, and my mother was born in Dudley, but we moved to Warwickshire when I was 6.  My uncles all supported West Brom!  Up the Baggies...


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
County Lady, I didn't know you were a Black Country girl - I was born in Stourbridge, and my mother was born in Dudley, but we moved to Warwickshire when I was 6.  My uncles all supported West Brom!  Up the Baggies...


Smile Well my parents and I were all born in Smethwick.
My Uncle, cousins and brother all did/do support West Brom but in spite of being taken to watch the Baggies train I never became a football fan.


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Hector



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both my parents were also from Smethwick and I still have a few relations living in the area. Half my family are / were Baggie fans but thankfully I managed to avoid that particular affliction. Up the Villa!

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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mum in fact was a bit of a Wolves supporter - mainly because of Derek 'the Doug' Dougan, I think!

But Aston Villa is a Brummie team, not Black Country - how can you support them, Hector?  ;0)


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Hector



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the moment as we edge ever closer to the relegation zone, I ask myself that regularly Evie! My grandfather was an Aston Villa fan and he indoctrinated me early on - much to my father disappointment I might add.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mum grew up in Dudley and used to get taken to see the baggies quite a bit (my Grandad was a regular there).



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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our eldest daughter gave us such an appropriate gift.
When we arrived in NZ in 1966 and settled on the north shore of Auckland, the shore's population was 75,000, now it is approaching 230,000. The social and bulding construction changes that have taken place are documented in The North Shore: An illustrated history by David Verran, a descendant of a family who established a cartage business in the 1900s. He is president of the local Historical Society apart from his day job as a librarian and historian. The illustrations include photographs and paintings brought together from the archives of the various councils which have now been amalgamated in the new Auckland Council. Of particular interest is the number of writers who lived at one time in this marine suburb, a tradition continued on with writers' groups including ones named after Frank Sargeson and Michael King.



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