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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:42 pm 
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My daughter will probably be born within the week and my wife snagged this up not even realizing who the author is. Had to get it. :P

Congratulations schvanzbass on your new arrival. (Now boarding at gate C, section A)

Are you and the miss going 'natch with this one or does mom want/need some help? :D

How many kids do you have or want and how many does Ahmet have?

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This will be the 1st, and we're planning on a 2nd later down the road.

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Congratulations to you and the mrs, Schvanzbass!

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My daughter was born this morning and I got to read the book to her :mrgreen: She shares a birthday with Steve Howe, Julian Lennon, and Biz Markie :smoke:

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My daughter was born this morning and I got to read the book to her :mrgreen: She shares a birthday with Steve Howe, Julian Lennon, and Biz Markie :smoke:

Congrats DAD! Now where's the cigars? :mrgreen:

Really I hope you 3 are all in good health till your way past 100 yrs. old! It's a joyous day fer sure! Enjoy her while you can, I hear they grow up fast! :D

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Shogun's on hold, now reading SHELL SHOCKED by Howard Kaylan with Jeff Tamarkin

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My daughter was born this morning and I got to read the book to her :mrgreen: She shares a birthday with Steve Howe, Julian Lennon, and Biz Markie :smoke:

I just got a retweet from Ahmet Zappa. He's written/published a children's book for Halo his daughter. It's called *Because I'm your Dad*. Halo's two years old so I thought you might want to read that book to your daughter when she's two yrs. old. She'll be there before you know it! It looks pretty cool too! :wink:

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Finished the UK history book last week. Am now re-reading my 100 Theme Challenge to see what on earth I was thinking.

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Can recommend any good books (in English or German) on Dutch history, Bonnie? (Bildlungslücke :oops: )

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I'd have to do some research on that, I'm afraid... all the Dutch history I read is in Dutch. Are you looking for a comprehensive Dutch history throughout the ages, or would you like to focus on WWII or the Golden Age?

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I'd have to do some research on that, I'm afraid... all the Dutch history I read is in Dutch. Are you looking for a comprehensive Dutch history throughout the ages, or would you like to focus on WWII or the Golden Age?


Something with a good overview would be nice - an illustrated volume if poss. Thanks!

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Something with a good overview would be nice - an illustrated volume if poss. Thanks!


I use The Dutch Republic, Jonathan I Israel, Oxford UP, 1998
also works as doorstop, window crutch and diving platform

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... window crutch...

I've never heard that term before. I think I will be using that instead of "What do we have that we can jam in here to hold the window open?".

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Something with a good overview would be nice - an illustrated volume if poss. Thanks!


I use The Dutch Republic, Jonathan I Israel, Oxford UP, 1998
also works as doorstop, window crutch and diving platform



Looks interesting - they've got it for 16 quid at Amazon, anyway. I wouldn't mind something on more modern Dutch history as well, though. Israel's tome only appears to go up zo 1806.

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... window crutch...

I've never heard that term before. I think I will be using that instead of "What do we have that we can jam in here to hold the window open?".

That's so much easier. Good call RK, I'll be using that from now on too. "Hand me a window crutch please?"
Yep, much better. :wink: 8)

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True, in 1806 Napoleon I installed his brother Louis Napoleon as king of The Netherlands, effectively ending the Dutch republic. Four years later Louis was made to retire because he didn't stop the trade between the Dutch and the English. He was very popular, even tried to master our silly language.

It's hard to find a comprehensive Dutch history even in Dutch, often the pre-Gold Age city blossoming of the Hanze-cities and Den Bosch is omitted. There's often a major concentration on Amsterdam. When it comes to the Great National Trauma WW2, a massive major work was put out by Loe de Jong that fills up the bookshelves nicely. Can be downloaded for free in Dutch. After WW2 comes the rise and fall of pillarization, it might be another hundred years before people are able to put religion on the side on that one.

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'The Hilliker Curse' - James Ellroy

A long-winded analysis of his failings when it comes to women, centered around the murder of his mother when he was a kid. Some overlap with 'My Dark Places'.

Then I've got a couple more Brandstetter novels by Joseph Hansen about a queer private eye. Probably groundbreaking as the series was written over a couple of decades when the stereotypical detective was almost certainly not a homosexual.


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One of my favorite JC novels. Great read. imo Your shootin' red head avatar might come in use full against that green eyed Scottish devil. Should you not side with the Tia-Pan that is. :lol:

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