What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby 661-Pete » 28 Mar 2020, 4:58pm

Bit of a bump of this thread :oops: - in the current circumstances is it too morbid of me to be having a skim through Day of the Triffids once again?

OK we're not quite at the apocalypse yet, but heading that way. One particularly significant passage in the book caught my eye:
John Wyndham wrote:"Many of us here," he began, "must still be feeling numbed under this catastrophe. The world we knew has ended in a flash. Some of us may be feeling that it is the end of everything. It is not. But to all of you I will say at once that it can be the end of everything - if we let it."
Ring any bells?
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Phileas » 28 Mar 2020, 5:10pm

Do textbooks count? I’m currently studying a couple of general relativity books because...I want to learn general relativity.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby merseymouth » 28 Mar 2020, 5:22pm

Evening all, I'm zipping through "Stalin ate my homework", an autobiographical work from Alexi Sayle.
It gives a serious insight into survival in a very odd family in Liverpool. How many working class families in the 1950's went to Czechoslovakia and Hungary for their holidays? Being chauffeured around in Tatra T87's?? Holidaying with Kruschev, Castro et al as neighbours!!!! Brilliant read. MM

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 28 Mar 2020, 5:25pm

Phileas wrote:Do textbooks count? I’m currently studying a couple of general relativity books because...I want to learn general relativity.

All books count, please to tell us more

I am reading the diaries of a fairly famous author, and writing a book, a diary, myself
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Mike Sales » 28 Mar 2020, 5:25pm

merseymouth wrote:Evening all, I'm zipping through "Stalin ate my homework", an autobiographical work from Alexi Sayle.
It gives a serious insight into survival in a very odd family in Liverpool. How many working class families in the 1950's went to Czechoslovakia and Hungary for their holidays? Being chauffeured around in Tatra T87's?? Holidaying with Kruschev, Castro et al as neighbours!!!! Brilliant read. MM


I've been enjoying his Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar on Radio 4.
He is on good form.
I enjoy his Scouse accent. Is that what you sound like mm?
He is a cyclist too.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Phileas » 28 Mar 2020, 5:49pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:
Phileas wrote:Do textbooks count? I’m currently studying a couple of general relativity books because...I want to learn general relativity.

All books count, please to tell us more


Well, I do read ordinary books as well. I’ve just finished SPQR by Mary Beard.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Mike Sales » 28 Mar 2020, 5:50pm

I've just finished The Line by Dr. Richard Freeman.
You may remember that he is the Sky team doctor at the centre of the jiffybag furore.
He devotes some pages to justifying and explaining the jiffybag, as you might expect. He explains his philosophy of sports medicine.
Most of the book is about how he applies this thinking, his ethics and practice. In one way it is the marginal gains thinking applied to physiology and psychology.
He stresses that his guiding principle is to put the long term health of the athlete, his patient first.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 28 Mar 2020, 7:41pm

Trying to justify and explain, do you mean? :wink:
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby richardfm » 28 Mar 2020, 7:46pm

I've just read Professional Guide to Wheel Building by Roger Musson because I am about to build a wheel for the first time.
I'm also part way through a trilogy of Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, and A Moment of War by Laurie Lee

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Mike Sales » 28 Mar 2020, 7:51pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:Trying to justify and explain, do you mean? :wink:



Have you read the book or have you made up your mind already? Give him a chance!

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 28 Mar 2020, 7:53pm

Mike Sales wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:Trying to justify and explain, do you mean? :wink:



Have you read the book or have you made up your mind already? Give him a chance!

I have made up my mind already :wink:
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Mike Sales » 28 Mar 2020, 8:01pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:Trying to justify and explain, do you mean? :wink:



Have you read the book or have you made up your mind already? Give him a chance!

I have made up my mind already :wink:
'Pouvez-vous, nous bouvons l'eau minerale?' - Jacques Anquetil


By that logic you must believe every accusation of doping against any cyclist or coach.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby rmurphy195 » 1 Apr 2020, 12:50am

Picked up a copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Surprisingly readable (I hadn't expected that) and entertaining.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby 661-Pete » 2 Apr 2020, 11:20am

rmurphy195 wrote:Picked up a copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Surprisingly readable (I hadn't expected that) and entertaining.

In the original, or a modern translation? I've had great fun over the years, trying to memorise bits of the original - and trying to pronounce them correctly:
Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote,
The droght of March hath perced to the roote,
And baythed evry veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowre.
Whan Zephyrus, eke with his swete brethe,
Inspired hath in every holt and hethe,
The tendre croppes - and the yonge Sonne,
Hath in the Ram his halve course yronne
....

This is from memory! Apologies for the many ME mis-spellings.
Suppose that this room is a lift. The support breaks and down we go with ever-increasing velocity.
Let us pass the time by performing physical experiments...
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading ... (And Why)?

Postby Mike Sales » 2 Apr 2020, 11:49am

661-Pete wrote:
rmurphy195 wrote:Picked up a copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Surprisingly readable (I hadn't expected that) and entertaining.

In the original, or a modern translation? I've had great fun over the years, trying to memorise bits of the original - and trying to pronounce them correctly:
Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote,
The droght of March hath perced to the roote,
And baythed evry veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowre.
Whan Zephyrus, eke with his swete brethe,
Inspired hath in every holt and hethe,
The tendre croppes - and the yonge Sonne,
Hath in the Ram his halve course yronne
....

This is from memory! Apologies for the many ME mis-spellings.


I have this in my memory too!
Your memory looks fine to me, but mine is not so good I can be sure you are word perfect.