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by Gail Allen
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Wrapping up The HPBF 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Wrapping up The HPBF 2018

This was a wonderful event and I've had so much fun with it! Thank you for arranging it!
by Gail Allen
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books
Replies: 23
Views: 234

Re: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books

I think that depends really. If you are meant to do a bookreport, then you choose what goes into it. If you're getting a test on it, you don't. And it's better to read an abridged version than not at all. I'm not saying I think people should read the abridged version if they have the time to read th...
by Gail Allen
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books
Replies: 23
Views: 234

Re: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books

I can also see a sense in reading abridged versions for school by the way. If you're not reading the book for your own pleasure and it's not mandatory that you should read the full version, then by all means, save yourself some time and effort! There's no sense in bogging yourself down with 500 page...
by Gail Allen
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books
Replies: 23
Views: 234

Re: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books

Kathren, I am not saying that I dislike the fact that abridged books exist. Merely the fact that they are sometimes hard to tell apart from the original version. When I was a child I used to read the classics in abridged versions too, or even generally simply "rewritten versions". Particul...
by Gail Allen
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books
Replies: 23
Views: 234

Re: Week 3 - Discussion: Abridged Books

I actually really really dislike abridged books. Mainly the ones with the same cover that are made into ebooks or audiobooks, because I am always so afraid I'll accidentally buy the abridged one. I like my books long and filled with details and I don't want to lose even a tiny bit of them. I do see ...
by Gail Allen
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 2 - Discussion: Do Audio books recreate the Magic of Communal Storytelling?
Replies: 22
Views: 234

Re: Week 2 - Discussion: Do Audio books recreate the Magic of Communal Storytelling?

I don't think audiobooks are boring though. I've actually listened to a LOT of audiobooks in my time and I still do. I just don't believe they recreate communal storytelling. But for me that doesn't mean they are without merit. Certainly not. For instance when I'm driving, or when I'm knitting or do...
by Gail Allen
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 2 - Discussion: Do Audio books recreate the Magic of Communal Storytelling?
Replies: 22
Views: 234

Re: Week 2 - Discussion: Do Audio books recreate the Magic of Communal Storytelling?

I agree with Vanessa on that one: The interaction is entirely missing, which means that it's simply not possible to recreate the magic of communal storytelling. Also, to me, the communal storytelling tends to feel more like it's inside a group that will often hear stories together and so create a co...
by Gail Allen
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Students Lounge
Topic: Weird Food Habits
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Weird Food Habits

I have found out that putting salted butter on honey bread and the likes is not considered to be normal. I have no problem at all with it, but the German side of my family tells me that that is so strange and not at all good. I also eat raspberry jam under chocolate spread. (Which I've been told I a...
by Gail Allen
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday Hannah. R Thomas
Replies: 7
Views: 51

Re: Happy Birthday Hannah. R Thomas

Happy birthday Hannah! I hope you have a wonderful day!
by Gail Allen
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday, Alexander!
Replies: 13
Views: 65

Re: Happy Birthday, Alexander!

Happy Birthday Alexander! I hope you have a great day
by Gail Allen
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Battleship
Topic: We Have a Winner!
Replies: 16
Views: 280

Re: We Have a Winner!

Congratulations everyone! I have had so much fun watching you from task to task and sitting on the edge of my seat, seeing who would get shots this time around and where they would fire them. So thank you to all the participants for making it exciting to organize this and thank you to my fellow orga...
by Gail Allen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Drabble Babble 2017/18 Edition
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Drabble Babble 2017/18 Edition

Only a few more days to get those submissions in!
by Gail Allen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Students Lounge
Topic: Cross Stitch
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Cross Stitch

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This is the most recent pattern I've made.
If anyone wants to make it, it's free to use :)
by Gail Allen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 1 - Discussion: How do you read?
Replies: 33
Views: 418

Re: Week 1 - Discussion: How do you read?

The looking up of references reminded me of something Arianna: When I first started reading English for pleasure rather than just for school, I read mainly fanfic, which meant I'd open it in word, which had the nifty feature of having a 'synonyms' feature. I used that instead of a dictionary, becaus...
by Gail Allen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 1 - Discussion: How do you read?
Replies: 33
Views: 418

Re: Week 1 - Discussion: How do you read?

That was actually me for a long time too Maxim. I somehow couldn't focus on them on the screen. And like you, despite reading fanfic on the screen that was oftentimes at least as long as a regular book. But travelling a lot and often by train has by now managed to win me over to the dark side. And I...
by Gail Allen
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Week 1 - Discussion: How do you read?
Replies: 33
Views: 418

Re: Week 1 - Discussion: How do you read?

I find myself re-reading a lot! That seems to be a common trend here :P I have a truly terrible memory when it comes to stories sadly. I love them to bits but I find it so hard to retain story information - I often re-read things I myself have written some years ago, and I no longer remember at all....
by Gail Allen
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Students Lounge
Topic: How did you meet your best friend?
Replies: 7
Views: 102

How did you meet your best friend?

Harry, Ron and Hermione all met on their way to Hogwarts, not knowing that that would be the start to an incredible friendship that would last throughout their school years and beyond. It's hard to know when first meet people whether these will be our friends or not. Of course sometimes we know, lik...
by Gail Allen
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Students Lounge
Topic: Trends of 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Trends of 2017

What trend(s) from 2017 did you like the best? Or the worst? And did they start in 2017 or just continue on from 2016 or even earlier. And do you think it will continue on in 2018 or maybe even longer? One of the trends I definitely remember from 2017 was fidget spinners. It's died out mostly though...
by Gail Allen
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Battleship
Topic: Task Five: Battles
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Task Five: Battles

Last chance to sink some ships! Task five theme: Battles! Below you will find four tasks that are to be completed. Each task is assigned to a member of your crew. ONLY the person to whom the task is assigned can submit the team's answer for that task, even if the team works together to solve it. If ...
by Gail Allen
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Students Lounge
Topic: Favourite Word?
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: Favourite Word?

Honour. I somehow love the way it sounds. The almost mute H that then still colours the rest of the word's pronounciation and the ou combination that is just so wonderful (This word MUST be spelled/pronounced and in all ways used in British English).

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