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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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Graymayne, I’ve seen and recognize him but have never really watched his shows. He has always looked a bit too slimy, in my opinion, so I never became interested enough. I’d rather watch Benny Hill, who also was quite icky but funny though not always so.

It is below freezing here in SLC. flurking while trying to keep warm

Posted by Josephine on October 26, 2012, 10:58 AM report to moderator
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Hello everyone. I am busy ‘battening down me hatches’ here… It is increasingly looking like the Mid-Atlantic, North Eastern U.S. is in for a super storm of near Biblical proportions. I dunno how many of you can read a meteorological map, but I can, and the news is NOT good. There is going to be a confluence of several unusual, and even unlikely weather events that added together sum up to DISASTER! I am not being an alarmist here, just coldly analytical. Those of you who live, or will be in the “I-95 corridor” on Sunday thru Tuesday need to plan for the worst immediately! I hasten to add this thing will be felt far inland, and not just on the coastal regions. Toronto is going to feel it! This thing has the potential to make Katrina look like a fun day in Disneyland by comparison. If you do not possess a generator NOW is the time to get one! If you do not have a spare battery for your cell phone or a charger that will work off a car cig. lighter, NOW is the time to get one & make sure it is fully charged! Canned food, bottled water, etc,etc, cannot be stressed enough. An emergency radio is very advisable, especially the ones that don’t need batteries (hand crank). A good, well stocked first aid kit is very important. Hopefully, it will never be used, but if needed it’s a hell of a thing to not have. Take a deep breath and look around you… What needs to be ‘tied down’ etc… also,be aware that you could be without power for an extended period of time… A full gas tank in the car is essential, as the gas pumps will not be working along with your lights & refrigerators. I love you all and hope this all just ‘blows over’ (bad pun) with minimal effect… But we all must be very careful & aware. This is not a bad time to consider a trip out west for Halloween. My state just declared a ‘state of emergency’ already! Yup, this is serious crap and no foolin’!!! :+/

Posted by Won_Two on October 26, 2012, 01:53 PM report to moderator
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WON, keep us posted. I already made a very curious and bizarre post on FB. I have been reduced to using my Blackberry this morning, cable and internet problems, and my phone seems to have picked up some piggybackers.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 26, 2012, 02:34 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke My MIL had the same type surgery in the mid to late 1990’s. They called it Mohs surgery. She had at least 3 slices, but the "bandage was a simple bandaid and the area was a circle, less than an eighth of an inch in diameter. I sat in the waiting room for over 3 hours. It does not leave a scar, or at least it is not a noticeable scar, and being on the face, that is important to most people. The cure rate is well above 90%. ;)

Graymayne I haven’t seen any “entertainment” news and not much of any other kind. I am totaly lost with what you are referencing. however, as a general thing, I do believe that “casting couch” activities were still pretty prevalent well into the 1970’s. It seems that Womenes Lib was slow in the broader entertainment fields. ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 26, 2012, 02:38 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am all alone. Daughter went to bed a little while ago, and DS and son are off on a jolly to London to see Muse. I don’t know if Muse are known in the US, but they are a very successful, and very good rock band. I quite like their music, but had no desire to go to the concert. I prefer my ears not bleeding!
DS has been emailing me pics of their day. They went to see the Cutty Sark this pm.

I worked overtime today, and am a bit knackered. I am also COLD. After a very mild few weeks, today took a big drop in temperature.

Lady Hawke, I am glad your Mother is ok.

Deanie, how is your arm?

And Ironsos, is your tummy better?

And Everybody at risk of the storm, stay safe. xx

Posted by asti on October 26, 2012, 03:54 PM report to moderator
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Oh, and the flush on the toilet has completely died. I am awfully grateful that we have an alternative facility upstairs!!

Posted by asti on October 26, 2012, 03:57 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, I had to look up the scandal to which you are referring. Our news here is being dominated by our upcoming election and the storm to which WON refrred. I asked my DS if he had heard anything and although he knew something was happening knew no details.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 26, 2012, 03:59 PM report to moderator
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How curious…after not having internet all day I suddenly have it. I picked up my laptop to attempt to coerce life out of it and found I had current emails in my box. Our cable is acting strangely as well. Most channels work while some do not.

I see I can’t spell or make reasonable posts from my phone.

My mother’s wound was quite large compared to the one you refer, DEANIE. My mother’s was probably at least 1cm in size, maybe a bit more. I have talked to her today and she did have a miserable night. It began to hurt and when she tried to dress it this morning it proved to be quite awkward, dressing her nose without her glasses. She couldn’t see what she was doing without her glasses and couldn’t dress the wound with the glasses on. The tape they gave her was difficult for her to start. Her hands are not as agile as they should be. So, there was a good deal of discomfort and frustration during the night and this morning. She says the discomfort is presently under control but I worry it will become uncomfortable again during the night.

ASTI, I don’t blame you for electing to stay home, although I would like to see the Cutty Sark.

