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hutch0
Date: 2008-04-10 21:23
Subject: it's....
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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)
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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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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-10 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I find these connections interesting; it's as if there's a weird form of Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon going on. I kind of like that.
Yeah, it could be a bit more literary, considering. All I seem to be doing at the moment is posting LOLcats and getting annoyed at stuff.
We probably just missed each other in Sheffield; I moved down here in '84. Whereabouts were you?
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User: robsoft
Date: 2008-04-11 04:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The connections /are/ interesting, aren't they?

We lived in Dronfield to start with, then when I started at Sheffield Poly (pretty sure it was still the Poly, this would have been around 89 so was possibly in the the throes of changing it's name) I moved to a typical ground-floor pseudo-bedsit on London Road. It was handy for late night food and midweek visits to Blades' games, when I had the spare cash. So not that often at all then, really.

I popped off to That London in mid 91 to work for BT for a few years (a sandwich placement gone horribly right kind of scenario - never did bother finishing the degree) but came back late 94, at first to the wrinklies' place in Dronfield, then eventually to Psalter Lane (I was working for a software/lab-instrument company up there). Used to spend many an hour in the Psalter Tavern. Moved to Cheshire for a job in about 98 and been here or hereabouts ever since.

I only get back to Sheffield about twice a year; my Dad died a while ago and my Mum moved to Chapeltown, to be nearer my sister and her family. My brother lives somewhere just off London Road (again). Most of my mother's family are in the Sheffield/Chesterfield area, there's not all that much left of my father's family and they're not so local.


Where did you move 'down' from? And whereabouts (roughly) are you now?

Edit: Sorry, didn't read the bio carefully enough to start with.

Edited at 2008-04-11 01:54 pm (UTC)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-11 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was brought up in Killamarsh. Both my parents are dead now, but my brother's still up there. I don't know Dronfield well, but I've certainly been through it on occasion.
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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: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-11 11:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:'Ronica

"Complicity was quite a good little thriller"

And superbly copy-edited, I've always thought.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-11 20:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you do Complicity?
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-11 20:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"Did you do Complicity?"

How the heck did you manage to deduce that?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-11 20:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, I don't know...
Did you?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-11 20:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wasn't so sure about Against A Dark Background, and I'm sorry but I'm someone else who didn't like Whit all that much. I mean, it was okay; it's always fun to read a Banks novel, but it seemed sort of insubstantial. On the other hand, I loved Complicity.
I rather enjoyed The Algebraist (the one with the balloon creatures) but I kept having long periods when I thought it had been written by someone else. I read Dead Air and I can't remember a single thing about it.
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