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

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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…

Saki
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
Wilt
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=https://www.facebook.com/groups/1861102827492335/]Facebook group[/url] or [url=https://do-it.org/opportunities/5044f285-809f-4118-96b1-5d20228c4fec]here[/url] or [url=https://tabardnorth.org/2017/04/18/beautiful-balin-22nd-23rd-april/]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: mekalff@gmail.com



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,

Nicola



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

Hi,
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
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#view=captioned_thumbs&query=pussy%20hat%20&availability=free&sort=best&craft=knitting



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

Richard

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

Sanshirō
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