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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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Asti Have you ever tried Heinz baked beans on peanut butter toast? It is one of my favourite light snacks.

It is the London Marathon tomorrow, security has been stepped up in the wake of Boston’s tragedy.

Posted by Graymayne on April 20, 2013, 06:08 PM report to moderator
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Graymayne, I have never, ever considered that combination! I often take peanut butter sandwiches to work, they’re very filling and fuelling, but with baked beans? Officially intrigued!

Posted by asti on April 20, 2013, 06:13 PM report to moderator
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I just did something different to day from almost all the days in the past three months. It is bright and sunny here and not quite 70 F (21 C). My father’s very old friend celebrated his 100th birthday today. So, I drove my parents 71 miles down into rural Mississippi on twisty turny roads to a 100th birthday party. My father’s friend has a daughter three years older than myself. We grew up together so I was glad to see her.

I am home now about to cook Porterhouse steaks for dinner. I started some baked (jacket) potatoes before I left and turned the oven off when I left the house. Now, I’ve turned the oven back on and I’m preparing to cook the steaks. I have asparagus as well.

It was lovely to do something other than drag boxes around.

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 20, 2013, 07:38 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I couldn’t pay my daughter enough to eat baked beans on toast with scrambled eggs. Actually, baked beans with scrambled eggs or peanut butter are not the first things that come to our mind for a simple meal here. We might eat an egg sandwich or a peanut butter sandwich but baked beans are almost always served as a side dish to a barbecued meat here. I know they are sometimes served as breakfast in the UK but we never see them offered that way here.

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 20, 2013, 07:42 PM report to moderator
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Baked beans with peanut butter. I’m intrigued too. :)

I love baked beans with eggs. I must be hungry because I am now craving that. LOL!

I am also so glad that th Boston news are all over. It was the only thing on TV for a days on end. What hurts me is that the man is so young. He had his whole life ahead of him and now it’s ruined forever. We see his father and uncle and to me they just don’t sit right. It just a gut feeling. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on April 20, 2013, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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Fried potatoes/onions with a side of baked beans is a favorite of mine.

Bought a new tv tonight. Samsung 32" 720p. $278(182.51 GBP).
Got special deal and I have 24 months to pay. Got it on amazon.
model# UN32eh4003

Posted by ironsos on April 21, 2013, 12:06 AM report to moderator
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Baked beans seem to be a big favourite in this country, especially with children, and they frequently appear as part of the standard English Breakfast menu. My childhood was lived during a time of food rationing which lasted until l953, so having toast with something cooked on top of it was definitely in the “high tea” bracket. On the rare occasions that we ate in a restaurant I always requested beans on toast. We lived in the suburbs of Sheffield and bought our food from independent shops (not chains) within walking distance of home and carried the goods home in a personal shopping basket or bag. Tea was sold loose, not packaged, and was expertly packed up by the grocer, which is why tin or pottery tea caddies were needed in the home. Biscuits/cookies came from the makers in large tins and were bought by weight and carried home in a paper bag. The changes I have seen in my lifetime, when I pause to look back, are just amazing. I was fortunate enough to have my father at home during WW2 because, being a steel-worker, he was in a reserved occupation.

Posted by Graymayne on April 21, 2013, 04:55 AM report to moderator
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I have never liked baked beans. I have made them plenty of times because the DS and my daughters like them. I have made sandwiches from pork and beans mashed with salad dressing and pickel juice and put on toast. Pork and beans is what so many make baked beans out of. I don’t know where they get the name pork because there is hardly any bacon in the beans. So I can see eating beans on toast just not baked beans. Lol

The war had been over for two years when I was born. My Dad was wounded in Italy so he came home early. I think my family lived with my Mother’s people. Most of her brothers were in the war and their familys lived with my Grandmother too. I don’t know how so many people were able to live in the small house that only had two bedrooms. I must have taken after my Grandmother because I always had my family living with me too.

Ironsos That sounds like a nice TV.

Posted by Cool G on April 21, 2013, 06:14 AM report to moderator
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My glasses were hurting my nose. I figured I needed to go have them adjusted. I took them off and looked at the nose pc. It was gone. No wonder it was hurting. I hunted everywhere for my reading glasses but could not find them. I finally just got a pc of kleenex and wrapped around the missing plactic pc. At least it feels better for now.

