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by Gail Allen
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Music Talk
Topic: Round and Round
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: Round and Round

Yes! That happens to me too. And it's absolutely horrible. With me it's very often snippets of Christmas songs that get stuck when we're talking about songs getting stuck that I didn't even like to begin with - because let's face it, when I get a song stuck on my brain chances are I won't like it af...
by Gail Allen
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday, Arielle
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Happy Birthday, Arielle

Happy birthday Arielle!

I hope you had an awesome day!
by Gail Allen
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Fairytales by Hans Christian Anderson
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Fairytales by Hans Christian Anderson

Today is the birthday of one of the most well known authors of fairy tales in the world. Most of us have read at least some of the fairytales he was written, or watched movies made based on them. They are so ingrained in culture that many people might not even realize they know them. But if you've e...
by Gail Allen
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Students Lounge
Topic: April Fool's Day
Replies: 1
Views: 57

April Fool's Day

It's the 1st of April and that means: April Fool's Day! I've not told any outrageous stories this year... Or have I? *looks mysterious and cheeky, and waits while everyone checks all previous posts she made today* But that made me wonder, what are some April Fool's Day stories you've seen through th...
by Gail Allen
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Your Book case
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Your Book case

What does your book case look like? Is it neatly sorted with all the backs in a neat and even row and authors sorted alphabetically, or are they all sorted according to height or colour perhaps? Or are you like me and have more of a system of "If I can cram in one more book here, I will!" ...
by Gail Allen
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Classics
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Classics

We often hear about these books - particularly in school. And I've often wondered... what exactly do people understand by it. What is a classic to them? Of course there is something with age to many of them, but then, people already said Harry Potter was a classic before the last book was published,...
by Gail Allen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Students Lounge
Topic: Spring Break
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: Spring Break

We don't do spring break, but we do have Easter holiday. It lasts from tomorrow until Monday for people in general. Schools started it already on the 24th though, so they do get a full week. I never did anything particular during that holiday, but we have had family visit us when I was younger and w...
by Gail Allen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Favorite Dr. Seuss Book
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Favorite Dr. Seuss Book

It's actually also rather amusing; I dance square dance and there is a music piece there called "Whoop square it is" One of the choruses there has these lyrics: I would not eat them in the rain I would not eat them on a train I do not like green eggs and pig what I like is Whoop square it ...
by Gail Allen
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Favorite Dr. Seuss Book
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Favorite Dr. Seuss Book

It's hard to believe, but I've actually never read a single Dr. Seuss book, nor had any read to me, nor even seen one in the library. They seem to be rather popular in other places though. We must be the weird ones. But looking at the titles (To make sure I hadn't read one of them without realising ...
by Gail Allen
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Books that must be translated
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Books that must be translated

Here on HOL there are a lot of people from different nationalities and I am sure many of you have read books written in your native language and wished they had been translated so people who do not speak your language could read them. It has certainly happened to me, and it's pained me so much that ...
by Gail Allen
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: The Eagles 2018 WINNERS!
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: The Eagles 2018 WINNERS!

Aww! Thank you so much! I am really awed by how many people nominated me! Thank you! And congratulations!! I see so many very well deserved awards given here! You are all amazing! Keep it going! (and yes Kendra, most likely to poke people with a wand - I will most likely get a poke for saying this. ...
by Gail Allen
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Fantastic Worlds and Where to Find Them
Topic: Opinion Question #3
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: Opinion Question #3

I think I would choose like Wendy and eventually return home. Abdication of responsibility is lovely and truly tempting at times, but I also think there is an argument to be made for actually growing up at some point. I'd probably draw out childhood longer than it is in the real world, but I would e...
by Gail Allen
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Fantastic Worlds and Where to Find Them
Topic: Opinion Question #2
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: Opinion Question #2

I do think she was able to get into Aslan's country. I think many young people have a time in their life when they perhaps focus more on material things and on their looks than on the things that really matter. But most of them mature and grow out of it with time. And I think Susan did as well, and ...
by Gail Allen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: BINGO 2017/18 - A Creative Writing Challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 737

Re: BINGO 2017/18 - A Creative Writing Challenge

Alte is once again accepting Bingo Entries for a new issue. Make sure yours are part of it!
by Gail Allen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Drabble Babble 2017/18 Edition
Replies: 3
Views: 670

Re: Drabble Babble 2017/18 Edition

The Drabble Babble Challenge Drabble (n.) = "an extremely short work of fiction of exactly one hundred words in length" One theme will be announced per issue. Participants will then write a small piece of fiction (or non-fiction) about that theme. What's the catch? The submission must be ...
by Gail Allen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Can't wait to see it published
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Can't wait to see it published

What book(s) do you look most forward to seeing published? For me it's probably the next book in Game of Thrones. It has been forever! But other than that, I also cannot wait to see the next book by Tamora Pierce be published. She just released one and that is great, but that just makes me look forw...
by Gail Allen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Archetypes
Replies: 0
Views: 57

Archetypes

In almost all books some of the characters (if not all) will be an archetype of some sort. Archetypes are characters built over familiar patterns. It is what enables us to say that this or that character is the Hero, or the Clever One, or the Quirky One, or the Mentor, or The Sidekick or a number of...
by Gail Allen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: The last book you read...
Replies: 0
Views: 58

The last book you read...

If you were suddenly inside the last book you read, what would happen to you? I would be resigning from my post while two countries went to war over a newly emerged island, sitting on a giant bubble of gas. I might also get to travel in a "Going-Under-the-Water-Safely Device" if I was real...
by Gail Allen
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday Ashley!
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Happy Birthday Ashley!

Happy birthday Professor!

May the coming year be a great one for you!
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: 269

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!

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