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  2. Happy Thanksgiving Readers. Please note that there will be no Readers' Corner Meeting on the 25th of November, too many of our regulars involved in holiday related family affairs over the long weekend to have a quorum. Please join us for our next Readers' Corner discussion at 8:30 PM (EST) on December 2nd --1:30 AM (GMT) December 3rd for those in other time zones -- for a discussion of "Trouble: The Changeling and the Phooka" by Dave Freer. The story is a work of historical fiction from the the time period immediately following the Irish Rebellion of 1798. War between the Irish and what they consider the English invaders date from King Henry II's invasion in support of his Norman relatives who had appropriated much of taken control of much of the country in the early 12th century. The Rebellion of 1798, inspired to some extent by the success of the American and French Revolutions, ended for all practical purposes in the fall of that year with the English enjoying three crushing victories. Minor guerilla groups continued the fight for several years thereafter. Edmund the protagonist, son of an Irish baronet executed for his role in the rebellion or possibly a changeling with royal fey blood, must covertly travel across English occupied territory to meet with other surviving rebels. He is aided in his travels by the ancient spirits inhabiting Ireland, the phooka being an Irish equivalent of the Norse Loki. The story has ample humor and, while including a few rather fantastic situations, makes for an entertaining and interesting read. The story is available from the Baen Books website in the free reads section. It can be read online or downloaded in various e- book formats from http://www.baen.com/readonline/index/read/sku/9781625794987 (from the free stories 2016 index page select chapter 4 on the link matrix in the left frame, or alternately click next and from the index click on the story by name) Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Again enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday as will I. I hope to see you all on December 2nd for what I believe will be a lively and entertaining discussion.
  3. Nan's family animals

    She is really quite the Little Lady
  4. Nan's family animals

    What a pretty little dog. Nice hair cut
  5. Nan's family animals

    I realised I forgot to add a pic of Bonbon since she's moved in with us .. this is what she looks like now, after a haircut
  6. Current Desktop

    I am not 100% sure, but I believe this is the USS Lincoln. It's home port is Norfolk. Not sure where it is right now.
  7. Current Desktop

    That's an impressive ship. I would not want see that offshore unless it was my friend.
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  10. Texan X-mas lights ?

    LOL, no lights for me, I never decorate for any holiday.
  11. Texan X-mas lights ?

    They look like the strings of firecrackers that we used to light outside all the houses on Chinese New Year when we lived in New Guinea. The Dragon dancers would visit all the Chinese homes in town and when they arrived the strings of crackers would be lit .. with the sound of the drums and the crackers and it was pretty loud and heaps of fun
  12. Texan X-mas lights ?

    LOL, that's great. How many strings of lights did you order, Stormy!
  13. Texan X-mas lights ?

    LOL
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on November 18th, 2017 [0130 A.M. (GMT), November 19th], for a discussion of "The Anatomy of Todd Melkin" by Catherine Malcynsky. A half century or more ago, when many of us were still in school, we may have been exposed to Edwin Arlington Robinson's poem, Miniver Cheevy. "Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn, grew lean as he assailed the seasons", and it would seem from this weeks story suffered from a similar ailment, and fate. The tale is an interesting work from a young aurhor just recently graduated from Boston College. It was published in the most recent edition of Carve Magazine, the source of many of our best stories. I hope you like it. The story is available at: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2017-fall-malcynsky Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all. This will probably be our last meeting of the month, I don't anticipate a meeting on Thanksgiving weekend.
  15. Texan X-mas lights ?

    Got this pic from a friend of me from Texas .
  16. Who is the boss ?

    Heh
  17. Who is the boss ?

    I bet the steak loses
  18. No reason!

    I think we are clearly too dangerous for anyone to want to visit lol
  19. No reason!

    LOL Koach hacked McAFEE
  20. No reason!

    Well, do I?
  21. Who is the boss ?

    looks like a good way to amputate your trigger finger on recoil
  22. Who is the boss ?

    Showing that steak who's the boss
  23. Brunch

    Smiley the frothy drink was an iced chocolate
  24. U remember this day ?

    But you needed a 486 to run it
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