A Blog About Hosting an Imaginary Dinner Party for 4 Literary Characters Choosing who to invite Playing catch up – yet again – to my fellow bloggers (honestly old people have too much time on their hands); I have been tasked with writing a post on hosting a dinner party for four literary characters. For most people this would probably be an arduous task. There are literally millions of literary characters to choose from, and therefore it would be difficult to narrow it down to merely four. Alas, it’s an arduous task… Read More
Guest list Edward and Jane Rochester Catherine Linton and Heathcliff The Rochesters arrived first, Jane leading the way, while her husband’s right hand rested on her shoulder as she guided him towards the table. At his heels trudged a long-haired black and white Newfoundland dog, loyally glued to its master. Jane apologised for the dog and said she hoped it would be acceptable for Pilot to lie under the table as he was too old to be left alone now. They sat down at opposite sides of the round table and Pilot… Read More
10 minutes to go; so I double-checked the booze and the seating arrangements: Micawber should sit opposite Miss Moneypenny and next to Mary Poppins, while Jeeves would fill the fourth chair. Micawber was the first to arrive clad in a polo shirt and dress jeans; it was tough to see him as the Victorian law clerk. ‘Many thanks for your gracious invitation kind sir!’ he boomed. I decided to wait until the party had all arrived before explaining the nature of the dinner. Next in was Miss Moneypenny; she had scrubbed up… Read More
Imagine for a moment that an arbitrary decree came out of Brussels requiring that all the French people living in the UK (about 400,000) should move back to France, and all the British people living in France (about 200,000) should move back to the UK. There would be no appeals or exceptions to the ruling which would take no account of wealth or status or business ties, but only of nationality. Imagine too that the people involved could only take with them what they could carry. They must leave behind their furniture… Read More
‘I have noticed that doing the sensible thing is only a good idea when the decision is quite small. For the life-changing things, you must risk it.’ Jeanette Winterson in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?