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    •     HAMLET     If it assume my noble father's person,
      I'll speak to it, though hell itself should gape
      And bid me hold my peace. I pray you all,
      If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight,
      Let it be tenable in your silence still;
      And whatsoever else shall hap to-night,
      Give it an understanding but no tongue.
      I will requite your loves. So, fare you well.
      Upon the platform, 'twixt eleven and twelve,
      I'll visit you.

      Shakespeare, Hamlet I/ii
    • All  IN  One Night - Stereophonics
    • Just 1/3 of In The Workhouse, Christmas Day - a heart-rending & melodramatic bit of Victorian social history, sadly only heard in the form if parodies nowadays   It is Christmas Day in the workhouse, 
      And the cold, bare walls are bright 
      With garlands of green and holly, 
      And the place is a pleasant sight; 
      For with clean-washed hands and faces, 
      In a long and hungry line 
      The paupers sit at the table, 
      For this is the hour they dine.    And the guardians and their ladies, 
      Although the wind is east, 
      Have come in their furs and wrappers, 
      To watch their charges feast; 
      To smile and be condescending, 
      Put pudding on pauper plates. 
      To be hosts at the workhouse banquet 
      They've paid for — with the rates.    Oh, the paupers are meek and lowly 
      With their "Thank'ee kindly, mum's!'"
      So long as they fill their stomachs, 
      What matter it whence it comes! 
      But one of the old men mutters, 
      And pushes his plate aside: 
      "Great God!" he cries, "but it chokes me! 
      For this is the day she died!"    The guardians gazed in horror, 
      The master's face went white; 
      "Did a pauper refuse the pudding?" 
      "Could their ears believe aright?" 
      Then the ladies clutched their husbands, 
      Thinking the man would die, 
      Struck by a bolt, or something, 
      By the outraged One on high.    But the pauper sat for a moment, 
      Then rose 'mid silence grim, 
      For the others had ceased to chatter 
      And trembled in every limb. 
      He looked at the guardians' ladies, 
      Then, eyeing their lords, he said, 
      "I eat not the food of villains 
      Whose hands are foul and red:    "Whose victims cry for vengeance 
      From their dark, unhallowed graves." 
      "He's drunk!" said the workhouse master, 
      "Or else he's mad and raves." 
      "Not drunk or mad," cried the pauper, 
      "But only a haunted beast, 
      Who, torn by the hounds and mangled, 
      Declines the vulture's feast.    "I care not a curse for the guardians, 
      And I won't be dragged away; 
      Just let me have the fit out, 
      It's only on Christmas Day 
      That the black past comes to goad me, 
      And prey on my burning brain; 
      I'll tell you the rest in a whisper — 
      I swear I won't shout again.    George R. Sims
    • I am a new writer from Kent in the UK. I have just published my first book in which is based on true facts of depression, abuse and profound deafness. The story follows Frank who becomes trapped in his own mind of nightmares in which he relives memories of abuse, bullying and loss. I have written this from experience and I am profoundly deaf.   Available in print from Amazon
      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Life-Dave-GF-Blackwell/dp/1981324410/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1513171835&sr=1-1&keywords=Lost+in+Life+Dave+Blackwell   Also available in EBook version from Amazon, ITunes, Barns & Nobel, KOBO, 24Symbols and many more. Search for ‘Lost in Life’ by Dave Blackwell under your preferred EBook provider.
        Dave
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    • It was only the glowing reviews for this drama series that made me sign up to Netflix.   We are watching the second series now and even my husband is engaged with it,  impressed as I am with great acting by Claire Foy and Matt Smith in the lead roles as well as Alex Jennings, Jeremy Northam and John Lithgow (playing respectively the detestable Duke of Windsor,  Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill) - just a few from a great cast.  The royal couple are shown to have loads of rocky moments in their marriage but I guess it will survive🤔   Impressive.     .
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