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Offline rocket_scientist

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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #180 on: October 19, 2008, 07:40:49 PM »
I wonder if its the solitudinal aspect of the sport that seems to predispose participants to psychological problems or if thats what attracts those who are predisposed to psychological problems to the sport?

In golf, the solitudinal aspect gives rise to some fertile ground here. A number of the greats, past and present, were so singularly focused that other aspects of their private lives suffered, including their own psychological development. I'm not sure that the sports themselves attract a certain person predisposed to one psychological condition or another, but in sports that are patently self-reliant such as golf and athletics, the single mindedness of the winner often comes at the expense of something else. The boy David Millar, the Scottish cyclist, was another good example.

The only conclusion we might make is that fucked-up winners are more interesting than non fucked-up winners. Give me a fuck up any day of the week.
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« Reply #181 on: October 29, 2008, 11:23:05 AM »
In the middle of this book at the moment.



Not bedtime reading I hope.

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« Reply #182 on: November 19, 2008, 10:34:51 AM »
Bump

Need some ideas for my Santa list ;)
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« Reply #183 on: November 19, 2008, 10:52:09 AM »
Bump

Need some ideas for my Santa list ;)

Just started reading The Final Days by Alex Chance, seems pretty good so far.

Read the Exit Music by Ian Rankin too, that was good.

A Good Day To Die by Simon Kernick I can recommend too, it's the follow up to The Business of Dying. Excellent reads. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #185 on: November 19, 2008, 11:23:35 AM »
I've just finished reading 'If You Liked School, You'll Love Work' by Irvine Welsh.  Didn't realise it was a collection of short stories until I started reading it but it was a welcomed surprise as I've read some real long winded dirges recently.

I also got treated to one of these quite recently - http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/reader-ebook - which is quite frankly - fucking magic!!

Why you'd need 160 books on you at any given time is beyond me (it comes with 100 classics already on it) but you can also store music and photos so it's perfect for travelling light or commuting as it slips easily into an inside jacket pocket.  Oh, and you don't have to wait for delivery of your books from the likes of Amazon, you can save the rain forests (man) and not wonder what to do with the ever growing pile of books in your house.   ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #186 on: November 19, 2008, 11:29:15 AM »
I think they are brilliant if you frequently do a whole lot of travelling but I like my book books. I still have every book I've ever owned from when I was a child.

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« Reply #187 on: November 19, 2008, 11:50:54 AM »
I think they are brilliant if you frequently do a whole lot of travelling but I like my book books. I still have every book I've ever owned from when I was a child.

The best bit about it is it comes in a cover which makes it still feel very much like you're reading a paper/hardback book.  If it was just a tablet type thing like a large iPod then I'm not sure I'd be so taken with it.

Bazig the hoarder eh...... well there you go.   ;)

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« Reply #188 on: November 19, 2008, 11:54:08 AM »
Oh, I'm quite ruthless about chucking the no longer useful & the no longer loved away (yes, really 8)) but books rarely fall into that category.

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« Reply #189 on: November 19, 2008, 12:39:02 PM »
To give or to receive, Al?
This is nice.
http://www.johnlewis.com/230516857/Product.aspx?source=35079

It was initally to receive Baz, but your link is interesting.
The missus likes these sort of books, and if it gives her ideas for new places to og to then I'll all for it :thumbsup:
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #190 on: November 19, 2008, 12:41:42 PM »
It was initally to receive Baz, but your link is interesting.
The missus likes these sort of books, and if it gives her ideas for new places to og to then I'll all for it :thumbsup:

I'm sure you've told her of many places to get to before now mate.
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« Reply #191 on: November 19, 2008, 12:46:00 PM »
I'm sure you've told her of many places to get to before now mate.

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« Reply #192 on: November 20, 2008, 08:21:56 AM »
I just finished  Ian Rankin- Exit Music as well and can also recommend it.

Reading another Ian Rankin- Hanging Garden at the moment. Hope he writes more Rebus, Im an addict.

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« Reply #193 on: November 20, 2008, 10:40:15 AM »
Aye he's on to other stuff now, but in a similar vein i think. I was going to buy one and check it out last month, but I still haven't got round to reading the last two Rebus books. To my shame, since i used to buy them as soon as they were out and just read through them in a few days, but the missus pinched both these ones to read before me, so i lost the impetus a bit and haven't got round to them yet- maybe xmas holidays if i'm lucky.

Once i read my first one i think i ended up buying them all in order from then on and each new one as soon as they came out- which is a bit sad, but the're usually a great read.

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« Reply #194 on: November 20, 2008, 11:34:15 AM »
I've only read one of his before 'Black and Blue' I think it was, set in Aberdeen as well.  I see that you can buy the whole series now as three books in one so I'll probably do that.

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« Reply #195 on: November 20, 2008, 12:19:47 PM »
The last two were up there with his best.  However rankin's new one without rebus is not really up to much at all.

Just finished Firkin, about a book reading rat, it's tremendous.

Just finished books on baseball and american footbal both by john Feinstein and currently awaiting two on college basketball.

Currently reading Gommarah, on the commute, which is quite good, very detailed and might check out the film, The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi in bed and Chuck Liddell bio on the commode!
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« Reply #196 on: November 20, 2008, 12:29:59 PM »
I haven't read any rebus but hasn't he finished with rebus?

Yeah he has but he left the end wide open for more books if he wanted to do them.

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« Reply #197 on: November 21, 2008, 09:25:24 PM »
Just away to start reading "17" by the great Bill Drummond.

Still reading this.  It's very good.
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« Reply #198 on: November 22, 2008, 07:52:09 AM »
Aye, that two know all about poor music.
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Re: THE DONSTALK BOOK CLUB
« Reply #199 on: November 22, 2008, 09:59:17 AM »
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