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Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:24:35 +0000

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The Lady Miss JoJo

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:24:35 +0000

Some of you may well remember TLMJJ (a.k.a. Joanna) who was one of the early movers and shakers of this forum. She moved to NZ in 2007.

She will be visiting London and I would like to organise a little reunion of the SE1 Forum old timers. This is planned for 8 April 17h00- 20h00. I am thinking of those who attended the early socials in The Leathermarket pub, Simon The Tanner in 2003/2004.

If you would like to join, send me an email:

Re: Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:39:00 +0000

[quote Ivanhoe]Cheers, Chustler.

Hat was made and proudly worn. Jane has photos, if you want a giggle ;0)[/quote]

yes please!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:25:48 +0000

Sorry I missed it, I was all set to get there and then got distracted. Anyhow, agree with the general observation of it being formulaic, once you read one story the others are quite predictable. It was a very good movie though!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:29:53 +0000

Hi all,

just the four of us tonight - including new member Stu, welcome!
Not an awful lot of enthusiasm for [i][b]Don't look now[/b][/i], which didn't quite grab anyone's imagination - lukewarm marks from 3 to 6. Comments along the lines of too formulaic and predictable, somewhat dated (although must have been thrilling when it came out).

Our vote for the May book went to [i][b]His bloody project[/b][/i], by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

As for April, when we will talk about Philip Roth's [i][b]Operation Shylock: a confession[/b][/i], the third Monday of April happens to be Easter Monday and most of us are likely to be away then. We have booked a table for the [i]fourth[/i] Monday of April, exceptionally, that's [b]Monday 24th April[/b]. Feel free to change that booking to another day in the third week if that's more convenient. We just made the booking to ensure we had one sorted.

See you all soon.
Take care.

Re: Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:08:30 +0000

Cheers, Chustler.

Hat was made and proudly worn. Jane has photos, if you want a giggle ;0)

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:09:27 +0000

Hi all,

I am glad everyone liked Garp -
Here are my 3 suggestions for this month:

Samarkand: Amin Maalouf

Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone.

Thus beginds the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript ; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.

The Lodger, a novel: Louisa Treger

Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's office and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend. Jane has recently married a writer who is hovering on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie, as they call him.

Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signaling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be happy with that arrangement.

Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back, Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives at the house—beautiful Veronica Leslie-Jones—and Dorothy finds herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal dramas and wreckage of a militant suffragette march, Dorothy finds her voice as a writer.

His Bloody Project: Graeme Macrae Burnet

The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.

Best wishes,


Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:08:34 +0000

Hi all

Sorry Mr Jac and I will not be able to make the book club this month as we are out of town. Can someone book the table for April.

I have not forgotten about the possibility of getting together to watch Garp and will try sort something out for that soon.

Re: Making new friends SE1

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:36:52 +0000

[quote Maria R]Hi. Any1 here would like to do some gym together? I started few weeks ago but my motivation is burning out[/quote] What Gym are you going to?

Re: Making new friends SE1

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:24:05 +0000

Thats a good idea about a facebook page and making new friends, not sure I can make that date but I will pm you, it would be good to make local friends...

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:46:15 +0000

Wow, great idea! I'd like to read it.

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Re: Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:31:40 +0000

Hi Ivanhoe

We should be at Simon the Tanner tonight by 8.30 (or a bit earlier) assuming it's open that is. THe last couple of times we've turned up on a Monday it's been closed for one reason or another. PM me your phone number and I can text you if there's a change in venue

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:14:25 +0000

News flash.
We all liked garp!!!!
Next book club 20th march kings arms 7.30 pm
Book for discussion Don't look now and other stories. Daphne du maurier

Nicola to short list next books.

Book for April is operation Shylock - a confession by Philip Roth.

Nice to have met New member Sue. Hope to see you next month. Stuart look forward to meeting you next month.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:16:01 +0000

Jac, Sorry, can't make it tonight but will definitely try to get to the March session. Please let me know which title you selected. Stuart.

Re: Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:10:24 +0000

Sorry not to get down there on Monday, but was stuck at work.
Will get onto it this week and no doubt be at S&B at the end of the month begging you all to put right the mistakes I've made ;0)

Re: Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:33:03 +0000

Circulars are a bit weird first time you use them, but not to be scared of them. If you want, there's always an option to knit with normal needles and add a seam later, but we can walk you through the technicalities....

