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review 2020-03-30 19:24
The Great Book of Ice Hockey by Bill O'Neill & Ryan Black
The Great Book of Ice Hockey: Interestin... The Great Book of Ice Hockey: Interesting Facts and Sports Stories (Sports Trivia 1) - Bill O'Neill,Ryan Black

When you miss hockey, what else is there to do but read a book on hockey facts.
I'm glad I did too!
I've been watching hockey for most of my life. I have been a Toronto Maple Leaf fan since 1992. Beyond the Leafs, I didn't really know much about any other players or teams. I may have heard of stars like Terry Sawchuck, but I really knew nothing about him.
This book changed all of that.
I learned so much about certain players, and teams, including the para-olympic hockey sport of sled hockey.
Shows you really are never too old to learn something new about something you love.
A great book for fans!!

 

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/03/the-great-book-of-ice-hockey-by-bill.html
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text 2019-12-12 10:09
Do you look forward to visiting Interesting Places in Delhi?

Art Gallery in Delhi

 

If yes then today we will share with you a new destination to visit with family and friends.

 

Other than the popular malls and tourist places in Delhi we recommend visiting new places of interest like an art museum in Delhi. An art museum is a great place for all family members as it offers a serene environment to explore the best of work by the artists. Also if you have young members in the family who need some mall action than we are recommending the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) which is located in heart of the city among the malls of Saket. It is one of the most Interesting Places in Delhi as here you will not only experience new art exhibitions in Delhi but will also get to indulge in art classes.

 

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is one of the best museums in Delhi and is a not for profit organization with the sole mission to make art accessible and available to common people through exhibitions, workshops, cultural events, symposiums, talks, and community outreach programs.

 

There are absolutely no charges for visiting the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), also organizes free monthly free art classes in the backdrop of best art exhibitions in Delhi. The works on display at the museum by different renowned artists is an inspiration for visitors no matter what their areas of interest are as art is for everyone and all ages. So next time you plan to explore something new and interesting we recommend you visit Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) at Saket Malls in New Delhi.

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text 2018-09-22 02:39
It Can Never Go Right The First Time...

This is a little lengthy, but it's worth it.  Or maybe it's not.  You decide.

 

So hubby upgraded our phones as a Mother's Day gift.  We went from the Galaxy S8+ to the Note8.  The old phones were paid off and ours to do with as we wished.  So they sat in the boxes until hubby's friend mentioned that he was in need of a phone, but didn't want to pay a mint for a new one.  Hubby offered our old phones, which we hadn't even used for a full year, so they were in nearly perfect condition.

 

I called Sprint to have the phones unlocked because his friend uses TMobile.  On Monday, I spoke to no less than three people (one transfer, and one call-back due to disconnection).  I clarified that I wanted the two not-in-use S8+ unlocked, not the two currently-in-use Note8.  Because 1) you can't unlock your phone unless it's paid-in-full, and 2) I gave them the IMEI numbers from the S8+.  I was told everything was taken care of and it would take a maximum of 48 hours for the phones to be unlocked.  So that was Monday.

 

On Tuesday I had to go to Best Buy to get the geeksquad to order a new phone for my kid who had cracked the screen when she dropped it at just the right angle.  She could have lived with the crack, but the drop must have damaged the phone because it started getting hot and it wouldn't keep a charge.  And can I say I soooo miss the days of the $50 deductible for replacement phones.  And of course the reason the deductibles are so high now is because immoral people were scamming the phone companies by selling the original on craigslist, calling the company and saying their phone was lost or stolen, and getting a new one through the insurance for $50, pocketing the profit while screwing both the insurance and the poor sod that bought the other phone, because of course the phones are flagged once they're reported lost or stolen.  But I've gone on my usual tangent.  Okay, back on track.

 

On Wednesday, the new phone arrived--which was super shockingly quick. I had to call Sprint to get it activated, because even though they say you can do it yourself following the instructions online, it's never that easy, is it?  That call took a transfer to the tech team to get resolved, so another very long conversation with Sprint.

 

Thursday I felt like garbage, which I mentioned in another blog post.  Many of you wished me well, and I thank you all.

 

Friday, I felt 100% better.  I got to have a nice morning at the Farmer's Market with my hubby.  We had some breakfast, bought large quantities of honey because this is the time of year the family switches from drinking coffee to tea. Got some candles, found something for my swap box, and a few things for the kiddles,.  We also had 15-minute massages!  It was a good day.  Except for the part where both the local post office and UPS gave me the runaround about where my missing package could be.  As far as the tracking info is concerned, the package is in limbo and everyone keeps passing the buck.  Now I've already received a replacement order from the company; however, I want to know what happened to that original package.  Did it fall off the back of the truck?  Or is the staff at my local post office too lazy to actually search for it?  Sorry, went on a tangent again.

 

Anyway, later this afternoon, we met hubby's friend, handed over the phones and told him to call us if there was any problem.

 

You know he called, right?  Because of course he did!

 

After a ridiculously long time on hold with Sprint because of high call volume, because apparently many people were bad at their jobs this week, I finally got a person, who then said a lot of dumb words that all lead back to, "I have to transfer you to the accounts department, but they will tell you the same thing I have just told you."  Well, Sharell, transfer me to the mutha fuckin' accounts department.  (I swear I did not say that, all though I really, really wanted to.  I try my very best not to abuse customer series reps unless they really, really are asking for it.  And while Sharell was a tad condescending and made it sound as if I had no idea what I was talking about and that my issue wouldn't be resolved by another department, I was still very polite.)

