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Published: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:31:34 +0000

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Re: 5 a side football

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:31:34 +0000

We're looking for a couple of extra players for a 7-a-side game on a Tuesday night.
Please send me a private message if you are interested.
Would suit older players of any ability.

Pilates locally

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:47:19 +0000

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Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:16:30 +0000

We met on Monday night to discuss The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. Scores were good at 8/10, although not everyone had finished the book.

Next month we meet on [b]20th November[/b] at [b]the King's Arms, Newcomen St at 7.30[/b] again, to talk about [b]The Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky.[/b]

Hope to see you there. Do let us know if you'd like to join the annual [b]Christmas dinner on 4th Dec.[/b] We'll be voting for the best and worst of the year, so no book for December.

For the [b]January[/b] book we voted to read debut novel [b]See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt[/b].

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:51:53 +0000

At the October book club on 16th we will be voting for the January book. Mr Jac will propose the 3 choices.

For December we will be meeting for our annual [b]Book Club dinner on 4th December[/b]. Please let us know if you want to join us so we can give you details of place and time. We'll vote for best and worst books read in 2017.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:46:59 +0000

Last night we discussed The Prince of Tides that received general acclaim from readers (average marks 8 out of 10), despite what we felt was an unpromising title and the 1991 film that relates only part of the whole story.

The book chosen for [b]October[/b] is [b]The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna[/b]. We have booked a table again at the [b]Kings Arms, Newcomen Street for Monday 16th October at 7.30.[/b]

We also voted on the book for [b]November[/b] which is the [b]Fires of Autumn[/b] by [b]Irene Némirovsky[/b].
A French writer of Ukrainian-Jewish origin, author of Suite Francaise. In 1942 Némirovsky was arrested as a Jew and detained at Pithiviers and then Auschwitz, where she died, a victim of the Holocaust. The notebook containing the two novels was preserved by her daughters but not examined until 1998. They were published posthumously in a single volume. The Fires of Autumn was published in 1957.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:47:03 +0000

Hi all,

my vote for the October book goes to Aminatta Forna's [b]The Memory of Love[/b].
See you on Monday - tomorrow - to talk about The Prince of Tides.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:46:44 +0000

Hello everyone,

Would you like to vote on the book for October please from my list above?

I think it's Jac's turn to propose 3 books for November at our next book club.

[b]Monday 18th Sept at King's Arms, Newcomen St, at 7.30.[/b]

Re: Beautiful Balin

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 14:05:23 +0000

[quote Peter.B]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)[/quote]
It sounds so exciting! I am really keen on that. Thank you for sharing. Hope you will keep sharing such a great event!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:59:24 +0000

Have you seen that they've made a film of 'Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem'? This was one of the books that we've read in this book club. will be interesting to see it.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:09:29 +0000

Well the views on the Stephen King were far from complimentary from 0-3/10- apart from NicG above giving it a 6! Not many of us said we'd bother to finish it.

For the September book club on [b]18th September[/b] we'll meet at the [b]Kings Arms[/b] again, on [b]Newcomen St at 7.30[/b] to discuss [b]Pat Conroy's book Prince of Tides[/b].

[b]All newcomers welcome of course[/b] - LilaSE1 and saidhbh, do come along.

For our October book, here are my 3 suggested titles, all set in Africa ranging over more than half a century:

[b]Doris Lessing - The Grass is singing.[/b] Lessing arrived in London in the spring of 1949 with £20 and the manuscript of a novel drawing heavily on her life in Africa, exploring the power and fear at the heart of the colonial experience. When Mary Turner's husband becomes sick she takes over the running of their failing Rhodesian farm. Gradually she begins to develop a relationship with one of their black servants, Moses – a relationship the reader knows will end in tragedy from the first page.

[b]Aminatta Forna - The Memory of Love[/b]. Set in Sierre Leone, but a universal theme. A dying man Elias Cole, reflects on a past obsession: Saffia, the woman he loved, and Julius, her charismatic, unpredictable husband. Three lives will collide in a story about friendship, love, war, about understanding the indelible effects of the past and the nature of obsessive love.

[b]Tendai Huchu - The Hairdresser of Harare[/b]. Vimbai is the star hairdresser of her salon, the smartest in Harare, Zimbabwe, until the enigmatic Dumisani appears. But disaster is near, as Vimbai soon uncovers Dumi's secret, a discovery that will result in brutality and tragedy, testing their relationship to the very limit. The Hairdresser of Harare is a stylish, funny and sophisticated first-hand account of life today in Zimbabwe's capital city, confounding stereotypes and challenging injustice with equal fearlessness.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:41:55 +0000

Hi all,

sorry I am stuck at work tonight and can't come. I give the Stephen King book a 6. Slow to get started but fun from page 95 or so! See you next month!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:59:24 +0000

We are always welcome to new members, just come along and introduce yourself. If your not sure who we are just ask at the bar they know us.

We are meeting tonight so do come along if you would like even if you have not read the current book.

That said I will not be there tonight for the bookclub as such but Mr jac will be and I will pop along later to join you.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:14:22 +0000


I was hoping to join this group if you're accepting new members please? When and where do you meet?


Re: SE1 Book Club 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:31:59 +0000

thank you!

