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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:23 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Arnold Bennett, whose novels were among the first I read when I moved on from children’s books. On the Wikipedia site one of his quotations may still be apt for nowadays - Good taste is better than bad taste, but bad taste is better than no taste.


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G K Chesterton. I have recollections of a TV series in the 50's or 60's of the Father Brown stories with Alec Guinness (?) playing the role.


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
G K Chesterton. I have recollections of a TV series in the 50's or 60's of the Father Brown stories with Alec Guinness (?) playing the role.


Alec Guinness played Father Brown in a film, I remember, but I don't know bout the series. There was a TV series in the 70s with Kenneth More.



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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for that, Himadri, because it must have been Kenneth More. Now I definitely saw More in The Deep Blue Sea at a theatre in the Charing Cross Road in the fifties. Happy theatre-going Days!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Masefield, poet and writer including two classic children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Birthday today of Thomas Hardy (1840) and of Edward Elgar (1856), two people who, to a great extent, define much of what I understand as "Englishness".

Also, they both had very big moustaches.



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is what I understand 'Englishness' to be.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case I'm afraid I don't qualify.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elgar at one time had plans to turn Hardy's "A Pair of Blue Eyes" into an opera.  They were alike in many ways; both had a social inferiority complex, both were inspired by younger women to compose works and yet were devastated when their wives died.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikeharvey wrote:
In that case I'm afraid I don't qualify.

Nor me Mike!



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