Posted by Cool G on April 21, 2013, 10:50 AM report to moderator
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The good thing is I found Harley Dog’s trainer collar. I have it on the charger now. I will be able to show him the remote for it and he will behave. I only have to use the tone on it.

Posted by Cool G on April 21, 2013, 10:53 AM report to moderator
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Bush’s baked beans and a pulled pork sandwich are a big table pleaser around these parts…

Posted by Won_Two on April 21, 2013, 01:07 PM report to moderator
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Cool G. I think that the added chunks of pork fat is the “pork” in pork and beans.

I finally will be able to get outside today for my walkies.

Posted by ironsos on April 21, 2013, 01:59 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I came over all traditional today, and cooked roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and loads of vegetables, followed by rice pudding. I got very brave with the rice pudding, and made up a caramelised butter, apple and cinnamon compote type topping to go with it, and it worked very well. The very intense flavours of the apple stirred through the pudding was delicious.

DS and son played a golf competition last weekend, and today they found out they’d won! So, another trophy has been added to the collection.

Ironsos, I hope you enjoy your walkies! You know I am a big fan of walking…..I walk a lot through neccessity, but I do enjoy it too. It clears the mind, is good for the soul, and makes you feel good too.

Posted by asti on April 21, 2013, 04:26 PM report to moderator
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Hello, Leaky. It’s been WAAAAAY too long since I’ve said hi. I’ve been crazy busy, and that’s my excuse. ;)

I hope everyone is well here and are having a lovely start to spring. We finally had a spring day, today. The BF and I went hiking and camping yesterday at a nearby lake. Then we came back this morning to make it to the college baseball game at noon. Yesterday was cloudy, windy, and a bit chilly, but today has been beautiful! Now we’re sitting on the porch drinking pina coladas! (I have a cabana boy!!) I’m working, but it’s lovely to be outside and not freezing!

Posted by Dr. LEW on April 21, 2013, 05:32 PM report to moderator
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The BF has informed me that he’s a “cabana MAN”. My bad…

Posted by Dr. LEW on April 21, 2013, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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Those cabana boys are SO touchy.

Posted by ironsos on April 21, 2013, 06:12 PM report to moderator
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I like it when they’re touchy. O:)

Posted by Dr. LEW on April 21, 2013, 09:57 PM report to moderator
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My cousin’s wife has passed on . Mother called a few minutes ago. I remember their wedding well. I was four and extremely impressed by the bride. I have her mother’s Christmas ornaments on my tree. They had no children so. I was sort of a little sister to them.

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 22, 2013, 01:59 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your relative, but I am pleased that it didn’t happen until after the house move had been achieved. How are your parents adjusting to the new place? I would imagine that after living in one house for nearly forty years the change will feel very radical, but I hope that they will have a greater sense of security.

Dr. Lew I’m glad you are having fun. Our Spring is getting off to a very slow start and the wild life is having a tough time finding flowers and insects to feed on. Farmers are having a really bad time due to the unusually bad weather for the past year, with poor harvests, loss of livestock in the blizzards and now no growth of crops which they planted in the Autumn.

Posted by Graymayne on April 22, 2013, 09:15 AM report to moderator
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I picked my mother up this morning after taking my daughter to school and we went looking for clothes to wear to the visitation and the funeral the next day. My mother went to her brother’s funeral in November in something she had for years, regularly wears to go grocery shopping, and was very unhappy wearing. So, today we had the opportunity to deal with the problem so off we went. She has a blouse and slacks she can wear with a jacket she already owns, a new sweater set and slacks and a new blouse that can be worn alone with slacks.

I will wear what I wore to my uncle’s funeral but my sweater set was almost new back in November. I did get another sweater shell and a very transparent black and white shirt to wear over it. I can wear these with existing pairs of grey and black slacks. I also found a new blouse which can also be worn with those slacks. So, my mother and I can be presentable with three days worth of clothes. We probably only need two but we want to be sure we have backup.

We still don’t know when the visitation and service will be. My cousin was going to the funeral home to make arrangements this afternoon and he should be there now.

My expectation had been the visitation would be tomorrow night and the funeral late Wednesday morning or early Wednesday afternoon. Since the arrangements have not yet been made eveything could be pushed off by a day.

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 22, 2013, 04:06 PM report to moderator
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Good evening.

