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New Cumbria (1)
It’s time for another update on the world of Dido Twite according to the account in Joan Aiken’s The Stolen Lake. We’ve had an overview, and we’ve looked at the main personages (the ‘who’) a...
Originally posted on Zenrinji: If ever forced to try out swordplay I’d fail to be a Cyrano. And as for impro wordplay, expecting puns? Oh, sirrah, no! Clash of steel best fitting crossed swo...
Erich Kästner: Emil and the Detectives Translated from the German by Eileen Hall Illustrated by Walter Trier Vintage Classics 2012 (English translation 1959; Emil und die Detektive was first...
In praise of political correctness
Political correctness gone mad. How many times have you heard this phrase? Me, I’ve lost count, but I could almost guarantee that the person speaking it has it in mind to say something outra...
Where was The Shire?
Harken, friends of Halflings, I have a question! But before I ask it, let me lay bare the background. Here in the Black Mountains of Wales, in the Vale of the Usk, there is a popular local t...
Miss Pittikin Pattikin and others
Another post looking at the background to Joan Aiken’s The Stolen Lake (1981) with its wonderful amalgam of history, alternate history, legend and whimsy. This one will look at the persons m...
The future now
Inverted Commas 1: The modern world viewed from 1926 When wireless is perfectly applied, the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain. We shall be able to communicate with one another...
Time and tide
Following a review of Joan Aiken’s The Stolen Lake comes this, the first of a series of posts looking at various aspects of Dido Twite’s adventures in South America. Here we will look at the...
What is truth?
If — somehow or other — you’ve missed it, there has been much in the news and elsewhere about truth, post-truth and fake news. This concern with what counts as fact, what is factoid and what...
Joan Aiken The Stolen Lake Red Fox 2005 (1981) It is 1835 and Dido Twite is heading back to England from Nantucket Island on board HMS Thrush. Or so she thinks: she has been at sea for most ...
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