Monthly Archives: July 2010

Nobby not acceptable but Dick and Fanny fine: Enid Blyton for the Twenty-first Century

In Saturday’s Guardian there was an article about Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books getting a ‘makeover’ – changing some of the terminology to fit modern times, for example ‘mother’ to ‘mum’, ‘mercy me’ to ‘oh no’, and ‘fellow’ to ‘old … Continue reading

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A Swamp, a witch’s cave, Jonathan Swift, and dragon’s teeth: a short walk from Farnham

Last weekend I took my eldest daughter to a training session in Farnham in Surrey, I had five and a half hours to fill, so I went for a walk. I prefer a walk either to have a point or … Continue reading

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The British Archaeology Awards winner announced

The winners of the British Archaeology Awards for 2010 have been announced this evening. I listed the shortlist in June. They are seen as a key event in the Council for British Archaeology‘s Festival of British Archaeology. Best Archaeological Project: … Continue reading

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Blooming Snapdragons at the Royal Institution

Occasionally, instead of a lecture or a discourse, the Royal Institution stages a short play in the Faraday Theatre. Last October, for example, I saw Juliet Aykroyd’s gripping play The Ostrich and the Dolphin, about the relationship between Charles Darwin … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock signing The Coming of the Terraphiles, and Final Programme Q&A at BFI

Further to my earlier post about Michael Moorcock’s new venture into Doctor Who novel writing (Moorcock + Doctor Who is designed to provoke interest as they both have large cult followings), he will be signing copies at the Forbidden Planet … Continue reading

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Dr Johnson & Mrs Thrale’s Tour in North Wales 1774

Poor Hester Thrale, she had high hopes for her tour of North Wales with Samuel Johnson. In 1773 he had made his famous tour to the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles with James Boswell, which he enjoyed immensely, and which … Continue reading

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Temple Newsam, John James Audubon & Lady Hertford (Vandal)

Yesterday I travelled from Cambridge to my sister Maisie’s farm deep in fenland to visit and stay the night. I missed seeing Francis, my brother-in-law, as he’s filming in Northumberland, but was enthusiastically greeted by Jane (on left), well fed … Continue reading

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