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Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:26:27 +0100

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Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:26:27 +0100

There was a small group of us yesterday and although none of us had finished reading the book, it generated some interesting discussion about nostalgia.

The book for [b]July 17th[/b] is No1 Ladies Detective Agency The Minor Adjustment Salon.

Una is going to post here soon her book choices for the August book, so we can vote on this site.

See you in July.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:24:37 +0100

Also love a pub quiz!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:23:27 +0100

I am also coming tonight after hastily reading the book over the weekend! Not sure who's down for the book list............

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:18:04 +0100

Hi all,

see you tonight, I'll be back after two months missed...
I've not got the alphabetical 'list of us' in mind, does any of you know who is meant to bring a list of titles tonight (or to post it shortly) to vote on for the August session?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:56:02 +0100

So sorry but Mr jac and I cant make book club tomorrow and I was about to say so see you in July but we can not do that either as we will away fro Williams graduation. so It will have to be August. which i think means i will have missed 4 in a row which has never happened before.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:43:27 +0100

Does anyone have a copy of a book we read a couple of years ago, The Rosie Project by George Simsion (autocorrect is doing its best to change this to Simpson...)? Mine was a library book but I'd like to get one for a friend and it seems silly to buy it elsewhere if someone has one they'd like to sell me.

If you have one and are willing to part with it (for a modest price..), can you bring it along to bookclub tomorrow?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:48:56 +0100


I can not come on Monday, but regarding a monthly quiz suggestion. The Draft House on Tower Bridge on Wednesday does a quiz night. £2 per person. I am going to go the first Wednesday of every month, please feel free to come join/help!

See you in July

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:36:42 +0100

The book for July (17th) is
The No1 Ladies Detective Agency - [b]The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon[/b] by Alexander McCall Smith.

If you've not read any of the Ladies Detective Agency before, it will give you a whole new perspective on Botswana. If you have read some, then this is quite a recent story and continues the lives of Ma Ramostwe Ma Makutsi and the Agency with some minor machinations from their arch rival Violet Sephotho.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:31:57 +0100

SJS22, we'd love to have you along to the book club. The next one is 19th June.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:55:47 +0100

Ha Ha you are not the only one I thought it was tonight too! The early 3rd monday caught me out.
That said I also forgot today and was about to dump down my bags and rush out to meet you all.

Looks like Me cheetah got the vote (all be it only 2) so thats the book for June. Will wait to hear from Clare re Julys choice.

See you on 19th June

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:54:52 +0100

I also thought it was tonight?? I didn't see a date posted - what is the date for the next one??

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:40:07 +0100

aargh - I got the wrong Monday, thought it was today!

Not sure about the final vote for June (from Tattie's list earlier in the chain), only that two of us voted for Cheeta... - what did you guys / ladies vote for on the day?

Just so I get it right this time, which Monday will it be in June? Am I right in thinking it is 19th June?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:07:57 +0100

Well it was only Clare, Tim and myself last Monday, we are dwindling.......

We are not sure of what book was voted in, but we did book the venue for June.

Clare is post the book choice that we made for reading.

Any suggestions on how we can get the numbers back up?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:59:05 +0100

Hello All, I met Claire tonight. & would love to come along to the next meet up. Can you let me know what book to read. Many thanks Sam

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:14:46 +0100

Hi all,

sorry I couldn't make it to the chat on [b]Operation Shylock[/b]. I thoroughly enjoyed the book (mischievous and superbly witty I thought) but there was just too much work to catch up on after my trip for me to be able to join you all. How did it go? Did you like it?

As for the book for June, my vote goes to [b]Me Cheeta - the autobiography[/b] as well.
See you in May.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:36:56 +0100

Cheeta the Chimp is my vote!!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:43:10 +0100

Here goes

Me Cheetah - The Autobiography
James Lever
The incredible, moving and hilarious story of Cheeta the Chimp, simian star of the big screen, on a behind-the-scenes romp through the golden years of Hollywood.

The greatest Hollywood Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, died in 1984. Maureen O'Sullivan, his Jane, died in 1998. Weissmuller's son, who first played Boy in the 1939 film ‘Tarzan Finds a Mate’, has gone too. But Cheeta the Chimp, who starred with them all, is alive and well, retired in Palm Springs as an abstract painter. At the incredible age of seventy-six, he is by far the oldest living chimpanzee ever recorded.

Now, in this extraordinary debut novel, James Lever uncovers the astonishing tale of Cheeta…

Cheeta was just a baby when snatched from the Liberian jungle in 1932, by the great animal importer Henry Trefflich, who went on to supply NASA with its 'Monkeys for Space' programme. That same year, Cheeta appeared in ‘Tarzan the Ape Man’, and in 1934 ‘Tarzan and His Mate’, in which he famously stole the clothes from a naked O'Sullivan, dripping wet from an underwater swimming scene with Weissmuller.

Full of humour, wit and emotion, James Lever’s novel tells the truly unique tale of a monkey stolen from deepest Africa and forced to make a living among the fake jungles and outrageous stars of Hollywood’s golden age. Cheeta’s tinseltown journey extends beyond the screen, to his struggle with drink and addiction to cigars, his breakthrough with a radical new form of abstract painting, 'Apeism', his touching relationship with his retired nightclub-performing grandson Jeeta, now a considerable artist in his own right, his fondness for hamburgers and his battle in later life with diabetes, and, through thick and thin, carer Dan Westfall, his loving companion who has helped this magnificent monkey come to terms with his peculiar past.

Funny, moving – and so searingly honest, you know it has to be fiction – ‘Me Cheeta’ transports us back to a lost Hollywood. Cheeta is a real star, and this is the greatest celebrity non-memoir of recent times…

The Complete Short Stories
The buttoned-up world of the British upper classes is exploded by the brilliance, wit and audacity of Saki's bomb-like stories. In 'The Open Window' an imaginative teenager gives a visitor the fright of his life. In 'The Unrest Cure' the ordered home of a respectable country gent is rocked to its core. And 'Laura' expresses the hope of revenge via reincarnation. For punchlines, twists, satire and pure mirth, Saki's stories are second-to-none.

Tom Sharpe
Henry Wilt, tied to a daft job and a domineering wife, has just been passed over for promotion yet again. Ahead of him at the Polytechnic stretch years of trying to thump literature into the heads of plasterers, joiners, butchers and the like. And things are no better at home where his massive wife, Eva, is given to boundless and unpredictable fits of enthusiasm - for transcendental meditation, yoga or the trampoline.

But if Wilt can do nothing about his job, he realises he can do something about his wife - and as each day passes, his fantasies grow more murderous and more rea

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:55:29 +0100

Tattie is going to post her 3 book choices can i suggest we have until the end of the weekend to make our preferences.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:34:36 +0100

Book Club TONIGHT. Not the usual week but the Usual place 7.30pm (The Kings Arms, Newcomen Street).

Book is operation Shylock - a confession by Philip Roth.

Tattie to shortlist the next 3.

See you tonight, New members always welcome.

Re: Beautiful Balin

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:39:08 +0100

I will be there :)

Beautiful Balin

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:27:30 +0100

A bit late to advertise but never too late...

We will improving the flower beds around the Balin and Brenley House on the weekend. We would like to notice you and ask your help if you are living in and around. Details on the notice boards, in our [url=]Facebook group[/url] or [url=]here[/url] or [url=]here[/url]

It would be an ongoing project.

(my first post so be gentle, please)

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...