Phoenix's Future Plans

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by stevezodiac » 25 Jan 2019, 10:08

I get all my CDs from the flea market and charity shops. Recent purchases include:

Readers digest sounds of the fifties 1959 triple cd for £1
Journey Greatest Hits £1
Ramones anthology double CD £2
Sisters of Mercy Original albums series 5 cd set £3
Love Supreme the best of The Supremes double CD £1
Stop the Clocks best of Oasis double CD £1
The very best of Roy Orbison £1
The Beatles live at the BBC vol. 2 double CD £1 or £2 can't remember
The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies £1
Marc Bolan Acoustic Warrior 99p
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons best of double CD £1

I'm off to Deptford flea market later so maybe some additions.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 25 Jan 2019, 11:14

stevezodiac wrote:I get all my CDs from the flea market and charity shops.
Well, there's nothing wrong with that, although if your purchases had been LPs you would have been running the risk of some scratchiness that would spoil the listening experience. I have far more LPs than CDs, but I still have to take my record player for a repair that they quoted £90 for, to the specialists on an Industrial Estate near Crowlas, on the road to Penzance. I did buy a couple of books yesterday from a charity shop while I was in Penzance, a Wordsworth Editions' copy of The Pickwick Papers, which has over 700 pages of text, for £1, and a hardback in near mint condition called The Outsider by Jonathan Wilson for £1.50. Obviously not the Albert Camus novel, as this one has the subtitle A Study Of Goalkeepers. I'll certainly read the latter, but I'm not too sure about the Dickens. In my late parents' house in Lancaster, there were two complete sets of the works of Dickens. I took both back to my house after my brother died, but the prospect of reading all that small print was so off-putting that I gave the lot to a local charity shop. The smiling, rotund gentleman on the front cover and the spine of my new addition might just persuade me to dip my toe into it.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by stevezodiac » 26 Jan 2019, 15:38

I did buy a vinyl LP last week for £1, Teen Beat by Sandy Nelson. Record had no scratches.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 26 Jan 2019, 21:33

What a great victory for Millwall this afternoon, Steve!!!!! There'll be dancing in the streets of Lewisham tonight. Go and join in.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 27 Jan 2019, 14:41

As of now (Sunday 27 January 2019 : 1.40pm by my watch) I will no longer be posting comments either here or on the 'Girls' Comics Of Yesterday' site until I have finished writing 'Bunty And Her Sisters', which I am now more or less ready to start. I have been allowing myself to be sidetracked, mainly answering perfectly legitimate queries, or clarifying something or other. It has to stop. I just don't have the time any longer.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by comixminx » 27 Jan 2019, 23:33

Phoenix wrote:Right, well here I am, as promised, on the Phoenix's Future Plans thread. I will admit that it does seem to be the most appropriate thread both for my general comments and my more pertinent ones. So now you can all make up your mind in advance whether you are going to read them or not.

I've had a busy day today. Rather than drive into Penzance, I got the bus because I have a pass that allows me free travel on any service bus. Saves on petrol. I needed to go to my bank, and to W. H. Smiths, and the nearest ones are there. Presumably there are branches of both in Camborne, and no doubt also in Redruth, but although I know full well that there are branches of both in Truro, if I were to go there and back by bus, I would be able to read half a novel in each direction. The train, if I remember correctly, only takes about forty minutes each way, and I do have a rail pass as well, that cost me £30 for the year. I don't really know why I don't use it.

I was back in time to drive to the Costa Coffee in St. Ives to meet Lois after school. She arrived on her own today because Faye's mother had picked her up from the school, and heaven knows where Sienna was. We stayed there chatting over my coffee and her hot chocolate for half an hour or more. She was telling me that she doesn't have much money apart from birthdays and Christmas, and she asked me if I would pay her if she came down and cleaned my house once a week!!! I would sooner just pay her pocket money. I'm due to go out with Russ to the Copperhouse tomorrow evening for a couple of jars, and of course we'll have the children with us because Rach will be working, so I'll ask him if he will let me pay them both some pocket money each week. Alex took quite a bit of his birthday dosh with him when we went to Home Bargains in Hayle this evening, and ended up buying a speaker for his bedroom. Lois fancied a kind of tray of eye make-up, which wasn't much more than a fiver, so I bought that for her. When all is said and done, I don't spend much on myself anyway because apart from the odd impulse purchase, I've already got everything I want. Examples of impulse purchases today are a CD called First Steps by Steeleye Span for a fiver, and a compilation CD for £4 called Sounds Like Nashville featuring songs by the likes of Glen Campbell, Bobbie Gentry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, Roseanne Cash, Patsy Cline and many more artists.
Well, it's kind of you to offer to give your grandchildren pocket money - but do their parents not already do that? Apologies if I'm being dumb or insensitive to anything, of course. If they don't already get pocket money then yes, it is great to give them a chance to spend their money in their own way without having to beg for it, but if they already get some then I would have thought two lots would be over-the-top.
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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 28 Jan 2019, 01:26

