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The full extent of my truant behaviour: three lessons

My school career lasted exactly 40 terms. There were 6 years (or 18 terms) of primary education, then 7 years (21 terms) of secondary, and a final term after A-Levels for Oxbridge exams. I missed plenty of school days through minor illnesses, at least a few days per term with colds or even the odd… Continue reading The full extent of my truant behaviour: three lessons

Gigs · Shakespeare

More thoughts about Shakespeare’s Globe (23 down, 15 to go) and other venues

Last week’s trip to see “The Two Noble Kinsmen” at Shakespeare’s Globe prompted some familiar thoughts about venues and performances. There are certain theatres that I have been to many times over the years and whenever I return to them my mind is always taken back to previous visits. The Shepherds Bush Empire is one… Continue reading More thoughts about Shakespeare’s Globe (23 down, 15 to go) and other venues

Notes from West London · Shakespeare

“Coriolanus” and completing the set, twice

Last night, courtesy of my son’s godmother Angela, I had a most enjoyable evening watching the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “Coriolanus” at the Barbican. This means that I have now seen at least two different stage productions of every Shakespeare play. I make no apologies for making lists and crossing things off them, on… Continue reading “Coriolanus” and completing the set, twice

Shakespeare · Word of the week

Word of the week: o’er

“O’er” is defined simply enough on this page from Macmillan Dictionaries as “a word meaning over, used in poetry” (adverb, preposition, literary). It came to mind at a funeral mass I attended earlier today. Some of the hymns contained words with apostrophes to make them fit in with the melody, words like spread’st, Heav’n and… Continue reading Word of the week: o’er