 

After another long hold, I got Greg, who, unlike Sharell, was an absolute delight!  He was a customer service demi-god and should be praised by all.  He did not tell me the same thing Sharell told me.  He explained that the morons nice people I spoke to on Monday were trying to unlock the wrong phones...using the wrong IMEI numbers........ *sigh*  So Greg then went through the painstaking task of getting the correct information for the correct phones (thank goodness I wrote everything down because the phones are no longer in my possession) and verified each phone one at a time to make sure everything was correct.  Also, he said they gave me incorrect information as the process can take anywhere from 24-72 hours to be complete and that I will receive a confirmation email once the phones are officially unlocked.  So hubby's friend has to wait a bit longer and I have had to speak to people at Sprint more in one week than any person should ever have to talk to the customer service of their phone provider.  But, at least Greg was pleasant and made the process bearable.  He was very apologetic about the inconvenience we had been put through.

 

All of that was just to say, it can never go right the first time, can it?  At this point (and thanks to Greg's disposition) it was annoying, but amusing.  How can three people all get the same thing wrong, even after confirming multiple times that you're both talking about the same thing?!  And normally I have no such problems with Sprint.  Their customer service is normally tip-top.  We are among their longest loyal customers, so we tend to get a little special treatment when we mention how long we've been with them.  Someone once told hubby that there was a person who had been with them longer than us, be we are among the top of their oldest customers.  I guess there is something to be said for loyalty.

 

Anyway, thanks for taking the trip through my week with me.  Believe it or not, that's the condensed version.  Hope it was worth it!

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review 2018-07-22 23:11
E.M. Forster: A New Life
E.M. Forster: A New Life - Wendy Moffat

Before judging my reading experience of this book based on my star rating, let me say this:

 

This was not a bad book and there are aspects of this biography that provide a valuable insight into Forster's life and work. However, this biography really follows Forster's life from one angle only, depending on what you expect from a biography, mileage on this may vary.

 

Moffat starts the book with an explanation of her approach, which in turn is based on something Christopher Isherwood said when looking at a stack of biographies about Forster:

"Of course all those books have got to be re-written," he said. "Unless you start with the fact that he was homosexual, nothing's any good."

That is, Moffat is quoting from an Isherwood biography by John Lehmann here, and whether this is a true account or was written as a dramatic embellishment, I could not say. 

It does, however, go straight to the heart of Moffat's biography ... and also to one of the criticisms I have.

 

Moffat does an excellent job presenting Forster in the context of his sexuality, or more precisely his initial struggles with it and the immense pressure he felt of not being able to live openly for fear of persecution and, indeed, prosecution. Being a young man at the start of the 20th century, Forster would have only been too aware of the trials of Oscar Wilde and would himself witness the arrest of friends and acquaintances over the decades. 

 

His resentment over not being able to tell the stories he really wanted to tell and over having to work within the expectations of societal conventions lead to Forster stopping to write major works of fiction after A Passage to India (1924). That is, he did write another major novel, Maurice, but insisted that it should not be published until after his death as the story tells of the relationship between two men and he feared the repercussions. (Btw, Maurice apparently includes a game-keeper scene that may have inspired D.H. Lawrence - one of the few people who were aware of the manuscript - to mock it in Lady Chatterley's Lover)   

 

Moffat explores Forster's diaries - including his "locked" diaries, which he also only allowed access after his death - in detail and we do get a clear picture of the anxieties and of the passions Forster had, and Moffat does well to connect Forster's diary entries with the lives of his friends, peers, and with perception of homosexuality in society through the decades. 

 

However, this is also the main point where this book fell down for me. Moffat goes into a lot of detail. Salacious detail. Lots and lots of it. At times, I felt like whole chapters were focusing about who bedded whom more so than Forster's life and work. Rather than developing an argument, it felt like some of the descriptions merely served to provide a sensationalist hook. 

 

I really should have liked this more than I did, but the meandering descriptions of relationships (not just Forster's but also of his friends and acquaintances) made me skim over quite a few paragraphs. There was little point to most of them.

 

The other criticism I have is with Moffat's writing style. It did not work for me. Her narrative sounded dramatised in a way that made the book read more like fiction than non-fiction and some of the descriptions, as a result of the narrations, did not sound factual even tho they may have been. This was not helped by the way that references were not clearly marked in the text. They were there, of course, but I should not have to check the reference section in the book to see if a certain line on a page is actually backed up with a source of research. 

 

All in all, this was interesting, but I would not recommend the book without some hesitation.

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text 2018-07-20 23:07
Back to the Forster Project
Morgan: A Biography of E. M. Forster - Nicola Beauman
E.M. Forster: A New Life - Wendy Moffat
A Passage To India - E.M. Forster

It's been a while since I finished The Longest Journey (still need to write a review) and now that tennis plans are on ice for a bit (because of a pulled muscle) and that work has, not slowed down, but has at least moved past the frantic phase, I feel might get the right time and head-space again to enjoy the next read in my Forster project. 

 

I only have two novels left, the short stories, and Aspects of the Novel.

 

But, I have also found two biographies at the library that looked really good:

 

Morgan is the one which I am really excited about because it was written by Nicola Beauman. She's now head of Persephone Books who publish the most marvellous forgotten women writers of the early 20th century. I'm subscribed to their newsletter and it is the only newsletter I actually look forward to receiving. 
So, I can't wait to read what she has to say about Forster. 
 
The other one, by Wendy Moffat, seems to focus more on just one aspect of his life and how it affected his writing. At least, this is what I got from several reviews about the book and which seemed to shelf it under "gender studies" a lot. 

 

So, without further delay, I am off on A Passage to India

 

(Taken on a trip to Simla a few years ago. The book is not set there, but this is what I picture when reading the book.)

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