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    How Many Languages Do You Know and Use?

    English, French, Hungarian - i can also muddle along in German and say a few sentences in Spanish.
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    What does John Prescott and an MFI flatpack have in common?

    A few screws in the wrong place and the whole f***ing cabinet falls apart!
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    The word "****" on a t-shirt - freedom of speech?

    there has to be a limit to freedom of expression when it sets out to deliberately inflame people and/or target individual groups/people. A healthy (and controverial) discussion is great but people walking around with controversial/racist/sexist/plain rude slogans on their t-shirts etc witth no...
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    Positioning of apostrophe

    Can someone help me with something please. Which of the following is correct: Ten year's service Ten years service Ten years' service Context: In recognition of his ten (years/year's/years') service with the company they gave him a gift I am erring towards ten year's service but I...
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    Do you keep a book list?

    When I found myself buying books I already owned, I made a list of all my books. At the risk of sounding like a dork, it is on an Excel spreadsheet and as well as the title, author etc, it contains the ISDN, the edition number, copyright date, publisher, whether it's hardback or paperback and...
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    Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    I started this over the Easter holidays (totally unaware this was the book of the month for May as I haven't been here in a while). Not being one to start a book and not finish it (unless it is truly diabolical) I am still plodding along with it. I'm up to page 772 of 846 and it is really...
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    Any football fans on the board?

    Arsenal. My family live in London and some of us are Arsenal, some Spurs, some Fulham and some Chelsea....leads to some lively 'debates'.
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    Herbert's Horror

    I have them all. The most disturbing i found to be Others. I recently reread The Fog (another disturbing and quite gruesome read). The only one I have not enjoyed was Once...
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    Snookerfans?

    I have to admit I am a self-confessed snooker addict. I could watch it morning , noon and night - and sometimes do. I know for example what I will be doing this weekend. Mark Williams is my favourite player (i like his sense of humour) and I was transfixed when he did his 147 the other...
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    What's wrong with the public library?

    Every single one of the libraries I have visited have not been appealing in terms of environment. I would say that having a coffee shop and comfy chairs to encourage people to sit, relax, read and drink must be a win-win. It is not as though you are losing purchases by having people reading...
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    Suspense/Thriller novels written by women?

    I'll add Kathy Reichs.
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    Putting a book down

    There is one book I really want to finish but I have tried twice now (years apart) to read the damn thing and each time I have given up. The second time I was even over half way through before I gave (as I say I really wanted to finish it). In the end, as the Bunny Wabbit pointed out life is...
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    Your favourite bookshop / place to buy books

    Partly inspired by a post I just read about being not being able to enter bookshops without buying half the stock, I was wondering where do you prefer to buy your books. Do you like: The convenience, value and selection from on-liners such as Amazon? Or Poking around in musky second hand...
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    John Grisham: The Last Juror

    The Last Juror Have just finished reading Mr Grisham's latest (?) book and was not too impressed. Whilst it was readable, it lacked the punch of many of his other novels and I was left with the feeling that it was a bit rushed. I also found the title a bit ambiguous (won't say anymore)...
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    Quiz => Which literature classic are you?

    I got Lord of the Rings too. J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings. You are entertaining and imaginative, creating whole new worlds around yourself. Well loved, you have a whole league of imitators, none of which is quite as profound as you are. Stories and songs give a spark of joy in the middle...
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    Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie got me hooked on reading when I was a kid. I think it is definitely time to revisit.
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    Dean Koontz

    Just finished it... ...and thought it was really good. Was waiting for the surprise ending all the way through though so I wasn't too surprised by the surprise ending...if you get my drift. Still, it was rather emotion evoking.
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    Best and Worst

    Not necessarily published in 2004, but read by me in 2004. Best Novel......Dennis Lehane - Mystic River Worst Novel.....Dean Koontz - Twilight Eyes Best Non-Fiction....Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything Worst Non-Fiction.... None Most Original....??? - can't say I've read...
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    What are your fears?

    Losing my teeth and having to wear dentures.
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    Do you catalogue your books?

    Having come back from the bookshop recently, very pleased with one of my new purchases (Bram Stoker's Dracula - always wanted to read it), I was horrifed to discover by chance at the weekend (looking for another book) that I already owned it...... Whilst I could blame this on my age and...
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