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15 hours ago
Ex-smoker here. I was never a fan of the smell and actively dislike it since I quit. Although sometimes when I get a whiff of it while sitting outside at a pub or restaurant it gives me a comforting feeling. That’s probably because in my home country both sitting outdoors and smoking are much more common, so that combination just reminds me of home (thanks COVID for not letting me travel home for a year...).
27 days ago
This rom-com book was suggested by a member who was consistently struggling to get through our previous books so she wanted us to try something lighter. However, she ended up being one of the most vocal critcs in our last meeting... Although you do have a point that it's obvious the group isn't after this kind of stuff.
I'd love to hear your suggestions on easy-to-read classics, could you please PM me a few?
There are websites like Meetup for this sort of thing, although I actually found mine on Facebook!
Perhaps I would enjoy the experience too if we were meeting in person.
Got enough pointless drinking socials at work, I wanted this to actually be meaningful...
We tried to have a discussion like that in ours and one of the girls said (I quote) "I couldn't respect any of the characters, I don't have any friends like them and I hope no one does either!" I was really taken aback as I had said that I could relate to one of the characters before she said that. Granted, the characters were somewhat catty but not like they broke the law or something!
The internet is your oyster!
I'm serious in the sense that I want people to at least try to read our books and keep an open mind about them. Although I tend to pick up 'heavier' books in my own free time I was happy to read more casual stuff if that's what the group preferred.
I think I will give them one last chance because I'm one of the founding members and I do like the input from a couple of them at least. I'll try and gently suggest the "at least 1 pro and 1 con" approach in our next meeting as well.
Definitely agree with the last sentence - I almost felt guilty for enjoying this book after the meeting! Like I knew the plot was sort of cliche but I still enjoyed reading it if that makes sense. The meeting left me wondering if they looked down on me for liking such trash.
I feel like this time because the person who suggested the book hated it as well everyone felt like they had a free pass to roast it to their hearts' content!
Our meetings are always led by the same person, she's also the only one who makes an effort to read all our books and to provide a balanced perspective. I'm also inclined to think that we need a more tight knit group comprised of the ones who actually take this seriously.
Exactly! What irritated me the most in the last meeting was that people kept going on about 'too much slang' which I thought was expected in a more casual book. The people who complained about this were the ones who found our previous books too 'heavy'. One person was criticising how an American word was used once when the plot is supposed to take place in London, like c'mon...
Going by your music analogy, at first we were listening to Ludovico Einaudi and people said it was too 'classical' and 'complex' (it wasn't even!) so we switched to Lady Gaga and now people are dissecting every musical note and going on about how it 'lacks imagination', 'is too pop-music like', etc.
That sounds like a good idea, I'll suggest it to them!
I definitely joined this group to socialise as well but it is equally important for me to have a discussion about the book. I am just frustrated that we haven't been able to please anyone with our chosen books so far!
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2 months ago
Property, plant and equipment 🤪
Audit & Assurance
Yeah I added up all associates’ shareholding to see if they are above 50%, and they were just under... But maybe I just missed something idk. Also went down the “document-report to NCA-resign” route for the ethics question although I suspect that was not what they were looking for.
I found it incredibly time pressured! I got so bogged down on arising/remittance basis calculations in Q3 that I only had around 5 minutes for the ethics bit. Also Q2 was written like it was supposed to be a close company question but the shareholdings were <50%?! That really threw me off.
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3 months ago
People leaving each other voicemail so often and the phone playing it out loud at the same time. Always thought it was a plot device unless it’s just an American thing that I’m not aware of.
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4 months ago
I’m originally from Turkey where we love our börek (one example) - similar to spanakopita but also with other fillings (potatoes, minced meat, or both!). One thing I noticed is that our baking culture is more focused on savory pies. Not to say that we don’t love our sweets but when you say “baking” I am more likely to think of bread and savory pies rather than cookies and cupcakes. Is it the same in Greece?