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  1. While I understand that you are not a fan of Brax's character and that is your right, I hope you also understand that your opinion is not universally shared. In fact many viewers do like the character of Brax as indicated by Steve recently winning a Logie for the most popular character.

    I would say that is the reason the show has held open the possibility of a return.

  2. The writers really need to understand Marilyn and write for her....The current plots are drivel

    I thought the actress who plays her was only 44....Maybe, I'm wrong

    She is 45, born on August 10th, 1969...

    She looks much younger in real life than as Marilyn. The styling and how Marilyn acts make her 20 years older...

    You have got to be kidding!!

    I'm 69 and if Marilyn looks 20 years older than Emily's real age of 45 that would make her comparable in age to me. Let me assure you that she looks nowhere near my age.

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  3. I think people need to take a deep breath.

    Obviously people have differing views on this event and that is understandable. It's also quite acceptable to disagree with someone's view even strongly.

    However in my opinion sarcasm almost never leads to a good outcome in an argument.

    Please be careful when expressing views.

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  4. A great piece of writing Tele. As a Vietnam Veteran myself and a participant in the Battle in the Binh Ba rubber it stirred some memories of those time and of mates who, like Alf, meet together each year to remember.

    I am impressed by your research which gives great authenticity to the first few paragraphs. Thank for the piece.

  5. I must say I miss the late night MSN chats with Dan, Karen, Kat and QA etc. We all must have had more time on our hands then!!

    And the April Fool's Day pranks. The massive "staged"fight among staff one year. The word substitution prank.

    Good days!!

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  6. Time flies doesn't it!! Happy Anniversary to the site.

    I came on Board with BTTB in September 04 and although my memory is hazy ( I am an ageing geriatric :blush: ) I think I migrated over from another site which closed. I started watching the show when I was teaching. I had a group of semi- illiterate students who had no interest at all in reading and writing. I did find in conversation with them that they all watched some show on TV called Home and Away and were animated in their discussion of it in class each morning. It provided me with an opportunity to encourage them to begin writing episode notes and later summaries. Some even graduated to Fan Fiction.

    After I retired in late 1999 I continued to watch the show and eventually went looking for a website to chat with other watchers. I joined the predecessor site I can't recall and eventually found my way to BTTB.

    I was approached to be a judge in the Script Writing Competitions along side Coral Drouyn whose work I had always admired. At that point I discovered that, hidden in the dark musty back of the site, there was a staffroom. A world I had never suspected. :o I loved the Script Competition and it is one of my great laments that circumstances have meant that they had to be discontinued.

    I then became a Feature Contributor and worked, with a number of others, on one of the last departure features on the site the Belle Departure Feature.

    The site and Forum keep me interested and have become one of my main recreations as I watch Home and Away and other Australian Drama.

    I would like to pay tribute to Dan particularly. It is his passionate dedication to the site and the Forum which keep it going. The amount of work he does is monumental.

    I hope that the site lasts at least another ten year and that it and its attached Forum continue to give the same pleasure to fans of the show as in the first ten years.

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  7. I think what alexx means is to not have Irene just dishing out advice to random characters.

    We should see her develop relationships with other characters and see a trusting relationship form.

    We should also see her live her own life and develop as a person - which we all do!

    Mustn't have express myself very well. I agree with you about her developing relationships and I think her community role in the diner coupled with her more involved role with "boarders" in her house places her ideally for that.

  8. I've seen original Irene recently and it's hard to believe that the nice woman, today working in the diner was once such a monster. And that monster was exciting to watch. As for Lynne's Irene I have only seen her from 2012-present episodes and she is boring. But after reading in this forum I understand it's a result of neglectance and this Irene could be interesting without being evil.

    Lynne's Irene had massive storylines during her 20 year tenure. But in recent years, she has been neglected a lot. Hopefully, Irene will get a big storyline soon and she'll be interesting.

    As its previously been said though. It is not big storylines that Irene needs, but a purpose in the show.

    I agree with this. I suspect Lynne doesn't want massive continuous storylines but interesting little vignettes which give her chances to interact with characters as a source of advice and support. Her varied life experience makes her ideally suited to that role.

    Whilst I agree that she is suited to that role, I also think it's important that they don't only have her do that sort of stuff alone. Otherwise she would just be the same Irene as she is now, but instead of dishing out coffee she'd be dishing out sympathy and advice here and there. They still need to give her a purpose and some character on her own and develop her that way too - like they did up until 2005.

    Perhaps that is her purpose.

  9. I've seen original Irene recently and it's hard to believe that the nice woman, today working in the diner was once such a monster. And that monster was exciting to watch. As for Lynne's Irene I have only seen her from 2012-present episodes and she is boring. But after reading in this forum I understand it's a result of neglectance and this Irene could be interesting without being evil.

    Lynne's Irene had massive storylines during her 20 year tenure. But in recent years, she has been neglected a lot. Hopefully, Irene will get a big storyline soon and she'll be interesting.

    As its previously been said though. It is not big storylines that Irene needs, but a purpose in the show.

    I agree with this. I suspect Lynne doesn't want massive continuous storylines but interesting little vignettes which give her chances to interact with characters as a source of advice and support. Her varied life experience makes her ideally suited to that role.

  10. *pokes thread*

    ... So I'm cooking a quality meal for the 'rents today. Starter of mushrooms on homemade bread (pesto swirled), main of stuffed chicken breast (sundried tomatoes, olives & feta with a hint of lemon) with pasta and a homemade red pepper sauce. Dessert is a shop bought trifle though :lol:...

    I hope and pray it all tastes good.

    Certainly sounds good. I can almost smell it.!!

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