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Pardon Doctor?

The next episode of Doctor Who is called (no joke) "World Enough and Time". And I'm so confused. I don't know how to deal with the awesomeness I'm hoping for vs the awfulness that line conjures up. Help!

  We don't dress up at school for this. Personally, I think that this is basically a tragedy, so I did fine liner tattoos on my arm from three of my favourite fantasy universes.

Three guesses as to what this one might be about! They have Titus Andronicus in the school library. Titus. Andronicus. They don't have Love's Labour's Lost or The Winter's Tale, but they've got Titus bleeding Andronicus. Rape, mutilation and cannibalism?... Continue Reading →

Revewi: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavour turned out to be delightfully chilling, with Oppel providing a real insight into what could have caused Frankenstein to act as he does in Shelley’s classic. I was, I confess, slightly wary about reading this—prequels, if well... Continue Reading →

A will of their own

"Such an unmanageable heroine. She WILL do and say things I never meant her to" Many thanks to Anne Shirley of Avonlea fame for the above quotation. It's a problem which I face myself: my characters will insist upon changing... Continue Reading →

Theatre Review: A Room With a View

I won't deny that I loved it. I really did. I loved it from the bottom of my soppy little romance loving heart. Of course, I also won't deny that some of it was truly awful. Because that's true as... Continue Reading →

Change

Earlier on today I posted something which I could never have predicted. In itself that isn't entirely unusual. I have posted many things like that over the past month: posts which reveal a part of me which I don't usually... Continue Reading →

Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I’ve been meaning to read this for at least the past year, yet somehow I never got around to it. I don’t know actually. It was good, certainly—more that good—but it’s difficult to describe. It was unlike any Gothic novel... Continue Reading →

Oxford and the joys of literature

Today I visited the Andy Warhol exhibition in Oxford, and firstly I would like to say that while it was amazing, it was not actually my favourite part of the day. That honour falls somewhere between the Science Museum (and... Continue Reading →

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