PAUL C in the War Room - Fourth with Gates at Saratoga

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PAUL C in the War Room - Fourth with Gates at Saratoga

1PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 22, 7:34 am



Burgoyne surrenders to Gates at Saratoga.

I am Paul Cranswick indiscriminate book lover aiming to focus more in '24.
Married to Hani (SWMBO) with three grown-up children Yasmyne (26), Kyran (24) and Belle (19) and now with one granddaughter Nami (Pip) born to Yasmyne in August last year. Currently I live and work in Kuala Lumpur (KL) but I am expecting this to change in the coming weeks and months. In KL, my long suffering maid, Erni, keeps the coffee flowing as I try to assist in the completion of the World's second tallest building.

2Owltherian
Fev 11, 8:35 pm

happy new thread lol

3PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 11, 9:11 pm

The opening words

I am really enjoying The British are Coming but it is a dense and long read so I am supplementing it with other works which I am also enjoying. I am reading, The African by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio - Nobel winner. This is a memoir of his time as a child in Africa. Short but so far excellent.



" Every human being is the product of a father and a mother. One might not accept them, might not love them, might have doubts about them. But they're there, with their faces, their attitudes, their mannerisms and their idiosyncrasies, their illusions, their hopes, the shape of their hands and of their toes, the colour of their eyes and hair, their manner of speaking, their thoughts, probably their age at death, all of that has become part of us."

Interested..................?

4PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 22, 7:41 am

Books Read

January

1. Dear Future Boyfriend by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz (2000) 90 pp Poetry / 150Y Challenge 15/150
2. Pax Romana by Adrian Goldsworthy (2016) 420 pp Non-Fiction / War Room / 150Y Challenge 16/150
3. The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (1959) 306 pp Fiction / War Room / 150Y Challenge 17/150
4. Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken (1964) 286 pp Fiction / BAC / 150Y Challenge 18/150
5. Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles (2010) 373 pp Non-Fiction / War Room / 150Y Challenge 19/150
6. When We Were Warriors by Emma Carroll (2019) 248 pp Fiction / War Room / 150y Challenge 20/150
7. Double Indemnity by James M Cain (1936) 136 pp Thriller / 150Y Challenge 21/150
8. Persian Fire by Tom Holland (2005) 376 pp Non-Fiction / War Room / 150Y Challenge 22/150

February

9. North Woods by Daniel Mason (2023) 369 pp Fiction 150Y Challenge 23/150
10. The African by JMG Le Clezio (2004) 106 pp Non-Fiction / 150Y Challenge 24/150
11. The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson (2019) 564 pp Non-Fiction / War Room
12. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (1927) 297 pp Fiction 150Y Challenge 25/150

5PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 15, 7:32 pm

Currently Reading

6PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 22, 7:46 am

The War Room



JANUARY - Ancient Wars (Greeks/Romans/Persians/Carthage/Egyptians/Alexander, etc) https://www.librarything.com/topic/356820
1. Pax Romana by Adrian Goldsworthy
2. The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
3. Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles
4. Persian Fire by Tom Holland

FEBRUARY - The American War of Independence
1. The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson

SEPTEMBER - WW2
1. When We Were Warriors by Emma Carroll

7PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 22, 7:48 am

British Author Challenge (Hosted by my friend Amanda)



JANUARY - Joan Aiken & Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle : Black Hearts in Battersea

8PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 22, 7:50 am

American Author Challenge (Hosted with occasional assistance this year by my friend Linda)



JANUARY - Mark Twain
FEBRUARY - Susan Sontag

9PaulCranswick
Editado: Mar 1, 7:29 pm

150 YEARS OF BOOKS

150 years; 150 books; 150 authors; 15 months

Done:
Row 1 : 1874


Row 2 : 1889


Row 3 : 1904, 1908, 1910, 1915


Row 4 : 1923, 1927


Row 5 : 1936, 1937, 1945


Row 6 : 1958, 1959


Row 7 : 1964, 1966


Row 9 : 1994, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005


Row 10 : 2010, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2023

10PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 22, 7:53 am

Books Added

January books 1-31
https://www.librarything.com/topic/357215#8360403

February
32. This Other Eden by Paul Harding
33. Deadland by William Shaw
34. Grave's End by William Shaw
35. The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey
36. Nagasaki by Eric Faye
37. The Vatican Cellars by Andre Gide
38. The African by JMG Le Clezio
39. The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag
40. Little by Edward Carey
41. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
42. The Sisterhood by Katherine Bradley
43. Lean on Me by Serge Joncour
44. Facets of Death by Michael Stanley

11PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 22, 7:56 am

Book Stats

Books Read : 11
Pages Read in completed books : 3,274 pp

Longest book : The British are Coming : 564 pp
Shortest book : Dear Future Boyfriend : 90 pp
Mean book length : 271.00 pp

Books written by men : 7
Books written by women : 4

Non-Fiction : 5
Fiction : 4
Poetry : 1
Thriller : 1

1930's : 1 book
1950's : 1 book
1960's : 1 book
2000's : 3 book
2010's : 4 books
2020's : 1 book

UK Authors : 6
US Authors : 4
France Authors : 1

Nobel Winners : 1 (79/120)
Carnegie Medal Winners : 1 (6th overall)

Read : 11 books
Added : 54 books

Change to TBR : +43

12PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 8:39 pm

Welcome to my fourth thread which is now open.

13PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 8:40 pm

>2 Owltherian: That was super quick, Lily. Normally visitors only turn up when the thread set up is done but you get marks for enthusiasm. xx

14Owltherian
Fev 11, 8:42 pm

>13 PaulCranswick: I noticed as soon as it was put up.

15amanda4242
Fev 11, 8:48 pm

Happy new thread!

16banjo123
Fev 11, 8:48 pm

Happy new thread, Paul!

17PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 8:54 pm

>14 Owltherian: On some threads, Lily, people can be a bit precious about being set-up before others come a-calling, but I always welcome my visitors.

>15 amanda4242: Thank you dear Amanda. xx

18Owltherian
Fev 11, 8:55 pm

>17 PaulCranswick: Yeah i guess thats true.

Anyways, why do cigarettes even exist, they kill thousands of people every day

19PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 11, 8:57 pm

>16 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda, lovely to see you.

>18 Owltherian: Well it was once considered pretty cool, I guess to smoke.

20avatiakh
Fev 11, 8:56 pm

Hi Paul - Happy New Thread. I don't think I got to comment on your last one, it moved too fast.

21PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 8:58 pm

>20 avatiakh: Thanks Kerry. The thread is playing up a bit whilst I am trying to set it up.
I have been a little remiss also in not getting around the threads at my normal pace.

22mahsdad
Fev 11, 9:03 pm

Happy New Thread!

23PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 9:04 pm

>22 mahsdad: Thanks Jeff.

24ronincats
Fev 11, 9:05 pm

Happy New Thread, Paul!

25weird_O
Fev 11, 9:05 pm

Hi Paul. Looking forward to catching the info that will fill all those labeled but otherwise empty slots.

Greetings, old man.

26PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 9:08 pm

>24 ronincats: Lovely to see you, Roni.

>25 weird_O: That is a lovely surprise, Bill, to find you in these parts. I will go and fill 'em up as fast as I can dear fellow.
Salutations to you too, I didn't catch you up yet either; senior!

27quondame
Fev 11, 10:04 pm

Happy new thread Paul!

28PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 10:24 pm

>27 quondame: Thank you, Susan. xx

29figsfromthistle
Fev 11, 10:32 pm

Happy new thread!

30PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 11:05 pm

>29 figsfromthistle: Thank you dear Anita.

31Owltherian
Fev 11, 11:06 pm

I'm crying now- i feel like its for a stupid reason too....

32PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 11, 11:08 pm

Lily's post above was the 1,000th post on my threads this year. Thank you for everyone who has visited here and posted.

I honestly thought that Richard would have been first to the landmark this year as I was chugging steadily. Amazing what swollen testicles can do for you!

33PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 11:08 pm

>31 Owltherian: A bit more context, Lily?

34Owltherian
Fev 11, 11:12 pm

>33 PaulCranswick: Well, a friend of mine uh- committed ya know, suicide and i remembered them after doing something i usually do with them....

