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Post 5001

Kerr_Avon - hunting stray apostrophes and gutting poorly parsed sentences

"Talent borrows, genius steals, but new Adventures writers get it off the back of a lorry, no questions asked". - Ben Aaronovitch, Mr This-isn't-a-culture-rip-off-honest himself.

smiley - ale


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Post 5002

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.

Well, maybe. I wouldn't know. But I do know that Banks stole it from Asimov first. smiley - winkeye

Hell...what's wrong with thieving? Think of it as Open Source Art. The Beatles stole from Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. etc. They stole qually from Muddy Waters and Hank Williams. And Oasis copied The Beatles.


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Post 5003

Researcher U197087

They owe "The" Verve a few nods aswell.

Reading "Fool The World: The Oral History Of A Band Called Pixies". If you care, this is a great anecdotal look at the band, most of the material coming from them and those they worked with. Astronomical Units better than "Gigantic" by John Mendelsson, which is a book written by someone meeting a deadline talking about something he has no interest in, and is mostly fiction.


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Post 5004

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.


But didn't another band of Muddy Waters copyists successfully sue The Verve for 100% royalties, leading to the band's breakup? I mean - I never liked The Verve, but still...


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Post 5005

Researcher U197087

I don't think they broke up because of that, specifically. It was only one song. smiley - shrug And I wasn't much in favour of them either, after "A Northern Soul".


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Post 5006

Researcher U197087

From Wiki:

"Then, as the band was on a successful 1997-98 tour to promote the album [Urban Hymns], bassist Simon Jones collapsed on stage. Nick McCabe suddenly pulled out of the tour and decided he couldn't tolerate the constant life on the road any longer. Ashcroft, sans bandmates, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in early 1998."


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Post 5007

Lucky Llareggub - no more cannibals in our village, we ate the last one yesterday..

Finished Coetzee's 'Youth' which wasn't half as good as his novel 'In The Heart of the Country' which is a truly marvellous book.
Quickly now onto Burgess's 'A Clockwork Orange' (my copy fortunately for me has all the explanatory 1960s gorbles gangland and tartan teenage rhyming-twang footnotes I'll ever need). A lot of blatant thugery so far, tho' I 'spect it settles down a bit as we get to the point. It's a good read anyway. And painfully philosophical too. Love that early breakfast in the oven scene.


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Post 5008

Aurora

In the past week or so I've read The Selfish Gene and Around the World in Eighty Days, which to my disappointment was not about a lion in a hot air balloon. I'm now in the middle of The Dispossessed by Ursula le Guin. Finals, what finals? smiley - bigeyes


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Post 5009

A Super Furry Animal

>> "Then, as the band was on a successful 1997-98 tour to promote the album [Urban Hymns], bassist Simon Jones collapsed on stage. Nick McCabe suddenly pulled out of the tour and decided he couldn't tolerate the constant life on the road any longer. <<

Sounds spookily like XTC to me... smiley - ghost

Gonna have another crack at Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) on the plane to Australia.

RFsmiley - evilgrin


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Post 5010

Bagpuss

There's no sabboteur in pursuit of our heroes in Around the World in 80 Days either. Still, that was only a minor disappointment compared to discovering the Odyssey didn't involve robots and space travel.

I'm blitzing through Dead Famous by Ben Elton. I hope no-one takes a violent dislike to my choice of author this time, because Elton's probably my favourite celebrity-turned-writer. Anyway, it's about a murder that happens in a thinly disguised version of the Big Brother house (so thinly that I find it difficult to imagine the show's narrator without a Geordie accent, even though Elton informs us he's Scottish). As well as the whodunnit aspect, we get consideration of reality TV shows with satirical intent. The depiction of goings-on behind the scenes are very cynical, with the events in the house being almost forced to fit the story the makers want to tell.


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Post 5011

Sho - gainfully employed again

I loved Dead Famous - it was fun trying to guess the victim rather than the murderer, for a change.


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Post 5012

Lucky Llareggub - no more cannibals in our village, we ate the last one yesterday..

Just heard on the news that 'author' David Irving, the so-called 'historian' has been 'escorted from the book fair in Warsaw'. It seems he was setting up his stand of anti-Holocaust literature when some officals(?) assisted him off the premises.


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Post 5013

nicki

Dead famous is a great book.


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Post 5014

Steve K.

A smallish coffee table book from the sale table, "Universe: A Journey from Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos". Lots of stunning photos from the Hubble & similar, with terse but interesting commentary. E.g. Venus, after a massive episode of global vulcanism long ago: "A planet wide catastrophe". Intelligent Design?


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Post 5015

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.

A Clockwork Orange is an exercise in pedagogy. In the first third of the book, the 'nadsat' slang is explained. In the second third, it's put clearly in context so that its meaning can be inferred. In the last third, you're on your own. By the end you discover you've learned quite a bit of Russian.

It's worth searching various P2P networks for a recording of Burgess reading it in his dated Mancunian accent


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Post 5016

Sho - gainfully employed again

I often feel I missed out on a lot of reading that book - having learned (hmm... attended lessons) Russian at school I mostly knew what they meant.

These days I find it more fascinating because of Burgess' interest in language rather than for the actual novel. (is the film worth watching?)


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Post 5017

Sho - gainfully employed again

oh ye goodnessess

that last post sounds awful

can I mention that I'm thoroughly enjoying Take A Girl Like You by Kingsley Amis?


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Post 5018

van-smeiter

I almost pulled 'Take A Girl Like You' off the shelf having finished 'Antic Hay' t'other day. Instead I plumped for Will Self's 'Grey Area and other stories'. I haven't started it though so perhaps I will go for Kingsley Amis. The agony of choice! smiley - erm


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Post 5019

Lucky Llareggub - no more cannibals in our village, we ate the last one yesterday..

A Clockwork Orange is a fascinating idea for a book. I'm just starting the 3rd part, where Alex with his new mindset installed is sent home. There's a lot Slav and German in there too.

A little Austrian joke:
Q.What's the difference between an Erdapfel and a Kartoffel? (two words for potato)
A.Nazism and Communism.


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Post 5020

Bagpuss

Finished Dead Famous. I didn't manage to guess the victim, though I'd got the murderer (but not the accomplice, and I didn't quite get the method of avoiding detection) by just past half way through.

I'm now reading The Hangman's Hymn by Paul Doherty. Another whodunnit, but historical this time.


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