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  1. Canuk

    Chapter 22

    Brilliant plan. He's thought this through and hopefully everyone will come out on top (so to speak). Patrick's reaction could be interesting..... Another great chapter with characters developing as the story progresses.
  2. Canuk

    Buttered Balls

    hmm, yes, the sandwiches, that's what we'll go for...... 😇
  3. wholeheartedly agree. Just started this story and for a first chapter with so many characters/locations/friends/families/back story after 6k words I realised I wasn't reading I was skimming. And while its not all about me (well, not all the time) it annoys me when a story I want to follow makes it difficult! Hopefully I'll calm down and enjoy the rest!
  4. Canuk

    Buttered Balls

    Families and their attitudes to nudity.... I recall as an 11 year old staying with a friends family at their beach house. all the men were naked and the women wore small micro bikini bottoms. My family weren't prudes, but for an 11 year old me it was an eye opener! As for our hero; good sex, great job, boyfriends family accepting, being able to talk techno-babble as if it means something! what a life! I know he has rationalised the workplace relationships situation, the problem there is if someone decides to cause trouble the spin they can put on such things makes it very bloody difficult for those concerned..... he needs to be careful. thanks for the chapter!
  5. Canuk

    Settling Dust

    Amazing journey, well written, with amazing understanding of characters going through significant trauma and change. And the end, yes there will always be calls for successful series to go on and on and in US authored series it often happens, but sadly this leads some (but by no means all) series simply dying of ennui. This series ended on a great note, not everything tidied up, but a level of resolution. Very enjoyable. Thanks.
  6. Canuk

    Chapter 14

    "Not bad looking, nice body nice arse"; that's not being forward is it!!!!
  7. Canuk

    Chapter 21

    What a train wreck. An incident from which every perspective is right, even when they are contradictory. This is why prescriptive, black/white laws fail. Hopefully Will (with Mr Arbour's able assistance) can steer a way through this minefield laced with icebergs...
  8. Canuk

    Pool Party

    I am not sure I have ever come across anyone who has completely opposite musical tastes to me..... Sting and the Police are about the only point even close to overlap!!! looks like JJ has fallen on his feet.... look forward to what comes next (apart from JJ and Shaun, of course!)
  9. Canuk

    Chapter 8

    Sounds like an amazing find! Attaching in to modern "necessities" like water, sewer and electricity will need to be done carefully if he wants not to destroy some of the charm. A great project!
  10. Canuk

    Driver’s Ed

    JJ's analysis of the electric cars was so teenager-meets-mr-practical! I am confused by his "Ionic's 100 mile range" - I understood the range is just under 400km - so not world breaking, but if my conversion is right that something like 230-ish miles, and if it is going to be a commuter vehicle then that ample.... I am always amazed at people who want 700/800/1000 km range in their electric car because "once two years ago we visited Aunty Marge who lives west of whoop whoop..." even in car centric cities people don't drive that far on a daily basis.... Great read - looking forward to how far our wunder-kid goes!
  11. Canuk

    Chapter 7

    There's buying a house "sight unseen" and then there's Marco's way of doing it. Bloody stupid way; he literally has no idea.
  12. Canuk

    Chapter 55

    "Trouble"? Our hero never gets into trouble! Just occasionally he finds himself in interesting situations, usually involving some one else's hard cock.... other than that he's a magnet for other men's issue(s)🤩
  13. Canuk

    Chapter 55

    Grainger and the Tsar do seem to have formed a somewhat unique bond. Grainger experience outside Russia seems to have been lacking in any/every other of the Tsars advisers. A pattern which continues in Russian History to their detriment. The Chartley/Batu situation is going to require care handling..... the depth of India would seem to be a logical place. Looking forward to another Nelson/Grainger exchange! Thanks for another intriguing instalment.
  14. Canuk

    Chapter 5

    Having your apartment picked out by your mother to keep her happy seems a longway to go.... just hope it works for him.
  15. Hmmmm, I feel old just getting out if bed each morning..... I like to feel the brain still works, but then I read this...! I so love working with people younger and brighter than me, it is truly energising. I have done it at the World Bank, in politics and other areas, but having read some of the above paragraphs, then re read the paragraphs, understanding each individual word but then puttingit all together and I fully understand the Luddites of the 18th century. Awe-inspiring, magnificent, hopeful even, but it certainly makes me feel every one of my decades. This is not a bad thing! The people who consider this bad are the worst sort of conservatives who consider they had it best and any change is therefore wrong/bad/unwarranted. This sort of writing / thinking gives me hope and that's the the thing I hold most precious.
  16. So Romans off the rails, Jack is loosing control, Joey may be seeking help and Sandra is play catch-up mummy. I think his Dad had the right idea: stay in bed! I commented on this with 🤞 icon as this family needs luck by the truck full if all their half arsed plans are going to succeed!
  17. Canuk

    Chapter 20

    Yes, he deserves a true love, but this bloke ain't it. We haven't really met him, but it just doesn't feel right. Will's "troo lurve" will be out of left field and definitely not some one who Will feels could have either an ulterior motive, or is glassy-eyed about Will's money, family etc. Anyway, that's my thought du jour!
  18. Just putting that last line aside for a moment, Dean's uncle....there is a circle of hell for failed animals like him. I am hugely anti capital punishment but characters like James severely test that resolve. As for the last line...the NHS, as muchas he may hate it I am hoping this is the start of proper counselling..... Emotional chapter. Good writing, thanks.
  19. hmmm... the received wisdom is that communication helps. In this case THEY ALL NEED TO STOP BLOODY TALKING!!! well, either that or all get in bed together and decide they can foursome or whatever that cat fight would look like! They do live exhausting lives! Just when I thought Roman could be my husband after next... (No one gets between me and Jake Gyllenhaal, well, no one except my man of the last 21 plus years, but he knows he's on a warning...), anyway, Roman... sigh... just no..... play with Olly, leave Jack to be Joey's path to sanity. Mr Matthews... if you are going to throw us curve balls like that, you need to give us warning.... friendships are at stake! But keep on, mate, the excitement is doing me good!
  20. One advantage of the POV "system", is it becomes blatantly obvious how much everyone is pussyfooting around Joey. The apparent glimmer of Jack talking to Sandra, is probably just going to be another pin in the grenade that is Joey. There will be tears before bedtime..... Great bunch of characters. Thanks.
  21. Canuk

    Home Truths

    Joey must be a bloody difficult character to write; his ability to self destruct, but keeping a bloody smidgen of likableness.... If he doesnt get help, he'll need the tough love Roman (🤩) is suggesting. Joey's family and friends tolerance for the pain that Joey inflicts is extraordinary.
  22. Agree, but I think with the alcohol as well; he's shown as drinking it as medication rather than as a social lubricant. He's a mess....
  23. Joey, sigh, talk about your own worst enemy. How do you tell a fragile self centred twit to grow up? You have really created a character about as unlovable as possible..... I just hope that by the end he has learned to cope with himself!
  24. Thanks for the referral! I have always thought the first few outings on stage for drag queens must figure among the most terrifying experiences. Malcolm's prep would have made easier, but still....courageous! Looking forward to more!
  25. Canuk

    You Did What?

    Jacks initial reaction seemed to me to be slightly out of proportion (so to speak). But I am glad that he 3ventually came to terms with it. I am not sure I can reconcile someone seeing Roman's assets and then "calming down"... seems an oxymoron if ever there was one.... Thanks. Great read.
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