Monthly Archives: December 2014

Journey Without Maps

Source: Graham Greene, Journey Without Maps (London: Vintage, 2006 – orig. pub. 1936), pp. 15-17 Text: The cinema in Tenerife was showing a film which had been adapted from one of my own novels. It had been an instructive and … Continue reading

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Watching War Films With My Dad

Source: Al Murray, Watching War Films With My Dad (London: Random House, 2013), pp. 12-15 Text: War films were a mainstay of British male popular culture when I was growing up in the Seventies. To some the Seventies is all … Continue reading

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Father and I

Source: Kazuo Koizumi, Father and I; memories of Lafcadio Hearn (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935, pp. 51-52 Text: Here is something quite different. It was once when father went to see a movie. One evening Lieutenant Fujisaki came saying that he … Continue reading

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Just William

Source: Richmal Crompton, extract from Just William (London: George Newnes, 1922), pp. 13-17 Text: It all began with William’s aunt, who was in a good temper that morning, and gave him a shilling for posting a letter for her and … Continue reading

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The Magic Mountain

Source: Thomas Mann (trans. John E. Woods), extract from The Magic Mountain (London: Everyman’s Library, 2005 [orig. pub. Der Zauberberg, 1924]), pp. 376-378 Text: They even took Karen Karstedt to the Bioscope Theatre in Platz one afternoon, because that was … Continue reading

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Marsena

Source: Harold Frederic, extract from ‘Marsena’, in In the Sixties (New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1897 [orig. pub. in ‘Marsena’ and Other Stories of the Wartime, 1894]), pp. 196-199 Text: … On the second and final evening, after the oyster … Continue reading

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Babycham Night

Source: Philip Norman, Babycham Night (London: Macmillan, 2003), pp. 148-149 Text: To help the little invalid through these long daytime hours, my mother rented a television, a Ferguson model with a seventeen-inch screen and twin frontal knobs set in a … Continue reading

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Seeing at a Distance

Source: Extracts from ‘Seeing at a Distance’, opening chapter of G.V. Dowding (ed.), Book of Practical Television (London: The Amalgamated Press, 1935), pp. 9-16 Text: So far relatively few people have witnessed the modern television under domestic conditions. No doubt … Continue reading

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