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What makes a great love story?

What makes a great love story?

Love in all its forms, we crave it, need it. But romantic love is the ultimate wish for most of us. Whether we have romance in our lives or not, women enjoy reading romance novels or watching romance unfold on screen. Men do too, apparently, though to a lesser extent and they prefer a bit …

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Stringybark stories competition! You have won an award!

Stringybark stories competition! You have won an award!

From: Stringybark <thejudges@stringybarkstories.net> Date: 27 April 2022 at 11:41:49 am AEST To: joniscott@bigpond.com Subject: HIGHLY COMMENDED – CONGRATULATIONS!  — “Fruitcake Frenzy” — Stringybark Stories   G’day Joni,   By now you will have read the good news on the Stringybark Stories website or on Facebook, so please accept my congratulations on receiving a Highly Commended in the Stringybark Short …

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Development Of The English Novel In The Twentieth Century

Development Of The English Novel In The Twentieth Century

Writers embracing a bold new style Moving on from the novels of Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters that characterized the previous century, let’s trace the development of the English novel in the twentieth century and meet writers embracing a bold and less convoluted style of writing. We, as modern authors should …

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Development Of The English Novel in the 19th Century

Development Of The English Novel in the 19th Century

Definition and Origin of the Novel The term novel is a contraction of the Italian word, ‘novella’ (meaning ‘new, innovative’), The novella was a short story of light and entertaining nature. It was perhaps invented as an antidote to the epic poems of earlier days. It is interesting that the novel is a larger serving …

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Whispers through Time-Tilbury Docks

Whispers through Time-Tilbury Docks

The world has always been on the move. The Romans, the Vikings and the Polynesians all set off for new lands across the seas. Humans throughout history travelled to explore new territory, wage war, colonize or establish trade routes for exotic goods. Only in recent times has sea travel been about pure pleasure. In the …

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A Cure for CRPS

A Cure for CRPS

What is CRPS? CRPS. What the hell is that? How often do we see an acronym, a sequence of letters that does not register recognition? Well, the answer to what the hell is CRPS? Is just that ‘hell.’ The words may you ‘burn in hell’ may as well define CRPS. Dubbed ‘the most painful disease known …

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WHISPERS through TIME-Down the Rabbit hole in search of Hampstead Heath

WHISPERS through TIME-Down the Rabbit hole in search of Hampstead Heath

Down the Rabbit hole in search of the Heath. Historical research can be likened to falling down a rabbit hole-Alice in Wonderland style. What may seem a curious but straight forward exploration becomes before long a ‘curiouser and curiouser’ foray, to borrow from Alice’s words. You pop down for a moment in time but emerge …

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Whispers through Time-The Titanic

Whispers through Time-The Titanic

Even after its sinking on an icy cold April night long ago in 1912, the Titanic has proved to be an unsinkable story of human tragedy. Indeed, The RMS Titanic lives on as a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when ego and greed overpower responsibility and safety concerns. This tragic tale is endlessly …

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Writers of the Jazz Age

Writers of the Jazz Age

Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald I love the imagery and depiction of the 1920’s idol rich in The Great Gatsby, so I read Tender is the Night, another of Fitzgerald’s novels written post WWI. The writing style is very different to that in The Great Gatsby and difficult initially to become immersed in. But I …

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Whispers Through Time- Full Steam Ahead

Whispers Through Time- Full Steam Ahead

Whispers through Time- Full Steam Ahead Faster than fairies, faster than witches, Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches Robert Louis Stevenson (1885), The Railway Carriage. WHISPERS THROUGH TIME -FULL STEAM AHEAD Before the age of railways most people stayed in their hometowns and could not envisage travelling faster than a horse could gallop. Even the …

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