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Dark Puss
United Kingdom
An aging particle physicist who is struggling to improve his flute playing.
Interests: music, literature, wine, art, natural history, fashion photography, cooking, science
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As I say, my comment reflects my ignorance I suspect; perhaps I have had a deeper interest in Roma culture than many other people.
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I am surprised to see you say this book deals with an overlooked aspect of the C20 fascist inspired genocide as I thought it was well known. However that comment (reflecting as usual my ignorance) does not of course in any way detract from your review.
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Hmm, I am not sure if you would always put me in the pleasant community corner! However you know that generally my claws are sheathed and that my love for you is unbounded. I hope that sometimes my suggestions and comments strike a chord or even (gasp!) perhaps put you on a new track. Peter xx
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2015 on Old Year's Day at Cornflower
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Oh dear, I have become far too predictable it would seem. Sigh ...
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2015 on The Wild Wood and Badger at Cornflower Books
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An interesting viewpoint that you have quoted but not one I personally agree with. I am not sure that any aspect of imagination has an improper role. I hope we all have some aspect of rich and dangerous symbolism, although I agree that it should probably not reach the life threatening stage! I certainly don't see Badger as epitomising the deepest level of the imaginative mind.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2015 on The Wild Wood and Badger at Cornflower Books
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I have built one (small) kitchen using Ikea cupboards etc. and have just had it professionally completely rebuilt. My builder had no hesitation in recommending we use Ikea again, though we had an expensive custom quartz top from a specialist company in E. London. I bought a wardrobe (two in fact) with sliding doors for my son's room and the quality of the (German) doors was fantastic. A lot of work for two of us to put it together and have it all square for the door fittings, but really pleased with the end result (and the cost).
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2015 on Ikea... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Some more on Chen Bolan for you. P x http://www.sinoptic.ch/textes/agenda/200410_Chen.Bolan.pdf
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2015 on Woman Reading in the Bath at Harriet Devine's Blog
Never ever! Also I always have a shower :-)
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2015 on Woman Reading in the Bath at Harriet Devine's Blog
Thank you.
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Lucky, lucky you! What did you eat and drink for dinner?
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Hmm, that's rather tricky! Cat purring The sound of my friends' voices A flute played well (i.e. not by me) The call of the buzzard (and raptors in general) Any machine running "true" Thunder
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2015 on The isle is full of noises at Cornflower
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My pleasure! This was quite a challenging one to track down. I know nothing about Estonian, but I think (from yet more searching) that the word for Cornflower is rukkilill perhaps you have here the plural? I do know that this flower is the National Flower of Estonia; looks like you should plan to have your next holiday there! P x
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Is this it? http://disainistuudio.ee/blog/?p=1276
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I think it was quite common in some European countries (notably Spain).
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2015 on Woman Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
I suspect (quite strongly) that reading about breaking bad habits will not lead to magic formula or insight that you have not already thought of (or is blindingly obvious). However having realised that you need to change and that need leads you to read a book (or attend a course or talk about it on a weblog) then you are on your way. I found this out when reading about time management and attending a one-day course on the subject. I learned very little that was new to me but the motivation to manage myself better (and thus read, attend etc.) was clearly strengthened and (some) success has followed.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2015 on Where there's a will ... at Cornflower
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I tick rather few of these criteria. Yes I like being outside but I hate getting soaked. Yes I like dark skies but I love the azure blue ones as much. I don't find rain comforting but neither do I find it unsettling.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2015 on Good words: pluviophile at Cornflower Books
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All fiction is fantasy! All classification of literature is a nonsense. It is well written or it is not, it caches your imagination or it doesn't. That is all that matters.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2015 on A Game of Thrones... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Great to hear and thank you for those extra tips too. P x
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Murakami is spot on; indeed I'd put focus and endurance ahead of "talent" which I suspect is what we call the end product of those rare individuals who are prepared to focus single-mindedly for years and years to perfect their craft. That applies to anything we do, not just the arts. In my own area of (partial) expertise, the most talented people I have met have also been the most focussed on a single goal (physics). I have been less focussed (except during my PhD) which is why I am a less "talented" physicist and perhaps why my PhD thesis was pretty good! I chose to spread my vision wider and have reaped other advantages, but being at (or near) the top of my chosen field has not been something I have achieved.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2015 on Ideas, and where to find them at Cornflower Books
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Yes do (I was thinking of your family when we ate this). I will continue to post our views on his recipes here if you think that would be interesting.
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It was cold and grey in London last night, but we were suitably warmed by his Aubergine 'cassoulet'. Do not skimp on the herbs!
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I am not much of an expert on these either (even when I knew more it was mainly about the wild species), but it certainly looks like one of the Double Ellen cultivars. Exceptionally early flowering however!
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All fiction is distortion (else it wouldn't be worth reading). Prism will indeed do; would you like a selection with different optical properties? Let me know and I will send you some! PS I do hope you don't look at Dark Puss to closely through one, I fear you may not like what you find :(
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on Bargain of the day at Cornflower Books
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As it should be!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on Woman Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Hi, last night I made the pasta sauce that contains dill. An unexpected combination that really works. Slater says "... you have what might just be my favourite pasta dish of all." Strongly recommended (see page 48).
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