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I've seen a few posts about music and I wondered if people use music or some kind of background noise while they're writing? I sometimes assign a piece of music to a character I'm writing to get in a certain mood. My daughter writes while listening to podcasts, something I'd find too distracting. 

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Posted : 12/07/2020 10:05 am
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@gothicman So are you completely fluent in Swedish? I'm sorry, I don't know if Swedish or English is your first language. 

One of my favourite pieces, for writing or just listening to, is The Planets by Gustav Holst. I often have that on repeat.

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Posted : 12/07/2020 10:17 am
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I've usually got some '70s rock on in the background but I'll occasionally listen to The Planet Suite as well. Apparently Stephen King used to listen to the likes of AC/DC on full blast when he was writing. Then again, he openly admitted that he was out of his head on cocaine at the time.

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Posted : 12/07/2020 10:38 am
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@gothicman 🤣  No, your English is great. I'm in awe of people who manage to master another language enough to be able to write well in it. Do you ever think you'll return to Scotland to live? My godmother came from there and she said, after years of living in Wales, she felt she'd find it too cold there. 

Oh definitely Mars. I might put on a little Venus just to get into the right mood.

 

@stevef Rock is my coding music. When I have to work on a website, I put on Planet Rock really loudly - on my headphones since my daughter's been using the living room for work though.

As for King, the cocaine explains Tommyknockers, I suppose.  (Also, good to see you here)

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Posted : 12/07/2020 11:14 am
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Ah, the Brecon Beacons... I'll never forget RAF survival training there in the early '70s. Cold, wet and %@*8$# miserable. We had a compass, map, compo rations, one tent between two and useless cold weather gear. For some reason I'd developed a peculiar craving for Robertson's marmalade and bought a jar of it at the first store we came across. Ate the lot in one go.

No connection to music other than Robbie Robertson in this:

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Posted : 12/07/2020 3:55 pm
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@stevef

I thought you brylcream boys always used hotels?

Cheers,

Jack me tickler...

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Posted : 12/07/2020 5:10 pm
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Yes, those RAF bods on survival and endurance training, poor things, but they usually excelled themselves though, some even finished the course! 😜
My time was 1963 - 1969, so a few years before you charged up Pen-Y-Fan and down again twice, fired up with compo-biscuits and on a Robertson's marmalade sugar buzz.
My brother was in the RAF, one of the last of the National Service conscripts, served mostly with BAOR in West Germany developing Radar. He made LAC! Perhaps Corporal?
Have you and Tony (with others) thought of starting a new string of the musical quiz up again, in this general section. Or has that boat sailed? 😐 

Cheek! Our team finished the course... even if it was a month later. 😕 The RAF was never known for over-exerting itself. 😀 

Good idea about the music quiz - I'll see if anyone else is keen.

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Posted : 12/07/2020 5:20 pm
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I thought you brylcream boys always used hotels?

Cheers,

Jack me tickler...

Five-star or nothing, old chap! Anything less was considered steerage. 😀 

 

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Posted : 12/07/2020 5:27 pm
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And don't get me started on Pongoes, Gothic...  we matelots did the Black Mountains in our bare feet, and carried a frigate across Offa's Dyke.... Xx

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Posted : 12/07/2020 5:35 pm
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My godmother lived near Loch Lomond and used to tell me about boating on the Loch in the summer. She met her husband (who was a second or third cousin to my mother) up there and came to Wales when they were married. She never lost her Scottish accent.

No, I'm closer to the Beacons than I am to Cardiff - just over 8 miles. We used to drive up past the reservoir into Brecon, especially on market day. Beautiful place in the summer but so dangerous when the weather gets bad. I often hear the helicopters flying overhead to rescue some lost hiker. 

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It's very miserable up there when the weather is bad but, when it's good, you have to be careful too. There were three SAS recruits who died from heat exhaustion there in 2013. 

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Posted : 12/07/2020 5:59 pm
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@gothicman

My godmother lived near Loch Lomond and used to tell me about boating on the Loch in the summer. She met her husband (who was a second or third cousin to my mother) up there and came to Wales when they were married. She never lost her Scottish accent.

No, I'm closer to the Beacons than I am to Cardiff - just over 8 miles. We used to drive up past the reservoir into Brecon, especially on market day. Beautiful place in the summer but so dangerous when the weather gets bad. I often hear the helicopters flying overhead to rescue some lost hiker. 

@stevef

It's very miserable up there when the weather is bad but, when it's good, you have to be careful too. There were three SAS recruits who died from heat exhaustion there in 2013. 

I remember reading about that, Gee. Dehydration can sneak up on you and for some it's too late. I lived in Africa for some time and learned that lesson. It amazes me that some people are so ill-prepared for their treks in places like Dartmoor, Wales and Scotland. I knew a pilot who was involved with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team and he told me some tales of absolute stupidity re bad weather and insufficient kit. And of the ones that didn't get away with their weekend strolls.

Apropos of mountains:

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Posted : 12/07/2020 6:20 pm
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Posted by: @gee

I've seen a few posts about music and I wondered if people use music or some kind of background noise while they're writing? I sometimes assign a piece of music to a character I'm writing to get in a certain mood. My daughter writes while listening to podcasts, something I'd find too distracting. 

yes but most of the time I need silence. the three pieces I have always used to either start or finish a poem or story were

the main theme of Hours, Kai Engel's Snowfall and Gravity by Craig Armstrong.

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Posted : 12/07/2020 10:13 pm
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@Trevor

Windows 10. Opera browser.

Right Click the target page to be saved & Copy Address.

Right Click Paste on destination page.

And there it is!

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Posted : 13/07/2020 7:53 am
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@ifyouplease
I listened to two of them and enjoyed both. Gravity reminds me of the Mogwai music for The Returned series and I love the Snowfall one. I can definitely see how they'd inspire you. 

@gothicman 
It's a tiny village with a lot of history and it's only in the last few years I've started to appreciate the area. I don't speak Welsh although I come from a Welsh speaking home, because my family decided the Welsh language wouldn't be of use to me and they wanted me to concentrate on other things. I understand a lot of it and I'm currently learning. 
It's a lovely area but quite unforgiving when it comes to bad weather conditions. 

 

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Posted : 14/07/2020 12:30 am
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