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Latent sexism in Literature.

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Latent sexism in Literature.
Why are male authors considered more credible than females?

Many swords were shattered to pieces in fights between opponents and supporters of an almost conspiratological theory of latent sexism in literature. Credible or not, it cannot be either proven or denied by many critics and literary expert observers for decades. Read More

Ron Clark on Book Critics and Writers

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Here I sit broken hearted, paid a penny and only then remembered this isn’t a toilet wall; ah well. But really you know, a lot of book critics are the pigeons of the literary world. Let’s face it, some of those pro-critics only seem interested in crapping on authors, just like the pigeons crapping on Nelson in in Trafalgar Square. Read More

5 Books Gandhi Would Read Today.

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on the 2nd of October 1869 in Porbandar, India. The honourable name of Mahatma (Sanskrit for high-souled) was given to him in 1914 as he became the catalyst for social change all over the world. Through non-violent protest and peaceful practice, Gandhi inspired civil rights movements across India and South Africa. Millions mourned him when he was assassinated in 1948 by an extremist Hindu Nationalist. Read More

Celebrating the Birth of the Emoticon and its Pictogram Cousin Emoji.

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There is a little contention surrounding when the emoticon was first created, and by whom, with the first apparent sighting being in a 1648 poem penned by Robert Herrick. However this is said to be a typo, along with the ‘winking smilie’ President Lincoln was reported to have written into his speech in 1862.

It has been since noted that the first documented sighting of the Smiley and Frowny emoticons that we know and love (?) today was in 1982.

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5 Books to Help You Live, Laugh, and Love Again.

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In Honour of World Suicide Prevention Day


On September 10th every year it is World Suicide Prevention Day so we have put together a list of books that address issues of depression and grief, and others that can be uplifting and bring hope to the reader. World Suicide Prevention Day is a means to reach out to those who may be suffering and see no way out of their pain than to take their own life. #ITSOKAYTOTALK is the message The Samaritans want to put out there: the more people who offer an ear to those in need, the less desperate those contemplating suicide may feel. Of course depression and suicide are complicated and dark issues to address but the aim of World Suicide Prevention Day is to help shine a light on a need for more compassion, more reaching out to those in need, and a message of hope. Read More

Why Do I Read?

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A Guest Blog by Philip Meers

It is a sunny day as I write these words. The conservatory doors are open. The wind in the nearby trees sounds like waves on a shingle beach, a sound effect made more real by the occasional gull crying as it swoops over my house, which is as far from the sea as you can get.

I am retired. A free spirit. What better day to go out than this? Sunshine, blue sky, pleasantly warm. Yet here I am, sitting at home. What has kept me in? Well, I suppose that I could say I needed to do some laundry. It’s out there now drying beautifully. I could have put it out to dry and then taken myself off and enjoyed the lovely weather. No, the laundry is not an excuse. Read More

A Glimpse of Tudor Life Aboard the Mary Rose.

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As an end-of-the-summer-holiday treat my little family and I went on a road-trip from Devon to Portsmouth to visit the Mary Rose Museum. I would highly recommend you to visit if you are nearby, or are particularly interested in Tudor life or the famous ship that was brought back to the surface in the 1970s. Read More

Why Book Journaling is Important –

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Why Book Journaling is Important –
A Guest Blog by Victoria Iwinski

Hello my beautiful readers!!
So I am going through a bit of a transition in my life at the moment. I have officially finished my first book journal. My mom gave me this tiny, $7.00 notebook from Journals Unlimited for Christmas in 2014. Much to her dismay, it has been my favorite Christmas present I can recall. This NOTEBOOK. Read More

Find Your Simpsons Reading Buddy!

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Have you ever wondered who would be your perfect Simpsons reading pal? Who would share a book with you out of Marge or Homer? Would you be discussing Plath with Lisa, or giggling over a comic with Bart? Do you prefer reading together or reading alone? Are you widely read, or hardly read? Would you look out of place in the Springfield library? Do you own more books than you’ve had hot dinners? Read More