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« Reply #3960 on: June 05, 2012, 07:06:27 AM »

My first article was The Criminal Propensity, which I wrote whle a teen and knew nothing but it was published and quoted in seminars - haha.
My first published fiction was a joke without a proper title.
My first (unpublished) novel was and still is called Convolvulus so I suppose I could have that as an avatar. However, Neil Marr pointed out to me on the old BeWrite forum, where our Ed was called Blunt, that using your real name as used in your published works, increases awareness of your brand while using an avatar hides it.
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« Reply #3961 on: June 05, 2012, 10:06:27 AM »

Ha! I love everyone's "screen names," but Convolvulus takes the cake.

Grill: That site was created by a friend of mine, and has become one of my favorite places. I like the little noir nuggets. And I try to read one thing every day (that isn't horror or mine), so it comes in handy when I'm short on time.  afro
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« Reply #3962 on: June 05, 2012, 03:26:20 PM »

I've used 'OfAllTheBars' as my screen name in places where I've not used my real name.  It's a nod of course to Rick's line ("Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine") in Casablanca (the best movie ever cheers)." I changed it to 'OfAllTheBars' rather than 'OfAllTheGinJoints' because the latter is too long for Twitter, however, I never use that Twitter account sticking to the pathetically inventive name of '@russellbowman' instead.
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« Reply #3963 on: June 06, 2012, 10:23:10 AM »

Noooooo, Ray Bradbury has died this morning in LA. I recent;y re-read Fahrenheit 451 and found it remarkably 'modern' in writing style. My only claim to having met him is that my postman has. RIP Ray B.
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« Reply #3964 on: June 06, 2012, 10:32:57 AM »

Sad news. First thing of his I ever read (in my early teens) was 'The Small Assassin'. It made one hell of an impression. Went on to read many others of his works, but that collection of stories remains my favourite.
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« Reply #3965 on: June 06, 2012, 10:40:35 AM »

Aww. The man was one of a kind. He left behind some beautiful writing. I remember reading him, Orwell and Huxley when I was a teenager and feeling like I had discovered some great secret club. 
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« Reply #3966 on: June 06, 2012, 11:13:27 AM »

Very sad news. Many of his short stories are amongs my favourites of all time.

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« Reply #3967 on: June 06, 2012, 01:32:11 PM »

Yes, sad. I was listening to Bradbury 13 on Radio 4 extra only a few weeks ago. All were great short stories and one or two just a bit too spooky for late at night.
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« Reply #3968 on: June 07, 2012, 02:15:13 PM »

I guess this is one way of dealing with a slush pile:

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« Reply #3969 on: June 09, 2012, 05:36:28 AM »

I know many of you are into rock bands - and are actually in them. One of my online scrabble pals is based up here in the North West and has a kind of Folk Rock band, The Portlands. Here are they

http://youtu.be/-QX-mG7y7Go

are they any good? I liked the change in pace in places and, of course, the discgraceful irreverance...
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« Reply #3970 on: June 09, 2012, 10:47:18 AM »

The lead singer has an interesting voice. It reminds me of Jack Black.
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« Reply #3971 on: June 14, 2012, 05:31:39 PM »

I had one of those embarrassing moments when I had to go to the hospital office and admit I'd lost my car parking ticket I'd already paid for. She didn't believe my explanation: I had too many things in my hand when I opened the boot (trunk) in order to throw in my rucksack. Yes my rucksack because I was just the chauffeur for my wife today and I had to carry a drink, newspaper, nearly-finished-copy of Charles Stross Atrocity Archives, etc) and when I closed the boot, the card had gone. I re-opened the boot, searched rucksack, boot, ground, my pockets everywhere. It had vanished - at least from this universe. Hence it had gone through a fold in the space-time continuum and so is now in either another universe, this one but a million years ago, or hence. When I tried to explain the mathematics, she gave me a free pass out.
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« Reply #3972 on: June 14, 2012, 06:02:00 PM »

You smooth talker, Geoff.

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« Reply #3973 on: June 15, 2012, 02:56:40 AM »

I had a parking nightmare myself, yesterday. A delivery driver turned up at work who reckoned he couldn't get his little lorry (truck) down the drive. I told him he was the first of literally hundreds of deliveries, from artics to flatbeds, that couldn't make it down there. Nobody else has had a problem. He blamed the lorry. Right, yep, of course it's the lorry's fault So anyway, I had to go and get a van and bring it to the lorry to unload it. While transferring the large boxes (three fill the back of a transit van) one of the lids popped open as I lifted it into the van and the corner of the lid hit me square in the eyeball. I was afraid to open my eye -- it hit so hard and solidly I thought I might have gouged it. New heavy duty cardboard with crisp hard edges you can cut your fingers on vs eyeball. Not good. I could still see, but I had cut/grazed the white of my eye, and it was bleeding.

I finished what I was doing and then consigned myself to the fate of wasting the next four hours in hospital. Typically, when I got to the hospital, they had changed all the local parking to residents only, with tow away signs. The hospital car park was full, with four cars queuing to get in, unmoving. I did a couple of circuits trying to find somewhere, but fifteen minutes later I still hadn't found a space and the queuing cars still hadn't moved. Thick bright double yellow lines all over the place. But I noticed a section of pavement (sidewalk) that was about ten or twelve feet wide, so I mounted the kerb and parked there -- what choice did I have? I spent the next three hours (quicker than expected) in casualty (a&e) expecting to come out to a wheel clamp or at least a ticket, but I was lucky. I would have vehemently contested it anyway, but it would have been one more pain in the rear I didn't need.

The eye didn't need any stitching. I came out with a tube of antibiotic ointment and a lingering feeling of abject boredom. It's more painful today, as you might expect, but I can put up with it. I just thank my lucky stars it wasn't worse.
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« Reply #3974 on: June 15, 2012, 03:09:44 AM »

Wow. Congratulations on the lack of eye stitches. I didn't even know that was something people could get. I've had a few eye mishaps, usually trying to tame my yard. Onne time I got an eye full of heavy duty paint thinner. Oddly none of it seems to have done any harm. Turning 30 on the other hand...     
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