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 ...

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 ...

Symposium 12

Symposium
These days a symposium sounds quite prestigious. It something scientists and academics attend to exchange cutting-edge ideas. So it might surprise you to know it come from the Ancient Greek for ‘Drinking Together’. Something probably not that far off the truth these days either: a load of bladdered physicists doing Stephen Hawking impressions… Cos he’s ...

Mister Marx’s Beautiful Daughter 28

Mister Marx’s Beautiful Daughter
This is not about the co-founder of Marks and Spencer’s. There’s more to life than shopping! Nor about Groucho… Harpo… Chico… Zeppo… It’s Karl! Karl Marx? Honestly, it’s like getting blood from a stone! Karl Marx was born in Prussia in 1818. After failing at fiction he turned to essay writing particularly economic and political ...
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