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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:37:11 PM »
Maximes when it was dance music, or Maximes when it was rock night?

Given that you worked at GAME, I'm guessing the latter.

100% the latter. I wasn't even heavily into rock - I like it fine, but mostly I just liked the atmosphere. Everyone was chilled out, no aggro, not a meat market. Less likely to get felt up by some random arsehole. Plus it was always entertaining when they would play a bit of cock rock and the kids would scuttle off the dance floor like cockroaches so that the two middle aged dudes who liked Poison or whatever could shuffle about on their own playing air guitar with their eyes closed. You could see them fantasizing that they were headlining a rock concert. Always good for a chuckle. :D

NB: Fruit isn't a dessert. Cake.  Cake is a dessert.*

(*excluding carrot cake, which is neither a cake, nor a dessert.)

Where do you live these days, may I ask?

I'm not sure tinned fruit cocktail actually resembles fruit enough to count.  ;D

I live in Portland, OR nowadays. Been in the US for about 12 years now.

Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:27:39 PM »
Ohh yeah, I remember now. Place looked an absolute nightmare.

Yeah, I'm not sure my grandma had tastebuds that could discern much besides sweet and salty to be honest, all she saw was that broken biscuits were cheap and that was good enough for her! This was a woman who thought a tin of fruit cocktail and some evaporated milk was an acceptable dessert.  ;D

Ugh, don't get me started on King Street. I was more of a Maximes on a Friday night kind of girl myself. Plus I worked at GAME for a few years back in the day. Saturday and Sunday mornings the walk to work became a Frogger-like game of "dodge the pile of sick" thanks to King St.  :-\

Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:14:01 PM »
That made me cackle like an idiot, was BarAqua in Ashton? My grandma lived in Ashton, everyone thought the Tom and Jerry was fine dining, lol. I still remember when it was a Kwik Save and she used to drag me around it extolling the virtues of those big bags of broken biscuits. God, I'm old.

This is the best response I could have hoped for. Wigan's market is tragic as fuck, I think even the Morrisons has shut down now. I'll have to put it down to having a mad aunty. I always suspected as much.  ;D

Oh fantastic, I'm almost always late to the party for these things so it will be nice to hop on board early for once.

We normally admire Robin Hobb for the way she writes characters, and I think in this book Mark went up there too, with everyone.

Sold! I love Hobb's characters.

Is it OK to start with this one or will I be missing out? What do you recommend?

Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: March 21, 2017, 02:02:12 PM »
As long as you bear in mind that Dragons are far better than Goats.;D


In particular, if you write a long post make sure to either do it in Word and save or do frequent copies, as you can lose it by accident. Usually because unless you are permanently logged in there is a time expiry, but sometimes it seems random.

DON'T TELL ME... oh wait, that's good advice.  ;D

I love it here already!

Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:59:04 PM »

Hawkley Hall. Now living in Bury.

Hah! Tell me, is Bury market as magical a place as my aunt is always telling me it is? ;D

Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:29:31 PM »
Thanks, guys! I'm happy to be here and excited to join in. :)

With an unhealthy fascination with goats.

What constitutes "unhealthy", exactly? Like, if my 2016 calendar was literally of Goats in Trees? Because, uh...  :-\

Introductions / Hello!
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:37:57 PM »
Hullo, I'm Wol!

I like fantasy, cross-stitching nerd shit, fixing up old furniture, playing videogames and homebrewing beer.  :)

I am British-ish, but having lived in America for a very long time I have become a sort of Bill Bryson type hybrid where everything I type doesn't have enough vowels in it and I use lots of slang that sounds wholly inappropriate with my accent. The Americans have been very kind to put up with me, but I suspect it's mostly because they don't realize that a Northern English accent isn't actually posh.

I met my (American) husband on a roleplaying server in a fantasy videogame (Everquest, for the curious - I was an Elf and he was a Halfling) back in 1999 where we were very good friends for about 3 years of pretending we didn't fancy one another. Then one evening we got a bit squiffy and admitted we did fancy one another rather a lot, actually, and so we met and spent a week together and that was basically enough for us to decide to get married. I moved to Portland, OR 3 months later to be with him. And now we have been married for 12 years. Whew!

Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:12:43 PM »
Me too. I'm from Wigan & let me tell you... that's hardly Oliver Twist!

Haha, what are the odds. I grew up in Bryn.  :D

@XanderSloan well hooray! Always happy to meet a fellow beer and fantasy fan!

With respect, less pictures of the books and more of the bar.  What Ale do you have? Is it draught or beer? is it SESSION?

I'll be sure to get on that for you when I get home. ;D

The bar contains mostly liquor at the moment, though eventually as sort of a life goals type thing I hope to sort out a kegerator to fit in there and set up tap handles. We homebrew, but we're not quite advanced to the kegging stage yet so I'm still stuck washing bottles. Last thing I brewed was a black IPA, about 5%. Living in the PNW it's basically considered a crime to not like IPAs, and I do, but truth be told given the choice I prefer a good stout or porter (particularly the imperial variety). Right now Cavatica Stout by Fort George is a big favorite of mine. :D

Thank you for the kind words and the welcome! I love the longship too, I made it when I decided to have a wild flirtation with model building which lasted exactly one third of the time it took to build my first model. I swear nothing in this world has ever made me swear as much as building that bloody longship did. ;D

Ooh, can I play? I'm new, hello!

This is my reading nook/bar and it makes me happier than most things. :)

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