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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ronan the Librarian » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:28 pm

SteveJ wrote:Oh, I'd loved to have met Harris...


Sorry, is this Bomber or Rolf? :-\
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby grizzlymc » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:30 pm

Rolf Harris wouldn't have needed a thousand bombers to trash Dresden, he'd have done it with 10 brush strokes.

Mind you, I'd have loved to hear Harris on the subject of strategic bombing.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby goat major » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:14 am

Ronan the Librarian wrote:
SteveJ wrote:Oh, I'd loved to have met Harris...


Sorry, is this Bomber or Rolf? :-\


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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Giles » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:32 am

Finished reading a book on King Cnut, which was largely along the lines of "in 1032 Cnut may have done this, or he may have done that, or he may have done nothing at all - we dont' really know." All rather pointless. Much better is "Uncle Bill" by Russell Miller, an "authorised" biography of Slim (authorised here appears to mean he has access to unpublished letters and memoirs). It's perfectly readable, although a tad unsophisticated and there's not a single map [-X .
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Peewee » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:02 am

Reading the Russell Miller book myself. Nothing earth-shatteringly new, but still a good if slightly star-struck read. I find the lack of maps in any book irritating like Giles.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Giles » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:18 am

I suppose if it's "authorised" biography then the author may feel he has to be nice to the family and the subject. Slim does sound like a thoroughly decent chap, although I would have to have read more about what those who served under im in WW1 thought about him. Sounds like he was incredibly lucky to survive that one, given the extent of his wounds and near-misses.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby grizzlymc » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:46 am

As a junior officer, he was incredibly lucky to survive WWI.

Slim is a man who tends to leave people star struck, almost everyone I have met who actually met the man has an anecdote about his greatness and his humanity.

My favourite I heard on The Place We Do Not Name. A nervous young national serviceman was on sentry duty in the rain at the governor general's house in Canberra during a state dinner. After he had been there a couple of hours, a side door from the kitchens opened up and the Governor General appeared with a mug of tea and thrust it into his hands. He didn't have to drink it to know that it had been substantiallly reinforced .

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Peewee » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:05 pm

Yeah, I suppose my starry-eyed comment was probably a little harsh. I think it's probably telling that no one has a bad word to say about Slim, Monty on the other hand...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby grizzlymc » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:58 pm

Two very different men.

I have just opened a packet ordered when I went into hopsital and out of it tumbled Sidney Jary's 18 platoon. Good CoC reading.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby philhendry » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:16 pm

Ah yes, 18 Platoon is a great book.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Giles » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:26 pm

Popped in to Waterstones at lunch and there appear to be a couple of new Napoloenic books out:

First volume of Rory Muir's Wellington biography (it's massive): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0300 ... ROKL5A1OLE

"The Organisation of Victory" on British logistics: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Britain-Against ... pd_sim_b_1
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SteveJ » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:23 pm

Ronan the Librarian wrote:
SteveJ wrote:Oh, I'd loved to have met Harris...


Sorry, is this Bomber or Rolf? :-\


Well I can just imagine flying over Hamburg with him after a 1,000 bomber raid:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby philhendry » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:37 pm

SteveJ wrote:
Ronan the Librarian wrote:
SteveJ wrote:Oh, I'd loved to have met Harris...


Sorry, is this Bomber or Rolf? :-\


Well I can just imagine flying over Hamburg with him after a 1,000 bomber raid:
"Have you guessed what it is yet?"

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ronan the Librarian » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:26 pm

Spot of flak up the old diggeriedoo would have sorted him out.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby philhendry » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:19 pm

What is it about '70s TV stars? Seems as if they were all at it. Somehow, though I always thought Saville was 100% weird, I'd have said Rolf was 'a good bloke'. If Rolf was at it too, then who the heck wasn't?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby grizzlymc » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:05 pm

Wait untill the Blue Peter scandal breaks!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Peewee » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:09 pm

I know what you mean Phil, although it has to be said that Harris has only been charged at this stage.

The figures released today on sexual harassment in the workplace would seem to indicate that in the technical terms of the law a lot of men don't seem to be aware of the boundaries.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ninja636 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:23 pm

Peewee wrote:I know what you mean Phil, although it has to be said that Harris has only been charged at this stage.

The figures released today on sexual harassment in the workplace would seem to indicate that in the technical terms of the law a lot of men don't seem to be aware of the boundaries.



Why did I get a distinct odour of recent PMT when I read that last sentence?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mericanach » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:48 pm

ninja636 wrote:Why did I get a distinct odour of recent PMT when I read that last sentence?


That's something you probably shouldn't say in the workplace, horse. Especially if there's ladies around.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ninja636 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:53 pm

Mericanach wrote:
ninja636 wrote:Why did I get a distinct odour of recent PMT when I read that last sentence?


That's something you probably shouldn't say in the workplace, horse. Especially if there's ladies around.


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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mericanach » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:56 pm

Clearly you have some class of a death wish.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby baxterj » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:09 pm

Just started Bitter Victory by Carlo D'Este on the Sicily invasion. Early days, but OK so far.

On the 1970s TV stars comments, I know that people were more naive in those days about 'stars' and their activities, but I remember reading about Saville going to some local fair or show and demanding that a few local girls be housed with him in a tent or he wouldnt attend. I mean did that not raise a few doubts?
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