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  1. SubscriberFMF
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    10 Oct '17 05:50
    There are no flies on Bill Bryson.

    Agreed?
  2. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    10 Oct '17 07:57
    Originally posted by @fmf
    There are no flies on Bill Bryson.

    Agreed?
    That has gone clear over my head (not just the flies).
    Even Prof. Google could not help me.

    I therefore agree (the default position to avoid looking stupid).
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    10 Oct '17 08:05
    Originally posted by @wolfgang59
    That has gone clear over my head (not just the flies).
    Even Prof. Google could not help me.

    I therefore agree (the default position to avoid looking stupid).
    “I had gone no more than a dozen feet when I was joined by a fly- smaller and blacker than a housefly. It buzzed around in front of my face and tried to settle on my upper lip. I swatted it away, but it returned at once, always to the same spot. A moment later it was joined by another that wished to go up my nose. It also would not go away. Within a minute or so I had perhaps twenty of these active spots all around my head and I was swiftly sinking into the state of abject wretchedness that come with a prolonged encounter with an Australian fly."
    Bill Bryson

    However I have no further understanding of the point of this thread.
  4. SubscriberFMF
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    10 Oct '17 08:171 edit
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    OP REDUX

    Bill Bryson is particularly alert, clever, or energetic in his writing.

    Agreed?
  5. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    10 Oct '17 09:10
    Originally posted by @divegeester
    “I had gone no more than a dozen feet when I was joined by a fly- smaller and blacker than a housefly. It buzzed around in front of my face and tried to settle on my upper lip. I swatted it away, but it returned at once, always to the same spot. A moment later it was joined by another that wished to go up my nose. It also would not go away. Within a ...[text shortened]... n fly."
    Bill Bryson

    However I have no further understanding of the point of this thread.
    Another reason to come to NZ rather than Oz!
    The NZ flies (like the birds) have not evolved to deal with mammals and
    are certainly the slowest and most easily swattable I've encountered.
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    10 Oct '17 09:21
    Originally posted by @fmf
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    [b]OP REDUX


    Bill Bryson is particularly alert, clever, or energetic in his writing.

    Agreed?[/b]
    I have only read one of his books some time back and was not particularly impressed. But I know that he has a lot of fans.
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    10 Oct '17 09:28
    Originally posted by @fmf
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    Bill Bryson is particularly alert, clever, or energetic in his writing.

    Agreed?[/b]
    Agreed, agreed and agreed.
    But I'm wondering if you've been in the sun a tad too long, old chap.
    Perhaps a short winter break in the UK might be most efficacious.
  8. SubscriberFMF
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    10 Oct '17 11:57
    Originally posted by @ponderable
    I have only read one of his books some time back and was not particularly impressed.
    Some would say it's a matter of quantity of books rather than quality.
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    10 Oct '17 12:55
    Originally posted by @fmf
    Some would say it's a matter of quantity of books rather than quality.
    I was very amused reading 'A Short History of Nearly Everything', but slightly disappointed reading a next book by him.
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    10 Oct '17 14:49
    Originally posted by @ponderable
    I have only read one of his books some time back and was not particularly impressed. But I know that he has a lot of fans.
    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    excellent and informative
    a very good read
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    10 Oct '17 20:59
    Originally posted by @wolfgang59
    Another reason to come to NZ rather than Oz!
    The NZ flies (like the birds) have not evolved to deal with mammals and
    are certainly the slowest and most easily swattable I've encountered.
    NZ visitation come up in conversation tonight, albeit briefly.
  12. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    13 Oct '17 05:37
    Originally posted by @divegeester
    NZ visitation come up in conversation tonight, albeit briefly.
    North or South?
    North for the weather.
    South for everything else.
  13. Standard memberrbmorris
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    01 Nov '17 19:24
    Also recommended (in no particular order):
    "One Summer: America, 1927"
    "Notes From a Small Island"
    "At Home: A Short History of Private Life"
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    01 Nov '17 19:37
    Originally posted by @rbmorris
    Also recommended (in no particular order):
    "One Summer: America, 1927"
    "Notes From a Small Island"
    "At Home: A Short History of Private Life"
    Don't forget

    "The Life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid"
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    01 Nov '17 21:05
    Originally posted by @rbmorris
    Also recommended (in no particular order):
    "One Summer: America, 1927"
    "Notes From a Small Island"
    "At Home: A Short History of Private Life"
    Welcome back!
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