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February 7, 1812: A Very Umble Person

Little Charles Dickens knew the adversity he would later write so effectively about. Born February 7, 1812, he attended school in Portsmouth during his early years but was sent to work in a factory in 1824 at the age of 12, when his father was thrown into debtors’ prison. 280 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

How Dickens has been turned into a soap opera

It’s a risky premise.

Take a large handful of characters from some of the best known and most widely read 19th century novels in the English language, all written by an author so famous, an adjective has been coined to sum up the flavour of his works. 478 more words
Writing

Carrot Ranch #FlashFiction 'Oliver and Trip' A Tribute to Charles Dickens

This Flash Fiction was written in response to Charlie Mills at Carrot Ranch’s weekly prompt


January 20, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a boy and his dog, showing the value or benefit of such a relationship. 738 more words

Flash Fiction

The Daily News

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 21st 1846 the first issue of the “Daily News,” edited by Charles Dickens was published. … 268 more words

Constantine (2005)

Like it or not, the 2016 presidential election is already one for the books. On the Democratic side we have an ex-First Lady and a septuagenarian leading a whiny guy from Baltimore for the nomination; the GOP, meanwhile, having been essentially co-opted by a real estate mogul, is among others asserting a guy who literally read… 922 more words

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Mis-applying an Oxbridge Toolkit

As we start the recruitment term celebrating our school’s remarkable Oxbridge success (half of the High School Oxbridge girls interviewed received an offer) I am struck by the new guidance coming from Oxford’s Head of Admissions, urging parents to start Oxbridge preparation from Year 7. 425 more words

Universities

Books that I have read twice!

I wanted to write an elaborate post on the year that was and the year that will be, but I hardly got time. So for one of the first blog (Technically I have already made the first post for 2016) posts in 2016 I decided to share some of the delights which are the books I have read more than once. 643 more words

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