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Post by huffjuff on Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:17 pm

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Norc wrote: also we only almost died twice.. Very Happy

Twice isn't too bad for a road trip. I hope they were interesting deaths!

First time I was just wandering around in my mind and ALMOST forgot to turn the wheel and when I turned it, I turned to much so we were almost driving up on the safety rail.
Second time I almost bumped into a trailer of a car! No biggie. Smile

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:18 pm

Not sure thats first one is not a bit of a biggie! Shocked

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:19 am

Lancebloke wrote:Have fun Eldo.

This will be my last check in before I go. Sure I will catch you all at some point!

get off the boat.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:12 pm

You should know where to get off Lance, I imagine if Figgs is near enough to the coast you will be able to spot her bustle from the ship Nod (It'll be the most splendid one)

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Post by Eldorion on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:33 pm

Hey all, just checking in.  The main camping leg of our vacation is over, so we're in Rehoboth Beach in a hotel for the last couple days now.  Waves have been somewhat disappointing except for Thursday, but it's been better than last year.  I did a bunch of biking which I haven't in ages so my legs are a little sore, but it's been a good trip. Smile

I always do a lot of reading when camping and (after finishing a history book I'd already started) I'm about a third of the way through Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which I had selected as my main beach read a couple weeks before we left.  I'll probably most some thoughts on that over in the book thread when I finish it.

Norc wrote:Huff had me so it wasn't completely boring Smile also we only almost died twice.. Very Happy so yah i'll be more or less absent now.. Fadderuke and studies. Studying politial science

Sad to you being absent ... and I have no idea what Fadderuke is ... but I can approve the choice to study political science. Thumbs Up
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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:41 pm

Nice book choice Eldo! Enjoy the beach reading, sounds marvelous.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:42 pm

Good to hear from you Eldo. Glad you enjoyed your holiday.
Will be interested on your thoughts on the book- are you planning to watch the BBC adaptation of it afterwards?

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Post by Eldorion on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:54 pm

Thanks guys. Smile I am enjoying the book so far. It had been on my radar for a while but it was the buzz surrounding the BBC adaptation that got me to actually pick it up. I haven't decided if I'll watch the miniseries yet; that depends in part on how much of my interest the book continues to hold once we're back in civilization (and plentiful Internet).
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Post by malickfan on Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:03 pm

Hope you are having a nice Holiday Eldo Smile

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Re: Holidays and absences [2]

Post by Eldorion on Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:58 am

Well, we're back. Smile It was a nice trip (thanks Malick!) and feels much longer than a week. I got in the water every day except the last one; yesterday the waves were so good that it just felt like a good note to go out on. Plus I would've had to shower in the public bathhouse today since we were checked out of the hotel and those can be kinda nasty.

Instead, to kill time while other people were finishing their shopping (a big part of vacations for some in my family), I wandered over to the local library to check out their fiction section. As I often do I wander to the T's and discovered that they had a first (American) edition of The Silmarillion there. According to the card in the back, it had been with the library since November 1977 and there were a bunch of check-out dates from the '80s and '90s there too. I don't know if it had been checked out more recently since they had at some point transitioned to a computerized system.

The library also had a number of Simon Tolkien's books, and since there was no separate sci-fi/fantasy section they were right next to his grandfather's. For those who don't know, Simon Tolkien is Christopher's son by his first wife; he's a barrister and he also writes legal thrillers. He also gets brought up in movie arguments some time since he had a falling out with his father allegedly over the LOTR trilogy, though from what I've read I suspect there were many other factors at play, and they have fortunately reconciled since then. (Generally speaking, news reports of the Tolkien family are often unreliable; just look at how many places uncritically reported that Christopher's interview with Le Monde a couple years ago was his first in decades when a simple Google search could disprove that in seconds.) Anyway, I read the first several chapters of Simon's first novel, Final Witness, and while I have no familiarity with the legal thriller on which to base an opinion, I enjoyed it pretty well. I couldn't check the book out since I won't be back in Delaware for another year though.

I'm still working through Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. This is becoming more of a post for the books thread so I'll try to keep things short, but I'm beginning to be a little bothered by the lack of limitations on magic (I'm about halfway through so far). I normally don't care too much about the details of magic and the all-too-common recommendation of fantasy novels because "it has such a cool magic system" is always off-putting to me, but the ease with which Strange...

