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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:51 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I'm joining you two in the Upper Circle.  I knew Syd Barrett and guessed Tristan Tzara as I vaguely remembered a line in "Tavesties" about "my heart belongs to Dada" but got the "Hard Question" wrong as I just glanced at the reviews and decided it wasn't for me and also after dithering opted for the wrong choice on "the dog it was that died.".


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved 'The Invention of Love'.  I never worry if I don't understand everything in a Stoppard play.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed the play, but it was near impossible to get a handle on, in spite of knowing some of the story (Housman's love for Moses Jackson, the Wilde trial, and so on). His range of references is so catholic. The scene where the Three Men in a Boat pass Reading and ponder whether Wilde's in the gaol seems typical of Stoppard. You have to read and see these plays many times before you get the feel of them, I sense.




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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got 6/7. Never heard of the poem. I'm not well-acquainted with 18th century poetry at all.

Weren't R&G fellows from university rather than school?



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Apple



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I got three questions right!  Embarassed My previous smugness has now evaporated!



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trouble is, not one single question referred to '50 Shades of Grey'. If that great cultural edifice had been included, I think you would have scored higher than any of us! I am pretty sure there is a spare ticket for the Upper Circle, and, dear Apple, it is yours, if only as a reward for all the tasks you undertake so the rest of us don't have to!🏆🏆🏆


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-l wrote:
The trouble is, not one single question referred to '50 Shades of Grey'. If that great cultural edifice had been included, I think you would have scored higher than any of us! I am pretty sure there is a spare ticket for the Upper Circle, and, dear Apple, it is yours, if only as a reward for all the tasks you undertake so the rest of us don't have to!🏆🏆🏆


I'm not sure if that is a compliment or an insult!  Wink



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's any consolation, Apple, I didn't even try to do that test; from the snippets mentioned here, I don't think I would get a single one right, so I didn't think I would put myself through the embarrassment.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple wrote:
chris-l wrote:
The trouble is, not one single question referred to '50 Shades of Grey'. If that great cultural edifice had been included, I think you would have scored higher than any of us! I am pretty sure there is a spare ticket for the Upper Circle, and, dear Apple, it is yours, if only as a reward for all the tasks you undertake so the rest of us don't have to!🏆🏆🏆


I'm not sure if that is a compliment or an insult!  Wink


Definitely intended as a compliment!😄


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't grammar, more usage. In recent books both fact and fiction the words 'in fact' are now run together as 'infact'. Have I missed something important in current English language or is it a new trendy thing?



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