People who are evil

(After last week's froth, something rather darker.  Warning: contents may distress or disturb.) In December last year, a sentencing judge said to a woman who had defrauded and attempted to murder her sister, “Quite frankly, you are evil.” Judges do say this kind of thing, and I...

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Romance in September

(Warning: spoilers below) “What’s the best love story you’ve ever read?” This was the question interestingly posed on Facebook’s Woman Alive Book Club page.  There were a lot of suggestions – Ross and Demelza from Poldark, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Jane Eyre” were obviously high on the...

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Dreams and adult disbelief in modern fiction

If your friend came to you and said, “The woman next door is a witch, and her spell is the reason my brother got cancer,” you would not believe him.  Would you?  We're all civilised nowadays. In 1900, Frank L Baum published a story called “The...

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Two things I dislike about Facebook

This post is a day early, because tomorrow I shall be at a family event in Birmingham. I am finding Facebook, although terrifyingly time-wasting, a source of a lot of innocent fun, gossip and useful information (as well as those pesky cats).  (I'm still refusing to...

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Two vaguely political thoughts

Greetings on a sad day. International Last night someone in a lorry mowed down and killed eighty-four people who were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. May God help the bereaved and injured, the security services, politicians and media in France, and anyone in the country who is or...

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“The Bible Tells Me So” – Book Review 5

By the way, it has been pointed out to me that my unscientific recap of Jane Austen-themed works foolishly omitted the film "Clueless", an excellent updated version of "Emma".  Including it would have helped to redress the balance away from the otherwise rather dominant "Pride...

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