The Girl With Red Hair

‘The girl with red hair,’ he said to his love,

And she smiled, though her eyes grew cold. 

‘She was the one, oh she was so much fun,

How cruel that she never grew old.’

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A Most Wicked Bird

On the morning of my eighteenth birthday, my father presented me with a magnificent bird, whose plumage would shame a sapphire. He knew that I had always adored birds, and had yearned for one of my very own. Enraptured, I opened the door to his golden cage and gently took him out. His sharp little…

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The Secret to Writing the Perfect Maid of Honour Speech

So how can you be charming, unique, memorable and moving? How can you get your beloved bride weeping happily and laughing into her monogrammed napkin, while the guests roar with approval and the groom faints with bliss? How can you write the perfect Maid of Honour speech? It’s not an easy task, but don’t worry; I have the answer.

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a girl with slim legs lies in a bath filled with wild flowers and ripped music sheets the water is blue the flowers are yellow pink and red with green leaves ophelia

“No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.”

– Oscar Wilde

You Never Knew This About The Titanic…

The short story is believed by many to portend the sinking of the Titanic nearly thirty years later, and it is easy to see why. Written to highlight the dangers of a ship with insufficient lifeboats, there are a number of parallels to the real disaster.

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The Last Time

You’re a fool if you thought I would wait. 

It’s the last time I’ll let you be late.

I’ve licked the gin from my lips,

Brushed my skirt down my hips,

And now you will see how I hate.

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Do You Abandon Your Books?

I find that as I get older I just don’t have the patience to persevere if I’m not completely engaged. Often, I will return to them, I will hear the faintest whisper calling to me that perhaps now is the right time to read about a turn of the century butler. And, more often than not, those whispers are absolutely right.

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A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. -Roald Dahl

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Books That I Wanted To Gobble Up

Sometimes you come across a book that is so delicious, so immediately enjoyable, that you just want to shove it whole into your mouth and never let it out. You know the ones, where after reading just the first few lines you know instinctively that you and this book are going to fall in love,…

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