Nineteen Eighty-four 8

Nineteen Eighty-four
This companion to October 17 Part 1 & Part 2 is not an English Literature Study Guide for 1984. Instead it puts historical context to Orwell’s reasons for writing the novel. He got the title by reversing the year he finished it: 1948. Originally he called it The Last Man in Europe, but decided 1984 ...

Thomas the Rhymer Book Review 8

Thomas the Rhymer Book Review
Book Review Thomas the Rhymer by Robbie Cheadle My review (By Robbie Cheadle) Just about the worst thing that can happen to any family is the disappearance of a child. This is exactly what happens in Jack’s family and, worse still, Jack is a witness to his older brother’s sudden and troubling disappearance. The facts ...

October 17 Pt 2: Storming the Winter Palace 14

October 17 Pt 2: Storming the Winter Palace
  Read Part 1 October 17 In May 1917 when Trotsky arrived in Petersburg from New York, after spending a month interned by the British, he did not immediately join Lenin’s Bolsheviks. As a Marxist, Trotsky was suspicious of Lenin, who he rightly viewed as an ambitious radical intent on exploiting a popular mass movement ...

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River 28

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River by Robbie and Michael Cheadle   Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River by Robbie and Michael Cheadle is a story and cookbook in one. It is the latest in a great fun series from a mother and her young son, the Author/Baker team of Robbie and Michael ...

Girt Dog of Langport 20

Girt Dog of Langport
  This is a companion piece to The Glastonbury Zodiac on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life   The thirteenth figure of the Glastonbury Zodiac is the guardian Girt Dog. ‘Girt’ comes from the same root as ‘girdle’ meaning to contain or encompass. The giant beast, based round the town of Langport, is ...
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