How Stevenson’s Literature Possibly Inspired Jack the Ripper’s Murders

How Stevenson’s Literature Possibly Inspired Jack the Ripper’s Murders

School grade teachers and college professors must practice more awareness in what they choose for their students to read. Literature can inspire bad behavior. Just as television can. Or just as theater productions can. But does doubt about this fact cause them indecision on what to read? They need only consider how Robert Louis Stevenson’s …

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Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne in “Black Death” – Critical Review

Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne in “Black Death” – Critical Review

Perusing the movie selections on the shelves at Walmart, I was startled to see Boromir from Lord of the Rings staring out at me. Only, on this movie cover, located on a high shelf near the back, a zombie-like creature stood behind him. The movie was titled Black Death, starring English stars Sean Bean and Eddie …

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Modern Writers and Mary Shelley – What We Can Learn from Her Literature, Thinking, and Life

Modern Writers and Mary Shelley – What We Can Learn from Her Literature, Thinking, and Life

Anyone and everyone who has attempted to read great classic literature at some point in his or her life assuredly has borrowed or bought a dozen or more novels from famous past British and Irish authors. I own 50 such novels or more. To begin the Halloween season’s celebrations, I pulled out Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. To review …

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Monsters in Literature, and Monsters in Reality – All Things Frightening in the UK

Monsters in Literature, and Monsters in Reality – All Things Frightening in the UK

Halloween has erupted in the United States, disrupting my plans for exploring more UK meals and British royal histories. For my curiosity about all things frightening in the UK has reared its head, demanding my attention. And it’s my full intention to explore it, to submerge myself in everything related to UK mystery and horror. …

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Fruit Gums – Nestle’s Sour Candy – A Critical Review

Fruit Gums – Nestle’s Sour Candy – A Critical Review

Fruit Gums are sour! Above and beyond what is normal for my dull taste palette. Seeing my pinched-faced reaction to the sour candy made my husband chuckle, though. He enjoyed the Fruit Gums, finding them pleasantly tangy and flavorful. If my fellow American has overlooked this particular candy, then allow me to describe who makes …

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game” – Critical Review

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game” – Critical Review

Produced in 2014, The Imitation Game used several popular British actors and actresses to promote an ever-increasing, popular movement: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) pride and accomplishment. Provided below is a short summarization of the film and the message I gathered from the film’s making. Whether my readers agree with my analysis or not will hopefully …

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Jamie Oliver’s “Old Boy’s Omelette” – Critical Review of a Twist on the British Classic

Jamie Oliver’s “Old Boy’s Omelette” – Critical Review of a Twist on the British Classic

Jamie Oliver, a world-renown British chef, pieced together yet another cookbook, called Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain, in year 2011. According to the cover, it contains 130 of his favorite British Recipes, which include old comfort foods and modern classics. From this cookbook did I create his version of the “Old Boy’s Omelette.” Why the “Old Boy’s …

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From the Reading Room – Booming Bookazines, New Novels, and Hot-Wired Histories

From the Reading Room – Booming Bookazines, New Novels, and Hot-Wired Histories

Greetings, fellow bookworms! I have a little secret to share. It’s about “The Reading Room.” At nine-years-old, I was introduced to the first novel in a series from one of the world’s greatest thinkers and authors. The book was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the author was C.S. Lewis. From that day until now, …

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Yes, Honey, I’ll Eat ‘After Eight’

Yes, Honey, I’ll Eat ‘After Eight’

Nineteenth century English gentlemen and ladies would sometimes dine at eight o’clock in the evening. (So I say based purely on Jane Austen literature!) The dining time was especially practiced if said gentleman or lady had guests over for dinner. However, Alex doesn’t expect me to dine late into the evening. He does expect me …

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HP Sauce, Mushy Peas, and Cromwell Somerdale Cheese Make for One Delicious British-Style Supper

HP Sauce, Mushy Peas, and Cromwell Somerdale Cheese Make for One Delicious British-Style Supper

Cooked and consumed before Alex’s and my wedding, this special supper included several British foods and sauces found at Northern California markets. “Hold on. Don’t Mushy Peas belong with Bangers & Mash?” asked my loved one. “And shouldn’t we eat the Cromwell Somerdale cheese with the most common British bread?” “Yes,” I replied. “But we, …

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