melayahm

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    • Is anyone planning to make a career change in 2020?
      melayahm 23rd May 2020 at 10:33 am

      It seems to me that an awful lot of people are going to be forced to make a career change this year, and not through choice. And obviously, at the older end of the age range, it will be harder for unskilled workers like myself than perhaps those who have useful, sought after skills. Anyone can be a shop worker, factory worker, cleaner. I’m waiting to see how things pan out with the independant bookshop I work in, once we can reopen. Retail is going to be very different, and not in a good way, like working from home could be. People who’ve never shopped online in their life will have had to try it and found that it’s not as bad as they imagined, I doubt huge numbers will go back to shops unless it’s for the social interaction. So, I’ve finally started putting some of my craftwork online, it will need constant working on, and still no guarantees, ( I love making things but hate all the peripheral stuff that is required like photographs, postage, paperwork etc)  but I feel I probably need to at least make a start and dip a toe in the water.

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    • Does living ‘off grid’ interest anyone else?
      melayahm 12th June 2020 at 9:01 am

      Once upon a time I’d have loved it, but now, I think I’d hate being so cold in the winter. That said, where we live now, we have a septic tank, not attached to the sewage system, not on mains gas, and our water comes from a bore hole somewhere. I suppose if we could get a solar or geothermal system working, we’d effectively be off grid

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    • Rest Less Book Club
      melayahm 12th June 2020 at 9:05 am

      Have to say, the reason I’ve never joined a book club is that I probably wouldn’t enjoy the kind of books they’d want to read and they probably wouldn’t want to read my choices. Can’t see most wanting to read The Watchmen, for instance, one of the best graphic novels in the world. The last book I read that was a real challenge and I want to read again was Gnomon by Nick Harkaway.

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    • How about a haiku? Share yours here!
      melayahm 12th June 2020 at 3:21 pm

      I wrote this one after my first b/f, of 7 years, left me. 35 years ago now!

      I am a crystal.

      You dropped me, I did not break

      Now I’m full of light

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    • Does anyone like soul, rnb music
      melayahm 13th November 2020 at 9:25 am

      I don’t mind soul or rnb, but I’ve always been a rock/prog rock girl. My first b/f introduced me to things like Pink Floyd and Alan Parson’s Project and Genesis back in the 70s and that’s been my main thing ever since. Having said that, I also realised belatedly that I liked the electronica of the 80s, and Scissor Sisters more recently, but I mainly listen to Classic FM for background music.

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    • Books that brought a tear to your eye?
      melayahm 16th April 2021 at 6:59 am

      Stephen King’s The Dead Zone (yes, really), and The Time Traveller’s Wife

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    • Best and worst Stephen King books?
      melayahm 9th September 2021 at 8:34 pm

      The Dead Zone I have read a few times and it makes me cry every time. Pet Semetary was the only one that made me feel uneasy once I’d finished it. Misery had me biting my nails and yelling ‘get out of there!’ at the pages. Geralds Game, yeah, meh, Under the Dome, way too long for the story that was there. Does anyone else feel that since his accident, apart from working out his demons (Duma Key etc), his books have become milder, like he doesn’t want to hurt his characters so much as he used to?

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    • Fess up – Which of these retro items are you hoarding?
      melayahm 18th September 2021 at 12:47 pm

      We still have dvds and cds but hardly ever play them. We have about 4 pcs, 4 tablets, 4 mobile phones, in a family of 3, many books, no landline because we got 100% scam and spam calls, no friends or family, so why pay the rent?

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    • What makes you laugh out loud?
      melayahm 27th November 2021 at 6:56 pm

      Something new, an anime derived from a manga, ‘The Way of the Househusband’ about an ex Yakuza assassin who’s got married and become a househusband. Sounds weird but it makes me laugh

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    • Five biggest pension myths exposed
      melayahm 23rd January 2022 at 5:56 pm

      The myth about not being able to pay into a pension of you’re not working comes from the past, when this was true. When I left work to have my daughter, who is now 24, I was told that I couldn’t pay into a pension whilst I wasn’t working and nor could my partner. I remember this distinctly. But back then you also couldn’t have more than one pension, now you can have as many as you want as long as they don’t go above a certain amount. Presumably this is because so many companies have played about with their company pension pots like they were their own money that the black hole of pensions needs to be righted by us now.

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    • Everything you need to know about potassium
      melayahm 6th March 2022 at 2:00 pm

      You forgot red wine.

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    • 11 important health checks for over 50s
      melayahm 12th May 2022 at 7:42 am

      Hard enough to get an appt for a normal Dr’s check when you actually feel ill, let alone get referred for all these. Having said that, I did get a letter about the bowel screening, and they sent me a kit through the post, so at least that one’s done for now.

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    • What makes you laugh out loud?
      melayahm 27th November 2021 at 6:57 pm

      I remember watching An Audience With Billy Connolly back in the 80’s and I couldn’t breathe for laughing.

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    • What makes you laugh out loud?
      melayahm 27th November 2021 at 6:54 pm

      Always makes me smile, and, ‘Help is on the way dear!’ is one of our family’s favourite quotes to use

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    • Books that brought a tear to your eye?
      melayahm 16th April 2021 at 5:50 pm

      I did, it was okay, but I preferred the book. I would so love to see her notes for working out who was when at what age.