ASTI, we lived a couple of days a few months ago with only one toilet. It was not a fun experience. I am amazed people commonly had only one toilet in the past.

I have a kitty here who has chosen to have runny frenzies in mid-afternoon. Maybe she believes it is later than it is since it is so dark.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 26, 2012, 04:11 PM report to moderator
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asti I always knew I was destined to be with your husband . . .I luurve Muse. Honestly, i would make a much better wife :-P

Posted by Wolfie on October 26, 2012, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE and DEANIE, I actually wrote a prior post which disappeared into the ether when my internet crashed.

I presume you are referring to a well known TV presenter/anchor who apparently “had his way” with young women on location at the BBC. To compound it the General Director of the BBC chose not to pursue the investigation of allegations brought against the man.This retired General Director is being considered as the new head of the New York Times.

No, if you had not said anything I would have had no idea.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 26, 2012, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, it is really now the pretend Cutty Sark. It was very badly damaged by fire a few years ago and had been extensively restored. I have seen the original many times. Up to the age of 6, we lived in Hertfordshire, and London was just a 20 minute train ride away. I was far more familiar with the galleries and museums at 6 than I am now. I knew my way around very well.

Wolfie, I am so selfish. I really should give him to you.

Posted by asti on October 26, 2012, 04:28 PM report to moderator
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Asti: The grumpiness has moved from my stomach to my persona so I am back to normal.

Posted by ironsos on October 26, 2012, 04:39 PM report to moderator
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Excellent news Ironsos!

Posted by asti on October 26, 2012, 05:01 PM report to moderator
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:-P asti

ah its the old ironsos that we know and love

Posted by Wolfie on October 26, 2012, 05:15 PM report to moderator
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Asti, if you have a bucket, just fill it up and pour in the toilet to flush manually. I’ve heard of Muse but cannot remember their songs right this moment.

Posted by Josephine on October 26, 2012, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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IRONSOS, glad you feel worse, I think…

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 26, 2012, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, would bigger types of band aids, like the ones for bigger wounds or for knees, be easier to use?

Ironsos, grumpy old men are always too cute. LOL

Posted by Josephine on October 26, 2012, 05:46 PM report to moderator
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I am grumpy,therefore I am.

Downloading windows 8 in the background. I thought: what the heck,try something new.

I am already grumpy anyway.

Posted by ironsos on October 26, 2012, 05:54 PM report to moderator
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Josephine, exactly. So cute!
And yes, we had to use a bucket. I have left a note on the toilet seat so that no disasters happen when my menfolk arrive home at about 3am. That would be the last thing they’ll want to deal with, lol!

On a totally unrelated note to disfunctioning toilets……ooooh, just a thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Moaning Myrtle was responsible……..! anyway…… Daughter and I made tomato soup for our tea. And it was horrid! I have double and triple checked the recipe, and we followed it correctly, but I think there might have been a misprint. It called for a tablespoon of tomato puree, in a recipe designed to feed two people. I thought it sounded a lot, but stuck by the instructions. But it was just far too strong. I think they might have meant a teaspoon, and to be honest, I don’t think it would even have needed that.
I have also tried another tomato soup recipe that called for sugar and white wine vinegar, and it was so sweet my teeth squeaked. I need a decent recipe for such a basic comfort dish!
Daughter filled up on bread, and I had an apple with a chunk of cheddar for my tea!

Posted by asti on October 26, 2012, 06:05 PM report to moderator
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JOSEPHINE, I suggested larger bandaids but the suggestion did not fly… They gave her a bandage much the consistency of felt and she was meant to cut a piece to go over the wound after dressing it with Vaseline. Then, she was meant to add a cotton ball and tape it over with a flesh colored paper tape. They did a rather pain staking job of it at the office. My mother thinks maybe they thought I was going home with her to do the bandaging. They did hand me the supplies but I thought that was because she is on a walker and they expected me to carry it. She thinks they thought we lived together and I was going to be there to deal with it. Medical personnel should never assume about living arrangements.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 26, 2012, 06:06 PM report to moderator
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asti my toilet blocked a while ago and I couldnt fix it myself (despite giving it a try . .gah it was horrible!). I had to pay £96 for a plumber to come out on a Saturday. When he arrived and sorted it out the problem, he got all serious on me and told me that I had a very serious problem with the position of my toilet and the slope of the pipes and if I didnt fix it immediately the toilet would block up regularly. Apparantly the only way I could resolve the problem was to move the toilet to a new position which would involve relocating a radiator, taking out and refitting a full wall of wooden panelling, replacing the flooring and drilling a new hole through a thick yorkshire stone wall to fit the new pipes . . . . He told me he could do the work immediately for £1500!!!!!!!!! I pointed out that as I’d been in my house 2 and a half years and in that time I’d had one blocked toilet. If the toilet blocked at the same frequency and I had to pay £100 for a plumber to fix it each time it would be over 30years before I would see any return on the expenditure for relocating the toilet. He was a bit disgruntled and told me that I would be crazy not to move the toilet and risk it blocking again . . . methinks he was trying to make himself a little bit of extra cash

Posted by Wolfie on October 26, 2012, 06:28 PM report to moderator
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Wolfie I reckon that to have agreed with his recommendation would have been money down the toilet!!