35PaulCranswick
Fev 11, 11:20 pm

>34 Owltherian: I don't know many people who committed suicide to be honest, Lily. One guy who used to play football with me in school but who became an alcoholic and couldn't face the death of his son, springs to mind but I cannot think of any others.

36Owltherian
Fev 11, 11:22 pm

>35 PaulCranswick: Yeah...like three people i care about committed suicide, two of them being related to me. Why do they do it, don't they care what their family will think at all?

37vancouverdeb
Fev 11, 11:23 pm

Happy New Thread, Paul !

38Familyhistorian
Fev 12, 12:55 am

Happy new thread, Paul! Nice to see that Hani will be joining you again soon.

39SirThomas
Fev 12, 2:11 am

Happy New Thread, Paul!
Your speed is impressive.

40FAMeulstee
Fev 12, 2:33 am

Happy new thread, Paul!

41PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 2:35 am

>36 Owltherian: Lily, I cannot profess to understand what compels someone to wish to end it all. I suffer from extremely black moods from time to time but I have thankfully never had any urges in that direction.

>37 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deb!!

42Owltherian
Fev 12, 2:36 am

>41 PaulCranswick: I sadly have, although have never tried thankfully.

43PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 2:36 am

>38 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg. I must admit I do miss not having someone here to complain about me!

>39 SirThomas: Thanks, Thomas. That comes of illness and a few days of no work.

44PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 2:38 am

>40 FAMeulstee: Thank you dear Anita.

>42 Owltherian: It is always important, Lily, to have someone you can talk to when you are feeling intense depression. I try to work my way through it and do so by putting on a false bonhomie at work so that people won't realize that inside myself there is complete and utter turmoil going on.

45PaulCranswick
Editado: Mar 1, 10:42 am

All the talk of controlling my book buying and I went to buy my coffee capsules in the mall next to my condo. This mall just happens to have a very decent discount bookstore and, well, I am still Paul Cranswick.

45. City of Ghosts by Ben Creed
46. Peace by Garry Disher
47. Edgar & Lucy by Victor Lodato
48. Village of the Lost Girls by Agustin Martinez
49. The Library : A Fragile History by Andrew Pettegree
50. The Separation by Christopher Priest
51. George V : Never a Dull Moment by Jane Ridley
52. Lucky by Alice Sebold
53. Nomad by James Swallow
54. Burning Man by Frances Wilson

46Owltherian
Fev 12, 2:47 am

>44 PaulCranswick: yeah.....i dont really trust many people and its hard.

47PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 3:07 am

>46 Owltherian: You need to find something of a support group. Trust is important but is not achieved easily oftentimes.

48Owltherian
Fev 12, 3:10 am

>47 PaulCranswick: Yeah, i had a few therapists before but they were kinda all not very good because they were with the Talbert House and those therapists are horrible.

49Whisper1
Fev 12, 4:08 am

Hello Friend

I'm stopping by to say hello. You are doing a wonderful job with the War Room threads!

50PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 4:10 am

>48 Owltherian: Not being Stateside, Lily, Talbert House does not resonate. I think that close, reliable and trustworthy friends are so important in life. My best friend from school celebrated his 57th birthday today and I never miss contacting him on his birthday to remind him that he just caught up with me again.

51PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 4:12 am

>49 Whisper1: Dear, dear Linda. How lovely to see you. I am long overdue a visit to all my friends and you pretty much prime most.

That is nice of you to say. I have to say that even though the result is not what I should historically have wished for - Rick Atkinson's book The British are Coming is a wonderful work of narrative history.

52Owltherian
Fev 12, 4:15 am

>50 PaulCranswick: Yeah, there were a few that were okayish.

53PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 5:09 am

>52 Owltherian: We should always try to cultivate good friends.

54Owltherian
Fev 12, 5:10 am

>53 PaulCranswick: Its 5:10am for me and i haven't slept a wink

55humouress
Fev 12, 5:28 am

Happy new thread Paul!

56PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 6:50 am

>54 Owltherian: Go to sleep young lady!

>55 humouress: Thank you, Nina. xx

57Owltherian
Fev 12, 7:13 am

>56 PaulCranswick: its 7am now, i may pass out eventually

58msf59
Fev 12, 7:27 am

Happy New Thread, Paul. Hope the work week goes smoothly.

59PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 8:44 am

>57 Owltherian: Even I need a bit of sleep occasionally.

>58 msf59: Thanks Mark. Back to work tomorrow after the Lunar New Year celebrations.

60drneutron
Fev 12, 10:31 am

Happy new thread, Paul!

61m.belljackson
Fev 12, 10:58 am

Good Morning, Paul - if it's Tuesday, February 13th where you live,

You can Celebrate my 80th Birthday!

62PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 11:11 am

>60 drneutron: Thanks Jim.

>61 m.belljackson: By all means, Marianne. Quite the landmark my dear friend. Congratulations and happy birthday!

63hredwards
Fev 12, 12:10 pm

Happy New Thread!!

64Whisper1
Fev 12, 12:41 pm

>61 m.belljackson: Dear Marianne, Your birthday approaches.birthday Marianne. 80 years on this planet equates to a lot of love that you gave/give, some tears, lots of laughter, lots of books! And, I can attest to the wonderful person you are. Happy Birthday tomorrow, the 13th of February!

65ChrisG1
Fev 12, 4:24 pm

Happy new thread, Paul. How is the Atkinson book going?

66Owltherian
Fev 12, 5:10 pm

Hi Paul! I ended up passing out a bunch before i got picked up due to exhaustion but I'm okay now!

67PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 5:36 pm

>63 hredwards: Thank you, my dear Harold

>64 Whisper1: Indeed Linda. Marianne can be pugnacious but she is also a very warm-hearted and caring person whose presence I value enormously. We have sparred a few times as we often see the self same thing but from slightly different angles.

I also want to give a shout out to her daughter who has recommended to me the medicinal properties of Witch Hazel to treat my current ailment and I will be giving it a try.

68PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 5:38 pm

>65 ChrisG1: Hi Chris. I am really enjoying The British are Coming, although it is very dense and detailed reading. It is not a book to skim, it is one to savour and possibly the best thing I have read in 2024 thus far.

>66 Owltherian: Try to regulate your sleeping time a bit Lily and you'll find that it does wonders for your general state of well being.

69Owltherian
Fev 12, 5:43 pm

>68 PaulCranswick: Yeah, i cant sleep yet tho

70PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 5:52 pm

>69 Owltherian: How many hours did you manage to sleep in the end?

71Owltherian
Fev 12, 5:53 pm

>70 PaulCranswick: Uhhh- maybe less than one-

72PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 6:07 pm

>71 Owltherian: Not sustainable, Lily.

73Owltherian
Fev 12, 6:11 pm

>72 PaulCranswick: Yeah i know but im used to not sleeping.

74atozgrl
Fev 12, 7:04 pm

Happy new thread, Paul!

75alcottacre
Fev 12, 7:23 pm

>45 PaulCranswick: Nice book haul, Juan!

Happy new thread!

76PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 7:36 pm

>73 Owltherian: I don't know your age for sure, Lily, but I am sure that you are still a very young lady. At your approximate age good sleep is extremely important.

>74 atozgrl: Thank you, Irene. xx

77PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 7:36 pm

>75 alcottacre: Thanks my dear Juana!

It will always be a happy thread when you pop along.

78PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 9:41 pm

BOOK #10



The African by JMG Le Clezio
Date of Publication : 2004
Origin of Author : France
Gender of Author : Male
Genre : Non-Fiction
Number of Pages : 106 pp
Challenges : Nobel Winner (79th read); 150Y Year Challenge 24th/150

This book is as much about Le Clezio's father than it is about the continent that the author partly grew up on and which helped shape him.

Beautifully written/translated, it has at the same time a gentleness as well as a detachment for a subject that clearly impacted him greatly.

Le Clezio and his brother spent the war in Nice with his mother and grandparents - his father because of Mauritius roots was in the British army as a doctor in what is now Nigeria / Cameroon. In 1948 the sons and their mother travelled to Africa to be reunited with the father they did not know and whose world view was not their own.

Africa teeming with life and abundance also fills these pages but it is Le Clezio's father who looms over every sentence.

Recommended.

79vancouverdeb
Fev 12, 9:49 pm

Happy New Thread, Paul. Happy reads ahead.