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...can thwart the French military, particularly in his rearranging of Spanish geography, took me utterly out of the story. Even if we roll with Strange's assertion that, as a gentleman, he can't use magic to kill anyone, there's really no excuse for him not using magic to pluck Napoleon and his top commanders out of their armies and somehow arrange for their easy capture by the British Army. That neither Wellington nor anyone else brings this up either makes no sense to me. I feel kinda like someone complaining about the Eagles in LOTR right now, but seeing as magic is what the book is all about, the lack of even discussing its full implications seems really bizarre. After all, Clarke was quick enough to establish limitations on the ability to raise the dead almost immediately after Lady Pole's resurrection.

That said, I am still enjoying the book, though I'm beginning to feel the length. The pacing is really unusual -- I'm honestly not sure I've ever read something that accelerates and decelerates its chronology so much -- but I kinda like it how Clarke is able to cover so much ground and so many characters through this approach. And the narrator and the footnotes have a character all their own that renders most "show, don't tell" complaints irrelevant, at least in my view.
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Post by Lancebloke on Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:17 am

Hey all. Just checking in from Cartagena, Spain. Found some WiFi at Cafe Carlos 3!

Figgy.. me and the other half are thinking of getting off and going to Cinque Terre (I think that is what they called it). Not sure yet. Be straight after a long day in Rome though.

We shall see. Anyway, off to the Roman Theatre now, then back to the boat. Will catch up in everything else when I can!

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:50 pm

Sounds like a lovely trip lance, hope you and the missus are having a ball and sampling the local buckies as you go Nod

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:02 pm

Lancebloke wrote:Hey all. Just checking in from Cartagena, Spain. Found some WiFi at Cafe Carlos 3!

Figgy.. me and the other half are thinking of getting off and going to Cinque Terre (I think that is what they called it). Not sure yet. Be straight after a long day in Rome though.

We shall see. Anyway, off to the Roman Theatre now, then back to the boat. Will catch up in everything else when I can!

Cinque Terre is not to be missed. its way better than Rome. which apart from the Pantheon was a big let down when I went.Very Happy

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:11 pm

It's good to hear from you, Lance. I hope everything with the trip is going well! Nod
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Post by Lancebloke on Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:02 pm

Figgy... I am sitting outside the Pantheon now! I thought the Colloseum and Forum were great!

Be in your neck of the woods tomorrow!

Thanks all... going well so far.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:11 pm

When I visited Rome for the first time I was disappointed to find that I wasn't met by Russell Crowe stroking his corn? Embarassed No

the Pantheon was my favourite building its got amazing atmosphere, although theres too many people everywhere. If you go to the Cinque Terre, Monterosso is the best one to relax in. its got a little beach. and take little boats to each town. walking is too hot.

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Post by Ringdrotten on Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:09 pm

Mrs Figg wrote:When I visited Rome for the first time I was disappointed to find that I wasn't met by Russell Crowe stroking corn

lol!

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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:20 pm

I have fantasized about Russells corn for years. cyclops I would give it a good stroking. But by all accounts corn stroking is illegal. Mad

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:17 pm

did you enjoy the 5 Terre Lance?

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Post by Lancebloke on Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:35 am

Just got some WiFi. In Lisbon at the moment. And yes, it was very nice thanks!

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:32 pm

very nice? No  is that it? I was hoping for some impressions. still Lisbon is nice too. Suspect  actually I wasn't too impressed by Lisbon and it was full of poor beggars. Sintra Castle is absolutely amazing though. a highlight of my trip. I imagine Prince Imrahil would live there.

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:31 pm

Just googled Sintra Castle and I definitely see what you mean, Mrs Figg. Shocked
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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:03 pm

if you think that's unreal check out the fairy palace of Quinta da regaleira. #mindblown






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Post by halfwise on Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:47 pm

Shocked

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Post by David H on Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:42 pm

Wow! I can picture a dozen master stone carvers and masons with a swarm of a hundred journeymen and apprentices painstakingly carving each flourish with eyes that see both individual beauty and how it will all come together as a whole. And above all a sense of building something of beauty for the Ages.

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