mike

mike

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Read 'The Miniaturist' yesterday and enjoyed the book, Somrbody recommended it. Thanks. I remember my Dutch grandmother frying 'ollie-ballen, though I recall raw ells more than herring!
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  • Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    last book I read. 'Une vie' Guy de Maupassant
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    membership of a rather exclusive club
    Your worst habit?
    self pity

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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on mike's Blog "Edwardian England".
    Hi Mike. That was an absolute joy to read!
    1 day ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "Edwardian England".
    Dear Whisks and Squidge. It is ideal material for someone like Maureen Lipman or other comic actors. Emma Thompson does this sort of material too. I think there is a suggestion of St Trinians in some of the stories but Kathleen is far more ...
    2 days ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on mike's Blog "Edwardian England".
    Kathleen likes to poke fun at herself, doesn't she? I can just imagine her setting out, all rosy-cheeked and full of good intentions, only to be brought up short by reality. Love her school report - she obviously did a lot better than her teachers ...
    4 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on mike's Blog "Edwardian England".
    I do enjoy your Aunt Kathleen's writing, Mike. So full of character, so witty and easy to visualise; she's the real deal. Her school report is something to be proud of :-D
    5 days ago
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    mike
    mike wrote a new blog: "Edwardian England".
          This is only out of interest and is rather long.  But there are a couple of extracts from an aunt’s essay on childhood - and her first job - which you might find amusing.    How accurate had Forster portrayed ...
    6 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Dear Dolly, It is Sir Michael Caine! Having been knighted for being working class, Sir Michael might well have though it unnecessary to expand his horizons.. However, he could well have played Bast in ‘Howard’s End.‘ A portrayal of ...
    14 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Dear Catasshe, I must have got the wrong competition. Richard and Judy were involved. My novel ncluded Greek gods - especially muses. The muses would have been terribly upset not to have won. I was tempted to write another plot where they go ...
    15 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    UNREPENTANT, I am afraid. Having now read ‘Howard’s End’ - and having seen episode three of the TV series, I must confess my gut reaction has not developed into a visit to the WC but.... The dialogue is often unclear and the speech ...
    15 days ago
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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Hi Mike. There were very few working class actors before the 1960,s, I think Michael Caine was one of the first. I tend to shy away from TV dramas, new, or adaptations, regardless of channels. The reason for this is, what appears to be some sort of ...
    16 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Oh, dear, that's sad, Mike. Were you traditionally published then? I didn't think individuals could enter...
    16 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Dear Catasshe, I will try that book,;though I did enter the Costa competition and was not short listed, so Ii abandoned fiction. I'v just read 'The Muse' which is Jessie Burton's follow up to 'The Miniaturust; I did find the 'feminist' sub text a ...
    17 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    ‘Sense and Sensibility‘ I have read well past the first two episodes of the TV series That is Forster’s book. I see it as an Edwardian re-telling of ‘Sense and Sensibility. The character of Bast does make the update a bit confusing. My ...
    17 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Ha, in my review I joked that I'd had to go and read Checkov as some light relief from the first Howard's End production! I must have subconsciously remembered that. Ah, it's tricky re reviews.... I felt bad as a friend who read my Orient Express ...
    17 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Dear Catesshe, It only would if you are interested in photography, If anything, digital photography is too clear, There are more possibilities with film and a 65mm negative contains a lot of information, If you go to the BFI and see ...
    18 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on mike's Blog "review,".
    Thanks for this comment, Mike :-). That's interesting about the 65mm film! Does that make it look very different?
    20 days ago

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  • Mezz
    by Mezz 1 year ago
    Hi Mike. Enjoyed your comp entry. I have revised mine if that's ok. If not disregard it.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    Nice comp idea for September, Mike. Need to put my thinking cap on!
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 year ago
    Impressive comp entry Mike, as Hil says, great voice.
  • Hil
    by Hil 1 year ago
    Liked your comp entry, Mike. Great voice - your Mr Ping or Pong!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 year ago
    Enjoyed reading your comp entry, Mike, very original.
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 1 year ago
    Great comp entry, Mike.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 1 year ago
    Your comp entry, very good.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    Love your comp entry!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 year ago
    Great entry, Mike. By the way is the rum cove with or without ice? Oh sorry, that's rum'n coke.. ;-)
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 1 year ago
    Glorious comp entry. What a laugh.