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What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?

Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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Thanks for the review, LH! I was never a huge fan of the turntable, except in that one moment that you mentioned. So I’ll probably miss it there too, but won’t mind for the rest of it.

Spoiler for those who don’t know the show I’ve always been disappointed by Javert’s death scene…when I used to first listen to the CD, I always imagined that he would jump from the bridge and fall through a trap door. So when I first saw it and saw him just sort of hop from the bridge and roll around on the turntable, it seemed almost comical. I’ve seen it four or five times and never gotten used to it. Now, I’ve only seen it in Providence and Boston, so I don’t know if that staging has been because it was a touring production, but it’s always been underwhelming. I’ve especially intrigued by what they’ve done with that scene in this new production because Laura has raved about it.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 18, 2011, 09:45 PM report to moderator
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You are right JEN. I’m not sure what they did this time but he definitely didn’t roll around on the floor. It looked like he fell. Even as I was watching it I couldn’t tell why it looked so spectacular and real but it did. I think it had to do with the scrim upstage and the movement on it that enhanced the notion that he was falling through space as the bridge pieces flew into the air.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 18, 2011, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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LH I’m so glad the production was such a wonderful experience. I wonder if we’ll get it here? I’ll have to check our schedule but I do seem to recall seeing Les Mis on the list. I saw it once in LA in my late teens/early twenties and loved it, but I am not all that familiar with the music, nor do I remember it very well. I’d love to see it again, especially after such a glowing review of this production.

Slight Spoilers The girls and I went to see Contagion this evening and are just back from that. It is NOT a feel good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn’t as scary-scary as I was worried it would be. I mean, the storyline is HORRIFYING, and altogether too close to what could easily become a reality in this world for comfort, but I was afraid it was going to be very bloody and horror-movie-type scary. Since it wasn’t I was able to just focus on the film.

The performances were excellent. The story itself was, as I said, horrifying and horrifyingly realistic, but I did feel they left a few too many loose ends untied at the end. Not in a “we’re preparing for part 2” kind of way, more that they just never returned to certain subplots. They did refrain from the falsely cheery, typical Hollywood “everything’s fine now, YAY” ending, so while it wasn’t exactly an uplifting way to leave the theater, it also didn’t leave us with the sugar-coated, too-good-to-be-true cheesiness of some in the past. It was also rather wonderful in one particular way, in that there was not the usual “government agent secretly acting as a bad guy, promoting and/or causing the outbreak in the first place” sort of overdone tripe. Its very humanness is part of what made it so gripping and realistic. Aside from the fact that it was entertaining and had great performances, it could almost have been a documentary of real events, if (when?) we’re ever unfortunate enough to go through a true massive pandemic.

So, not a movie I ever want to see again, LOL, since it was too depressing and realistic (which I think will probably hurt it at the box office because I can’t imagine a lot of people will want to see it more than once; I’m sure it’ll still do well, but it’s not going to break any records), but it was still a very good movie. If it had a major flaw, I would say it was the soundtrack. I absolutely detested the music through most of it, but at least it was subtle enough that I could tune it out most of the time.

End Spoilers

Now we’re all settled in and getting ready for bed and I’m getting back to work. Tomorrow Castle is back on TV! YAYAYAYAY!! We’re all arranging our schedules and making sure homework and chores are handled ASAP so we can sit and relax and enjoy it.

See you all tomorrow! :)

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on September 18, 2011, 11:17 PM report to moderator
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EMMY SPOILER

Woo hoo to Downton Abbey for 5 Emmy wins, including one for Dame Maggie Smith for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie!! Unfortunately, she wasn’t there at the ceremony; I would have loved to see/hear from her. :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 18, 2011, 11:23 PM report to moderator
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Yawn! I think I slept through the whole weedend.
I needed that..

Posted by ironsos on September 19, 2011, 01:16 AM report to moderator
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Ironsos I wish I could! ;)

The hound fell in the hall this morning. And on the deck and on the steps, both down and up. I am afraid he is getting weak and feeble. He will be 12 next month. I will call the vet this morning to have him seen. If he is nearing the end, I hope it is quick and painless. :|

Posted by Deanie on September 19, 2011, 09:23 AM report to moderator
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DEANIE, I’m so sorry to hear you are having anxiety on the part of your furry child. I dread that. When it happens it will be the first time as the “head of household” type situation. I will be one of the people having to make the decision.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 19, 2011, 09:35 AM report to moderator
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Deanie I am sorry to hear that your faithful friend is nearing the end of his journey. The one thing in this life that we can control is how our pets experience their final days. Sending good vibes to help you through. {{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}

Posted by Graymayne on September 19, 2011, 10:56 AM report to moderator
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I’ve spent my morning going through my linen closet. One shelf of the closet is also my “craft” closet (interpretation: the place where I keep all the stuff I might be able to use on a Halloween costume). I found an old fabric tote bag from an old set of luggage with a large compartment and three smaller, flatter pockets. I was able to go through three other craft bags and fit everything into the tote bag and fit it back on the shelf.

