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« Reply #2625 on: July 06, 2019, 04:26:18 AM »

Hi Jack
My thermostat is kaput & I'm overheated. 30c in my car this afternoon Sleepy & I'm working tomorrow Sad
Quite grumpy really!!
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« Reply #2626 on: July 06, 2019, 06:00:41 PM »

We were keen to have an appointment with our dentist as soon as it could be arranged but he is so popular there is generally a considerable wait.  When I returned from my Gym session yesterday morning, we were given the option of an appointment at 4.00pm if we could make it.  You may remember our dentist is at Darlinghurst which is adjacent to the Sydney CBD and just around the corner from King Cross station.

Although I was already fairly knacked, we decided to take the appointment.  We took Zephyr for his morning walk, did some necessary shopping and headed for Sydney about 1.00pm.  We drove to the outskirts of Sydney in light rain and parked the car in the Westfield Shopping Centre at Hurstville.  We caught a limited stops train to King Cross and arrived at the dentists about 3:30.   It was dark by the time we got back to Hurstville and the drive home was arduous.  

It took about 20 minutes to get onto the freeway but the  volume of traffic coming out of Sydney on a Friday night is huge. Although the speed limit on the freeway varies between 100 and 110 km/h, for the first fifty km we were struggling to maintain 80 km/h in bumper to bumper traffic, again in misting rain.  We finally got home about 7 pm and I needed a bottle of 2011 Bimbadgen Shiraz to calm the adrenaline.

So that, however feeble, is the excuse why I was too knacked to put a coherent post together.



Hi Pen,

 

These are the one's I had put aside to send to you yesterday:

     


I totally agree with Anona’s recommendation.   If you have trouble getting some of the earlier volumes, I would make an extra effort to obtain Fatal Remedies in which Paola, brunnetti's wife commits an act of civil disobedience in a good cause.  It highlights the strength of their marriage and the characters of both Brunetti and Paola.

If you click on any of the books in the following website you will get a synopsis of the plot.
Donna Leon details in Fantastic Fiction



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With age, you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily, I'm not afraid to make a fool of myself. - Hugh Jackman
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« Reply #2627 on: July 06, 2019, 11:34:51 PM »

JACK

I do remember you telling me about your dentist.  Your drive home sounds a nightmare.  Not surprised you opened a bottle of Bimbadgen Shiraz Smiley
      

I have a whole lovely week of work the week after next Smiley  I will visit the library & see if I can get my hands on either the first Donna Leon or, if not, hopefully I'll get Fatal Remedies.  If I'm lucky I might be able to get both.

A very silly joke!
A man walks into a bar and sits down. He asks the bartender, "Can I have a cigarette?" The bartender replies, "Sure, the cigarette machine is over there." So he walks over to the machine and as he is about to order a cigarette, the machine suddenly says, "Oi, you bloody idiot." The man says with surprise in his voice, "That's not very nice." He returns to his bar stool without a cigarette and asks the bartender for some peanuts. The bartender passes the man a bowl of peanuts and the man hears one of the peanuts speak, "Ooh, I like your hair." The man says to the bartender, "Hey, what's going on here? Your cigarette machine is insulting me and this peanut is coming on to me. Why's this?" The bartender replies, "Oh, that's because the machine is out of order and the peanuts are complementary."

      

I'm much less grumpy now - only another hour & a half & I can go home Smiley
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« Reply #2628 on: July 07, 2019, 05:05:26 PM »

Pen

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A lawyer boarded an airplane in Brisbane with a box of frozen crabs and asked a blonde flight attendant to take care of them for him.

She took the box and promised to put it in the crew's refrigerator. He pompously advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen, mentioning in a very haughty manner that he was a lawyer, and proceeded to rant at her about what would happen if she let them thaw out.

Needless to say, she was annoyed by his behaviour.  Shortly before landing in Sydney, she used the intercom to announce to the entire cabin,

"Would the lawyer who gave me the crabs in Brisbane please raise your hand?"