80PaulCranswick
Fev 12, 9:51 pm

>79 vancouverdeb: Thank you again Deb. xx

I am enjoying my reading although I am not making the progress speed wise that I am normally capable of doing.

81humouress
Fev 13, 4:36 am

>61 m.belljackson: Happy 80th Marianne!

82Kristelh
Fev 13, 7:05 am

I'm late to the new thread. Happy new thread Paul. I hope you're feeling better. I do hope your work will come to closure soon and you can move on with the next phase of life.

83Owltherian
Fev 13, 7:48 am

>76 PaulCranswick: I'm 14 almost 15 years old and a Freshman in Highschool

84PaulCranswick
Fev 13, 11:23 am

>81 humouress: Indeed Nina, that is quite the milestone.

>82 Kristelh: Amen to that, Kristel!

85PaulCranswick
Fev 13, 11:24 am

>83 Owltherian: That made me smile, Lily. Only someone with the benefit and excitement of coming adulthood would phrase like that. You would never see me type to someone - "I'm 57 almost 58 years old"!

86mahsdad
Fev 13, 11:42 am

>85 PaulCranswick: This! Or how about how when kids are very little we age them by months... Oh my child is 23 months old today.

I am 689 months old. LOL

87ArlieS
Fev 13, 11:48 am

I am 66 almost 67 years old. ;-)

88Owltherian
Fev 13, 11:52 am

>85 PaulCranswick: Yeah i guess, and omg its lunchtime and i hope its not pasta

89m.belljackson
Fev 13, 12:50 pm

>64 Whisper1: >67 PaulCranswick: >81 humouress: Thank you All for All the 80th Birthday Wishes!

90m.belljackson
Fev 13, 12:53 pm

>67 PaulCranswick: >64 Whisper1: "Pugnacious" from the upcoming 2025 Oxford English Dictionary: "passionate and creative free thinker who loves to dispute!"

91ChrisG1
Fev 13, 2:50 pm

>83 Owltherian: You're the same age as my namesake grandson, also a HS Freshman. Although I can't imagine him mixing it up online with a group like this, lol. I'm impressed!

92Owltherian
Fev 13, 2:51 pm

>91 ChrisG1: Yeah- honestly i just found this site looking for roleplays

93booksaplenty1949
Editado: Fev 13, 3:39 pm

Just priced and packed my first box of donated books for this year’s fundraising book sale. Took home some mystery stories to read and return but managed to resist any permanent acquisitions, although I saw an early (1969) Folio Society edition of The Horse’s Mouth illustrated by the artist who created the paintings used in the movie version of Cary’s novel. No slipcase, though. Still thinking.

94Berly
Fev 13, 3:55 pm

Is it too late to wish you a happy new one?! : )

95witchyrichy
Fev 13, 5:22 pm

>94 Berly: I was thinking the same thing!

Happy new thread!

96PaulCranswick
Fev 13, 8:15 pm

>86 mahsdad: That is a challenge, Jeff. Since you are two weeks older than I am we share the same month age of 689! In days you lead me 20,999 to 20,985 but who is counting?!

>87 ArlieS: We are almost a decade apart in terms of age, Arlie, but certainly much closer in terms of literary tastes!

97PaulCranswick
Fev 13, 8:24 pm

>88 Owltherian: I still do that too, because my maid (and the world's greatest maker of coffee), Erni, cooks for me daily. I could tell her every day what I want to eat and would get it but I prefer, for some reason, to give her the freedom to choose. It is funny that sometimes I will head home thinking - "I hope it isn't fish."!

>89 m.belljackson: You are most welcome, Marianne. I hope you had a wonderful day, dear lady.

98PaulCranswick
Fev 13, 8:29 pm

>90 m.belljackson: As you know, Marianne, "pugnacious" was definitely intended fondly and in a complimentary manner. We sometimes disagree and we do so often quite spiritedly but you always defend your position with passion and it is an exercise in bonding when friends disagree but come to understand each other's position.

>91 ChrisG1: My nephew is also the same age Chris and I cannot see him communicating very effectively here in the group. Our relatives can often surprise us too though if truth be known.

99PaulCranswick
Fev 13, 8:32 pm

>92 Owltherian: Well I think you are fitting in nicely, Lily.

>93 booksaplenty1949: I cannot see myself being able to resist any books that were remotely on my personal hitlist.

100PaulCranswick
Fev 13, 8:33 pm

>94 Berly: It will never be too late for you, Kimmers!

>95 witchyrichy: Or for you, dear Karen.

101booksaplenty1949
Fev 13, 9:42 pm

>99 PaulCranswick: This website is sort of like an inverted “Book buyers/hoarders Anonymous” meeting, where instead of urging abstention the attendees are saying “Oh go on, get that book. So what if you have another copy/no place to put it? Don’t let it get away!” With Paul Cranswick as my “sponsor” I’m pretty sure to stay hooked.

102AMQS
Fev 13, 10:01 pm

Happy Wednesday, Paul, and I hope you are feeling better.

103PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 4:32 am

>101 booksaplenty1949: Possible formation of the B.A. (Bibliophiles Anonymous) pending!
It would be an honour to sponsor you but I would hardly be a great example being probably the worst in addiction terms!

>102 AMQS: Thank you, Anne. I am a little better.

104Owltherian
Fev 14, 7:56 am

>97 PaulCranswick: That sounds super fun, the only fish i really like is salmon and even that has to be cooked a certain way.

105hredwards
Fev 14, 11:21 am

>101 booksaplenty1949: Hello my name is Harold and I'm a Bookaholic.

106m.belljackson
Fev 14, 11:42 am

Paul noted that these suggestions would be good for All of Us:

From my therapist daughter come these positive ideas for Paul's Doctor Friend -

which have helped others with similar conditions -

A steady routine
Good Sleep
Physical exercise
Improved diet
Mindful practices

107PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 12:48 pm

>104 Owltherian: I'm actually ok with most types of fish. Shellfish such as mussels (allergic) and squid are out for me.

>105 hredwards: Hahaha thanks for your confession, Harold!

MY NAME IS PAUL CRANSWICK AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC

108Owltherian
Fev 14, 12:51 pm

>107 PaulCranswick: Sadly i cant have shrimp anymore due to my stepmum and my dads gf being allergic

109PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 1:12 pm

>106 m.belljackson: Thank you, Marianne. Stated like that the do's appear to be based in common sense.

110PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 1:12 pm

>108 Owltherian: I love prawns.

111Owltherian
Fev 14, 1:18 pm

>110 PaulCranswick: Honestly my dad makes the BEST shrimp jambalaya and now he cant even make it

112booksaplenty1949
Fev 14, 4:33 pm

>107 PaulCranswick: Key part, however, is that instead of encouraging one another to walk past that bookstore and block viaLibri.net, this chapter of B.A. cheers us on as we pack those shelves.

113johnsimpson
Fev 14, 5:02 pm

Hi Paul mate, a belated Happy New Thread. Everything has been clarified and so Colin Graves takes over as non-executive director of the Board, let's hope he keeps things going as they are. The Test series is evenly matched at the moment, hoping that bringing in Wood will help England and that the batting is better, Root doesn't need to do silly things as once he has got to 20 he then scores at a good lick and would be the glue for the rest of them to work around. It would be sad if he ruined his stats just to play barmy shots that are not needed and so early in his innings.

Hope all is well with you mate and the family over here, we are fine although i am still getting use to the odd hours i am getting up at and the amount of driving that i am doing. Karen is leading the charge on the book buying front and my reading is coming along nicely.

Look after yourself my very good friend, Karen sends her love mate.

114Owltherian
Fev 14, 5:27 pm

Paul- one of my friends on this site betrayed my trust and now i have to deal with the person who called me an animal f*cker AGAIN

115PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 5:52 pm

>111 Owltherian: You will have to enjoy the food outside the confines of home by the looks of it, Lily.

>112 booksaplenty1949: It would feel cathartic cheering you all on packing the shelves with books rather than emptying them.

116Owltherian
Fev 14, 5:53 pm

>115 PaulCranswick: Guess i will have to, but nobody can make it better than my dad.

117PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 14, 5:57 pm

>113 johnsimpson: The test series has been splendid to date. I would like to have seen us have Brook back and I don't understand why Stokes isn't bowling at all.

Graves seems to believe he is saving his beleaguered county but I hope it is not, in fact the opposite.

