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Do you have a GSOH?

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  • What's a GSOH?

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Bigphoot2

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As I've mentioned many times, I read so voraciously as a child that I was told off for doing it instead of, I dunno, not reading.
A favourite accusation from my mother was that I'd 'wasted' all my xmas gift books by reading them right away.

Techy bought me a lovely book in the summer which I read in a couple of days. Wasted it, in fact. :chuckle:

Looking forward to wasting @DrPaulLee's latest tome. ;)
 

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As I've mentioned many times, I read so voraciously as a child that I was told off for doing it instead of, I dunno, not reading.
A favourite accusation from my mother was that I'd 'wasted' all my xmas gift books by reading them right away.

Techy bought me a lovely book in the summer which I read in a couple of days. Wasted it, in fact. :chuckle:

Looking forward to wasting @DrPaulLee's latest tome. ;)
My mum always had the attitude that you couldn't be busy if you were reading because you weren't doing anything.
Mind you, I've a cousin who is even worse. We were at a family event and I was chatting with another cousin about books when we heard her giggling. We asked what was so funny and she said "You read books! You don't have to read, you're not at school anymore."
 

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My mum always had the attitude that you couldn't be busy if you were reading because you weren't doing anything.
Mind you, I've a cousin who is even worse. We were at a family event and I was chatting with another cousin about books when we heard her giggling. We asked what was so funny and she said "You read books! You don't have to read, you're not at school anymore."
*nods* As a teenager, when vetting potential swains I'd ask what book they were reading. They'd be marked on their response.

Any mention of particular books or criticism of their themes or characters was positive.
Enthusiasm for popular genres and authors like sci-fi or Sven Hassel was reasonable - at least they COULD read.

'Books? I don't read books!' was a no-no. Gone.
 
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*nods* As a teenager, when vetting potential swains I'd ask what book they were reading. They'd be marked on their response.

Any mention of particular books or criticism of their themes or characters was positive.
Enthusiasm for popular genres and authors like sci-fi or Sven Hassel was reasonable - at least they COULD read.

'Books? I don't read books!' was a no-no. Gone.
Yep me too! I'd just finished reading 'War and Peace' when I met my, now ex, husband at the annual library party so you can guess what our first conversation was about. :cool:

He told me he'd 'fallen in love' with Natasha. No contest I didn't stand a chance not being a Russian countess and all that, but then neither was a he a Russian count. However we did manage to ascertain we were both Socialists, as were our parents, and his marriage proposal a few months later was:-

'We are both from good proletariat stock we may as well get wed'.

I'd have prefered a declaration of undying love but there you go, such is life, you can't have everything you want.:oops: And let's face it I was never going to match up to Natasha and I'd prefer the 'third person' in the marriage to be a character from a book rather than a real person. :hahazebs:

Sollywos x
 

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Yep me too! I'd just finished reading 'War and Peace' when I met my, now ex, husband at the annual library party so you can guess what our first conversation was about. :cool:

He told me he'd 'fallen in love' with Natasha. No contest I didn't stand a chance not being a Russian countess and all that, but then neither was a he a Russian count. However we did manage to ascertain we were both Socialists, as were our parents, and his marriage proposal a few months later was:-

'We are both from good proletariat stock we may as well get wed'.

I'd have prefered a declaration of undying love but there you go, such is life, you can't have everything you want.:oops: And let's face it I was never going to match up to Natasha and I'd prefer the 'third person' in the marriage to be a character from a book rather than a real person. :hahazebs:

Sollywos x
Did you name any of your children after book characters?
 

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My mum always had the attitude that you couldn't be busy if you were reading because you weren't doing anything.
Sounds exactly like my mum! One of my best presents from 'Father Christmas' was a torch which meant I could now read under the covers at bed-time!!! Freedom from her unreasonable rules about lights out! yay!!

She could never understand, as I worked in a library, why I'd rather go to book shops than clothes shops. When she visited me in the marital home she was very sneering at the shelves and shelves of books.
(I have to say dividing up the books was the hardest part of the eventual break up. Of couse we both had our own copy of 'War and Peace' so no problem over that one. :hahazebs:)
 

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Did you name any of your children after book characters?
Not unless you count the Bible. Not because they were biblical you understand, heavens forbid, just because we liked them. Actually my eldest was named after my big teddy bear which come to think of it I'd named after I'd heard the story in Sunday School that featured the name!
 

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When she visited me in the marital home she was very sneering at the shelves and shelves of books.
When visitors to my first marital home noticed it was full of books I'd get 'Look at all his books!' (as if they were the then husband's as I obviously couldn't read) or 'Have you read them all?'
:rolleyes:
 

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Not unless you count the Bible. Not because they were biblical you understand, heavens forbid, just because we liked them. Actually my eldest was named after my big teddy bear which come to think of it I'd named after I'd heard the story in Sunday School that featured the name!
Reminds me of a school friend whose father's family had a tradition of calling one boy of each generation James.
Dunno how they managed this as babies pop out with their own gender agenda but they insisted it worked.

Friend's mother objected and was glad her her first child was a girl so she wasn't pushed to use the name.
She and her husband settled on Jacqueline which, they later discovered, is a female form of James.
The ancestors had spoken. :chuckle:
 

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When visitors to my first marital home noticed it was full of books I'd get 'Look at all his books!' (as if they were the then husband's as I obviously couldn't read) or 'Have you read them all?'
:rolleyes:
Off to get my feminist boots and have a good stomp! Grrrrrr!

'Have you read them all?'

A good stock of unread books is every bit as important as having a good stock of food (and torches and batteries for when the lights go out) as we negotiate these troubled times!
 

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My mum always had the attitude that you couldn't be busy if you were reading because you weren't doing anything.
Mind you, I've a cousin who is even worse. We were at a family event and I was chatting with another cousin about books when we heard her giggling. We asked what was so funny and she said "You read books! You don't have to read, you're not at school anymore."
My mother-in-law was of this opinion. If you had time to sit down and read you were wasting your time as there were other things to be done. In her opinion all fiction is a complete waste of time. Why would you want made up stories as an adult. And this was from one of the most creative and artistic people I’ve met.
 

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Not unless you count the Bible. Not because they were biblical you understand, heavens forbid, just because we liked them. Actually my eldest was named after my big teddy bear which come to think of it I'd named after I'd heard the story in Sunday School that featured the name!
Reminded me of Billy Connolly saying that for years he thought that in heaven there was a bear called "Gladly" with an eye condition because when they when to church they'd sing; "Gladly the cross I'd bear."
 

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Proverbs! Make your bleedin mind up!
Either 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' or 'Many hands make light work'.
Which is it?
 

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Proverbs! Make your bleedin mind up!
Either 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' or 'Many hands make light work'.
Which is it?

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" .... or "out of sight out of mind"?

As for "an eye for an eye'", I can see the logic behind forbidding any punishment that exceeds the severity of the crime.
 
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