Not one hand went up, so she took them home and ate them.

Moral of this story:  Do not believe in Stereotypes:

1. Lawyers aren't as smart as they think they are.
2. Blondes are smarter than most folk think.



           
   

Are you going to visit your cousin in the Peak District on your week off?

   


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« Reply #2629 on: July 08, 2019, 12:49:58 AM »

JACK
May I compliment you on a truly excellent post. Properly funny joke & great cartoons laugh
I've cut the grass & now sitting down to a well earned cuppa Smiley  Perhaps I shouldn't mention that my lawn is about the size of a pocket hankie or that somewhat spoils the illusion that I've been working hard Grin
I'm off to visit David in the Peak District on Friday.  Can't wait!  Really looking forward to it Smiley  It's the Scott Club run on Saturday.  I know nothing about it except it will involve an old motorbike & I'm hoping for a lovely warm day!
      

I've given you a little bit of Del & Rodney.  Quite dated but it tickled me!  & a snippet of Rene Artois Smiley
A Race Against Time

Rene

As the sun has just come out I'm going out for a small stroll Smiley
Then it's off to the kitchen to see
  Hope it's not burnt offerings Demon
I'm out the door petit four!









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« Reply #2630 on: July 08, 2019, 08:43:09 PM »

Hi Pen,

I've just finished the second of the two Bernie Gunther novels by Philip Kerr that I have 'read' over the weekend.  They are definitely the last of the series as Philip Kerr died last year.  I won't go into details as they are of a genre that you and Anona have previously declared are not your cup of tea.

I have the latest Ian Rankin Rebus novel to read and then I will address your Robert Goddard.  I haven't read a novel for six months before last week but when I get in the groove I go at it like a bull at a gate. Cheesy

   

        


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« Reply #2631 on: July 08, 2019, 10:55:43 PM »

Hi Jack

It's a typical monday for me.  Work is busy & we're short staffed.  Just settling in for an afternoon on fracture clinic.  It's paediatric clinic this afternoon which involves babies & very small children so ear plugs may be required!
      

I've never read any Rebus books but I used to enjoy watching the series on the telly. Was it John Hannah?  I'll have to consult Mr Google! I love to read but don't get as much opportunity as I'd like.  I do read in bed sometimes but I find that I drop off with the light on if I'm not careful Sleepy

I liked & appreciated your receptionist cartoon Smiley  I'll see your cartoon & offer one of my own




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« Reply #2632 on: July 09, 2019, 04:25:05 PM »

Hi Pen,

I didn’t like the Rebus TV episodes as much as the books.  One of the problems with reading the books first is you get a strong mental picture of the characters and John Hannah just didn’t gel with my perception of Rebus.  I did like Ken Stott in the role but towards the end they cut the episodes down to one hour.  This annoyed Ian Rankin, so he bought back the rights and put the kibosh on any more one-hour episodes.  He has stated he would be amenable to a mini-series along the same lines as Broadchurch.

John Rebus is one of the most enduring characters in crime fiction, first appearing in Knots & Crosses in 1987.  It is ironic that Knots & Crosses was not intended to grow into a series. In the first draft Rebus died at the end: but during the editing process Rankin decided to give him a reprieve. This was just as well, as when sales of standalone novels Watchman and Westwind were slow, his publisher suggested he revive the detective, who reappeared in Hide & Seek

Each of the novels is linked by returning characters, such as Siobhan Clarke, and ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty and in later books Malcolm Fox.  The Official website claims you can start reading the Rebus books at any point in the series and that you don’t need to have read the earlier books to enjoy the later ones.  However, as Anona pointed out about the Brunetti series, I think series that have their characters develop in each new book are more enjoyable if you read them in order.

Another rare feature of the Rebus novels is that they are written in real time, so Rebus ages along with each book. As the series progresses, we learn more about him. Born in 1947, Rebus grew up in Cardenden, Fife.  So, in the book I am reading now, In a House of Lies he is 70 and long retired but gets involved in the solving of cold cases.

