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hutch0
Date: 2008-04-10 21:23
Subject: it's....
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Location:the utility room in the sky
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Music:blackmore's night
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, pray tap the keg, pop the cork, do whatever it is you do with daiquiris, and dance the ancient Dance Of Welcome - long proscribed by the Church of England and certain sections of the Church of Latter Day Saints - for robsoft. Welcome, Rob.
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User: robsoft
Date: 2008-04-10 20:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why, thank you hutch0!

I now feel compelled to actually make a post worth 'posting'.

If you've read anything I've previously posted, you will appreciate that this will require some effort on my part.

Please, bear with me - and thanks again.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-10 20:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you've read anything I've previously posted, you'll appreciate I'm in no position to be judgemental.
Just out of curiosity, how did you find your way to this particular part of the wilderness?
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User: robsoft
Date: 2008-04-10 21:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Looking at your flist, I reckon it would have been through brisingamen, whom I found through the redoubtable burkesworks. How I ever found him, I have no idea, but there you go. You know how these things work out.

It was only when reading your Bio I realised the Sheffield connection (born down in Truro to a father from Attercliffe, a mother from Apperknowle) - we moved from Cornwall to Sheffield when I was about 10 and I spent my teenage years (mid to late 80s) growing up there.

I'm in the middle of a particularly stupid 'death march' on a project at the moment which has greatly impacted my posting regime, but I don't think anyone has actually noticed, so...

Thanks again for the welcome. There is a definite literary vibe going on here. I feel intellectually stimulated already, and saying something given the bloody day I've had.
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User: robsoft
Date: 2008-04-11 05:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, by the way - got the 'link'.

It was (I'm fairly sure) a reference to a Shannon Matthews mumbling, that led to have a quick look the other lunchtime, and then I caught your mention of Iain (optional M) Banks.

Banks is one of my favourite authors too; I think probably Consider Phlebas and Against A Dark Background are my favourite 'M.' books, and either Espedair Street or Crow Road as my favourite 'no M.' books. I really like Whit too, though I've yet to meet anyone else who found it quite as amusing as I did/do. Perhaps it's me, then.

Haven't read the one you were discussing though I picked it up cheap with some kind of newspaper the other week and it's "on my pile." I was perhaps just 'whelmed' by his last couple (that I know of) - the sci-fi one about the giant gas/balloon creatures was just dull really and the 'Dead Air' none sci-fi one was above average but not especially so.

The first one I read was, of course, The Wasp Factory and like you I've been something of a fan ever since. Complicity was quite a good little thriller, and The Bridge was quite clever. I thought Feersum Enjinn was great fun (at the time, but then I thought Neuromancer was mindblowing too, at the time, so keep that as a point of reference) and I must confess that I quite enjoyed the one which consists largely of communications between Culture AIs (Excession?). Again though, I seem to be the only one there - I have friends who read his books and think that particular one is awful.

To be fair, I think they're all quite worth reading. Even 'The Business' and 'A Song Of Stone'. :-)
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-10 21:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morgan brighteyes

That would be the ancient Falling Over Dance of Welcome, wouldn't it, thanks to Selkie and her blasted daiquiris?

I'm surprised she's not here already for the party. She must have locked herself in the bathroom again.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-10 21:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, that's rum from the great Caribbean island of Tesco, I'll have you know...
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RealThog: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-10 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:'Ronica

"I've been shopping for better rum than Hutch normally uses."

In the bathroom?
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RealThog: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-10 22:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:'Ronica

I see Rob's scarpered before the cops get here. A good job pastorbear's not in attendance or things'd be really rowdy . . . her and her Janis Ian records . . .

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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-10 22:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It is a worry, you know. People pop in, maybe having seen the odd serious post, and they find us raving about fish and daiquiris and being rude about each other's books, and we never see them again. jpsorrow hasn't said a word, we haven't heard anything from norilana yet, and I suspect lyda222, who has been a villager for a while now, is afraid of checking her fpages in case something from here turns up...


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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-11 09:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

"being rude about each other's books"

Speak for yourself.
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User: robsoft
Date: 2008-04-11 04:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sorry; it's true, I did. I had an inkling things were going to adopt a certain texture and decided to make to break for it. It was that, and the 5:00 start I had planned for today.

Although the plans for the following day don't usually affect the behaviour of the current day, to be honest.

Janis Ian? (*another clipboard-swipe over to my lunchtime google list*)
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-11 09:56 (UTC)
Subject: Janis Ian

Oh, you've got a major treat in store if you've not discovered Janis's music. She's been going a long time. Try http://www.janisian.com/ as a starting point.

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RealThog: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-11 20:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:'Ronica

"I had an inkling"

Those literary references to the fantasy greats are what makes hutch0's area what it . . . um, what it is, I suppose.
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Kat: Bear tongue
User: artykat
Date: 2008-04-11 20:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bear tongue
Hey! I heard that!!
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