It was a nice day here. We lost the sun at lunchtime, but it was still warm enough for me to spend my lunchbreak on a bench by the river, which was very pleasant
I used the left over roast beef in a salad tonight, with ciabatta bread with a dressing to dip it into. Nice and quick after a satisfying piano lesson.
My DS was out of the house for 11 hours today, but due to the STUPID amount of driving, and the STUPID amount of the country he has to cover, only spent about an hour and a half “working.” He is finding this increasingly frustrating.

LEW, oooh, sounds fun!

Lady Hawke, I am sorry to hear that news. Will you be able to attend her funeral?

Posted by asti on April 22, 2013, 04:08 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, I just missed you. I’m glad you and your Mother are ready for the funeral. xx

Posted by asti on April 22, 2013, 04:11 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Sorry to hear about your Aunt. It is funny about funerals and visitation now. When I was younger you always had the evening visitation and then the funeral the next day. Now so many have the visitation in the morning with the funeral in the afternoon. I had to have the two day for the DS since a lot of his family was out of town. We needed the evening visitation because so many people worked during the day. So many people came that evening and they had to open up more room the next day for the funeral. For me, one day will do.

I was only able to mow inside the fense in the front yard. The grass was over 12 inches. I can’t believe it grew so tall so fast. I just realized last week that I needed to mow. I hope the back yard is not that high. The side yard isn’t. The front yard was all I was able to mow. I came inside to rest but never made it back out to do any more mowing. I did manage to put the lawn mower away. If it doesn’t rain in the morning and I feel like it, I might try to mow the back yard.

Posted by Cool G on April 22, 2013, 06:06 PM report to moderator
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Almost no one around here does evening visitation anymore. Many people do an hour of visitation before the funeral. My mother’s hometown is still relatively small and people there tend to continue to do things the old fashioned way. So, I was pretty sure there would be an evening visitation. My cousin and his wife were very active in their church and were financial supporters as well. So, the turn out of their church people should be high. We still have a fairly large extended family of cousins in town so most of those who are local will make an appearance.

My cousin’s wife was an only child and all her family has been gone for years. She, like my only child father, has been absorbed into our family. So, there will be no one there from her family. My mother will be the sole representative of the “older” generation, even though my cousin and his wife were her in her peer group by age.

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 22, 2013, 08:32 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke: Sorry to hear about your cousin’s wife. 2-3 evenings of visitations or a wake were
common as I remember when growing up.

Posted by ironsos on April 22, 2013, 10:26 PM report to moderator
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I hate waking up so early. I have already been up an hour. Since I couldn’t go back to sleep, I have coffee going.

Posted by Cool G on April 23, 2013, 05:34 AM report to moderator
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I have been out in the garden this afternoon, working on the dead stalks of plants that need to be cut back. The weather felt very Spring-like, I saw a Peacock butterfly and a bumble bee and a lot of self-seeded plants that will have to be dug out. I have a busy time ahead of me this year and very little energy to spare.

Posted by Graymayne on April 23, 2013, 11:43 AM report to moderator
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I’m trying to get laundry prepared so everyone will have what they need while I am away.

I believe we will be gone for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, returning on Friday. The funeral isn’t until 2 PM on Thursday which would mean we would not get away from the cemetery before 4 PM. Then we would have a three hour drive home and need to stop to get dinner which would put us coming in pretty late after a long, hard day. So, we are planning on staying Thursday night as well.

My mother has sort of frightened me about my cousin. She spoke to him around midday and she says he is not doing well at all. We were told sixteen years ago he only had two years to live. Since then he has been in critical condition several times but has always pulled through, getting worse and worse every time he has recovered. He mentioned having a tumor on his brain today, something we had never heard about before now. My mother is worried he will collapse during this and won’t make it through Thursday. So, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that I could end up stuck there.

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 23, 2013, 04:10 PM report to moderator
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LadyHawke – what a sad thought that someone else will die so soon.

Like when my BIL died only a few months after my sister. :(
It was so heartbreaking for their kids.

Posted by Madame Minerva on April 23, 2013, 10:09 PM report to moderator
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LadyHawke – what a sad thought that someone else will die so soon.

Like when my BIL died only a few months after my sister. :(
It was so heartbreaking for their kids.

Posted by Madame Minerva on April 23, 2013, 10:15 PM report to moderator
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