Monday, July 07, 2008

BBC Big Read

1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling (tried but didn't like it)
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (tried but it was terribly slow...thanks Trevor!)
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Thursday, April 24, 2008

American Idol: Why would they kick out the only interesting performer?

So...looks like there is another person for the Supergroup I wanna start. Dilana, Jordis and now Carly Smithson!

American suck!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Free Blanket Man

I will be starting civil disobedience actions until they free Blanket Man! Who's with me??

Free Blanket Man!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Spelling Hallowe'en

I asked the webmaster of a great Canadian dictionary site how to spell Halloween/Hallowe'en and whether one was more Canadian. This was his response:

From: Dave VE7CNV
Date: Oct 27, 2007 4:40 AM
Subject: Re: Spelling Hallowe'en
To: Brian Double


Thanks for visiting my web site, for telling me how you found it,
and for telling me your location.
I seem to remember spelling it as Hallowe'en too. I found,
however, that Halloween is used in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. and
Hallowe'en is a variant also used in all three countries. The ratio
of Halloween to Hallowe'en use is about 11:1 in Canada, 1432:1 in the
U.S., and 39:1 in the U.K. Therefore, neither spelling is more
Canadian than the other.
As the eve of All Saints' Day, the original was All Hallow Even
(where Even meant evening). The contraction, Hallowe'en, uses an
apostrophe in place of the letter, v, just as with o'er/over, for
example. A further contraction removes the apostrophe to form
Have a happy one, whichever way you end up spelling it.

Dave (VE7CNV)

My site:
"Time, where did you go? Why did you leave me here alone?"
- Chantal Kreviazuk's "Time"

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


"I think that there should be laws that allow people to vote at puberty, and you should certainly take voting away at menopause. No one over the age of 50 should be allowed to vote. Why should they bother? The reason they vote is because they have no trust in kids, no trust in the seed bearers. If they really trusted the process, they would gladly give up the right to vote." - Timothy Leary, Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

This is awesome!

My Date with Tom Green

I remember hearing about these guys when they duct taped themselves to the post....its great to see how it worked out.