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Laura Corin

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  1. On 11/5/2019 at 7:48 AM, Laura Corin said:

    I'm really worried about my brother, the keen tennis player, who also cycles everywhere and has taken up golf - the fittest 61yo I know. He had a heart attack a few months ago, didn't immediately recognise it as such, and ended up in hospital recently.

    He has been diagnosed with an atypical attack caused by an arterial tear. He's on seven medications and starts rehab in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, he's only allowed to walk gently. The whole thing is very scary and depressing for him. I'm posting here for people who understand the psychological aspect of dropping exercise. He has always found walking a bit slow and pointless. Prognosis currently uncertain.

    The senior surgeon has reviewed his latest scans and says that putting in a stent will end up with him eventually being fitter.  So sometime in the next month he'll be back into hospital for that.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Arctic Mama said:



    I cannot comprehend this level of idiocy.  Even Benjamin knows how to scrub and brush 😨

    Honestly, the things that go on during the 'brain pruning' of puberty have to be seen to be believed:

    'Pruning during adolescence is highly specific and can be pronounced, resulting in a loss of close to 50% of the synaptic connections in some regions, but with little decline in others'

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  3. 46 minutes ago, Monica_in_Switzerland said:


    I just recently forced myself to read Liaisons.  I had to read the French with the English version open next to me because it was so difficult!  I didn't like it.  I struggle when I don't find the main characters sympathetic!

    There's no one to love in the book, for sure, just some to admire despite your better judgement, and some to pity.

    Well done on the run!

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  4. 8 minutes ago, IvyInFlorida said:

    Yes I did!!  That's hilarious.  I forgot about the pleasure gardens!

    I did a lot of background reading in 18th century novels (English and French) because I had a place at Cambridge to do a PhD on Les Liaisons Dangereuses. But then I got diverted and never took up the place.  Fun reading though.

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  5. 2 minutes ago, IvyInFlorida said:

    Pamela, ha!  I did my thesis on Pamela (my masters is in 18th c Brit Lit).  It is not a very well known novel in the US outside of academia (or inside it either, these days).

    Did you ever read Evelina?  I had great fun reading it, because some of the sleazy haunts she visits were in the part of Bristol (Clifton and Hotwells) where I grew up.  Those shady 'pleasure gardens'...

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  6. 5 minutes ago, DawnM said:


    That is where I am going to be in trouble.  This district has a 30 day advance (min) resignation policy.  I can't leave for 6 weeks.

    When I left my Post Office job, which had a three month notice period, I had to subcontract my PO  job to my husband in order to start my new job. This was legal but not convenient.

  7. 42 minutes ago, soror said:

    Interesting, it is interesting to see a glimpse into society at the time that is a bit more realistic. it can be easy to romanticize pasta eras. (although to me the clothes are not something I care for)

    What we, as modern readers, miss is a background in the novels of the previous few decades, which are shot through with financial, class-based, sexual and physical coercion. Pamela is an example. Notions of safety are fragile for the individual and also for the country at war.

    Even the weather was out of joint: the year previous to the writing of Sanditon was the year without a summer, when the eruption of an Indonesian volcano caused famine across the world. If people in the novels try to hold onto conventions, it may be to counter their sense of unease. 

    Hijack over!

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  8. 5 minutes ago, OH_Homeschooler said:


    Welcome to job hunting in 2019. Employers are awful to potential employees. They have the upper hand, and they know it.

    Yes and no. We try to give good notice, but the reason for fixed times for interviews is to equalise the interview experience as far as possible. They see the same interview panel on the same day, are asked the same questions and are scored on the criteria made clear in the job ad. We have very good retention of staff.

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  9. 57 minutes ago, wintermom said:

    Interesting. I wonder if tossing in the term "heiress" onto the secondary heroine is a way to keep the story "legitimate" or acceptable. Heaven forbid it was a mixed race women with no money or social standing! Horrors! Maybe I'm just too cynical.  Though I gather it was pretty bold for a woman to be writing and publishing in her own name at all in those days. Extra bold to be writing about non-white people, and certainly not as a heroine in a book.