If you want other options for patterns try this search on Ravelry

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:03:59 +0000

Also vote for don't look now!

Re: Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:33:40 +0000

Cool! Thanks, chustler

Hope to be there very soon. Would love to see you all again, too! Need to look for some flouro pink yarn now. Also, the pattern I've found uses circular needles (which I know I've been told aren't difficult, but which I find a bit scary as someone who can scarcely remember how to cast on!).

Can't wait to get started!!!!!

Re: Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:06:08 +0000

Yes, SE1 SnB is still alive and well at Simon the Tanner on the 2nd and last Mondays of the month, anytime after 8 pm.

Any knitters and stitch craft is welcomed and we'd be happy for any newbies to join us too. PM me or post here for more info.

Ivanhoe - we'd be delighted to see you again. Pussy hats are set to be this year's favourite accessory 😃

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:38:37 +0000

Yes, I'd like to read 'Don't Look Now'.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:24:53 +0000

Hi all, [i][b]Don't look now[/b][/i] for me too.

Does SE1 Stitch and Bitch still exist, please?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:41:59 +0000

Hi all,
I need to knit a pink pussy hat for this year's Cheltenham Festival.
I've found a pattern, but would hugely benefit from some tips.
Is there still any knitting going on in SE1, please?
Thanks a lot...

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:17:56 +0000

My vote also goes to dmy my look now.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:34:24 +0000

Due to short notice we didn't vote on our next book at our last meeting (as is the norm) so can we all please vote on line by Friday. My vote goes to Dont look Now.

We take it in turns to short list books. The following people will be shortlisting books over the next few months. If you are new we will slot you in at the end before starting again

Mr Jac - jan (for March)
Nat London - feb (for April)
Nicola - March (for May)
Tattie - April (for June)
Una - may (for July)
Wendy - June ( for August)

Next book club is [b]20th February[/b] from 7.30pm at [b]The Kings Arms[/b] Newcomen Street. We will be discussing [b]The World According to Garp[/b].

Stuart & Sooze we look forward to meeting you. Ask at the bar if you don't spot us and feel free to vote here on the next book.

Anyone else who wants to join us will be welcome.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:30:57 +0000

This months shorlisted books for discussion in March are:

The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
Don't Look Now Daphne du Maurier
Sanshiro Natsume Soseki

so it's a choice between London, Venice, or Tokyo and the people that live in them

Vote by Friday, 5pm Please


The Secret Agent
by Joseph Conrad
Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London's Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be "a simple tale" proves to involve politicians, policemen, foreign diplomats and London's fashionable society in the darkest and most surprising interrelations.
Based on the text which Conrad's first English readers enjoyed, this new edition includes a full and up-to-date bibliography, a comprehensive chronology and a critical introduction which describes Conrad's great London novel as the realization of a "monstrous town," a place of idiocy, madness, criminality, and butchery. It also discusses contemporary anarchist activity in the UK, imperialism, and Conrad's narrative techniques

Don't Look Now and Other Stories
by Daphne du Maurier
"Daphne du Maurier is in a class by herself." --New York Times

A married couple on holiday in Venice are caught up in a sinister series of events. A lonely schoolmaster is impelled to investigate a mysterious American couple. A young woman loses her cool when she confronts her father's old friend on a lonely island. A party of British pilgrims meet strange phenomena and possible disaster in the Holy Land. A scientist abandons his scruples while trying to tap the energy of the dying mind.

Collecting five stories of mystery and slow, creeping horror, Daphne Du Maurier's Don't Look Now and Other Stories showcases her unique blend of sympathy and spinetingling suspense

by Natsume Sōseki, Jay Rubin (Translator)
3.82 · Rating Details · 1,621 Ratings · 117 Reviews
One of Soseki's most beloved works of fiction, the novel depicts the 23-year-old Sanshiro leaving the sleepy countryside for the first time in his life to experience the constantly moving 'real world' of Tokyo, its women and university. In the subtle tension between our appreciation of Soseki's lively humour and our awareness of Sanshiro's doomed innocence, the novel comes to life. Sanshiro is also penetrating social and cultural commentary

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:25:50 +0000

Jac, I missed this evening's meeting but I assume that the book club's next meeting will be on Monday Feb 20th at the Kings Arms on Newcomen St? Regards, Stuart

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:43:51 +0000

Hi Nat

Jan book club tonight if you can make it (see new thread for this year). and you were to short list:)

Febs book is The world according to Garp

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:05:10 +0000

Hi all,

I wasn't able to attend in January. Could someone post the title that was picked at the December do for the February session? Thanks.

SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:58:56 +0000

Now in our 12th year, We are an informal and hopefully friendly book club that doesn't take itself too seriously. Of mixed ages ,over the years people have come and gone but we always welcome new people to the group so if you would like to join us we would love to meet you. Currently we meet on the 3rd Monday of each Month so The first meeting of 2017 should have been last Monday. However it rather crept up on most of us and tooks us by surprise, so we will be meeting next [b]Monday 23rd Jan[/b] instead, from [b]7.30pm[/b] in the [b]Kings Arm[/b] 65 Newcomen street. The book we will be discussing is [b]White Tiger by Aravind Adiga[/b] (2008). The book for Feb will be [b]The World According to Garp - John irving[/b] We take it in turn to shortlist 3 books and we choose which of those 3 books to read on the night. - Nat London to short list the books for March. All books should be readily available for under £5 Here's an updated list of the books we have read so far 2016 The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith Rituals - Cees Nooteboom Gods behaving badly The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman's Carry On Jeeves – PG Woodhouse The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger The surgeon of crowthorne - Simon Winchester 2015 Leo the African / Leo Africanus, by Amin Maalouf The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton Walking the lines - The London underground overground by Mark Mason The Wimbledon Poisoner by Nigel Williams H is for Hawk Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of Hills 2014 The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion Snow White Must Die - Nele Neuhaus The Dress Maker of Khair Khana - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff Concrete Island byJ.G. Ballard The Chrysalids - John Wyndham The Colour of Milk is the new novel by Nell Leyshon. Me before you by Jo Jo Moyes The Human by Matt Haig We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson 2013 If on a winters night a traveller by Italo Calvino How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran By Light Alone - Adam Roberts What a Carve Up- Jonathan Coe Dubliners - James Joyce The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada SKIOS by Michael Frayn Agent Z and the penguin from Mars – Mark Haddon The universe Versus Alex Wood by Gavin Extence. The ballad of Peckham Rye, Muriel Spark, 2012 Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City), by Armistead Maupin The Milkman In The Night by Andrey Kurkov "Snowdrops" by A.D.Miller ,"Mother's Milk" by Edward St Aubyn The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), John le Carré. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester "The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey. The Strangers Child by Alan Hollinghurst 2011 The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid God's Own Country - Ross Raisin The Reindeer People - Megan Lindholm The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt One Day - David Nicholls When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman [...]

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:37:12 +0000

Book Club social Tonight AT Fine Foods Long Lane 7.30pm

Here's the short list for choosing Febs book. I have gone for 3 books I have enjoyed in the past but have since almost completely forgotton. The last was a SE1 book club book but as I am the only person left from when it was read I feel I can put it up again. It also starts in SE1.

Rabbit Run - John Updike

The first book in his award-winning 'Rabbit' series, John Updike's Rabbit, Run contains an afterword by the author in Penguin Modern Classics.

It's 1959 and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life. Because, as he knows only too well, 'after you've been first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate’.

The World According to Garp - John irving

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields - a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes - even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with 'lunacy and sorrow'; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. It provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”

The Secret River - Kate Grenville
London, 1806 - William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. Soon Thornhill, a man no better or worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life . . . The Secret River is a universal and timeless story of love, identity and belonging.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:44:28 +0000

Looking forward to seeing those who can make it at the social a week on Monday. Here is the list of books we have read this year for you to make your nominations of favourite and least liked book of the year Feel free to make your selection even if you can not make it to the social.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Diary of a nobody - George Grossmith
Rituals - Cees Nooteboom
Gods behaving badly
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman's
Carry On Jeeves – PG Woodhouse
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
The surgeon of crowthorne - Simon Winchester