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  1. And there was I thinking it was a full stop and therefore an exceptionally subtle way to put down calls for sequels.
  2. Today is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Today we should remember the Jews, homosexuals and others murdered in the Nazi ‘Final Solution. We are also asked to remember those killed in subsequent genocides including Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, and be ever mindful that it can happen again and probably is already somewhere in the world.
  3. Impressive. That floor must be smoother and more polished than it looks.
  4. Greetings to all our Australian cousins.
  5. Maybe a successor to the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky?
  6. Unless the Senate run offs result in a change in control, Grim Reaper McConnell will either block or at least so water down any proposals put to Congress that Biden will not be able to achieve much. However for those who nevertheless feel a little quiet celebration is warranted, I offer you this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pRhjWdr-LAA
  7. That’s adult humour, not ‘adult’ humour, before anyone gets the wrong idea. It’s not the panto season yet! Interestingly, although the ‘k’ is silent, the family name Knutt is believed to derive from Canute/Cnut.
  8. Pedro


    Good one. And next up after that was this offering :
  9. Another gentle take on the tradition by Cole. Nicely done! Read here and enjoy: http://www.awesomedude.com/cole-parker/tricking-and-treating/tricking-and-treating.htm No prizes for guessing who missed reading the rubric at the top of the story and had to work out who Ryan was the hard way!
  10. Thanks Mike. Makes you wonder where they are now. Have they pursued music as a career?
  11. Thats great fun. Do you know anything about who the boys are or where the setting is?
  12. I couldn’t find font smoothing on my version of safari. I did manage to find an option called smart invert colours under ipad general settings>accessibility . The near-black on black becomes grey on light-gray which is readable. Of course all other apps are converted which can give some strange looking results. The setting also slows things down as each pages is loaded then then converted. I won't be keeping the setting as my default, only use it when I think there is something hiding.
  13. Hi Talo Thanks for your suggestion. The iPad browser is Safari. The settings function does not appear to have a high contrast mode. I have tried the high contrast mode under accessibility in general settings but with no improvement. I can get a very slight improvement by increasing the screen brightness in general settings, but it makes every other webpage and application too bright for me. P
  14. I use an ipad most of the time and I have a problem that I think is more to do with the theme than functional updates. A number of the buttons, particularly those associated with user profile at the top of the page and the edit post and related functions are rendered with a very dark grey font with very little contrast with the background which is the same as the general background such that they are nigh on impossible to see or read. It’s only If I can remember where they are supposed to be that I can access the functions. If I try and change the theme using the dropdown in the page foot
  15. And great fun to watch as long as it’s not you being tied up in the red tape. Made me chuckle, something much needed in these ‘interesting times’. Thanks Joe.
  16. Pedro

    R.B.G. R.I.P.

    Expect a nomination on McConnell’s desk first thing Monday, and all other Senate business put on hold until confirmation pushed through. Unfortunately it will also embolden reactionaries elsewhere. [ Aside - ‘Reactionaries? ‘ makes me sound like a bearded, sandal-wearing, 1960’s leftie and a term I never thought I would have cause to use, but somehow seems more apposite than ‘conservative’ .]
  17. I’m enjoying this. I hope others are too. Up to ch9.
  18. Ah’s thinkin’ we should have a new forum section here Cole's Classic Cookery Classes I will confess to using a 7” cooks knife for dicing onions for the dexterity when doing the horizontal cuts. My big 10”s comes out for things like root veg and grating cabbage for coleslaw. Whatever knife you use it must be sharp. Oysters in stuffing? My first thought was yuck, but it’s not really any different to oyster sauce in chinese cuisine. It’s a way of adding umami. I think I’ll stick with sage and onion with maybe a forcemeat based on pork sausage on extra special occasions. Some
  19. I’m confuzzed. Were chapters thirteen and fourteen posted in the wrong order? I’m sure I read what is now ch14 on Wednesday and wondered at the time about the references to Foster intervening with Barry the Bully. I only found the new to me ch13 because these days I need to refresh my memory of what happened last time before reading a new instalment.
  20. Greeting Wandering Pom. Thank you for commenting. You must think it ok if you have read it twice in a couple of months! As for a sequel, I’m not sure that Patrick and his boys don’t just settle down into an uneventful domesticity. Maybe Mother has an adventure or Diana has to sharpen the knife of hers again neither of which would be suitable material for the gentle, sensitive souls who visit here!
  21. Thank Bruin. I'm glad it hit the spot. I had hoped somebody else might rise to the challenge but no takers as yet.
  22. Billy Spooner A response to Cole Parker’s post: https://forums.awesomedude.com/topic/11396-for-writers/?tab=comments#comment-78649 For Writers in Writers Workshop. By Pedro Epizeuxis : A literary or rhetorical device using the repetition of words in quick succession for vehemence or emphasis usually in order to appeal to or invoke the reader’s or listener’s emotions. Little Billy Spooner was both the age and of an age when boys under thirteen wore short trousers and long socks. It was also an age when grammar was still taught in schools, and taught proper.
  23. I think Cole is being disingenuous here. Like he egged us on with Gee Whilliker’s ‘mahmilapinatapai’ this is clearly intended as a prompt, nay challenge, to all here to scribble something pertaining to the word. I say, I say, I’m sure this is the start of something pernicious: ‘Parker’s Pandemic Prompts’ to keep our brains protesting in these unusual times. Of course Cole has forgotten to say the submissions should be posted in the Flash Fiction section of the forum. But then had he done so it would have destroyed the subtlety of his approach.
  24. Memory plays tricks. The story I initially thought of was this one http://www.awesomedude.com/tsf/wgna/index.htm “When Gay Nerds Attack” by Fredrics. There is no picture of a Mobius strip, only a section title and no nerds striking back, although it appears there was the intention for a such a scene, but the story seems unfinished - something I do remember from first time around.
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