    The only way that a mixed race person would enter into the social circles that Austen writes about is with money. Without money she would have been a non person in the eyes of 'society', possibly a servant but barely mentioned. That's not cynicism, just the truth of the day. This is Austen's description of Miss Lambe:

    'Mrs. Griffiths was a very well-behaved, genteel kind of Woman, who supported herself by receiving such great girls and young Ladies, as wanted either Masters for finishing their Education, or a home for beginning their Displays. She had several more under her care than the three who were now come to Sanditon, but the others all happened to be absent. Of these three, and indeed of all, Miss Lambe was beyond comparison the most important and precious, as she paid in proportion to her fortune. She was about 17, half Mulatto, chilly and tender, had a maid of her own, was to have the best room in the Lodgings, and was always of the first consequence in every plan of Mrs. Griffiths.'

    Austen was a gentleman's daughter but not wealthy. It is only because one of her brothers was adopted by a wealthy couple that Austen, her sister, her mother and her friend had anywhere to live after her father's death. I think she was quite clear eyed about money.

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  10. 1 minute ago, soror said:

    Laura- I'm sorry you are not feeling well. The book sounds great, I'd love to hear more on that side of the story.

    The original text of Sanditon is just a fragment, but it concerns a somewhat deluded entrepreneur who has a vision to build a coastal fashionable resort. The young heroine is from a farming family. A secondary heroine is mixed race - an heiress from the Caribbean.

    So a departure from the more settled-seeming societies of Austen's other novels. You can see social revolutions in the other ones too though: increased social mixing due to the raising of armies and navies against Napoleon, the influence of the West Indies, the changing backgrounds of the wealthy classes, etc 

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  11. 8 hours ago, Ali in OR said:

    When I was interviewing for Educational Assistant jobs in the school district 18 months ago, the three I interviewed for were all like this. I think it was even an on-line scheduling system--I had to log in and select one of 3 available times within a 2-hour window (20 min interview I think). The interviews were all with a team of about 3 people, all of whom had a script, each had their own questions they were supposed to ask. I was subbing at the time, but only 3.5 hours a day, and I think I was able to fit them all in without missing my sub assignment.

    Yes, the reason for the panel and the script is probably to make the interview as fair as possible.  If there's no script, people who naturally find it easier to chat with the panel (due to background or whatever) might end up having an easier conversation, without the pauses that would lead to a new 'real' question.  We are taught to ask a scripted question, follow up with something appropriate to what has been answered (to probe deeper if necessary), then pass over to the next member of the panel.  The whole panel has to be there for each applicant, so that the scoring is fair across the applicants.  I was trained and put on a panel for the first time recently; I think it was an effective system that brought out the best in the candidates and allowed for good comparison.

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  12. 17 minutes ago, wintermom said:

    Hope you feel better really soon. Had to google Sanditon adaptation. I want to watch it, too! Let us know what you think. It's been a while since I read any Jane Austin. 

    Thank you. It's an adaptation and extension of an unfinished novel, so it's not really Austen. I like how hard-headed it is about the reality of money and marriage in that era. It's there in the other books, but readers often focus on the bonnets.

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  13. Just now, wintermom said:

    Is his mind as active as his body? He may need a mind stimulant so he doesn't lose it sitting still too long. 

    He should be able to work from home when he's taken off complete rest.  That should help a bit.  He likes to learn languages, so that's something he can work on if he wants.  

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  14. 3 minutes ago, wintermom said:

    Maybe he could rent/buy an electric bike so that he could at least still be out there on the road feeling the wind in his hair (or helmet if his hair is sparse)?

    He's not allowed to drive at present - the electric bike idea would be good, but I don't know if he's meant to be 'on the road'.  There's no one else around who could help him to transport a bike to an off-road area.  Maybe there are specialist places where he could hire a bike next to a trail. Thanks.

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