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    Daedalus
    Daedalus Tick tock
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    Mashie Niblick
    "Mashie Niblick" commented on Mashie Niblick's Blog "Concussion and charity".
    Baz, not noble - some self-interest there. I might have to walk past him every day after all. But yes, if you've been there, compassion arises for sure.
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    Sandra
    Sandra Debi's posted a link on FB, but in case you miss it, this is superb. http://lithub.com/what-being-an-editor-taught-me-about-writing/
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    bazbaron
    "bazbaron" commented on Mashie Niblick's Blog "Concussion and charity".
    My dear, Mashie, you did a noble deed, it was rejected you can't do any more than that. I and I suspect many more have been presented with a dilemma such as you describe and sometimes you just have to trust that they have the fortitude to find their ...
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    Mashie Niblick
    Mashie Niblick wrote a new blog: "Concussion and charity".
    First - concussion. I have recovered sufficiently from a head bang 2 weeks ago to know what effect it has had. For instance, I played bridge on Monday, and we did really well. But after one particularly good game I asked my partner if he had played ...
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    Seagreen
    "Seagreen" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    Whisks, I still have a very fetching abaya I had to wear in Saudi. No good for unwashed hair but, yes, good for hiding the other things you mention. I knew a lady who used to wear a white bikini underneath hers as a silent rebellion.
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    I've sometimes fancied a burka. Must make getting dressed to go out, so much easier. No worrying about unwashed hair (or even brushing it), hiding a skirt that doesn't quite do up, with clashing jumper, unshaved legs, and the myriad other ...
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    Newbie
    "Newbie" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    "It must be nice to just wear your kilt or your robes and leave others to misjudge and misconstrue your beliefs" This one of the most profound things I've ever heard, Prop - lovely piece of personal observation - great writing.
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on Mezz's Blog "Observing life".
    I am replying by phone but not on a bus somewhat diluting the irony. Good as I hoped it would be.
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    David
    David flibbertigibbet
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Mezz's Blog "Observing life".
    A whole book in txtspk? God help us!
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Mezz's Blog "Observing life".
    I've also often bemoaned the fact that peeps are so often plugged in to their phones that they're not interacting with the real world, or even aware of it. But then, isn't that exactly the same as when we're engrossed in a book in a public place? ...
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    Tony
    "Tony" commented on Mezz's Blog "Observing life".
    Interesting blog, Mezz. When I was stewarding at church recently, the building was getting pretty full and a young person was hovering at the door on her mobile. Wishing to clear the entrance I encouraged her to come on in,'There's still room over ...
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake
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    Jill
    "Jill" commented on Mezz's Blog "Observing life".
    Another thought ~ is the number of potential writers quickly diminishing? After all, a lot of material comes from observing life and actually living it non-virtually...
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Mezz's Blog "Observing life".
    i've lost count of the number of times I've been in a café, restaurant or pub and a couple come in, sit down, immediately take out their iPhones and within seconds all their attention is on their touch screens. They're not even looking at each ...
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    Jill
    "Jill" commented on Mezz's Blog "Observing life".
    I'll try again ~ first comment disappeared into the ether!! I enjoyed reading this, Mezz and chuckled at the last para. :) Can't help feeling saddened though by the thought of how much real life those glued to their phones must miss. The phrase ...
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    Scheherazade
    Scheherazade In the words of novelist Robert Harris: " Everything I liked about my country -- tolerance, moderation, courtesy, sensibleness, pragmatism, irony -- seems to have disappeared"
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      Scheherazade Bella- no one has to join any discussion on 'this sort of thing'- but as a writer I just can't ignore what's going on in the world I live in, we don't write in a vacuum
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      Daedalus There's a lot of it about, it seems. Keeping fingers crossed for France
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      Scheherazade Don't think Le Pen will get in - but what do I know - didn't think Trump would - or brits be foolish enough to vote Brexit
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    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus I saw a suggestion earlier that all of the weird stuff happening in the world began after they turned the Large Hadron Collider on... Maybe we're in the wrong universe
      2 hours ago
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      BellaM Couldn't there be a group in which this sort of thing is discussed by those who want to?
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    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick He also said: 'You can always spot a fool, for he is a man who will tell you he knows who is going to win an election'. I like his: Of all human activities, writing is the one for which it is easiest to find excuses not to begin – the desk’s too big, the desk’s too small, there’s too much noise, there’s too much quiet, it’s too hot, too cold, too early, too late. I had learned over the years to ignore them all, and simply to start.' I had the great pleasure of meeting him briefly in Oxford at the end of a talk. The nicest man.
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      Scheherazade Bella- no one has to join any discussion on 'this sort of thing'- but as a writer I just can't ignore what's going on in the world I live in, we don't write in a vacuum
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    Jill
    Jill Grateful for encouragement...
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    • Giselle
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      Giselle Gooooo Jill! *waves pompoms*
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      Jill Thank you, Giselle. Think this might be the year I return to writing, after a dry 2016!!
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    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Off you go Jill! Get writing. Just do half an hour. *Shhh everybody. Jill's writing*
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      Jill :) Whisks ~ tippety tappety ...
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    I mentioned on your last blog, Prop, how you by turns infuriate me and then defuse it all. THIS is the Prop I love. Acute observation, insight, and a killer way with the witty phrase. Lovely stuff. To quote myself, so much more than a crusty old ...
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    Love it when those assumptions we all make are suddenly and surprisingly challenged; made personal and vivid. And alive. You've made me fancy a walnut baklava.
    6 hours ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB is now a member of "Brain Bartering".
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    Splendid easy read, Prop. With plenty bite under the honey. Keep 'em coming.
    6 hours ago
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    Noodledoodle
    "Noodledoodle" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    Super read, Prop. Quite tight too.
    6 hours ago
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    Mashie Niblick
    "Mashie Niblick" commented on OFP's Blog "The White Van Chronicles. Coffee in Bristol".
    Astute and honest observations of a keen mind. I have pre-ordered your anthology.
    7 hours ago

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