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:31:29 +0000

Hi all - I'd really like to join you. Assuming you're open to new members. Where do you meet and what time? Thanks.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:39:19 +0000

[quote LilaSE1]Hi everyone, is this book club still going? If so when/where do you meet and what are you reading next? Would be great to join you am looking for a local book club. Thanks.[/quote]

try: [url=]this link[/url]

Re: SE1 Book Club 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:56:47 +0000

Hi everyone, is this book club still going? If so when/where do you meet and what are you reading next? Would be great to join you am looking for a local book club. Thanks.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:55:10 +0000

Yes the book for 2[b]1st August is 11.22.63 by Stephen King.[/b]

The [b]18th September[/b] choice is [b]Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy[/b]

Hopefully see you all in August.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:31:33 +0000

Hi all,

sorry I unexpectedly couldn't make it yesterday, and thanks for the update.

From the votes above I gather the winner for [b]Monday 21st August[/b] is 11.22.1963, right?

As for September, thanks for your selection Wendy. After going from one book to another endlessly, my vote has finally landed on the Prince of Tides - contrary to my email to GrangeLady earlier, please ignore that! :-)

See you all on Monday 21st August, hopefully.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:36:27 +0000


Here are my suggestions for September:

Bobby's Girl
Bernie Morris

A tragic and evocative tale, set in the heyday of rock 'n roll.

In Bernie Morris's haunting novel of adolescent love, set in the golden years of rock 'n roll, lies London East End's response to 'West Side Story'. The background is one of blitzed ruins, 'bommies', surrounding a lonely mile of The Highway that runs alongside the docks. Here, where the sense of destruction is ever present, live Kate's mother and brutal stepfather. Here Kate and Jon, two school kids deeply in love but too young to date, meet secretly. Here too lives Bobby, leader of the Alleycats, sworn enemy of the Hellcats, Kate's tender-hearted protector and Jon's rival. And always at Bobby's side is Adam, enigmatic Shadowcat, prophet, warrior and soul brother.

The Promise
Chaim Potok
Young Reuven Malter is unsure of himself and his place in life. An unconventional scholar, he struggles for recognition from his teachers. With his old friend Danny Saunders—who himself had abandoned the legacy as the chosen heir to his father's rabbinical dynasty for the uncertain life of a healer—Reuvan battles to save a sensitive boy imprisoned by his genius and rage. Painfully, triumphantly, Reuven's understanding of himself, though the boy change, as he starts to approach the peace he has long sought… (less)

The Prince of Tides

PAT CONROY has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.


Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 07:45:15 +0000

Hi all, my vote goes to The assassination of Thatcher. See you on Monday.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:37:24 +0000

Mr Jac's vote goes to Hilary Mantel.

What is it with everyone's log in?!!! ;-)

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:34:13 +0000

NicG votes for the Stephen King too.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:22:50 +0000

Hi, Stephen King for me, see you on Monday.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:41:29 +0000

My vote goes to Look who's back.

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:21:32 +0000

Mr Jac and I will be in sheffield next week so missing BC once again.. For its worth My vote goes to 22.11.63 because the date is just a few days after i was born. Well that and it sound quite interesting and i havent read a stephen king novel in 25+ years

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:43:58 +0000

Shall we vote here or wait till Monday's book club?

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:32:54 +0000

Hello all,

My choices are:

1) 11.22.63 by Stephen King

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless ...King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time. With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

2) Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen. But the Fuhrer has another programme with even greater ambition - to set the country he finds a shambles back to rights. Look Who's Back stunned and then thrilled 1.5 million German readers with its fearless approach to the most taboo of subjects. Naive yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revived Hitler unquestionably has a spring in his step.

3) The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

A brilliant – and rather transgressive – collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Hilary Mantel is one of Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades. Childhood cruelty is played out behind the bushes in ‘Comma’; nurses clash in ‘Harley Street’ over something more than professional differences; and in the title story, staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting game.

Whether set in a claustrophobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road in Greece, these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit. Displaying all of Mantel’s unmistakable style and wit, they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powers

Re: SE1 Book Club 2017

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:09:08 +0000


I will be at the Draft House tonight just after 7 to try out the quiz, feel free to come! Otherwise I will see you all at book club

Re: Come Dine with us 2017

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 14:23:57 +0000

Well last night we met at mine and were able to stay outdoors in the garden for most of the evening.
We started with a kir and some nibbles of saucisson and therein, olives.

Then we had "All Helen's favourites" as a starter - a wonderful mix of deliciousness with avocado, home-made salsa, grilled halloumi and cherry tomatoes. Starter wines were a 2015 Riesling Feinberg from Model and 2015 Gewurztraminer from Bott Geyl, Alsace.

The mains were merguez, baked potatoes, and a caponata (a fabulous mix of aubergine, tomato, celery and capers, no garlic or onion), some roasted pepper strands, and corvettes. Mains wine was a 2015 Cote de Rhône.

Pudding was a spectacular Pavlova with fresh raspberries and cream. With a 2013 Australian Reverina Semillon
Then, for anyone who had any more room, we cut into a super-ripe camembert (imported directly from Isigny in Normandy), then we had to put it away quickly stop it crawling off the table...
Followed by a digestive Darjeeling first flush tea.
See the photos on our Facebook page