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Re: Great Bores of our time?

Subject: Re: Great Bores of our time?
From: Ben Maxted
Date: Dec 27 2015 16:40:39
there is always something to learn wherever one may be from Bill!
Happy New Year to one and all.

On Sun, Dec 27, 2015 at 2:31 PM, <> wrote:

Apologies for pinching that header from Private Eye (or is it Punch?) but
an additional bit of advice for our Manx newcomer is that arguably we can
be a bit boring. Our shared field of interest might not be boring to us but
I am aware that some of our partners may from time to time, at social
gatherings and the like, ban us from talking about trees. Or work. They
just don't understand do they? This also means that we don't necessarily
find other potential-bores as even slightly boring but worthy of engaging
in conversation.....

This brings me to the thing to which I wanted to alert everybody; I've
been reading a book entitled "Norwegian Wood. Chopping, stacking, and
drying wood the Scandinavian way." by a Norwegian guy called Lars Mytting.
Obviously this is a fantastically interesting read and not boring in the
slightest. It contains some very interesting figures about firewood
consumption and lots of other stuff as well. (Although I think his
paragraphs on chain saw chains has got confused in the translation....)

I thought this title had been hawked around quite widely in the media, I
think I heard the author being interviewed on Radio 2 by some DJ pratt, (so
I apologise if I'm preaching to the converted) but I was equally surprised
to gift a copy to a fellow Arb, who'd never heard of it. (Mind you he'd
been preoccupied with life-matters so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised.)

Anyway it justifies some space on the bookshelf in my opinion. And makes
me wish I'd been born in Scandinavia!

All the best,


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