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The Plantagenets

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The price of living with more settled times with regards to the monarchy, is that Shakespeare would have very little history play material. Tales of Prince Phillip’s racism, Prince Andrew’s private flight expenses,… Continue reading

Just Beam The Words To My Brain!

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When are scientists going to get off their bums and invent a behind-the-eye or visual cortex Kindle? I have got very little reading done this week due to being tired, and disobedient eyes.… Continue reading

Big Bird in a small (monk)Fish Pond

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I’ve recently been reading and re-reading around one of my favourite themes, the dissolution of the monasteries. I actually really like monasteries, especially those that have gift shops where you can purchase things… Continue reading

Raven Reviews – Library Lottery Edition

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I’m a Catholic atheist, as in I may not believe anymore, but the smell of the incense has never really let me go. And to paraphrase Dara O’Brien, you could join ISIS and… Continue reading

No Frugal Shopper Am I

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Back when I was young(er), buying things off the internet meant the postman turned up with books and CDs from this fancy new company called Amazon, life-size cardboard cut outs of Aragorn from… Continue reading

‘Look, look, master, here comes two religious caterpillars.’

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The above is the best line, in my opinion, in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, and the first of two things I am shoehorning into this post simply because I like them and they… Continue reading

Comfort book-buying (because it’s less calories than comfort cake-eating)

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After some of the most exhausting and stressful days of my life this past month, up to and including 30 minutes of public speaking to a WI-type group about embalming (which is a… Continue reading

Ain’t it always the way?

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  Just as my future begins to look bright, dictators start threatening to blow us all up. That’s one of the many aspects of Vera Brittain’s story that chimed with me when I… Continue reading

Jumpers are finished quickly when I’m too stressed to read.

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Ahhhhhhh!!!!! Can’t read! My mind has all the calm of a herd of Tasmanian Devils riding a Waltzer. On the upside, being strung out on nerves and unable to read means I have… Continue reading

New books and a wearable mountain

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I had never heard of Nicola Barker, but a random Tweet led to a Guardian article, and that led to me ordering this book. And like many good second hand books, it came… Continue reading