Tag Archive: Dickens

I See You Baby, Shakin’ That Ass

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…and when I say ass, I mean donkey. In fact, make that donkeys, plural. While making slow but steady progress through David Copperfield, I recently encountered a veritable donkey infestion involving the home of… Continue reading

Where do old books go to die?

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While sorting through the piles of books that fan out from my armchair, I discovered my long neglected copy of Dickens’ David Copperfield. Controversially, the bookmark position revealed that I’d not only failed to… Continue reading

‘Take that, Dickens!’ *Doof*

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Reading ‘Little Dorrit’ has been very much like the experience of running a marathon. I don’t mean the kind of marathon run by people who possess more technical kit than items of normal… Continue reading

Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism: General advice for every social occasion

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My copy of ‘Little Dorrit’ by Charles Dickens has been languishing for months, way down in the pile of books that I’m currently reading. After I’d had to return the audiobook to the… Continue reading

‘Little Dorrit’ causes dangerous driving.

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When embarking on a novel by Dickens, I fully expect the literary equivalent of a rich fruit cake: plot twists on every page and an explosion of eccentric memorable characters. Having got a… Continue reading

How to get fit with Books and Stationary

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Before the spelling police turn up to arrest me,  that does say stationary, not stationery. It’s a reference to my new (to me) stationary bike, or noncycle as I like to call it.… Continue reading

Cheer Up Dave, the dead are still asleep.

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What is it about Dickens and death? At the beginning of ‘Great Expectations’ Philip ‘Pip’ Pirrip is hanging out in the graveyard with his dead relations, when the fated encounter with terrifying Magwitch… Continue reading

Yes, of course my Dickens challenge requires accessories!

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Since I decided to follow Lucy’s lead and do the Dickens challenge, I wondered if I could mark it in some special way. I’m a bit of a sucker for accessories and accoutrements.… Continue reading

This lot will make you want to be alone on Valentine’s day.

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Everybody hates Valentine’s day. Everybody. It’s the day when being single is akin to leprosy, and if you’re in a couple, you’re forced into buying into the cynical proliferation of hearts, flowers, chocolates… Continue reading

Happy Birthday Charlie D!

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As it’s Dickens’ birthday today (203 years old – looking good, Charlie boy!), I could hardly let such an important date pass without celebrating it, especially as Lucy has recently raised the gauntlet… Continue reading