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What Made The Crocodile Cry? – 101 questions about the English language.

Susie Dent draws on her popular television coverage of curious questions about English […]

David Attenborough

¤ The Tree of Life ↓

Sir David Attenborough gives credit to Darwin & Mendel, and comments on evolution and DNA from a modern perspective…

Some people in the States, so-called ‘creationists’, wouldn’t share David’s views on evolution.

◊ Naturalist Sir David Attenborough explains why he believes wildlife documentaries […]

Beowulf

Narrated by Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes this is one of the most famous ancient sagas ever told, Beowulf tells the tale of a young Danish warrior called Beowulf who goes to the aid of King Hroðgar and his people, who are attacked by a half-man half-monster named Grendel.

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Wallace & Gromit + The Snowman

◊ A Grand Day Out ↓

‘A Grand Day Out’ (full name ‘A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit’) is an award-nominated 1989 animated film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol. This was the first adventure featuring the eccentric inventor Wallace and his quiet but […]

The Road to Guantanamo [2006]

Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, The Road to Guantanamo, directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, uses interviews, news footage, and reenactments to tell the story of the Tipton Three, young British men of Pakistani descent who were detained for over two years without charges at […]

This Is England [S. Meadows, 2006]

A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family.

Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.

◊ This is […]

Julien Temple’s London

¤ London – The Modern Babylon

Directed by Julien Temple | UK 2012 | Colour, black and white | 128min |

British director Julien Temple (Absolute Beginners, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle) has released a new documentary called London – The Modern Babylon, exploring the history of his hometown […]

England, England [J Barnes]

Julian Barnes contributes a previously unseen extract from his novel England, England.

Sir Jack Pitman creates a theme park on the Isle of Wight (=’England England’) that duplicates the tourist spots of England. Within easy walking distance are replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di’s grave, Harrods, Stonehenge, and […]

J G Ballard

1930 – 2009 ¤ JG Ballard‘s fertile imagination fancifully envisaged yet another World War where the British and the Americans fought on different sides. This story, “Theatre of War” was published in his book ‘Myths of the Near Future’, and it’s written in a style which looks much the same as a TV script. […]

Ian McEwan

•→Conversations with Ian McEwan ⇐[London, 2008]

Born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England, he studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan’s works have […]

A Clockwork Orange [A Burgess]

1917 – 1993

A diatribe against behaviourism (or “behavioural psychology”) of the 1940s to 1960s as propounded by the psychologists John B. Watson and B. F. Skinner. Burgess disapproved of behaviourism as much as I do myself, calling prominent behaviourist B. F. Skinner’s most popular book, Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971), “one of […]

Lord of the flies [W. Golding]

This is a book by William Golding (1911 – 1993) you may have already read, or you may fancy reading in the near future. You can read the plot below. Alternatively, you can play the video and listen to a plot summary while you watch the sparknotes_animation.

Set during World War II, […]

On Saturday afternoon [A. Sillitoe]

‘ Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010) is one of the Angry Young Men of the 1950s (although none of them welcomed such label). › Born in Nottingham to working class parents, he left school at the age of 14 and served in the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator. After returning to England from Malaya, […]

Saki [H.H. Munro]

→http://www.online-literature.com/hh-munro/← 1870 – 1916 ¤ The Open Window

The Open Window is a short story about Frampton Nuttel. Mr. Nuttel heads out to the countryside to calm his nervous condition, he takes along with him a handful of introduction letters his sister had given him. Mr. Nuttel visits the home of Mrs. Sappleton […]

Animal Farm [G Orwell]

George Orwell (1903 – 1950) was the pen name of Eric Blair, a British political novelist and essayist whose pointed criticisms of political oppression propelled him into prominence toward the middle of the twentieth century. He could not turn a blind eye to the cruelties and hypocrisies of Soviet Communist Party, which had […]

Rudyard Kipling

[1865 – 1936]

⇒[read]⇐ “The Jungle Book” ⇒[listen]⇐

◊ Trailer of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, a 1994 Disney film based on the Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, and a live-action remake of the 1967 film The Jungle Book ↓

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Gerald Durrell

←Click pic for a Pdf edition.

¤ My Family and Other Animals is an autobiographical work by naturalist Gerald Durrell (1925 – 1995) telling of the part of his childhood he spent on the Greek island of Corfu between 1935-39. It describes the life of the Durrell family there in […]

G.K. Chesterton + M R James

•→ G.K. Chesterton in Sight & Sound ← [1874 – 1936]

•→http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/chesterton/gk/ ←

¤ The Oracle of the Dog →

[included in Gerald Durrell‘s 1990 anthology “Best Dog Stories“]→

The Oracle of the Dog story is what is known as a locked-room puzzle. A murder is […]

Dandy: A Story of a Dog

W. H. Hudson [1841 – 1922]

♦ Read this story comprising Gerald Durrell‘s 1990 edition “Best Dog Stories“

He was of mixed breed, and was supposed to have a strain of Dandy Dinmont blood which gave him his name. A big ungainly animal with a rough shaggy coat of blue-grey […]

The Destructors [G. Greene]

[1904-1991]

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A 1954 short story about teenagers destroying a house. The story is ironic—showing how destruction is allegedly a form of creation.

Set in the mid-1950s, it is about a boys’ gang named the “Wormsley Common Gang”, after the place where […]