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« Reply #280 on: April 15, 2007, 03:19:24 PM »

Nice review of If You Ask Me, AB! Was it done for a class? (Just curious ... and I'd give you an A.)
Well, thanks a lot!  :) Yes, it was done for a class (my reporting class). I'm supposed to submit it next week. I thought I'd post it here first and see what you guys thought of it, and then make of few changes depending on the feedback I'd receive ;)

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You neglected to mention that Libby Gelman-Waxner is the alter ego, or as you might say nom de plume, of the screenwriter Paul Rudnik. ;)
Yeah, I know. I left it out on purpose actually. The review can only be 3 pages long and I'm already a little over that. Do you think I should include it? I was wondering if it was really relevant to understanding the book  :-\ If I mention it, what should I call the author on second reference: Rudnik or LGW?

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Personally, I feel that Beard's book is one of the least jargon-ridden film books by an academic that I've read. I liked it a lot. But it certainly does help to be a die-hard Eastwood fan! :)
It certainly does  ;) Maybe I was a little harsh. I guess me being a non-native speaker probably didn't help, but I did have to re-read some sentences a few times before understanding what he was trying to say.
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« Reply #281 on: April 15, 2007, 03:44:32 PM »

I think it's somehow cooler NOT to mention "Libby"'s real identity ... which is pretty much universally known, I would imagine. Maybe you could put it in a footnote (in teeny tiny type) just so your prof will know for sure that YOU know. ;)
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« Reply #282 on: April 15, 2007, 03:59:02 PM »

Thanks for the tip. I think that's what I'll do  ;)
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« Reply #283 on: April 15, 2007, 06:38:18 PM »

I am currently reading Long Day's Journey Into Night and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
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« Reply #284 on: April 22, 2007, 12:12:48 PM »

On the Road by Jack Keroauc


Recommended by a friend. Also gave me his extra copy of the book.
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« Reply #285 on: April 22, 2007, 01:58:07 PM »

On the Road by Jack Keroauc


Recommended by a friend. Also gave me his extra copy of the book.
Did you like it, Alcy?
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« Reply #286 on: April 22, 2007, 02:40:18 PM »

I wonder if Alcatraz read our rant from a few pages back. ;)
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« Reply #287 on: April 22, 2007, 03:36:08 PM »

Oh, actually I'm still reading it.


You had a rant about it?
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« Reply #288 on: April 22, 2007, 04:58:07 PM »

 ;D Yes, we kinda had

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« Reply #289 on: April 22, 2007, 05:29:01 PM »

Oh, haha. Yes my friend told me that the book was really good. I don't like to believe hype sometimes. I like it so far though.
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« Reply #290 on: April 22, 2007, 07:17:57 PM »

Tommy Steele 
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« Reply #291 on: April 23, 2007, 12:52:44 AM »

Tommy Steele 


I well remember Tommy Steele.   I liked him.   Was it like the "Tommy Steele Story" movie, or is that before your time Gant?
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« Reply #292 on: April 23, 2007, 12:59:29 AM »

 A little before my time Lin  ;)

I was gonna review it but found this review on play so posted it instead.. A great read for anyone interested in London history..and or our Tommy.  :)

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Thirties Bermondsey was a thriving place, and it was in this bustling London borough that Thomas Hicks was born. Later, this Bermondsey boy would become known as Tommy Steele ...In this engaging memoir Tommy recalls his childhood years growing up in Bermondsey. He relives with great fondness Saturdays as a young boy, spent gazing at the colourful posters for the Palladium and days spent wandering up Tower Bridge Road to Joyce's Pie Shop for pie and mash. But he also brings to life with extraordinary vividness what it was like to live through the devastation of the Blitz. Yet it was once he joined the merchant navy and began singing and performing for his fellow seamen that his natural ability as an entertainer marked him out as a favourite. And it was while ashore in America that he became hooked on rock'n'roll and a legend was born ...From Tommy's humble beginning to life at sea and finally as a performer, "Bermondsey Boy" is a colourful, charming and deeply engaging memoir from a much-loved entertainer.

The review is here...hopefully  :)

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« Reply #293 on: April 23, 2007, 06:15:36 AM »

Don't forget the link to that review, Gant! ;)
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« Reply #294 on: April 23, 2007, 11:43:41 AM »

Hey... I managed it.. ;D.   A first.

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« Reply #295 on: April 23, 2007, 04:13:12 PM »

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« Reply #296 on: April 25, 2007, 12:45:42 PM »

Before On the Road by Jack Keroauc I was reading some James Clavell.

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« Reply #297 on: June 16, 2007, 03:26:19 AM »

I just finished Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott. I love that book, it's different from what I usually read. I'd like to see the movie again, I've only seen the one starring Winona Ryder (released 1994), and it's been ages since I saw it. But i'd love to see the other two too.

Next up; Bridges Of Madison County.  ;)
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« Reply #298 on: June 16, 2007, 06:18:27 AM »

I have just finished a little 'light' reading..  Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh.  He is a TV gardening presenter in the UK.  This is his fifth book.   They are all feel good holiday reads. 

I have now started "Never Go Back" by Robert Goddard.    I like his books and I met him at a readers day in Bradford and found him a very amusing and entertaining.   His books are excellent and all so different.

Looking forward to the release of the last Harry Potter on July 21st.  I want to know "what hapens".  It will be hard not to turn to the last chapter.  :-\
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« Reply #299 on: June 16, 2007, 06:39:05 AM »

"The Devil Wears Prada", by Lauren Weisberger.

A very "glamourous" but cruel story, very funny sometimes, talking about the Strange World of Fashion  ;D

I haven't seen the movie yet, but that's what I'll do soon ...  :)
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