I took a pile of unused comforters off a stack on the floor and disposed of them. We don’t use them because they have a tendency to tear whenever they are used but they had some sentimental value but not enough to make them worth the space they were taking up.

I determined many of the sheets I had kept for emergencies had never yet been used in an emergency and could go. I have a couple of sets of perfectly good, but not top choice sheets for emergency purposes. I did keep one white one to be used as a drop cloth I can spread on the carpet for when I am doing a craft project and want to spead out and work on the floor. I also found five pillows on the top shelf that have never come down off the shelf once they were stuffed there. So, they are gone as well. They were all old down pillows and we use the high tech molded foam ones now.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 19, 2011, 01:25 PM report to moderator
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Whoa… another earthquake here just now… a lot smaller than the last one, but I sure felt the house rocking again!

Posted by Won_Two on September 19, 2011, 02:07 PM report to moderator
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JEN, I’ve done some reading about this production of LES MIS. There is a theory running around that some of the editing, rescoring, and deletion of the turntable in favor of a more conventional set may be in order to streamline the production to make it more accessible and easier for community theatres to attempt. There has been an attempt to get rid of some of the more difficult technical challenges that might make production of the show on a basic stage prohibitive.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 19, 2011, 02:14 PM report to moderator
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WON, that is getting scary. There was a big one in Nepal this morning.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 19, 2011, 02:52 PM report to moderator
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About an hour and a half to hometime. ;)

Tomorrow my PH will be back! Can’t you tell that I am just thrilled by the prospect? ;)

Windows 7 makes it soooooooo easy to change my password! Now if I think my PH has been hoovering while I typed it in, I can change it as soon as she leaves my desk! A modicum of privacy will be preserved!! ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 19, 2011, 04:15 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

We had a busy weekend. It was my town’s Carnival on Saturday. It’s nothing special, just a local event, but it is nice to see so many of the local organisations entering floats. Most of the schools do, as well as some of the playgroups, and the Scouts, Guides, and dancing schools. (Though not my daughter’s for some reason.) And it’s really well supported. there are thousands of residents lining the streets, it’s good to see, a real community thing. I love the marching bands.
Then it was on to a travelling fair that comes every year for Carnival. DS and daughter went on a couple of scary rides, while me and sensible son stayed firmly on the ground, lol!

Son had a golf comp yesterday, and it POURED. The course was actually flooding, the ground couldn’t absorb all the water. As soon as son finished, the sun came out, so the people following had a huge advantage over him, but he still came 5th. DS got him home asap, and we got him into a warm bath and dry clothes. Golfers are mad.

Lady Hawke, I’m glad you enjoyed Les Mis. I enjoy watching school productions, and finding the child who has that spark of talent, in the same way you noted the trained actors in your production. The girl who played Miss Hannigan in my daughter’s school production of Annie was very natural on stage. (She was, incidentally, one of the Carnival Princesses!)

Deanie, that is sad news indeed. xx Please give the hound a loving stroke from me, and hugs for you and Mr Deanie. I hope the vet doesn’t give you the worst news.

Lady Hawke, I have a severe lack of storage space in my house. Under the bed and on top of my wardrobe are the places that I really need to be sorting out. Thay are beginning to bug me. Well done for being ruthless!

Posted by asti on September 19, 2011, 04:34 PM report to moderator
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hello everyone

graymayne I absolutely loved this series of Torchwood. My brother downloaded it for me as I missed most of it while I was away. I ended up sitting up till 4 in the morning so I could finish watching it.

BTW has anyone seen the new series of True Blood – my brother downloaded it for me as it doesnt come out in the UK till later this year. Normally I really enjoy it but I thought this series was a bit stupid. All the reviews I’ve read online have been really positive – but there where a few moments when I laughed out loud and not in a good way. I’m wondering whether it might get better after a 2nd viewing.

Jen i once made my friend scream really loudly in a dark lecture theatre. Our lecturer turned out the lights to show a video and I did a fake yawn and pretended to put my arm round my friend. Unfortunately she missed the fake yawn and all she felt was my arm clasp around her in the dark – she screamed so loudly that the lecturer instantly flicked the lights back on . . . I got such a telling off from my lecturer . . . apparantly mature students (I was 25) are not supposed to behave like school children hahahaha . .. unfortunately I havent learnt my lesson because i still do the sam thing to my colleagues . . .most of the boys try to sit a couple of seats away from me when we have a team meeting

deanie so sorry to hear about your dog . . . its such sad news . . give him a hug from me.

ooooh – lemon that sounds like an interesting film. I think it sounds depressingly delightful enough to entertain me . . .

ok I had better go it looks like i’m going to have to pull an allnighter to get some work done .. luckily I’m at my brothers house and he has downloaded every episode of The Big Bang Theory for me so I can watch TV to compensate for having to work. . . .

BB tommorow

Posted by Wolfie on September 19, 2011, 05:44 PM report to moderator
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oooh and asti congrats to your son thats a pretty impressive acheivement . . .

