1. Some of these documentaries can be depressing but I'm glad they're out there. Also, it's worth keeping in mind that they can have a lasting impact on some of the viewers. For example, I grew up watching Discovery Channel (back in it's golden days). I became obsessed with people like Jacques Yves Cousteau and I spent hours reading about endangered animals and how man-made activities are affecting the ecosystem. I never went the Greta Thunberg route, but as an adult I am still very mindful about nature and wildlife.

  2. I grew up on those documentaries too and they can go either way, they can inspire a passion for conservation or a terrible burden.

  3. I'm not talking about gimmicks like a bee hotel or 'no mow May' though, I'm talking about the real difference gardeners can make in the face of what feels like overwhelming hopelessness. And maybe agriculture needs to change, but a simple few sentences that highlight the laws and reforms the public can support would go a long way.

  4. I'd be all in favour of banning it. I was wondering where the article was going at first but then he turned it around. I wish there was more of a focus on the importance and impact gardening can have on the biodiversity of the UK.

  5. I'd say no. Trees aren't just big on top, they are big on the bottom. Its root system could have parts as large as branches and you can't just chop them off really because it's the fine roots right at the ends that take in the nutrients. You also have to be careful to leave lots of greenery for photosynthesis. I transplanted a medium size hydrangea bush two years ago and it hasn't put out leaves that last since, never mind flowers. I've also unsuccessfully moved a ceanothus, which died because I left no real greenery.

  6. When did you transplant those two?

  7. Like 2 years ago now, maybe 3. I couldn't tell you what season though, either Spring or Autumn.

  8. I can, but that wouldn't be enough for me to use those words later in other contexts. One of the primary motives for me reading is also to improve my vocabulary.

  9. As a fan of Lovecraft I can't imagine the type of conversation you're having where you need to include his more obscure words 😅

  10. What are you even trying to say? And to add: Why do some people who read come here with these pseudo-problems like 'ugh I'm so intellectual and it's making daily life so hard'. Read your books, chat about them and go.

  11. My danios have this awful habit of wedging themselves behind the filter sometimes. I don't know how they do it, why or how to prevent it. Maybe that's happened here. But aquarium salt or melafix could help him out.

  12. I loved it, one of my all time fabs. I don't mind the letters that Mina and Lucy share. I enjoy reading about deep friendships and I feel it's something that is a bit lacking in a lot of the books I've read.

  13. The first edition of the American publication of The Fellowship of the Ring. Tolkien was not amused. The artist didn't read the book.

  14. I read Dune after really enjoying the new movie. I found it to be a bit of a slog, I'm definitely not into political intrigue in my reading material. I appreciate that it was a pioneer and I love the tech, the worms and the imagination that went into creating Dune. But I won't be reading the others, I went and looked at the synopses instead.

  15. Sir Samuel Vimes from the watch series of books. He even ends up as a sort of father figure to all the people under him in the watch. Terry Pratchett is amazing at writing characters.

  16. This is the only book I have ever read that actually filled me with anger. I was working as a retail supervisor when I read it and the main character just reminded me of some of the most irritating people on my team, so I was feeling kinda meh about it anyway. It just devolved into some pseudo-intellectual 'retail stores are prisons' metaphor that was not clever at all. Then the character acts in a completely contrary nature right at the end. I don't know how to do spoilers but here is one: we spend most of the book reading about how she hates everyone she works with but then she wants to go back into the store/asylum at the end to save someone. I was disappointed and donated it to the library to inflict its awfulness on someone else. I had high hopes, so I'm a bit bitter and have avoided other works by the same author. It's that meme: 'Mom, can we get House of Leaves?', 'We have House of Leaves at home', the House of Leaves at home: Horrorstör.

  17. I used to work in a book store but was not a supervisor, and was probably more like your worst team member lol. So I was maybe a little more open to the broad satirical aspect. But interesting to hear you also thought it was a low budget House of Leaves

  18. I'm pretty big into horror as well, but like existential, cosmic horror, classic vampires and ghosts and King so maybe I wasn't the target audience.

  19. I actually have a Kribensis in there, I want to get him a female. The issue with my stocking is I can't decide what school of fish I want.

  20. It's a love story essentially. I only read it once, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  21. Well, it's not real for a start. Maybe focus on how devoid of sadness your own life is to be this affected by book or on the flip side, delve into whatever real grief you're carrying around in real-life that was brought out by something you connected to in the book.

  22. What a fantasy world like Tolkien, who set out to create a mythology for Britain? Where it is set in pre-history before the world became inter-mingled? He explicitly stated many times that Middle-Earth would become England as the ages went on. He has other human races like the Easterlings who are clearly meant to represent a different ethnicity. His characters are definitely not meant to be ethnically diverse.

  23. Spotify. I pay £9.99 and can listen to pretty much any song I want to.

  24. And podcasts! I stay home all day looking after my toddler and I'd be lost without it.

  25. Flowers in the Attic, I've not read it and I'm not sure if it falls under the genre of books you can use, but it's pretty incesty

  26. Here is one of mine: Last of all Hurin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Hurin cried: 'Aure entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive...

  27. So I’m very late to the party and this is my first time commenting here but I just finished the Rings of Power series and have been really really interested in getting into Tolkien lore lately (for shame, I know) but I’ve found it to be a bit intimidating.

  28. Don't sweat it, if you get lost at who someone is or what/where you are you can check the family trees and maps at the back. So many F names, and I'm really bad with names. My favourite elf is from the Silmarillion and I can never remember if it's Fingolfin or Finrod.

  29. Also, I know gerbils should be housed with siblings, but I got her from a pet store. She was the last one of her litter in the tank, so I decided to spoil the crap out of her and act kind of like her sibling. She liked to lick me and would purr when I did manage to hold her

  30. I think you mean A Journey In the Dark.

  31. You must have a very still 2yo 😅 I've tried that trick with name writing and it looks like a spider walked in ink and then ran across the page.

  32. They know the words you teach them or from TV, other people. I have a two year old who knows what catkins are. It's not a stretch to think the kid knows what a helicopter is.

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