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    • Does anyone like soul, rnb music
      melayahm 14th November 2020 at 12:55 pm

      I’m envious of you seeing those 2 back then! I did see Pink Floyd for the Momentary Lapse of Reason Album gig, as I came to them that late, would have dearly loved to see Peter Gabriel’s Genesis. Phil Collins’s version was never quite the same.

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    • Hello. Just joined. What’s everyone reading?
      melayahm 29th October 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Have you read Cornwell’s Winter King trilogy? Only one of his I’ve read, as I love the Arthurian myth. Told from a different point of view and Very different take on the  characters!

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    • Reading group
      melayahm 17th September 2020 at 7:21 pm

      Oooh, Jo Nesbo! I was thinking Lampadusa originally 🙂

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    • Is anyone planning to make a career change in 2020?
      melayahm 3rd August 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Hi. There are various websites that you can sell handmade items, Etsy being the obvious one, but that has grown so large, since they sold it, and now has so many Chinese entries, I’m not sure how easy  it is to be found now. Currently I’ve opened up a page on nuMonday, https://www.numonday.com/ which is based in Glasgow, and with them, you pay them a fee, either monthly or yearly, and that’s it, but you need to open up an account with Stripe, who do the money side and take 1.4% +20p, so less than Paypal. I have a few things on there at them moment, been open a couple of weeks. They don’t seem to do massive amounts of publicity, it seems to be mostly word of mouth/social media by the sellers, but they have a facebook page which is extremely active. Understandably, I’ve noticed waaay more activity lately, as I guess many others are also joining in these times. There is also Folksy https://folksy.com/ who are based in Sheffield, but they have a tiered membership system. I’ve not tried them yet, but I might try them for my ooak bears some time. I have the feeling that they are a bit more up market than nuMonday, and have dearer priced stuff, so your quilts might go better there, as I imagine they are not cheap! I’ve seen varying opinions on all of these, some people have better success with some than others, who knows why. These are just the ones I know of, there may be others out there. Also, people have Facebook pages dedicated to their crafts and can point their FB followers to, but I’m not sure if they work as a marketplace or what FB do with those kind of pages. But FB, Twitter ( I can’t be bothered with Twitter) Instagram etc are all ways to publicise and show your work. There maybe quilting/textiles specialist page. Google your fingers off!

      Caroline

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    • Rest Less Book Club
      melayahm 9th July 2020 at 8:49 am

      I’m thinking I fancy rereading Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre. Currently just starting Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway, who wrote Gnomon which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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    • Rest Less Book Club
      melayahm 8th July 2020 at 8:47 pm

      I read The Talisman many years ago, I couldn’t help trying to work out which author had written which bit. But I think it was mainly King, having now read The Dark Tower, it’s clear that the ideas in The Talisman were very similar, like he was trying out ideas that were developed more in the Dark Tower later.

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    • Rest Less Book Club
      melayahm 8th July 2020 at 8:40 pm

      I love sci fi and fantasy too. I work in an indie book shop, but sometimes I like to re read books I read when I was a kid, when I was a voracious reader, and are no longer in print, and so then I go to Amazon, or ebay to try to find them. Some people don’t seem to realise that books can go out of print, and book clubs seem to be a bit prone to that, someone suggests a book that they once read that they loved, without checking if it’s still in print! Then we end up having to order from Amazon, If we can even get them from there, because most of the book clubs around here seem to be made up of old dears who don’t know how to shop online.  But I also love old books, as long as they’re not falling  apart.

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    • Rest Less Book Club
      melayahm 12th June 2020 at 3:18 pm

      The man’s imagination was phenomenal. (I had a hard time with Song of Stone, first person present tense but I managed to get through it the second time I tried, by realising that it’s really a kind of blank verse poem.) I met him once doing a signing in a local bookshop, got him to sign Walking on Glass for boyfriend (the one who’d introduced me and had a broken ankle at the time) No one else was there. Sadly the only book I’d read at that point was The Wasp Factory, so I couldn’t really have a valid chat with him, but I did say that I was put in mind of William Golding, which he took as a compliment.  I like his contemporary fiction and his sci fi. So sad he died, I’m sure he had more to write.

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    • Rest Less Book Club
      melayahm 12th June 2020 at 11:43 am

      I doubt there are book clubs that read graphic novels, too many just think ‘comics, kids’ but Watchmen changed graphic novels forever. The story is so multi layered it needs to be read several times to get it all. Neil Gaiman is also a great story teller, he just uses artists to help tell the story. Gnomon, yes, it has so many things going on, different characters that through time and even space, that you can’t see how they all fit together, but they eventually do, with a twist I certainly didn’t see coming. Iain Banks, and Iain M Banks are also wonderful, the M denotes his science fiction. As my partner put it when I introduced him to Banks, (previous partner had introduced me to him), he drops in ideas as flavour text that other authors would write a whole book about. Some of it is a bit grim and gory, but the story telling is wonderful. But, not most people’s taste.  I need a nerd book group!

       

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