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    I have been wondering how bad a whipping like that would be. The book says the whip was the heaviest Frank could find. From dim memories of watching...
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    kev67 started a thread Clara Collet in Gissing, George
    I am reading a biography of Clara Collet, who I read about first in a biography of George Gissing. She was a very good friend to him and his family....
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    I will have to read Clarissa one day, but it won't be this year. Squire Western would have had very firms views regarding his daughter's...
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    07-01-2020, 04:33 AM
    I am not sure I like this Frank Gresham. I let ride him calling Mr Moffatt a muff for saying he would vote to let Jews stand for parliament. SPOILER...
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    kev67 started a thread The election in Dr Thorne
    The election chapter was quite interesting. It reminded me a bit of Middlemarch when Mr Brooke stood for parliament. Looks like electioneering...
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    kev67 replied to a thread All the Latin in Ulysses in Ulysses
    I thought Trübsal was the cow's name. We'd give cows names like Buttercup or Lily back before farming was industrialised. So that's two phrases...
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    kev67 replied to a thread All the Latin in Ulysses in Ulysses
    I thought Euters meant udder, but I did not know what Trübsal meant. I looked up the Irish phrase using google translate. It means skenl inn ban a...
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    As examples, there is a line on p555: ‘Per deam Partulam et Perundam nunc est bibendum!’ There are also a couple of sentences of German on that...
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    Irish is a pretty sounding language. Irish schoolchildren in the south learn it, but it is not used in conversation much. The only time I remember...
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    I am enjoying Doctor Thorne more than Barchester Towers or The Warden. It seems to operate a bit more in the area of books like Bleak House, North...
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    06-18-2020, 03:15 AM
    In this blog, someone has replied that Pemberley was based on Chatsworth, which had 85,000 acres. £10,000 (Darcy's income) divided by 85,000 is 2...
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    James Joyce was a talented linguist. I have read quotes of German (I think), Italian, Spanish and French; no Irish, slightly surprisingly, but lots...
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    There's a bit at the beginning of the book when one of Squire Gresham's tenant farmers says that after years of paying one pound 15 for some acres,...
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    Hester should be repenting, according to her community.
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    kev67 replied to a thread Your thoughts on Ulysses in Ulysses
    I have been googling why Ulysses is good, and I found this section: Ulysses, in other words, is a justification of the effort it takes to read...
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Holiday in Seville

by Paulclem on 08-11-2014 at 01:26 PM
It's the first holiday abroad in a number of years and I'm here in Seville with my son who is 22 in order to reinvigorate his interest in Spanish and open the possibility to him of working in this culture as an option.

I think it has worked. He loves the city and often takes off wandering around the place for hours. (My irritating company might also provoke this too, but I remain upbeat).

I like the city too. We went on a river cruise today past the Moorish Gold Tower

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Drama on the Green

by Paulclem on 08-26-2011 at 08:19 PM
About three weeks ago I was walking my Jack Russell as usual on the Green near our house and I noticed a crow hopping about the field. There had been quite a few crows about the field this year, with at least two couples producing offspring.

This crow stood out as it appeared to have no tail feathers. I proceeded to watch it from a distance, and it became clear that it couldn’t fly. I continued to see the crow, and usually another pair with it or nearby. I presumed they were its

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Maths Again

by Paulclem on 08-21-2011 at 03:14 PM
A few weeks ago, my Boss came and asked me if I would like to change my role in the organisation. I’ve been a Literacy Programme Manager for a few years, but recently, with the insecurity in the Public Sector, I have studied Maths in order to give myself another iron in the fire.

So, as I did the L3 exam through my organisation, this has been noted.
As an incentive I was offered the chance this year to study for a L5 Maths Subject Specific Qualification at Warwick University.

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A Tale of Two Franks

by Paulclem on 08-09-2011 at 08:33 PM
When we moved into our house, we discovered to our delight that the close – a dead end road with no through traffic - had quite a community of old folks living in it. It was very friendly, and, as my wife and I don’t drive, we would regularly see the other residents wandering round to the shops or walking the dogs. We soon got to know all of them, in particular Old Frank who lived over the road.

He was an irascible, bluff character who had served in the Fleet Air Arm in WW2. He would

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Retiring Colleagues

by Paulclem on 07-29-2011 at 08:16 PM
The ones coming to the end of their careers I mean. Not the quiet ones that we all have to watch.

Yes it was a funny day today – I won’t say weird as it didn’t have any supernatural content, in the strictest sense of the word. It was funny watching the unfolding of a last day after watching the unfolding of the last six months.

It happened that my colleague, who sat opposite me all year, decided to take voluntary redundancy in order to enjoy her horse riding and all

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