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Cake, china cabinets, and Charles Dickens (Rousse)

When LM and I returned to campus, we were shocked at the neglect that it had suffered in the past year. We hoped that the new students would not be disappointed with their choice of university. Whatever their opinion of … Continue reading

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Meeting Pip Pirrip in real life (Belle)

I was at the recording of a magazine-style television programme. One of the guests, a member of an influential 1960s rock band, was talking about his earlier career as a child actor, in particular, playing Pip for the TV. The … Continue reading

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A frustrating author mix-up (Belle)

It didn’t seem to matter how many times I repeated myself, no-one believed me. “Kingsley Amis did NOT write Hard Times”.

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French chef fails to impress (Belle)

In a scene reminiscent of Oliver Twist, the three contestants carried their bowls of French onion soup towards the top table. The famous chef make a pronouncement: “This is the soup any British housewife should be able to make”. Although … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’ wife ponders the impracticalities of the Victorian sex scene (Rousse)

By now I had completely lost track of the characters in this Victorian melodrama. I was mixing up the real lives of the actors with those of the people that they portrayed. As Charles Dickens’ wife you’d think that I’d … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens meets Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor (Belle)

The plot of this generic Dickens work had been dreadfully bowdlerised and it was no surprise to me that it had been snuck into the BBC2 schedules with no fanfare. Part Mr Fezziwig’s ball, part Strictly Come Dancing and part … Continue reading

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Miss Haversham awaits her husband while Rousse loses hers

We’d never seen snow on Uig sands before. It really was a beautiful sight, and you would have thought it would be an absolute pleasure to be snowed in here. However, after only one night at our favourite guest house … Continue reading

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Belle’s busy night

My thesis was on the improvement of the ‘lot’ of the working classes over the lifetime of Charles Dickens. I needed lots of statistical data and went to the newly-built sink estate in which all the records were kept. However, … Continue reading

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