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Misused Words

I’m just going to talk about the English language in this post but I’m sure other languages have plenty of similar examples where a word is commonly mixed up with other words, for example, in English people often mix up their/there/they’re, are/our, affect/effect. There are also times when you hear/read a word that is absolutelyContinue reading “Misused Words”

A Weasel in the Clouds

Hamlet is probably one of Shakespeare’s best known plays and also his longest. It is fairly typical of his tragedies, in that the plot sounds ridiculous if you say it out loud (Hamlet see’s the ghost of his dead dad, pretends to go crazy while he procrastinates about getting revenge, then kills a bunch ofContinue reading “A Weasel in the Clouds”

Vampires with a difference

It’s October! It’s spooky month! Let’s talk about vampires. You’ve heard of Dracula by Bram Stoker, right? It wasn’t the first piece of literature about vampires and certainly isn’t the best, but it’s probably the best known and the most influential. It’s not even a novel as we usually think of them, the story beingContinue reading “Vampires with a difference”

Shakespeare and the Serial Killer

I reckon you’ve probably heard of William Shakespeare, right? Given that he lived and wrote in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and that was quite a long time ago, so he must’ve been doing something right for us to still be reading, performing and watching his work four hundred years later. That beingContinue reading “Shakespeare and the Serial Killer”

How Not To Propose

Pride and Prejudice was Jane Austin’s second novel, published in 1813, and has never been out of print. In fact, I imagine it is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice must be doing something right, hey? It is a romantic novel of manners and also a satire, and many things in between. IfContinue reading “How Not To Propose”

The Canterbury Tales – drunkenness, fart jokes and arse-kissing

The Canterbury Tales was written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 14th century. It’s 24 very different short stories held together by the idea that a group of pilgrims are travelling together from London to Canterbury and decide to have a story-telling competition. It’s worth reading for a lot of reasons (and there are plentyContinue reading “The Canterbury Tales – drunkenness, fart jokes and arse-kissing”

What Robinson Crusoe Did Before The Shipwreck

You may have guessed this if you’ve been following me for any length of time, but I read a lot. As well as stuff I pick up because it looks interesting, I’ve also got a ‘100 books you should have read’ list that I’m very slowly working my way through when I’m not distracted byContinue reading “What Robinson Crusoe Did Before The Shipwreck”

Young vs Old

A couple of months ago I discussed Tolstoy short stories and how people of different generations discussed each other. Seeing as Wilkie Collins was alive and writing around the same time as Tolstoy (and they both had great beards), I thought I’d return to the subject through his eyes. The Woman in White was firstContinue reading “Young vs Old”

Purple Facial Hair

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope is weighty tome, getting on for 1000 pages, but is mostly an easy read – lots of characters living their lives, all interesting folk and many of whom are deeply morally ambiguous, against a backdrop of political satire and a biting response to the recent financial scandals.Continue reading “Purple Facial Hair”