Another series for you to see what your Library has to offer.   It does suggest to me a theme

     

Highway Patrol Copper stops a man for speeding— notices he's not wearing his required prescription glasses.

The Cop says, "I have to give you a ticket for not wearing your glasses."

Driver says, "Officer, I have contacts."

The Cop says, "I don't care who you know, you're still getting a ticket.'
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A cop sees a man exit a bar at closing time and get into his car. After observing some erratic driving, he pulls the man over. The Cop asks the driver, "Where are you going at this time of night?"

The man replies, "I'm on my way to attend a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late."

The Cop then asks, "Who would be giving that kind of lecture at this time of night?"

The man says, "My wife."

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With age, you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily, I'm not afraid to make a fool of myself. - Hugh Jackman
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« Reply #2633 on: July 09, 2019, 08:14:21 PM »

G'day Jack

I'm back on the fracture clinic again this morning.  My days are starting to seem a bit like Groundhog Day Shocked  I only need Sonny & Cher!

I know exactly what you mean about reading the books first.  That is why I can only stand David Suchet as Hercule Poirot & Joan Hickson as Miss Marple.  Nobody else fits the bills!  Certainly not Peter Ustinov or, heaven forbid, Kenneth Branagh! Sorry think I might have moaned about that before Roll Eyes  No1 daughter read all the Game of Thrones books & then started watching it on the telly.  She gave up in the end because it just got further & further removed from the books & she couldn't stand it any longer.  A friend gave me some Hamish Macbeth books a few months ago.  I loved the TV programme but Robert Carlyle doesn't bear much resemblance to the character in the book!  I'd forgotten that Ken Stott was Rebus as well as John Hannah.  How can 2 such completely different people play the same character?

A good start for Robert Goddard is Into the Blue which features Harry Barnett & the follow up Out of the Sun.  It's been a few years since I read them but they are unputdownable! (is that a real work? Huh?)
No relevance at all but I did enjoy Morgan Freeman in Along Came A Spider & Kiss The Girls.  Haven't read any James Patterson so I don't know if the portrayal of Alex Cross is accurate or not.

        

How did you get on with your hellraising? Was it anything in particular or just a general bit of mischief making Demon


Gotta scoot old fruit

Fruit jokes are a bit thin on the ground!



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« Reply #2634 on: July 10, 2019, 09:40:48 PM »

Guten Abend, Pen

I’ve just finished the best Rebus yet.   I am a bit sad though because, as Rankin insists on aging Rebus in real time, I don’t think he can squeeze another book out of the series.  I hope I am wrong.

The resident reviewer has reread Sea Change and said she really enjoyed it, but she was unsure whether it would be my cup of tea.  So, I have decided to take your recommendation and bought the first book (kindle+Audible) in the Harry Barnett trilogy Into the Blue.  We’ll see where we go from there.

Speaking of ground hog day.

       

It was only when my friend bought a motorbike that he found out that adrenaline is brown.

   

I was hallucinating, Pen, the only time I get up to hell-raising these days is in my dreams.


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« Reply #2635 on: July 11, 2019, 12:06:55 AM »

  JACK
By the time you get this you & the chooks should be up & about!

I hate it when you've finished a really cracking book & know that that's it.  That's the end & there wont be another one Sad  Perhaps you should petition Ian Rankin for just one more!  If you don't like Into the Blue perhaps the Editor in Chief & resident reviewer will listen to it instead?  Or would she rather read than listen?

England are playing The Aussies tomorrow in the second semi-final at Edgbaston.  I think the result will depend on who wins the toss & bats first & what the weather does.  Rain is forecast Sad  I'm fairly sure that you are not in the remotest bit interested laugh

      

A couple of bits to hopefully tickle you a bit Grin

I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"...
They Walk Among Us!

