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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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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure part 4

Yet again the previous episode ended with a cliff-hanger, or perhaps I should say tower-hanger, as Jack was hanging from the ivy on the castle’s tower while the eagle swooped down at him. And we find out that Jack fell … Continue reading

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Monday #223

June is nearly over, if you can believe it! We’ve had some pretty good weather lately (too much heat for me, though!) so we’ll have to see what July then brings. Here’s what we’ve got lined up this week: Enjoy!

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The Zoo Book, part 2

Here I am continuing to look at The Zoo Book, Blyton’s non-fiction book about London Zoo and its animals. The first chapters covered the zoo’s history, how animals were caught for the zoo and some secrets of the keepers. It … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 3

So far this book seems to have had minimal editing, which is  a pleasant surprise. Shall we see if that continues? I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus edition containing four of the six books … Continue reading

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Monday #221

Well it’s Monday again, and this one marks 3 weeks until I come off work and 7 weeks until my baby is due (eek!). I’m going to try to finish my reviews of The Castle of Adventure on TV, reviewing … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure part 3

The previous episode ended on a cliff-hanger (almost literally) as Dinah plunged from a tree into the enormous moat around the castle. I’m fairly confident that she will be OK, however, given that she is unlikely to disappear from the … Continue reading

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May Round Up

We are into June now (how?) and so it is time to recap what we have been up to in May. WHAT I READ IN MAY I’ve had a lot going on this month so it hasn’t been a great … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book

I was away on holiday last week, and just so happened to be just 45 minutes away from Inverness. So naturally that meant a trip to one of my favourite places – Leakey’s Second Hand Bookshop (second largest in Scotland). … Continue reading

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Monday #219

I’m back from my holiday now, and back to work as well (but only for five weeks before my maternity leave starts!). And so here is what we are writing about this week:  

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 2

There weren’t too many changes made in the first chapters, but then again the chapters are pretty short! I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus edition containing four of the six books (Egmont, 2014). CHAPTER … Continue reading

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