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A prize for the most updated of Enid Blyton’s text

As you will probably know I have written several series of posts on the updatings to Blyton’s texts, looking at the first book of a series (and a few Noddys). I would now like to award a (dubious) prize to … Continue reading

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When people search for Enid Blyton what are they looking for? Re-revisited

I have found so many funny/strange search terms I’ve had to do a second post. Though now I’m thinking about how those strange terms are now on the blog and we are even more likely to have people find us … Continue reading

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When people search for Enid Blyton what are they looking for? Revisited

A long time ago I did a post about the search terms which brought people to our site, (I also had some in a Monday post, with made-up illustrations) and while looking for things to write about for my maternity … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure part 8

Unusually we are not resuming after a cliff-hanger. Instead we have had time to swallow the reveal that Sam, dodgy pedlar of ‘farm-fresh’ eggs, and eater of snacks uninvited, has actually been Scar all along. LUCY-ANN’S SHOCK While we’re all … Continue reading

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How to get Blyton’s style: Baby edition

I happened to be in Mothercare last week, looking at prams, and I spotted this lovely Noddy set. I managed to resist buying it (just) but I suspect one way or another I will end up with it*. The best … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure part 7

We left last week on a cliff-hanger again. Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Philip (inside a suit of armour) were down in the cellar/dungeon and shut themselves in. Then someone opened the trap-door and came down to join them. But is it … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book, part 5

The final four chapters now! CHAPTER THIRTEEN: ARMOURED ANIMALS The hedgehog (aka the hedge-pig) get a page and a half to introduce us to armoured animal. I’m not sure the humble hedgehog is really zoo exhibit material but it gives … Continue reading

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July Round Up

Well, I may or may not have done my last Monday post but this will definitely be my last monthly round up for a while! WHAT I’VE READ Despite being on maternity leave the whole month I haven’t found as … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure part 6

Yet again we ended with a cliff-hanger created by character clumsiness/silliness. Previously we have had Dinah sliding off a perfectly good tree-bridge and Jack being attacked by an eagle while climbing the tower. Not to mention all the high-drama accidents … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book, part 4

I’m looking at chapters ten to twelve this week, which leaves just four more after that. CHAPTER TEN: THE GIRAFFE AND HIS COUSINS Blyton has some advice here: If you happen to be a girl and go to the Zoo wearing … Continue reading

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Monday #227

Well I’m still here! Still waiting on baby to arrive (due a week today) so here’s what we have planned:

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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure part 5

We ended on a less-dramatic scene in the last episode (I hesitate to call it a cliff-hanger, actually) with someone – Bill? MOD man? Sam? someone from the castle? prowling around Spring Cottage. SO JUST WHO IS THE NIGHT-TIME PROWLER? … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book, part 3

With six chapters done so far, there are ten more to go! The first few I found quite depressing reading at times, the next few weren’t quite so bad. I wonder what the next lot will be like. CHAPTER SEVEN: … Continue reading

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Monday #225

Well, it’s Monday again! I feel like every Monday could be my last for a while, but then again I could be around for many weeks to come. Here’s what we’ve got planned for the blog this week: And if … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 4

Last time we saw quite a bit of text cut out of one chapter plus some other more minor changes, so let’s see what we get this time. I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus … Continue reading

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June Round Up

Somehow it is July, and we have reached what will probably be my last monthly round up for a while. I’ll be taking over from now on! – Stef WHAT I READ  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – … Continue reading

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