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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
A Devonshire-based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who was a Community Nurse once upon a time.
Interests: reading, quilting, sock knitting, books, walking,
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Colleen, I well remember the boat. Incredible how dramatic events like that embed in our childhood imaginations.
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It all made us think how slow communications were then too, how long it took for information to reach its destination. So much that we take for granted now and yet to think it’s only really happened in the last twenty years or so.
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That conversation between Churchill and Roosevelt was so revealing, but yes, right men, right place, right time is a great way of putting it.
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Lesley Anne, I think there are several more films to be made from this if the appetite was there and I think Clemmie’s story would be one. I’ve naughtily eclipsed Kristen Scott Thomas’s performance but I agree it was remarkable. She certainly understood her man. I felt the secretary added a means of conveying one aspect of what the war might mean for the younger generation and also a means to explain that often WC’s bark was worse than his bite.
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Bookhound and I took ourselves off to see Darkest Hour recently. Starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Kristen Scott-Thomas as his wife Clemmie and Lily James (from Downton Abbey) as the young secretary brought in to assist Churchill, Darkest Hour... Continue reading
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I have always been completely convinced that different words have different meanings in different countries, even when we speak the same language. My latest observation is that Kiwi for 'steep' is very different to Devon for 'steep.' and I made... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
And contrary to something I had always thought...she isn’t pregnant, just holding up the vast amount of fabric to the front of the dress.
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Oh Jude, so pleased you are having a good time in ‘town’! I’m really looking forward to the new Sarah Perry, very pleased you enjoyed The Essex Serpent...I had a few issues with it but I will read it again and have another go. It came along at rather a busy time (for me) and I’m not sure I was concentrating properly. Now you MUST get tickets for the Alice Oswald! Is it Alice actually performing the poem?? If so it will live with you forever.
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Linda I guessed it was a novel that would be standard reading for anyone writing about TB and thank you for yours which has sort of held my hand and led me towards this one since I turned the final page of The Dark Circle.
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Jean I have no German whatsoever so I’m full of admiration for him. Good to have you along on the climb.
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I’ve met the Professor, and yes, annoying but interesting in that way that it can feel to be trapped with someone like that and with no means of escaping their pronouncements. Poor Hans and Joachim.
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I am new to Thomas Mann having not read Death in Venice or Buddenbrookes, both recommended to me countless times. Let’s see how we do on the mountain first and look forward to your thoughts Angela.
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Oh Dear Elizabeth, I have NEVER read Vanity Fair, maybe that’s my next long read after this one...sell it to me, go on!
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Onwards and upwards Dr Mama! Looking forward to your thoughts and yes agree about the number of books still unread.
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Ooh Kate, thank you for this! The clues we have followed so far relate to the very presence of the train to the Jungfraujoch and the hotel in some other pictures which we have tied into the dates they opened. So we have some parameters...clothing is fascinating too. We imagine all sorts about the people who must have been prosperous to be able to afford the journey at the time.
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Kate, it’s two blankets required and the end result seems wonderfully cosy. I’m going to try it out on the verandah on a sunny day and just hope I’m not tempting fate or anything! Now I’m off to look up Wallace & Sewell.
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Lesley, All the Light We Cannot See has come so highly recommended by so many of you on here that it will be off my shelf very soon.
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Susan I am sure some books have a Right Time in life and TMM is definitely one of them for me. I wonder too, for me, if it’s about having the time and patience not to rush the reading. The pace of life slows as I get older and books like this suddenly shine.
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Bet I am intrigued because I sent my beautiful set of Kristen Lavransdottir books to the charity shop in despair that I would never read them and now I hear there is another translation which I am sure must be different. I tried and failed so many times with the wooden, stilted prose, finally deciding I was never going to crack it. I’ll look out for this version.
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Typepad is currently experiencing a glitch with updating links to Amazon UK on the sidebars at the moment so don’t be surprised if a few links head to Amazon.com for a while. Pending resolution I had typed this update on... Continue reading
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Goodness Susan, thank you for this information, I had no idea. I wonder if that is what we were told at the time in order to spare the family's anguish? How sad and thank you for the correction.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Autograph Books at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Pleased you noticed the sparkling lake Henrietta! I have a few holographic foil quilting threads which create a nice effect on ‘water’.
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It’s old clothes and a table in the garden with water and drying line nearby Florence, and fabric preparation is key. I did a two day course, imagine twelve dye vats in a room if you can! And we used the most interesting things to create the dye-resist shapes.
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Lisa your reply tells me I MUST sit down and do my scrapbook ASAP before I lose the connection with all the bits and pieces.
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Thank you Lisa. The ongoing box is a lovely way to keep someone in mind and I add all sorts to it. Plus every box I come across is added to my box horde as ‘That will be perfect for New Zealand.’ Good friends with the Post Office now!
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