Posted by Wolfie on September 19, 2011, 05:47 PM report to moderator
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Deanie: sorry to hear about the pooch.

Asti: Being able to finish that high under those conditions speaks highly of your
son’s ability. Well done.

Wolfie: I am a HUGE fan of “True Blood”. I agree that this years episodes are a little lacking as opossed
to the previous 3 years but not by much. There has always been “what the?” comedy but this year
they seemed to go for “camp” instead of comedy. The shows are alway better when resceen in
my opinion.

Posted by ironsos on September 19, 2011, 06:20 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, congratulations to your son for persevering against all odds. It seems unfair to have anyone out on the course until it is fit for man and beast.

WOLFIE HAS POSTED!!!!! WOOO!!!! HOOOO!!!!!

ASTI, this probably sounds silly but I never thought about British prep schools having marchng bands. I thought that was a province of the American highschool. and university. Do your 22 years old and under schools have marching bands accompanied by baton twirlers, majorettes, rifle and flag teams? Do they march in choreographed formations, forming the school initials, starbursts, mascots, etc.? Do they play traditional marching music or do they play popular selections scored for a band?

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 19, 2011, 06:46 PM report to moderator
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WOLFIE!!! how lovely to see you!!!
Now, where the heck is LEW?

Posted by Won_Two on September 19, 2011, 07:00 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I have a feeling you mean a marching band similar to those at the Changing of the Guard.

Here is an example of what I meant. This is my DS’s university band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge7Kyc2JYE4&NR=1

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 19, 2011, 08:25 PM report to moderator
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Generally, marching bands have POM squads (pom pom girls) and this is the POM squad from my university. The POM squads perform with the bands or give their own performances.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw4Le0ALaQc

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 19, 2011, 08:31 PM report to moderator
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DEANIE, what was the verdict at the vet?

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 20, 2011, 10:57 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, Graymayne, Asti, Wolfie and Ironsos Thank you for your thoughts on the hound. We don’t know yet. We left him for x-rays and further examination.

They have to put him under anesthesia for the x-rays and at his age, that could finish him. I hope not. The vet thinks he has hip displasia (sp?) and arthritis in the spine. So they will call me after the x-rays. Cross fingers that it is something treatable. ;)

I am willing to park outside if he needs a ramp, since the door opens into the garage on the side where I park. ;)

Bbl. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 20, 2011, 12:07 PM report to moderator
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Deanie, sorry to hear about your doggie… Hope he can be helped!

Posted by Won_Two on September 20, 2011, 01:02 PM report to moderator
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The vet called the DS. Hound has a bit of hip displasia (sp?) and arthritis, but the major thing is that he has a disk at L3 (in the lumbar area) that is not right. Pills and rest should help that. I hope we don’t have to physically carry him outside. ;)

Thank you all for your good thoughts. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 20, 2011, 02:49 PM report to moderator
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deanie good news about the dog – at least you can fix him with some pills. I sat on my brothers cat today and now its doing its best to avoid me . . . . hopefully its learnt its lesson and won’t try and sneak into my seat when I get up to take a phone call.

won I think you’ll find that laura is at the castle posting mean comments about me . . . can you try not to encourage her to come back over here its nice and quiet at the moment and everyone is being so nice and pleasant. You know she’ll just spoil it for everyone :-)

ironsos normally I like the comedy in True blood – but this season there have been a few moments where I’ve thought things have been a bit too stupid. Although I did watch it in 2 parts because I had a 5 week break while I was travelling . . . I think I might have to try and watch it again and give it another go . . . . and I have no objection to watching Alexander Skargard for a second time hahahaah

Hellooooooo LH

Posted by Wolfie on September 20, 2011, 03:32 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, the marching bands at the Carnival arn’t anything to do with schools. I don’t know of any schools or uni’s that have marching bands. These are just groups of musicians who spend the summer performing at all the carnivals in the region, and other similar events.
They are much smaller than your DS’s uni band, (my goodness, that was quite a stunning performance!) and don’t have the majorettes or baton twirlers, it’s just musicians.
There are groups of majorettes who also tour the carnivals to perform, but they are seperate to the bands.

Deanie, I’m very glad the vet is able to help. I hope the hound feels a lot better soon.

Wolfie, it’s good to have you back!

Posted by asti on September 20, 2011, 04:00 PM report to moderator
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hello asti nice to see you too :-) Despite all my best intentions when I came back from my trip about not working any more crazy hours It looks like I’m going to working till late again tonight so I will be popping in and out for a couple of hours.

Posted by Wolfie on September 20, 2011, 04:03 PM report to moderator
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Wolfie, you work far too hard. I hope you can finish up soon.

Lady Hawke, did you finish Delirium?

Posted by asti on September 20, 2011, 04:38 PM report to moderator
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Wolfie: I agree with you assesment of the comedy on true blood. Some of it was pretty stupid.

Posted by ironsos on September 20, 2011, 04:48 PM report to moderator
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