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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 3:33:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012 3:34:56 AM PDT
Sha57 says:
Hi Julie
Thanks for the encouragement! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

BTW - I know I'm not the only one on our verandah who appreciates the supportive and generally harmonious place we have.

Cheers and 'night all!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 3:41:55 AM PDT
Suncoast says:
JJulieJ - Do any of the other forums have naughty corner? Do they realise the pain of reading James Joyce in the naughty corner.

When you have a problem in another forum just ask them to go them to the Naughty Corner and read Finnegans Wake. Would they understand and be frightened as we are at the threat?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 3:44:29 AM PDT
Loz says:
Agreed. Now I just read, comment if I'm willing to get that involved, or just leave.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 3:55:02 AM PDT
If someone sent me to the Naughty Corner to read Wind in the Willows I would stay there forever or until I finished it, whichever came first LOL My favourite book of all time!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:19:00 AM PDT
JJulieJ says:
Unfortunately not, Suncoast. Much as I think the rest of this forum needs a naughty corner I suspect that if we suggested it they'd just get even more feral. The real problem is that they have no respect for anyone, and no tolerance for anyone who doesn't think exactly the same way they do.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:21:51 AM PDT
JJulieJ says:
That's precisely why Finnegans Wake is the required reading in the naughty corner. Very few people enjoy reading that! Not sure what we'd do if someone like my hubby joined our forum though. We'd have to make them read all the really bad Indie books we'd discovered.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:42:58 AM PDT
The thing is, much of the time we volunteer ourselves into the naughty corner (or at least anticipate being threatened with it), and the threats are always made with a bit of a twinkle in the eye and tongue in cheek.

The only times the twinkle has disappeared is when someone's really setting out to be a pest, and it seems that we have a fairly consistent membership who simply don't operate that way.

We're really rather a wonderful bunch, even if we do say it ourselves LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:51:47 AM PDT
JJulieJ says:
Actually when someone does decide to be a pest we've managed to handle them firmly but fairly, and without resorting to the nastiness we see on other threads,

Yes, we are a wonderful bunch. Thank goodness you started this thread CBP.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:55:00 AM PDT
You may not be quite so grateful to me when you see the email I just sent you, Julie! That salvo of typos turned out to be a barrage.

Hope it helps, anyway. Sometimes it just takes a fresh eye to pick things up.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 5:02:19 AM PDT
JJulieJ says:
Grumble. I just took an e-holiday to NZ to buy The Witness but it's $15.12 there. Hmphf! Never mind, I managed to get another of hers at $9.99, which is $16.91 here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 5:09:53 AM PDT
JJulieJ says:
Actually it's great, CBP. Thanks for the diligent proof-reading. I miss a lot of my own typos, probably because I speed-read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 10:21:12 AM PDT
Hi Angela, Yes, writing reviews is difficult, especially good ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 10:26:02 AM PDT
Most of the forums are toxic. As you suggested, the OP simply asked a question that puzzed her, but all she got was downvoted and abuse.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 10:29:34 AM PDT
How can anyone joke about Apple Strudel? It's seriously yummy stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 10:30:54 AM PDT
Tons of luck, Tui. Hope you sell all your copies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 1:12:30 PM PDT
JJulieJ. For some reason it went up in price from $9.99 earlier this week. If I see it come down again I will let you know.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 1:46:12 PM PDT
Suncoast says:
JJulieJ - when I started my price track spreadsheet for the House of Reps Committee last weekend The Witness was $12.99 in the US, but this week when I am completing the spreadsheet the price has increased to $14.99. It is sold by Penguin Publishing in the US.

As Caddis said in the last forum (where are you Caddis?) this is all about what the market will bear as the US edition is #26 Paid in Kindle Store at the moment. Of course under the benevolent control of Hatchette the Australian edition is $20.07. It is #1,549 Paid in Kindle Store so someone must be paying almost the same price as they would for a DTB in Big W.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 2:11:47 PM PDT
Caddis is here ... have been lurking from the mountains (Adirondacks) this weekend ... more difficult to contribute from here, but these eyes are lookin' at you all.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 3:01:24 PM PDT
Suncoast says:
Caddis - Great to see you are still around. Some of the crew regulars are still sleeping off the opening celebrations for the new forum.

The mountains sound great and in June they would be at their best. Did you go anywhere near Whiteface Mountain which is shown in the Wiki?

We are suffering from a surfeit of early winter rain and chilly weather (by Queensland standards - 65 F max days and showers all day).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 3:03:59 PM PDT
JJulieJ says:
Thanks, Andrea.

Double Grumble! I'd meant to buy it at the start of the month but it slipped my mind in the rush to get the FAQs ready in time for our move.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 3:05:12 PM PDT
JJulieJ says:
Hey Caddis, Great to see you found your way to our new home :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:37:19 PM PDT
Discus49 says:
I concur on the weather at the (so-called) Sunshine Coast, Suncoast. We've got the grandkids here for the long weekend and it hasn't stopped raining since they arrived. I took Mason (nearly three) up Mt Tinbeerwah this morning at oh-dark-hundred. Lashing rain, which he loved, but the wind at the top was so strong that it blew him over and he demanded to go back to Granny. He liked the idea of being "above the clouds and not in an aeroplane" though. He found and stood in every puddle on the mountain. Some things are hard-wired in boys.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 5:36:24 PM PDT
Black humour, Joanna. Some things are just too crazy to do anything but laugh at them.

You can read about strudelgate in more detail in the comments posted 8/3/12 on this link http://tarotsandtarradiddles.wordpress.com/the-ss-saga/

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 6:33:00 PM PDT
VickiT says:
I've just had a book recommended to me, which since it's a NZ author, I thought I'd share here:

Fiji: A Novel
"Fiji is a spellbinding novel of adventure, cultural misunderstandings, religious conflict and sexual tension set in one of the most exotic and isolated places on earth. Fiji: A Novel As the pharaohs of ancient Egypt build their mighty pyramids, and Chinese civilization evolves under the Shang Dynasty, adventurous seafarers from South East Asia begin to settle the far-flung islands of the South Pacific. The exotic archipelago of Fiji is one of the last island groups to be discovered and will remain hidden from the outside world for many centuries to come. By the mid-1800's, Fiji has become a melting pot of cannibals, warring native tribes, sailors, traders, prostitutes, escaped convicts and all manner of foreign undesirables. It's in this hostile environment an innocent young Englishwoman and a worldly American adventurer find themselves. Susannah Drake, a missionary, questions her calling to spread God's Word as she's torn between her spiritual and sexual selves. As her forbidden desires intensify, she turns to the scriptures and prayer to quash the sinful thoughts - without success. Nathan Johnson arrives to trade muskets to the Fijians and immediately finds himself at odds with Susannah. She despises him for introducing the white man's weapons to the very people she is trying to convert and he pities her for her naivety. Despite their differences, there's an undeniable chemistry between them. When their lives are suddenly endangered by marauding cannibals, Susannah and Nathan are forced to rely on each other for their very survival. Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The Ninth Orphan), Fiji is an historical adventure-romance published by Sterling Gate Books."

It's currently free (only noticed that when I inserted the product link), as is his other one The Ninth Orphan.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 6:37:50 PM PDT
Loz says:
For the Phryne fans - today there is a horse racing with that name! Should I place a bet? :)
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