Two women were out for a Saturday stroll. One had a Doberman and the other, a Chihuahua. As they walked down the street, the one with the Doberman said to her friend, "Let's go over to that bar for a drink."
The lady with the Chihuahua said, "We can't go in there. We've got dogs with us." The one with the Doberman said, "Just watch, and do as I do."
They walked over to the bar and the one with the Doberman put on a pair of dark glasses and started to walk in. The bouncer at the door said, "Sorry, lady, no pets allowed." The woman with the Doberman said, "You don't understand. This is my guide dog."
The bouncer said, "A Doberman?" The woman said, "Yes, they're using them now. They're very good." The bouncer said, "OK, come on in."
The lady with the Chihuahua thought that convincing him that a Chihuahua was a guide dog may be a bit more difficult, but thought, "What the heck," so she put on her dark glasses and started to walk in.
Once again the bouncer said, "Sorry, lady, no pets allowed." The woman said, "You don't understand. This is my guide dog." The bouncer said, "A Chihuahua?" The woman with the Chihuahua said, "A Chihuahua? They gave me a bloody Chihuahua???!!!"

Nearly home time Smiley
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« Reply #2636 on: July 11, 2019, 05:21:58 PM »

This is to get you in the mood, Pen

SACRILEGE

What’s the bet that the Barmy Army will still be chanting this?:

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“Steve Smith is an Aussie
He wears a baggy cap
And when he saw some sticky tape
He said I’m having that...
He gave it Cameron Bancroft
Who rubbed it on the ball
Those cheating Aussie convicts
They’ll never change at all!
Oh...Davie Warner’s Aussie
He wears the baggy green
He dribbles like a caveman
His behaviour’s obscene
He’s rather fond of Candy
She gives him such a thrill
But when he offers her de Kock
She begs for Sonny Bill!”


I was impressed by the demeanour and views of Aaron Finch in the press conference about the game

I am seven chapters into Harry Barnett.  I will be alternating between the text and the Audio and sometimes using both simultaneously.   I expect the resident reviewer will be just using the text.   I will have an opinion by the time you get back from the peak district.







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« Reply #2637 on: July 11, 2019, 10:27:55 PM »

Thanks Jack Smiley
I've had a totally manic morning but in half an hour I'll be out of here until a week on Monday

Not that I'm excited or anything laugh
Loved the snippet laugh  England doing brilliantly 161 for 6 but Smith doesn't seem to want to budge!  I will listen to Aaron Finch later at home.

Hope you get into Robert Goddard.  He usually has a very good twist at the end!  & if you don't get on with him you haven't really lost very much.

I am very much looking forward to my weekend away Smiley


With apologies for Zephyr I'm outta here...


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« Reply #2638 on: July 12, 2019, 04:41:21 AM »

Hi Again Jack
A good result for England.  Like you I am very impressed with Aaron Finch.  I heard an interview with him after the match & he was very generous in defeat.
I've spent the afternoon doing housework & listening to cricket.  I'm a bit knacked so I going to exercise the little grey cell & then flop into my armchair.
Have a fab weekend & catch up with you on Monday.
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« Reply #2639 on: July 15, 2019, 06:02:33 PM »

Hi Pen,

I have been spending most of my free time ( and some of the time I should have been sleeping) knocking off the Harry Barnett Trilogy.  I told you I wold give you some feedback on these.

1.   Into the Blue (1990)

I was a bit equivocal about this one.  It was well written but to my taste moved a little too slow and wafted into a lot of irrelevant description that didn’t add to the story.  The story line was a bit too contrived and I found it hard to get on Harry’s wave length. But it was easy reading and I decided to give Harry another chance and I am glad I did.

2.   Out of the Sun (1996)

This one was entirely different. The editing was tighter, the pace was quicker, and the story was exciting and in your words was “unputdownable”.   I really enjoyed it and I think I benefited from having read the first book.

3.   Never Go Back (2006)

The same characteristics as the second book although it did test credulity in a couple of places.  I really enjoyed it.


So I have not had  much time to search for some humour to welcome you home with, but here are some modest contributions.

Eric and Ernie: Mastermind

The Two Ronnies: Mastermind

Not the 9 O’clock news

  



I've just been called to dinner, so have to fly.


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