Nahum Tate

I would like to write a few words about Nahum Tate (1652-1715). The Wikipedia article on him provides some fascinating facts. However, according to this, he is best known for his 1681 adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. This raises an interesting point about the meaning of fame. Adapting...

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This blog one year on

In November 2015 I established this website, and on 19th November I posted the first entry in this blog (http://www.penelopewallace.com/introduction/ ). In it I listed the purposes of the blog as follows:   Publicising my work. If you have already viewed the rest of the site (if...

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Advent calendars

In a previous blog post/rant about the busyness of Christmas (http://www.penelopewallace.com/christmas-busy-ness/), I said this: “Most bought Advent calendars are a consumerist tacky nightmare, but that is a completely different rant.” Today I’ve decided to write that rant. This may offend…   What is an Advent calendar? Basically, it’s surely...

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Putting the kettle on

My Facebook friend, Amy Boucher-Pye of the Woman Alive Book Club on FB, has written a book (recommended) called “Finding Myself in Britain”. It’s a light-hearted Christian memoir about being an American living in Britain as the wife of a vicar, the resultant culture clashes,...

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Two or three things I like about Facebook

A while back, I wrote a blog post  here: http://www.penelopewallace.com/two-things-i-dislike-about-facebook/. I began by saying: 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 am still refusing to wish everyone a...

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Very late review – “Noah”

There are so many exciting and inspiring stories in the Bible – wouldn’t it be good if someone occasionally made a popular film out of one of them? Well, in 2014 someone did, a film which I somehow missed watching or reading reviews of.  This was...

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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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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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Here we go…

So I switched on the TV this morning, and found that the UK had voted to leave the EU.  I have not made any secret of my own view, and so this result frightens and upsets me. (Of course I could be wrong.) As I keep telling...

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