Won_Two You are a very useful person to have in our group with your weathermap-reading knowledge. The potential of this weather event sounds frightful and taking preventative measures seems very sensible. Many people this year just in the UK have been overtaken by flood conditions which no-one anticipated and some have even had their homes demolished, so extreme weather can happen anywhere, at any time. I hope that you and yours come through it safely.

Asti Sorry to hear about the soup disaster. It is maddening when misprints occur in recipe books.

Deanie Suffice it to say that this deceased celebrity has gone from being greatly revered for his charity work to reviled for his predatory targeting of vulnerable youngsters in the homes or hospitals where he had been doing voluntary work. The general public are literally stunned by it all.

Posted by Graymayne on October 26, 2012, 07:18 PM report to moderator
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Friday night and I’m home. :)
We should have a game night. :)

Posted by Madame Minerva on October 26, 2012, 08:49 PM report to moderator
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Been messing a little with windows 8. so far so good. Think I will like it.

Posted by ironsos on October 27, 2012, 01:06 AM report to moderator
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ASTI, I found a recipe that called for 29oz (822g) of tomato puree and 6oz (170g) of tomato paste in a recipe for 1gal (3.79l). So, 2T does seem that out of line.

Would you send me the recipe and let me look at it? I’m curious at what went wrong.

I also wonder if we mean different things by tomato puree. We don’t have a product called a puree. We would just blend up some tomatoes into a slush and call it puree. So, there wouldn’t be too much tomato in tablespoon of that.

We also have tomato sauce which are tomatoes which have been pureed very smooth and cooked down to intensify it.

Then, we have tomato paste. Those are pureed tomatoes that have been cooked down until they are so thick you have to dig it out with a spoon and it holds it shape out of the can.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 27, 2012, 09:11 AM report to moderator
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I love tomato soup. :)
I’m up early…. Why you ask? I don’t know!!! :,(
Every day I wish for the weekend so I can sleep in and instead I’m up early letting the dogs out, feeding the cat and putting in a load of laundry. Waaaa!!! :,(
I want to sleep. :(

Now I can’t anymore. I have a soccer game at 10:00am. Sigh!!! :/

Posted by Madame Minerva on October 27, 2012, 09:20 AM report to moderator
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Much excitement in this house. Daughter has just gone to a friend’s house for a sleepover. she has packed enough stuff for a weeklong trip, lol, and is SO excited!
So, today I have had two tired, deaf men on my hands, and tomorrow I will have a tired, crabby girl!

DS and son had a really good time last night. They got home at about 2am, which was earlier than they were anticipating. Their ears are still ringing, lol! They’ve spent much of the afternoon on YouTube, watching clips that people have posted.

I have a beef stew in the oven, cooking long and slow with veggies and balsamic vinegar. It will be served with mashed potato. Perfect comfort food for a cold, windy day.

Lady Hawke, I deliberately went for a simple recipe, so that daughter could take control. All she had to do was cook an onion, a carrot and a stick of celery, all diced, in butter, then add 750mls veg stock, a tin (400g) of chopped tomatoes, and the tablespoon of puree. Once it was cooked, we blended it, then warmed it through with 170mls of double cream.
My DS had a mouthful of the leftovers, and agreed with us that it was far too strong.

Here, tomato puree comes in a tube, like toothpaste, and you squeeze out as much as is desired. It has about the consistancy of toothpaste too. It is concentrated, and I would think it is somewhere in between your tomato sauce and tomato paste.

You remember daughter made pizza last weekend? To make the passata, she diluted some tomato puree with a little water.

MM, I am the same. When I know I can sleep in, I rarely can! Good luck to your soccer girls today.

Posted by asti on October 27, 2012, 12:03 PM report to moderator
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My goodness, but it is quiet without my daughter!

Posted by asti on October 27, 2012, 01:18 PM report to moderator
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slow easy day today

Posted by ironsos on October 27, 2012, 03:05 PM report to moderator
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We went out to lunch and ran errands.

Unfortunately, as my DS got out of the car and started up the walk to the restaurant he walked into their window unit air conditioner for their auxillary wing that was mounted into the exterior wall. He took the bottom corner of the AC unit in his right temple. He almost staggered to the ground but caught himself. We were able to go in and eat but he was feeling quite stunned. After lunch we proceded with our errands but he is feeling slightly headachy and a bit unsettled.

We are home now and I will start cooking dinner relatively soon but for now he has put himself on the couch with his eyes closed.

We purchased a new modem for the computer while on errands. He hopes installation is not complicated, especially since he doesn’t feel like dealing with something difficult right now. Once it is installed I hope it puts an end to this cutting in and out our computers have been doing.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 27, 2012, 05:47 PM report to moderator
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