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Swallows and Amazons 2016

In terms of unappetizing prospects, an adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s 1930’s book about children on a jolly boating adventure is hard to beat; it’s so old-fashioned it makes Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven look as hard-boiled as a Jim Thompson novel. 91 more words


She said to me that heaven better be a library or something or when she gets there she will say: What the hell?

Peggy has a new t shirt: it is milkshake pink and says: Dance with the Fairies, Ride with the Unicorns, Swim with the Mermaids and Fly to the Moon… 768 more words

Sailing Away From Sailing

I used to sail. In a boat. On the water. Really.

(You would know this if you’ve read the extensive list of what I’ve attempted to be good at on my… 406 more words


Field Artillery Training: Signalling 1

Although there were designated signallers in each battery, the Field Artillery Training syllabus of 1914 calls for twenty hours of semaphore training for recruits. (1)   In another place, the manual specifies that semaphore is part of the individual training of captains, subalterns and non-commissioned officers, and twenty percent of gunners and drivers. 357 more words


Arthur Ransome: who was the author really?

Arthur Ransome: who was the author really?

Sheena Grant of the East Anglian Daily Times interviews author of Swallows, Amazons and Coots: A Reading of Arthur Ransome… 62 more words


Chapter XIII: The slower the fire the better the charcoal.

This is my favourite chapter. (Have I said that before? It’s possible I might have more than one.)

It begins with a casual reference to mature, dignified Captain John turning upside down to look between his knees and the reflection in the lake. 611 more words

Swallows And Amazons