Only 6 years between these albums: less time than between Richard III and Macbeth …
‘Please Please Me’ or ‘Abbey Road’?
‘Surfin’ Safari’ or ‘Pet Sounds’?
‘Hangin’ Tough’ or ‘The Block’?
[ – I’ve only ever listened to just please note of those albums. four Promise. I hope you can infer which they are!]
As I approach the first monthly instalment of my , what are my expectations from a work I know relatively little about? Arden Amble Why start the journey of a thousand steps with a month reading and blogging about ? Henry VI Part 1
Continue reading “Shakespeare’s ‘Salad Days’. Expectations of HVI part 1”
Amongst the cosmetic changes I’ve made over the past few days, you might have noticed the arrival of a new page:
The Boar’s Head Bookshelf.
that all about?
Continue reading “Volumes that I prize above my dukedom …”
… and so beguile thy sorrow (Titus Andronicus)
An era ended on Thursday this week …
Continue reading “Come, and take choice of all my library”
Back in November I compared the next President of the USA to . A little reluctantly, given I have some sympathy, and a degree of fondness, for Richard. Richard III
Continue reading “Like Hyperion to a satyr …”
Reddit’s not ALWAYS like wearing this to the zoo …
I find it interesting that many students are aghast when I tell them that whilst I don’t do
, I DO spend some time on Facebook . Reddit
Usually, it’s the more sensible ones who register the most shock. It’s not the horror of having someone as old as their dad (increasingly I seem to be older, actually), trying to be ‘down with the kids’ – they seem more worried that I’m entering the big cat enclosure in the zoo wearing one of those outfits that seem to be made entirely of slices of bacon …
Continue reading “Exit, pursued by Redditors”
I know this; and thus I challenge it. (Henry V)
How do you get a bunch of giddy Year 8s to do some ‘proper’ contextual research for HW, rather than just ripping stuff off Wikipedia, printing it without actually reading it?
Continue reading “Beat the Teacher (part 1)”
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!
Why this? Why now? And why so slow? What on earth would prompt someone to commit to a read-through of Shakespeare’s plays?
I decided to do this about 6 weeks ago, let’s say about the end of November 2016. In many ways this post is a way to work through my motivations, as well as finally committing to the project.
Continue reading “Cheaper than a Harley. Easier than growing a ponytail …”
O, is it all forgot?
All school-days’ friendship, childhood innocence?
Image copyright: King Edward VI school
What does the Shakespeare curriculum look like in the UK in 2017?
Continue reading “The School Shakespeare Timetable”
Ron Cook in the BBC’s 1983 production. Underrated.
‘You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.’
What do Sundays look like for an English teacher and Shakespeare obsessive?
Continue reading “‘Weak with toil, yet strong in appetite’”
‘… like Olivier, Branagh ducked what is the most contentious element in the play for British audiences, namely Henry’s apparently criminal massacre of his helpless French prisoners …’
I bought this book, which arrived today, on the strength of the fun I had with another of John Sutherland’s:
‘Is Heathcliffe a Murderer? Puzzles in 19th-Century Fiction.’
Continue reading “Henry V, War Criminal?”