comixminx wrote:Well, it's kind of you to offer to give your grandchildren pocket money - but do their parents not already do that?
No, Jenni, they don't, and to be fair, the children don't ask them for any. Of course, if they go swimming or roller skating, they will be given their entrance fee and some money for a meal there afterwards. Russ and Rach have not objected, partly because they know that, rather than coming down for long weekends four times a year, I have become a permanently active part of their lives since I bought a house outright here last June, and partly because I can be free every day to look after the children, or pick them up from school. or whatever. They both work because they still have a mortgage to pay off. I spend quite a lot of time in their house, and the children come down to mine whenever they feel like it. They both asked when they could have a sleepover, so I pointed out that I would have to move boxes and boxes, and piles and piles of yet-to-be-boxed story papers in year batches before there would be enough room. I know they will ask again before next Friday so I'd better start moving stuff up into the attic, which should not be too demanding a task as there is a loft ladder.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by stevezodiac » 28 Jan 2019, 10:22

A loft ladder? Well I thincerely hope it turns up thoon ☺️

Anyone going past Derek's house will see a hunched silhouette in an upstairs window accompanied by the frantic sound of typewriter keys.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 28 Jan 2019, 11:21

stevezodiac wrote:A loft ladder? Well I thincerely hope it turns up thoon
Something malign must have affected my brain overnight, Steve, as I don't understand your comment.
stevezodiac wrote:Anyone going past Derek's house will see a hunched silhouette in an upstairs window accompanied by the frantic sound of typewriter keys.
Nor the relevance of this one. Are you still celebrating Millwall's F.A. Cup victory over Everton, and drinking the local hostelries dry? You are, aren't you?

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by stevezodiac » 28 Jan 2019, 11:30

First point, a lisp.

Second point just a visual representation of you hard at work on your book.

I have an eccentric sense of humour due to growing up listening to Spike Milligan.

No I don't drink in excess just one can of bitter per afternoon.

Listening to Jim White slagging off Millwall on talksport. Suggestion of changing name of club or kicking them out of the fa cup.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 28 Jan 2019, 13:40

stevezodiac wrote:First point, a lisp.
I got that, Steve. What I didn't, and still don't, understand is what the point of the lisp is. Furthermore, if you were simply replacing the sibilant with a lisp, why did you not also apply it to the 'c' in 'sincerely'?

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by stevezodiac » 28 Jan 2019, 20:56

An oversight.

I came across a girl's story annual on Saturday. It must have been 1920s as someone had used a 1920s Shredded Wheat card/calendar as a bookmark. It was a pound but I didn't buy it because the spine cover was missing. I seem to remember you saying once you had been reading these type of books to search for influences on girl's comic stories.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 28 Jan 2019, 23:07

stevezodiac wrote:I seem to remember you saying once you had been reading these type of books to search for influences on girl's comic stories.
Well there's nothing wrong with your memory, Steve. That process has been thorough but is still ongoing. Over the last couple of years I have acquired around 450 novels for girls, many of which I have already read, in order to feel confident that I am speaking with authority on fiction for girls through the ages, which will inform the Introduction to BUNTY AND HER SISTERS.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 30 Jan 2019, 15:24

Since my post on Sunday 27 January 2019 at 1.41 p.m., in which I stated that I would not be posting again on either ComicsUK or Girls' Comics Of Yesterday, I have responded to four (4) posts on this site. I need to apologize, and it will not happen again. I am taking a minimum of six months relaxation time out, but the way I feel at the moment, it will probably end up being a year at least.

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Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

Post by Phoenix » 23 Feb 2019, 17:22

In an attempt to determine which serials in SPELLBOUND will actually make the final cut where my next book is concerned, I was working my way steadily and methodically through my complete collection this morning when Rach rang and asked me if I could take Lois to her ballet class in Lelant at 11.15 (she would pick her up), and then take Alex and his friend Alexander, who had a sleepover there last night, swimming in the heated pool in the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St. Ives. Curiously we didn't have to pay today. I wondered whether the guy on the desk had thought we were residents. I mentioned this to him while the boys were getting showered and dressed ready to go home. He didn't seem all that bothered, and we had a pleasant chat until the boys emerged from the changing room complaining that they were hungry. They settled on a Mars bar each from a machine there. I should get a lot more time for the task from next Monday as the children will be back in school. My car and I have facilitated FOUR sleepovers this week, Lois at Faye's, Faye at Lois's, Alex at Alexander's, and Alexander at Alex's. Last night Russ and I took the four of them out to The Bluff, a pub high up on the moors above Hayle. They had a lot of fun, inside due to its being dark, but it is obviously a lot more pleasant outside in the summer.

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