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Poem of the Week: w/c 03 April

With the Easter holidays approaching, I thought I’d find something appropriate. GK Chesterton is mostly famous for his Father Brown detective stories, the detective being a priest.  This reflects his religious interests, also echoed in the biblical references towards the end

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Classic Short Horror for Hallowe’en

      “And did you really have the three wishes granted?” asked Mrs. White. “I did,” said the sergeant-major, and his glass tapped against his strong teeth. “And has anybody else wished?” persisted the old lady. “The first man

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Some readers are on the pitch! They think it’s all over …

Let’s rewind exactly 50 years, yes before even I was born … Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out of Time’ (written by Mick Jagger) was number 1 in the ‘Hit Parade’.  Watch the video via the link and hear a real tune, compared

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‘The Long Walk’: to Bardsea, and beyond …

To mark today’s school sponsored walk (which I’m told is about 8 miles), I wanted to share one of my favourite books about walking … once read, never forgotten, I promise you! I can’t believe this book didn’t influence Suzanne Collins

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A Book I Recommend: Mrs. Bonnett

I would definitely recommend reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. Set in both the Second World War and present day, we follow Briony, a bright young girl with a flair for storytelling. As Briony matures, she reflects on her past through

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A Book I Recommend: Miss Thompson

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom The first time I sat down to read this book, I already thought I knew Nelson Mandela’s story… I mean who doesn’t? He was one of the most controversial figures of the 20th Century

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A Book I Recommend: Mr. Guerrero

The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, edited by Tom Shippey. Science Fiction is a genre that I feel very strongly about, a genre that I believe  is unfairly over-looked or dismissed as trivial.  But it is, I think, the defining literary

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A book I Recommend: Mr Sims

Black Swan Green By David Mitchell I’m a huge fan of David Mitchell’s novel: he’s probably most famous for Cloud Atlas, which combined lots of different genres, from historical to sci-fi, and was turned into a film a couple of

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A book I recommend: Mrs Shufflebottom

The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second

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A book I recommend: Mrs Wiper

Les Miserables Victor Hugo The story tells of a man Jean Valjean who struggles to transform himself from a thief into an honest man. Over the years he struggles to stay a step ahead of the zealous police officer Javert and

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