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iwarburton



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:09 pm    Post subject: Stocking Fillers Reply with quote

What books would you like Santa to bring you this year?

For me, Santa (aka Amazon and Mrs W's credit card!) are to supply Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain and John Humphry's In God We Doubt.

AM's TV series was one of my hot favourites of the year.

As a Christian, I think that digesting JH's arguments will be interesting and good for my spiritual development.

Over to you.

Ian.
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iwarburton



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Write out 100 times--Santa IS to supply.

Such grammar!

Ian.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am getting 'Bob Dylan, The Band and The Basement Tapes' and 'The films of Audie Murphy.' I buy a lot of books via an American bookseller. I've recently bought books on Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Ladd, Jeff Chandler and the songwriter Baker Knight who wrote songs that were hits by Ricky Nelson and Dean Martin.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping to be given Andrew Marr's as well, and I'd be surprised if Jeremy Clarkson's latest collection of his weekly Sunday Times articles (which I don't get) isn't with it. I know he's a boorish, non-PC, overgrown schoolboy with an unhealthy passion for absurdly fast and expensive motor cars on tv, but it's less the reviews of those than the things that get colourfully discussed on the way that I like.

However, if anyone buys me any of the groaning weight of celebrity chefs' recipes or Grumpy Old Men type books which appear to fill the shops' bestseller shelves at the moment they may find that they make very good airborne missiles!
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iwarburton



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A work colleague is getting what she terms the second Gordon Ramsay book.

Couldn't see me getting very far with that.

Ian.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 2:21 pm    Post subject: Stocking Fillers Reply with quote

I'm hoping someone will get me Pies & Prejudice (Stuart Maconie)!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What books would you like Santa to bring you this year?

For me, Santa (aka Amazon and Mrs W's credit card!) are to supply Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain and John Humphry's In God We Doubt.

AM's TV series was one of my hot favourites of the year.

As a Christian, I think that digesting JH's arguments will be interesting and good for my spiritual development.

Over to you.

Ian.
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Have now finished both of these.

The AM book is fine, as long as you can accept a sprinkling of proof errors and obvious mistakes (wrong years etc). I wish I could write at such length in such an easy, even racy style.

Unlike Prof Dawkins and others of his ilk, JH doesn't set out to convert his listeners. At the end he is still clearly undecided about God. I don't think the book will convert any believers to atheism or vice versa but it should help those on each side to understand the opposite point of view a bit better.

Ian.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:51 pm    Post subject: Stocking Fillers Reply with quote

I got Pies & Prejudice (see separarte thread), and Genesis - Chapter & Verse for Christmas.

I like the earlier sections in the Genesis book, but when you see several pages of Vari-Lite pictures later on, I think I'd rather read about the solo work of Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett.
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