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26 August 2019
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50yearslate said
So you did- I can’t imagine why I didn’t notice, as we all know the only reason I read anything at all is for mentions of breasts.

(Not breads, Autocorrect! Keep my priorities straight!)

  

That's ok Fiddy, for all I know you were probably distracted by your own breasts. It's a common female problem. 

 

Sometimes I'm out walking and I have to pause for a minute and realise "wow I have breasts". 

It's a nightmare sometimes.

 

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50yearslate said

So you did- I can’t imagine why I didn’t notice, as we all know the only reason I read anything at all is for mentions of breasts.

(Not breads, Autocorrect! Keep my priorities straight!)

  

That's ok Fiddy, for all I know you were probably distracted by your own breasts. It's a common female problem. 

Oh, yes, of course. That’s the cause of all my problems, you know. It’s also the reason I shot Donna’s car.

Sometimes I'm out walking and I have to pause for a minute and realise "wow I have breasts". 

It's a nightmare sometimes.

  

Oh yes.Three cheers for Whoever The Author We Are Talking About Is, for writing so sympathetically about this debilitating female condition.

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Keeping this bad boy on topic.

 

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It's a real eye-opener. Quite tittalating if I do say so myself. The breast book I've read in a long time.

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I am laughing so hard right now at.. . . .. . . . .whatever this thread has devolved into at this point. a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-ringo-10ahdn_ringo_09

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Gentlemen, can we please get back on topic?

I'm hoping to catch up on whatever I have missed or forgotten in Dante's Paradiso. 

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ASJ's criticisms of Murakami are fair enough, IMO. I think the female characters are generally pretty good (from Norwegian Wood , Reiko in particular is a wonderful character), but I did find the constant references to their... physicality pretty off putting at times. I would hope that he was just trying to get in the mind of an adolescent for the book, but I'm not confident. 

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ASJ's criticisms of Murakami are fair enough, IMO. I think the female characters are generally pretty good (from Norwegian Wood , Reiko in particular is a wonderful character), but I did find the constant references to their... physicality pretty off putting at times. I would hope that he was just trying to get in the mind of an adolescent for the book, but I'm not confident. 

  

Oh yeah I enjoy Murakami's novels regardless of his creepy descriptions and it's in every. single. novel not just ones where the narrator is a young man (which is actually quite a lot of his books :/ ).

I read NW about 5 years ago and remember enjoying it at the time.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Sigh.. At least the unnecessary descriptions of female anatomy are balanced out by interesting characters, something which can't be said for much of literature.

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Bechdel test is always fun to apply to anything you read/watch. There has to be two female characters (it's good if they have names) who talk about anything that ISN'T concerning a man. 

The amount of films and shows that don't pass it is ridiculous- Casablanca, one of my favourites Kramer vs. Kramer, a lot of the Potter films, 500 Days of Summer, The Avengers, the list goes on and on

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It seems like such an outrageously simple test. It’s hard to believe so many works can’t pass it. Very disheartening.

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My personality entirely revolves around boys so it's fine by me! 🙂

 

Also currently reading: Since coming back to the home country at the end of July, I had a massive pile-up of Doctor Who Magazines to read. I had 6 waiting for me when I came home, another one arrived on the door (a special about the Target books) and the latest one is arriving this week. I am currently reading the Target special along with Plath. I'll be happy to be back on top of them again and I'm also happy that they're back on track with producing a good quality magazine again.

I know there's DW fans here but I don't know if any of you buy the DWM (I'm assuming not as there was a Beatles reference in last month's comic and it would have been posted here) but at the start of the year the magazine had declined a lot in quality. Since Jodie Whittaker came on-board as the Doctor, they've tried to update the magazine and make it more cool and hip by hiring a load of 'quirky, liberals' in their early-20s to be the new Time Team (people who watch and review past Who episodes), adding a Cosplay feature (which is more suited to the Junior magazine, which is published at odd intervals now) and in general focusing too much on the new series when the magazine in the past has been a split between Classic Who (60s-mid 90s) and New Who (2005 onwards). It would be fine to focus on the new series if the new showrunner was like the previous ones and actually gave us information about what's coming in the next series but he stays mum on everything and it's a waste of time giving column space to speculations on the new series when we won't get confirmation until the episodes actually air. After a load of complaints online (I was considering cancelling my subscription and I've been subscribed to DWM for 4 years continuously now, I also have a good few back issues from the RTD era), they've gone full-blown Classic Who for the last 4 issues, having never-before-seen interviews with Jon Pertwee, a full 40 pages of material from Christopher Barry's archives- all really cool stuff. I hope they keep the standards up because they're very much impressing me now.

I never posted my feelings on Series 11 DW but summed up it's: what a disappointment- don't like the companions, don't particularly like Whittaker, stories were crap, music was unimpressive, monsters were blah and the decision to get rid of the Christmas special was idiotic. If Series 12 is like S11 again, I'm not watching it again until either Whittaker or Chibnall goes, whichever comes first.

 

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I’m reading the Moomin books rn. One of these days I need to investigate the cartoon.

The best line so far, from Sniff:

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I am currently reading 'Unnatural Causes' by Dr Richard Shephard - one of the UK's leading forensic pathologists.

I'm debating whether to read David Copperfield next, or something else. I'm due another Dickens.

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50yearslate said
I’m reading the Moomin books rn. One of these days I need to investigate the cartoon.

The best line so far, from Sniff:

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Do, it's great. I watched Moomins at the Riviera a few years ago, it was fab

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Having finished 'Perfume'.....(Kurt Cobain's favourite book)....But don't let that put you off.

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“But I still state unhesitatingly, that for pure, vacillating stupidity, for superb incompetence to command, for ignorance combined with bad judgment --in short, for the true talent for catastrophe -- Elphy Bey stood alone. Others abide our question, but Elphy outshines them all as the greatest military idiot of our own or any other day.
Only he could have permitted the First Afghan War and let it develop to such ruinous defeat. It was not easy: he started with a good army, a secure position, some excellent officers, a disorganized enemy, and repeated opportunities to save the situation. But Elphy, with the touch of true genius, swept aside these obstacles with unerring precision, and out of order wrought complete chaos. We shall not, with luck, look upon his like again.”
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Just getting started on the Great Gatsby. 

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QuarryMan said
Just getting started on the Great Gatsby. 

  

You should have finished it by the time the kettle's boiled.......555

 

Well a bit over 3 hours anyway.....

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Wigwam said

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Just getting started on the Great Gatsby. 

You should have finished it by the time the kettle's boiled.......555

Well a bit over 3 hours anyway.....

Haha yes, when I opened the delivery I was pretty shocked at how small it was, I thought maybe I'd ordered a companion notes book or something like that.Turns out it's just short, let's hope it's sweet too a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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The Great Gatsby is a good read.

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