Good to see that you and Karen and doing well, mate, my love to both of you.

>114 Owltherian: I don't believe that you will receive any nastiness from anyone in this group, Lily.

118PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 5:58 pm

>116 Owltherian: There are certain foods I don't want to eat these days because my Mum used to make them for me and she is gone.

119Owltherian
Fev 14, 5:59 pm

>118 PaulCranswick: Honestly if that was true for me i would spend my days crying but at least i have a pillow to remember my bio mum

120PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 6:15 pm

>119 Owltherian: I have so many memories to remember my dear Mum, Lily.

121Carmenere
Fev 14, 6:43 pm

Hey Paul, just stopping in to see how things are going over here.
How’s grandpa life treating you?

122PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 6:58 pm

>121 Carmenere: Lovely to see you, Lynda.

Grandpa is missing his family. x

123Owltherian
Fev 14, 7:27 pm

Paul- do you know how to stop a panic attack? I'm about to have another one after being harrassed by someone on this site

124PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 7:39 pm

>123 Owltherian: My wife has panic attacks as does my brother so I do know a thing or two about them:

Stay where you are.
Breathe slowly and deeply
Concentrate as much as you can on positive thoughts.
Remind yourself that this will pass and is not life threatening
Take lavender or camomile tea which are both known for anxiety treatments

125Owltherian
Fev 14, 7:40 pm

>124 PaulCranswick: Thanks....i blocked the person again but it never works....

126PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 7:46 pm

>125 Owltherian: I don't know much about this but I do think that the site administration need to be involved, Lily.

127Owltherian
Fev 14, 7:46 pm

>126 PaulCranswick: Yeah, i know but they need to be IP banned but they never do

128PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 7:53 pm

>127 Owltherian: I do think that, especially considering your age, the admin need to act to protect you from abuse on this site. Just to clarify, Lily, the abuse is not coming from the 75ers group right?

129amanda4242
Fev 14, 7:55 pm

>127 Owltherian: Staff only block IPs as a last resort, but it sounds like your stalker may have reached the level where it's warranted.

130Owltherian
Fev 14, 7:56 pm

>128 PaulCranswick: No, its on a group called Any RP on this site

131Owltherian
Fev 14, 7:57 pm

>129 amanda4242: We have gotten them banned THREE TIMES but they keep coming back! They are even online rn...

132amanda4242
Fev 14, 8:00 pm

>131 Owltherian: Do they keep making new accounts to get around the ban? Definitely report them to staff and be clear that it is the same person who has been banned multiple times.

133Owltherian
Fev 14, 8:00 pm

>132 amanda4242: Yeah, its the same exact person- they keep putting Wolfie in their name so i know pretty quickly.

134amanda4242
Fev 14, 8:05 pm

>133 Owltherian: FFS, they don't even try to hide it?!

While we can't keep them from behaving like an asshole, the 75ers can offer kind words and myriad book recommendations to help keep your morale up.

135Owltherian
Fev 14, 8:06 pm

>134 amanda4242: Yeah, and i feel betrayed bc they had their friend, who was IP banned ask for the link for a non LT group i had made and they even harrassed me there.

136PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 8:18 pm

>129 amanda4242: Thanks for stepping in here, Amanda, as I am not in my comfort zone with IPs and banning and all that sort of thing. I am not super computer literate.

>130 Owltherian: I see. Are you still frequenting that group?

137Owltherian
Fev 14, 8:19 pm

>136 PaulCranswick: Yeah, i have friends there but we made a private group that we can rp in.

I also found out the person who was harassing me had like 4+ accs

138PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 8:21 pm

>131 Owltherian: We cannot let bad people prevail, Lily.

>132 amanda4242: Good advice, I think.

139Owltherian
Fev 14, 8:22 pm

>138 PaulCranswick: Yeah, i just sent the email to admins now, so hopefully she gets banned perminantly

140PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 8:24 pm

>133 Owltherian: Wolf does seem quite an apt name for such animalistic behaviour.

>134 amanda4242: Yeah, Amanda, I cannot really do much else either. Perhaps better though if Lily doesn't go to places on LT where she is subject to abuse.

141Owltherian
Fev 14, 8:25 pm

>140 PaulCranswick: Yeah, they made so many accs and i told them all of her old ones so they could most likely get IP banned due to it.

142PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 8:26 pm

>135 Owltherian: Not nice. Really.

>137 Owltherian: IDK what sort of mania it takes to create numerous accounts to make someone else feel threatened.

143Owltherian
Fev 14, 8:27 pm

>142 PaulCranswick: I'm not sure but i hope this is the last time i have to deal with people like her.

144PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 8:27 pm

>139 Owltherian: Fingers and toes crossed.

>141 Owltherian: I would have thought that such a pattern of behaviour would indeed lead to the strongest possible action in response.

145PaulCranswick
Fev 14, 8:28 pm

>143 Owltherian: I don't know why I assumed it would have been a man.

146Owltherian
Fev 14, 8:29 pm

Not sure, but men are the reason i don't really wear tights, adding to the fact they are ITCHYYY as heckkkk

147PaulCranswick
Fev 15, 7:24 pm

>146 Owltherian: I am supremely unqualified to pass any comment on that post, Lily! I have never worn tights in my life!

148Owltherian
Editado: Fev 15, 7:29 pm

>147 PaulCranswick: Yeah, lets just say they are ichy like you could never believe and i just realized my dad is gonna take me to school- oh heck

149SilverWolf28
Fev 15, 9:30 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/358508

150PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 16, 7:42 am

Book #11



The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson
Date of Publication : 2019
Origin of Author : USA
Gender of Author : Male
Genre of Book : Non-Fiction
Pages : 564 pp
Challenges : The War Room Challenge (Book 6)

As far as narrative history goes this book would take a lot of beating. Epic and sweeping as well as being extremely even handed in its evaluation and opinions, Atkinson has written one of the books of history I have enjoyed the most.

Peopled with characters familiar to some modern readers; John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benedict Arnold, Burgoyne, Clinton, Cornwallis, Franklin, Gage, George III, Greene, Howe, Montgomery, North, Percy, Putnam, Washington and many others; the writer takes his time laying out this fascinating story before the reader.

Whatever our sympathies, Atkinson helps us to see the point of view of both sides.

151PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 16, 1:47 am

>148 Owltherian: I hope that your dad doesn't make you itch as much as those pesky tights!

>149 SilverWolf28: Thanks, Silver!

152justchris
Fev 16, 1:49 am

>105 hredwards: and >107 PaulCranswick: Well, I don't know that I'd call myself a bookaholic because I've managed to browse bookstores without buying anything. But I am definitely a reading addict to the point that it's been interfering with my work in recent weeks. Not good. Libby is my downfall because I'm the rat pressing the digital lever that's always there.

153PaulCranswick
Fev 16, 2:31 am

>152 justchris: An underlying strain I would guess, Chris. Readaholic!

154PaulCranswick
Editado: Mar 1, 10:46 am

Friday lunchtime additions:

I noticed that the Gallic publications promotional stand was thinning out a wee bit so I panicked and concentrated on adding some more of them while there was still chance.
Left me unable to add anymore books in February following my no more than a book a day total:

55. Clisson and Eugenie by Napoleon Bonaparte
56. Hell's Gate by Laurent Gaude
57. Weyward by Emilia Hart
58. Trap for Cinderella by Sebastien Japrisot
59. Human Nature by Serge Joncour
60. Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar

Only Hart's successful tale of witches was not a Gallic publication.

155Owltherian
Fev 16, 7:50 am

>151 PaulCranswick: He doesnt, and we had donuts for breakfast and i multitasked by eating a donut & holding mah stuff

156PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 16, 8:01 am

>155 Owltherian: I like donuts Lily, but they don't really like me!

157Owltherian
Fev 16, 8:48 am

>156 PaulCranswick: Oh biscuits- i have a math quiz today-

158PaulCranswick
Fev 16, 10:05 am

>157 Owltherian: Oh maths! I had some biscuits today.

Good luck with the quiz, Lily.

159Owltherian
Fev 16, 10:06 am

>158 PaulCranswick: I got a 14/20 also known as a 70% and i have a pounding headache right now

160PaulCranswick
Fev 16, 10:44 am

>158 PaulCranswick: I assuming that 70% isn't a bad score Lily, so I should say well done.

161Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:06 am

>160 PaulCranswick: Yeah i think its like a C-

162hredwards
Fev 16, 12:12 pm

>152 justchris: Love the image of the rat pressing the lever!

163PaulCranswick
Fev 16, 3:59 pm

>161 Owltherian: I would have thought it was a bit better than that.

>162 hredwards: Indeed, Harold.

164ChrisG1
Fev 16, 4:05 pm

>150 PaulCranswick: I had heard great things about Atkinson's WWII books & never got around to it. My TBR is already ridiculous, but I've got to add him, regardless.

165PaulCranswick
Fev 16, 4:33 pm

>150 PaulCranswick: I have one of those on the shelves, Chris, and I will definitely try to get to it this year.

166Owltherian
Fev 16, 7:34 pm

>163 PaulCranswick: It was probably a D or an F in my mums day.

167PaulCranswick
Fev 16, 8:09 pm

>166 Owltherian: If it is mental maths or arithmetic, I am pretty sure that I get 100%.

168Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:03 pm

It was Factoring Polynomials

169PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 12:01 am

>168 Owltherian: Then I can safely predict my score with zero revision.......is zero!

170Owltherian
Editado: Fev 17, 12:02 am

>169 PaulCranswick: I struggle with it. I also had to spend 3 hours at my homophobic grandparents house T^T

171vancouverdeb
Fev 17, 12:14 am

>154 PaulCranswick: I really loved Weyward when I read it last year, Paul. I hope you too. I am quite certain you will.

172PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 12:16 am

>170 Owltherian: I'm not surprised, Lily, I had to look it up to remind myself what it was!

>171 vancouverdeb: I do like the blurb for it Deb.

173Owltherian
Editado: Fev 17, 12:18 am

>172 PaulCranswick: Someone said the songs i listen to are morally evil apparently- ima just ignore 'em tho

174Familyhistorian
Fev 17, 1:23 am

I enjoyed Weyward too. So it gets my vote. Nice to know that The British Are Coming worked well for you. I have that book on my shelves but opted for The Other New York for my revolutionary read as that's where my bunch of revolutionaries hailed from.

175PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 3:12 am

>173 Owltherian: What music do you like, Lily? I have very varied tastes when it comes to music.

>174 Familyhistorian: The Other New York also looks interesting, Meg.

176humouress
Editado: Fev 17, 5:46 am

>101 booksaplenty1949: Ooh, dangerous. I'm almost tempted ... but my shelves are on the way to being overloaded.

>117 PaulCranswick: Stokes didn't bowl during the world cup either, did he? At that point it was probably because of his knee injury.

>152 justchris: I'm with you on the Libby issue.

>154 PaulCranswick: >171 vancouverdeb: >174 Familyhistorian: Weyward sounds intriguing.

177PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 9:38 am

>176 humouress: I am a bit perplexed when our bowlers are getting hit out of the ground why he is refusing to bowl. Maybe his knees can't stand up to it.

Lovely to see you as always, Nina.

178Owltherian
Fev 17, 10:57 am

>175 PaulCranswick: Well its usually pop music but i mix some pop rock and rock music into there.

Artists I like a lot:
Ashnikko
Cavetown
AJR
MARINA
Panic! At The Disco
Amy Winehouse & more

179ocgreg34
Fev 17, 10:58 am

>78 PaulCranswick: This sounds like a good book. I'll have to check it out.

180PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 11:06 am

>178 Owltherian: Heard of and like the last two.

>179 ocgreg34: It is a good book and I heartily recommend it, Greg.

181Owltherian
Fev 17, 11:07 am

>180 PaulCranswick: Amy Winehouse is amazing, i especially like her songs Rehab & Back To Black

182PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 11:09 am

>181 Owltherian: She was and what a sad waste of her talent.

183Owltherian
Fev 17, 11:10 am

>182 PaulCranswick: They made a movie i think of her and the person they put for the amazing lady doesnt look like her & cant even sing

184Kristelh
Fev 17, 11:34 am

>154 PaulCranswick:. I will be reading Weyward for my bookclub group in a couple of months.

185ArlieS
Fev 17, 4:33 pm

>168 Owltherian: It's a *long* time since I've done that. I wonder whether I still remember how.

186Owltherian
Fev 17, 4:34 pm

>185 ArlieS: I am struggling with them and its already bad that i don't know my factors that well.

187PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 5:39 pm

>183 Owltherian: I don't think I have seen the movie but the real Ms. Winehouse could certainly sing.

>184 Kristelh: I will probably join you at that time, then, Kristel, if I may.

188PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 5:41 pm

>185 ArlieS: I had a quick look too, Arlie, and I can confirm that my ageing brain would struggle with them nowadays!

>186 Owltherian: Don't worry Lily. At least once you are clear of high school, you'll probably never come across them again!

189Owltherian
Fev 17, 6:14 pm

>188 PaulCranswick: Thank goodness. It may be a documentary or movie i don't know though.

190PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 6:48 pm

>189 Owltherian: Something to look forward to after school at least.

191cbl_tn
Fev 17, 7:15 pm

>150 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! We just got a copy of that one at the library where I work. I'll make sure it goes on my TBR list!

192PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 7:18 pm

>191 cbl_tn: I didn't really care for the result of the war (hahaha), Carrie, but Atkinson's book is remarkable.

193Owltherian
Fev 17, 10:47 pm

>190 PaulCranswick: Yeah thats true, also sorry for the super late response, i took a 2 hour nap before eating dinner.

194RBeffa
Fev 17, 11:38 pm

>61 m.belljackson: A very happy 80th birthday to you Marianne. As the wise Vulcan said, Live long and prosper!

195justchris
Fev 18, 12:40 am

>176 humouress: I guess it's nice not to be alone in my travails? I mean, I'm not suffering, I'm just not getting much done.

196PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 1:36 am

>190 PaulCranswick: You can take your time to reply, Lily!

>191He was a wise Vulcan, Ron!

197PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 1:37 am

>195 justchris: You won't be alone in this group Chris when the subject has anything to do with books!

198Owltherian
Fev 18, 1:38 am

>196 PaulCranswick: Thanks, its also about 1:37am and i don't know how I'm still awake.

199humouress
Fev 18, 2:13 am

200PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 4:03 am

>197 PaulCranswick: You need plenty of sleep when you have been trying to study, Lily.

>199 humouress: Indeed.

201Owltherian
Fev 18, 4:07 am

>200 PaulCranswick: Its now 4:06am EST and i still haven't been able to sleep so I have been working on my books and school work.

202PaulCranswick
Editado: Mar 1, 10:52 am

Broke my vow on book buying. On Friday in Kino I met a Bulgarian man who was buying a book by Tash Aw. I got in conversation with him about books and life and KL and he told me about a new Taiwanese bookstore in Starhill gallery which he said had "quite good choice".

After a Thai brunch (I had dried beef with basil and an exquisite yellow curry with crab) I wondered across to that particular building and he was right - the bookstore is pretty good.

Since I was there I simple couldn't come away empty handed.

61. Baumgartner by Paul Auster (recommended by Donna?)
62. Dune : Messiah by Frank Herbert (recommended by my son, Kyran)
63. The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake Gormenghast
64. Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake (I won't add Titus Groan because it is already on the shelves.
65. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
66. Britain's Europe : A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation by Brendan Simms.

203humouress
Fev 18, 4:45 am

Broke my vow on book buying.

I'm so shocked.

204PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 5:08 am

>203 humouress: Yeah well if the cap fits I suppose I have to wear it!

205Owltherian
Fev 18, 5:23 am

Ahhhh- Paulll- can you give me some ideas on how to sleep? Its like 5:23am for me and i haven't slept a wink.

206PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 5:54 am

>205 Owltherian: I studiously avoid medication, Lily, but what about camomile tea? If you have some of that it is relaxing and may help you to sleep. Political debates on the TV might send you to sleep too!

207Owltherian
Fev 18, 5:57 am

>206 PaulCranswick: Maybe- but the only political debates on TV are either about Trump or Joe Biden anymore

208PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 6:04 am

>206 PaulCranswick: No don't watch that - you will have nightmares!

209Owltherian
Fev 18, 6:05 am

Yeah- dont get me wrong but Trump looks like a cheeto with how orange he looks.

210PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 6:27 am

>209 Owltherian: I think "Cheeto" is probably a good description of the man.

211Owltherian
Fev 18, 6:29 am

>210 PaulCranswick: Yes that is true, like how did that man become so orange-

212PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 6:57 am

>211 Owltherian: It is because he always appears in a bad light!

213Owltherian
Fev 18, 6:59 am

I guess he does, and also my mum says all of our presidents sucked, I'm not sure about that though-

214PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 7:03 am

>213 Owltherian: Interestingly though, Trump, for all his faults is the only President in living memory who left office with less money than he went into the office of President. The wealth that the Clinton's amassed in Washington during his Presidency is egregious in the extreme.

215Owltherian
Fev 18, 7:05 am

I'm pretty sure he did something which he got impeached from being president for.

216PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 8:08 am

>215 Owltherian: Hahaha I will not open that particular can of worms, Lily!

217booksaplenty1949
Fev 18, 2:07 pm

>214 PaulCranswick: The unbelievably low pay which elected officials receive in Southern states suggests that the assumption there is that one will have abundant opportunities to supplement it while in office. Presumably Clinton took this expectation with him to Washington.

218amanda4242
Fev 18, 2:11 pm

>202 PaulCranswick: Nice haul! Gormenghast is a favorite of mine.

219klobrien2
Fev 18, 4:48 pm

>202 PaulCranswick: Boy, you’ve got some classics there! Good haul. When I was young, Ivanhoe was one of my favorite books. I bought into thr “romance” of the crusades. I wonder what I would make of Kenilworth? I might have to give it a try!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Karen O

220Tess_W
Fev 18, 4:55 pm

>202 PaulCranswick: LOL to breaking the no book buying vow. You are preaching to the choir. I read Dune for the first time last year and meh! I've read 4 Scott's so far, but not this one. Hope you enjoy. The lunch sounded DELICIOUS!

221thornton37814
Fev 18, 5:29 pm

>202 PaulCranswick: I doubt any of us are surprised! It was a small haul though compared to the Cranswickian ones of the past!

222EllaTim
Fev 18, 6:11 pm

Hi Paul! For your war room challenge can you recommend to me a history of Britain? Somehow I seem to know a lot about Henry the VIII and his wives. Then there is a large grey blur, and then something Victoria, something Elizabeth II. Well. There’s a lot missing, obviously!

223PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 6:14 pm

>217 booksaplenty1949: Well he achieved those expectations and then some!

>218 amanda4242: Thanks Amanda. I have wanted that trilogy together for a while.

224PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 6:17 pm

>219 klobrien2: When I was at University, Karen, I lived for the most part only about 5 miles from Kenilworth and its castle.
Scott could certainly tell a good story.

>220 Tess_W: Lovely to see you, Tess! As everyone knows, when it comes to book buying, I am not great at sticking to plans or keeping promises.

225PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 6:20 pm

>221 thornton37814: I did put five books back though with a pique of conscience, Lori!

>222 EllaTim: Ella that is difficult because there are so many.
Peter Ackroyd's six part series is worth a look but I would always recommend A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins which is informative as well as superbly written.

227Kristelh
Fev 18, 6:48 pm

Hi Paul, spose you're back to work today unless it's a holiday.
61. Baumgartner by Paul Auster Unfamiliar with this one
62. Dune : Messiah by Frank Herbert read this and what I hear, the rest are not worth reading.
63. The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake Gormenghast, read two of them, probably won't read the other one. Not my favorite.
64. Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake (I won't add Titus Groan because it is already on the shelves. This is the one I probably will not read.
65. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott, unfamiliar with this one.
66. Britain's Europe : A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation by Brendan Simms. Also not familiar with this.

Book buying is such a "lift" to the spirit.

228EllaTim
Fev 18, 7:03 pm

>225 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul! That gives me enough to go on. The short history sounds just the thing to give me an overview.

229PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 7:32 pm

>226 thornton37814: No, really I did!

>227 Kristelh: There are so many books I still want to add, Kristel.

230PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 7:32 pm

>228 EllaTim: I remember really enjoying the book by Jenkins, Ella, and it was a pretty quick read too.

231Owltherian
Fev 18, 10:05 pm

>216 PaulCranswick: Honestly i think only two presidents got impeached and maybe more people died in office.

232amanda4242
Fev 18, 10:21 pm

>231 Owltherian: Three, actually: Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump (twice). You're right that more presidents have died in office than have been impeached.

233Owltherian
Fev 18, 10:24 pm

>232 amanda4242: Ah, i keep forgetting Andrew Johnson.

I think the people who died in office were: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and possibly more.

234PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 10:40 pm

>231 Owltherian: Impeachment certainly seems to be becoming more of a political tool than otherwise and a product of the separation of powers.

>232 amanda4242: And of course Joe Biden may get added to that list if he continues beyond November. Politics is becoming more sleazy everyday.

235Owltherian
Editado: Fev 18, 10:42 pm

>234 PaulCranswick: I'm not sure what Joe Biden did to possibly get impeached but i think it has to do with his son and it does seem like its becoming more of a tool.

236PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 10:43 pm

>233 Owltherian: The UK with a much longer history of government and without the confining bonds of term limits has only had seven Prime Minister's die in office with the last being Lord Palmerston as far back as 1865.

237Owltherian
Fev 18, 10:45 pm

>236 PaulCranswick: Honestly i think trump & possibly biden are the worst presidents we have ever had in the span of my life.

On another note i am rewatching Spongebob for the 3rd time.

238PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 10:47 pm

>235 Owltherian: There is the question of did he know or did he benefit from his son's / his family business dealings. Legitimate questions certainly but there does not seem to be sufficient evidence to tie him to anything truly impeachable.
I certainly think that his conduct has not been beyond reproach here but I do think that the GOP would have been better served by addressing issues of real concern to the populace rather than pandering to a distorted idea of political revenge.

239Owltherian
Fev 18, 10:49 pm

I wish the people who were our presidents were better, my mum says every president we have had owned slaves and stuff like that

240PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 10:50 pm

>237 Owltherian: Well I can add at least 42 years to your number and I would struggle too to name anyone. Carter got a bad press but he was a Principled and honourable man without question. Gerald Ford was pretty inept by all accounts but he didn't have much time in office to cause too many problems.

The question must be that why on earth can the World's leading democracy not come up with two better candidates than those two?

241Owltherian
Fev 18, 10:53 pm

I'm not sure to be honest, sometimes the presidents need to be possibly better than what they are already.

242PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 10:55 pm

>239 Owltherian: Your mum is not being entirely fair, Lily.
Some of the earliest did certainly and we have to see them through the prism of those times - Washington and Jefferson were in some ways great men, although their ownership of slaves does not sit comfortably these days.
John Adams was avowedly anti-slavery.
Slavery was abolished of course in the 1860s in the USA so certainly I am not aware of any Presidents post that time who had been slave owners.
Possibly the most racist of Presidents would have been Woodrow Wilson who was a White Supremacist extraordinaire and gave showings of the Klan related film "The Birth of a Nation" from the White House itself.

243PaulCranswick
Fev 18, 10:56 pm

>241 Owltherian: Well, yes. I do think that we have a right to expect a higher standard.

244Owltherian
Fev 18, 10:58 pm

Thats true.

I'm sure my mum isnt being entirely fair but she did say that Washington's teeth were all taken from slaves but I'm not sure i believe her entirely.

245Kristelh
Editado: Fev 19, 6:36 am

>187 PaulCranswick:, I have Weyward down for April, Paul. I look forward to sharing that one.

246RIMAKARY
Fev 19, 7:26 am

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247PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 7:26 am

>244 Owltherian: There are so many stories about Washington's teeth including that they were made of wood (one set of dentures he bought from the UK did actually contain wood). He is said to have "bought" teeth from slaves for implants paying them at today's equivalent of about $750 per tooth. Not sure how they got to spend the money though if they were enslaved?

248PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 8:27 am

>245 Kristelh: I will pencil that in too then, Kristel and try to join you with it.

>246 RIMAKARY: Don't know whether that was spam or not but thanks for visiting, I think.

249Owltherian
Fev 19, 9:07 am

>247 PaulCranswick: Jeez- thats a lot of money per tooth and while i was in Washington D.C. i actually went to Mount Vernon and almost passed out due to dehydration because i forgot to bring a water bottle and i was wearing a hoodie in the heat.

