Posts Tagged Charles Dickens

FROM PORRIDGE TO CHRISTMAS PUDDING!

FROM PORRIDGE TO CHRISTMAS PUDDING!

BIRTH OF THE PUDDING The English have long been maligned for the uninspired stodginess of their cooking, particularly by their gourmet neighbours, the French. Nevertheless, it was a Frenchman, Misson de Valbourg who, upon visiting England in 1690, was moved to exclaim: What an excellent thing is

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ENOUGH TO MAKE A MOTHER WEEP!

ENOUGH TO MAKE A MOTHER WEEP!

 METHOD IN A MOTHER’S MADNESS In  December 1841 a  shabby, careworn woman entered a London  shoe shop, brazenly picked up several items    and walked out.  It was a  theft that made no sense at all;  she had  taken a  random couple of boots and a single clog! 

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CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

‘Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day. It is  that of the cloth which wraps the pudding.  Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ Christmas in Australia is a

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THE AUSTRALIAN MISS HAVISHAM

THE AUSTRALIAN MISS HAVISHAM

 A FAMOUS NOVEL BY MR DICKENS When Pip meets the jilted Miss Havisham in the novel Great Expectations she is dressed in her decaying wedding attire, presenting a terrifying blend of waxwork figure and living skeleton.   According to many people, Charles  Dickens based this character on

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DICKENS & THE WATER DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS

 SCHOOLGIRLS IN EXILE My  book, The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  is the  biography of a dysfunctional family,  but  it is also Victorian  era true crime.  It centres on the case of French born  governess  Mlle Celestine Doudet.  In 1855 the governess was tried over the deaths of  her

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