250ReneeMarie
Fev 19, 9:39 am

>240 PaulCranswick: I would back up that bus a bit.

One of those two men:
-- Is a convicted rapist
-- Was caught on camera boasting about being a sexual predator
-- Has been convicted of fraud
-- Admires dictators
-- Thinks racists are good people
-- Attempted to subvert the election process through intimidation and inciting a riot that caused the death of more than one person & the destruction of US property
--Took & tried to keep, including getting people to perjure themselves, an overwhelming amount of classified documents
-- And probably only wants to be president again to try to pardon himself & escape justice

The other:
-- Was also careless with some documentation but found not criminally so
-- Has a son who struggled with drug addiction and may have tried to profit from his father's position as VP -- much like Jimmy Carter's brother, or worse

The two cannot be rationally compared.

I used to hope Reagan would be the worst president we would ever have (too young to know about Nixon). Then Bush Jr got into office, and I thought, okay, it can't possibly get worse. Then Trump.

251Owltherian
Fev 19, 9:42 am

>250 ReneeMarie: Trump was terrible honestly

252ChrisG1
Fev 19, 12:42 pm

>250 ReneeMarie: I'm just frankly pissed that the Democrats are allowing Biden to run, giving Trump his only real chance at winning. Biden is clearly faltering & it is seriously damaging the party's chance to keep Trump out. Whichever party wised up & replaced their elderly candidate would run away with this election. Insanity reigns!

253ArlieS
Editado: Fev 19, 2:22 pm

>202 PaulCranswick: Tsk, tsk

But #66 sounds attractive just from the title.

254ArlieS
Fev 19, 2:29 pm

>250 ReneeMarie: Convicted rapist?

I don't recall an actual felony conviction.

I don't think civil judgments count as "convictions".

255PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 2:41 pm

>249 Owltherian: It is indeed a lot of money but I just cannot see how they spend it!

256PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 2:49 pm

>250 ReneeMarie: You are entitled to your view, Renee, but factually there are problems.

Trump was sued civilly and is not a convicted rapist and his fraud trial was frankly ludicrous and will certainly be overturned on appeal.
He is an awful man in my opinion and should not be standing because he dishonoured the office of the President in the transfer of power last time round.

Biden was much more than careless with classified documents and we are talking about documents he had no right to in the first place. He was not found to be cleared criminally the Special Investigator felt that he was not competent to stand trial.

Frankly they are both unfit for office and the USA should be looking to find younger and more competent leaders.

257PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 2:50 pm

>251 Owltherian: I agree, Lily.

>252 ChrisG1: I agree with that wholeheartedly, Chris - that is exactly on point.

258PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 2:51 pm

>253 ArlieS: Hahaha it is isn't it?

>254 ArlieS: That is right, Arlie.

259Owltherian
Fev 19, 4:06 pm

>255 PaulCranswick: I'm not sure how they spend it all since it doesnt seem like they make a lot to begin with.

260PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 4:09 pm

>259 Owltherian: What I mean, Lily, is that slaves were hardly free to go shopping as and when they want to do so.

261Owltherian
Fev 19, 4:11 pm

thats true, they were usually working in the fields and stuff, they weren't allowed to learn to read and write either i don't think.

262PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 4:40 pm

>261 Owltherian: Lily, I don't want to minimize or trivialize the evil that was slavery. It is an unfortunate fact that Washington and Jefferson, amongst the most lauded and revered of Presidents were slave owners. We should view historical figures through the prism of the time they spent on earth but juxtaposed with John Adams - alive and active at the same time, they do not clean up nicely.

263Owltherian
Fev 19, 4:45 pm

>262 PaulCranswick: I think my favorite president was Lincoln due to him stopping slavery and it's sad that our presidents were slave owners when they had done the Constitution saying 'Freedom for all' when it wasn't.

264PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 5:19 pm

>263 Owltherian: I think in terms of a favourite President my choice would be a surprise and it is on grounds of race. Calvin Coolidge did much during his Presidency for race relations and granted full citizenship to Native Americans in 1924. He presided over the "roaring twenties" and can be criticized for not being distributive in his outlook but he left office hugely popular with his legacy undone somewhat by the Wall Street Crash that came down on his successor.

265Owltherian
Fev 19, 5:21 pm

>264 PaulCranswick: Obama was also a good president as well, and he is so far the only African American president, which i think is quite intresting.

266PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 5:24 pm

>265 Owltherian: I really, really liked Barack Obama. Wonderful speaker and a genuine statesman. His Presidency though did disappoint me somewhat but did not move me from my opinion of him as a man.

267Owltherian
Fev 19, 5:25 pm

>266 PaulCranswick: Yeah, he could have possibly done more within his presidency, but he is still one of the better presidents we have had.

268ReneeMarie
Fev 19, 5:51 pm

>254 ArlieS: My apologies for not being up on legal terms. So, found liable for battery, under which falls sexual abuse and rape, with rape difficult to prove at this late date.

269ArlieS
Fev 19, 5:54 pm

>263 Owltherian: It's worth reading David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. Among many interesting things, I believe it talked about the meaning of "freedom" to various founding groups. (Hint: they didn't think it meant the same thing.)

Particularly notable - those who believed that their freedom required that no one interfere with their property rights, including their ownership of human beings.

The advantage of getting this from Fischer is that he's primarily a historian, and doesn't feel a need to make loud intrusive value judgments. Also, the rest of the book is fascinating.

But be warned - it's a big book. I loved it and wished it was longer, but your mileage might vary.

270Owltherian
Fev 19, 5:55 pm

>269 ArlieS: Okay then, i dont really mind if its a big book, the more pages the merior as i say.

271PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 19, 6:11 pm

>267 Owltherian: Yes, I would agree with that.

>268 ReneeMarie: He was not found criminally liable and I don't have a great deal of time for the lady concerned but Trump's misogyny is in plain sight and sometimes you reap what you sow.
I think he is a thoroughly contemptible human being but there is no way that he is getting a fair shake in any courtroom in Washington DC or New York.

272PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 6:12 pm

>269 ArlieS: That does sound fascinating stuff, Arlie.

>270 Owltherian: I do think that some books need editing but some justify their size. The British are Coming justified it for sure.

273Owltherian
Fev 19, 6:13 pm

>272 PaulCranswick: I will see if i can find that as well.

274EBT1002
Fev 19, 6:55 pm

Skimming through and stopping briefly to say hello. I hope you are well, my friend.

275PaulCranswick
Fev 19, 7:03 pm

>273 Owltherian: I would recommend it Lily. It does what good history writing should do by telling a wonderful story, wonderfully.

>274 EBT1002: Lovely to see you as always, dear Ellen.

276ReneeMarie
Editado: Fev 19, 9:13 pm

>256 PaulCranswick: I never assume someone is incorrect without checking. As far as I can see, your "found not competent" statement is based on statements made by some of the right wingnuts, rather than the potentially biased investigator.

https://www.factcheck.org/2024/02/republicans-distort-facts-on-special-counsel-d...

Where you are right is that we rarely get great choices -- I vote, but mostly against the despicable option, rather than for a great one. The pairing I would've happily voted for, but which never happened, was Paul Wellstone/Russ Feingold.

277PaulCranswick
Editado: Fev 20, 6:14 am

>256 PaulCranswick: I don't watch or read right wing news sources and I am not a Republican but the wording of the report stated verbatim in the so called fact checker clearly calls into question the mental acuity of President Biden to the extent that his failing memory would render a conviction unlikely.

I don't want an old man with a failing memory being put on trial but I am not comfortable with him sitting in the Oval Office either. To state that is blindingly obvious and certainly doesn't mean that I want the re-election of Trump who for me should be disbarred from holding office because of wilfully trying to frustrate the lawful and constitutional transfer of power.

We can express an opinion on one thing without supporting the other.

278Owltherian
Fev 20, 6:48 am

>275 PaulCranswick: Sorry for the super late rely, and i love a good story.

279PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 7:36 am

>278 Owltherian: That is history well told.

280PaulCranswick
Editado: Mar 1, 7:03 pm

HANI IS BACK!!!!

And as expected bearing gifts (well I did sort of order them).

67. The Reborn by Lin Anderson (the missing book in the series for me)
68. Caret by Adam Mars-Jones
69. In Memoriam by Alice Winn

281Owltherian
Fev 20, 7:56 am

>279 PaulCranswick: Seems like it and im sadly at school now and almost froze while going outside.

282PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 8:07 am

>281 Owltherian: I am in the tropics so I don't need to worry about the cold - I worry it is never cold!

283Owltherian
Fev 20, 9:03 am

>282 PaulCranswick: There is new math and im about to have a panic attack because i don't understand it at all-

284PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 9:13 am

>283 Owltherian: This one I am not best placed to help you, Lily!

285Owltherian
Fev 20, 9:21 am

>284 PaulCranswick: My teachers only wrote it on the bored and i don't know what to do and everything is so loud in this class..

286alcottacre
Fev 20, 9:36 am

I am not even trying to catch up, brother, but I wanted to check in on you.

>280 PaulCranswick: Yay for Hani being back! I cannot imagine how elated you are!!

Happy whatever, Paul!

287PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 9:54 am

>285 Owltherian: That is a great slip of the keyboard choosing bored over board!

Probably accurate too!

>286 alcottacre: Always welcome, Stasia. xx

She is fast asleep!

288Owltherian
Fev 20, 9:57 am

>287 PaulCranswick: Woops i dont know how i keep doing that, but at least the class is over now

289humouress
Fev 20, 10:41 am

Welcome back, Hani! I'm sure she must be jet-lagged - but pleased to be warm.

290amanda4242
Fev 20, 12:20 pm

Welcome back, Hani!

291Kristelh
Fev 20, 12:57 pm

Welcome back to Hani, happy for you Paul.

292DianaNL
Fev 20, 1:50 pm

>280 PaulCranswick: That's wonderful. Hello Hani, enjoy Paul!

293The_Hibernator
Fev 20, 2:05 pm

As usual, lots of good books!

294PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 5:46 pm

>288 Owltherian: I was often bored depending on what was up on the board, Lily.

>289 humouress: Thanks Nina. Hani prefers the weather in the UK!

295PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 5:47 pm

>290 amanda4242: Thank you, Amanda

>291 Kristelh: Well she is quite bossy, Kristel. Erni and I feel like we have been forced back into the army!

296Owltherian
Fev 20, 5:47 pm

>294 PaulCranswick: It was Quadratic formulas and i didnt know what to do or how to do it

297PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 5:48 pm

>292 DianaNL: Lovely to see you Diana and thank you.

>293 The_Hibernator: I'm not sure that I have ever had a thread without book acquisitions, Rachel. xx

298PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 5:50 pm

>296 Owltherian: I would have been as much use to you as a chocolate poker, Lily!

299Owltherian
Fev 20, 5:51 pm

>298 PaulCranswick: Yeah, but instead of doing math i am doing assignments on how Hitler came to power and his beliefs for my history class.

300PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 7:30 pm

>299 Owltherian: Far more interesting (and scary) a topic, Lily. It would have been good for the world had he have been executed for leading the Munich Beer Hall Putsch.

301Owltherian
Fev 20, 7:40 pm

>300 PaulCranswick: Mhm, i finished one of the assignments and it was pretty easy.

302PaulCranswick
Fev 20, 7:46 pm

>300 PaulCranswick: The topic is a complicated one, actually.
How much were the victorious powers to blame?
Why didn't France stop him taking back the Ruhr?
He was opportunistic in taking advantage of Germany's economic woes.
How to explain the collective culpability of the German people in acquiescing to his dictatorship.

303Familyhistorian
Fev 21, 1:11 am

Good to see that Hani is back but I am surprised that she brought you books - coals to Newcastle?

304PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 1:41 am

>303 Familyhistorian: A bit surprised myself but to be fair it was three books I was struggling to find over here.

305Owltherian
Fev 21, 7:10 am

>302 PaulCranswick: Seems like it is, but im pretty sure I can always count on people like you and sometimes my teachers to help me with it.

306PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 7:49 am

>305 Owltherian: That is nice of you to say so, Lily.

307Owltherian
Fev 21, 7:51 am

>306 PaulCranswick: Your pretty good at history if i say so myself- even i couldn't have said much about all the presidents that we had.

308SirThomas
Fev 21, 7:59 am

YAY for the return of Hani!
And with books - you lucky man.
I wish you and your family a wonderful time.

309PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 9:46 am

>307 Owltherian: I am very interested in the subject which helps, Lily, plus my memory is quite retentive.

>308 SirThomas: I am lucky, Thomas, and just as lucky having such wonderful pals in this group.

310Owltherian
Fev 21, 10:54 am

>309 PaulCranswick: Sorry for the late response, classes keep me busy but it seems like you are super duper intrested.

311justchris
Fev 21, 11:16 am

>280 PaulCranswick: Yay, Hani! And bearing books!

312Kristelh
Editado: Fev 21, 12:04 pm

>295 PaulCranswick:, lol, Paul, perhaps a little regrouping was needed? At least Hani came bearing gifts!

313PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 4:34 pm

>310 Owltherian: There is the old joke about the Irish man who went to school to complain about his child's history class. He said the class wasn't fair because they were expecting him to know about things that happened before he was born!

We can learn so much about our present and future by studying carefully the lessons of the past!

>311 justchris: Yeah, Chris she did surprisingly bring me three books - she must have missed me!

314Owltherian
Fev 21, 4:36 pm

>313 PaulCranswick: I am part Irish, German, Norwegian, and more and yeah, and ack- i hope my catto isn't using the bathroom under my bed bc i will be madddd-

315PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 4:37 pm

>312 Kristelh: I suppose the discipline makes a welcome change in some respects! The one who will feel the change in environment more is Erni, going from my laissez faire approach to Hani's hands on style of management!

316PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 4:40 pm

>314 Owltherian: I am also part Irish, Lily, on my mum's side of the family.

317Owltherian
Fev 21, 4:40 pm

>316 PaulCranswick: I'm on my dads side, im also part French from my grandpa on my mums side.

318PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 4:45 pm

>317 Owltherian: I am mainly British from my Dad's side although there would be some Norse in there too somewhere. Now my kids........

319Owltherian
Fev 21, 4:54 pm

>318 PaulCranswick: I have a list let me get it.

320PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 5:01 pm

>319 Owltherian: I have often thought to get one of those DNA lineage things done.

321Owltherian
Fev 21, 5:04 pm

>320 PaulCranswick: English, Wales, Northwestern Europe is one, France, Germanic Europe, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Native American, Ireland & Scotland, Germany, Cherokee Tribe, & Dutch is all of the ones i have.

322PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 5:46 pm

>321 Owltherian: Literally the human melting pot!

323Owltherian
Fev 21, 5:47 pm

>322 PaulCranswick: Yep, i can do a pretty good Scottish accent too.

324PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 5:48 pm

>323 Owltherian: I am particularly good at accents and mimicry to be honest too, Lily.

325Owltherian
Fev 21, 5:49 pm

>324 PaulCranswick: I can do British, Scottish, and maybe a few more.

326PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 5:55 pm

>325 Owltherian: There are so many regional accents in the UK, Lily, that I am not sure that there is such a thing ad "British" in terms of an accent - you probably mean the so-called King's English.

327PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 6:07 pm

BOOK #12



Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Date of Publication : 1927
Origin of Author : USA
Gender of Author : Female
Genre : Fiction
Pages : 297 pp
Challenges : 150Y Challenge : 25/150

This has a slightly different feel to it than some of Cather's other work; more episodic and based on the life on a real French catholic priest's experience in the American South-West.

Worthy and engrossing this is essentially a character study of faith against the harsh terrain of New Mexico.

328Owltherian
Fev 21, 6:08 pm

>326 PaulCranswick: I think i do

329ocgreg34
Fev 21, 7:04 pm

>202 PaulCranswick: Seems like some light reading... 8-)

330PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 8:21 pm

>326 PaulCranswick: :D

>327 PaulCranswick: Hahaha Greg, I can be a glutton for punishment!

331Caroline_McElwee
Fev 24, 2:21 pm

>280 PaulCranswick: Yay for Hani being home.

In Memoriam is a fine debut novel Paul.

332PaulCranswick
Fev 24, 6:27 pm

>331 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline. I think it may have been your thread that introduced it to me!