Shirley Mitchell

Shirley Mitchell

Location St Ives, Cambridgeshire



  • @JulieMilner
    With you on Wolf Hall, Julie. The conversations in particular were so frustrating to read - had to keep counting backwards to discover who was speaking.
    The Mantel fans couldn't see what i was getting at when I explained this to a Group.

  • "Italic was not, however, the dominant form of handwriting in Elizabethan and early Stuart England. It gradually made its way into England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and it took a considerable time for italic to replace the older "native" hand (originally from France), a late gothic cursive known as secretary hand. Secretary is not easily...

  • How does Hamlet regard the actors?
    How does Polonius regard the actors?
    What are the actors going to perform?
    What is Hamlet trying to achieve by having them perform it?

  • I know it is not helpful to feel offended - but I do resent the phrase "if indeed it ever has been."

    If this is the case the work of thousands of preceptors is reduced to ashes.

  • Sounds familiar.

    This was asked a dozen times during my (wonderful) time in the classroom.
    Radical overhaul? Nah.

    "Persuading" young people to let teachers help them master the basic skills with which to even BEGIN to LEARN will always be the first aim. Get that right and you can extend and develop further instruction as discoveries and concepts arrive...

  • Informative.
    If a bit disillusioning (disappointing?) ...

  • @HannahBarker
    ... or maybe Sutton-Scarsdale Hall in Derbyshire which would surely be an even better Thornfield.

  • Sutton-Scarsdale Hall in Derbyshire

  • I lived in Pangbourne when some of P and P was being filmed at Basildon Park
    Judy Dench stayed in the pub and many of my neighbours were emplyed as extras

  • Choose your moment with care. I was turned away because FILMING was in progress

  • @AllisonAllen
    Often walked to Wingfiled Manor with my Dad. In fact we left a note tucked into one of the crumbling walls - this is some eighty years ago - please let me know if you find it.
    Haddon Hazll is a JOY.

  • Recommend both. For contrast if nothing else.
    (And there is plenty "else")

  • Connection somewhat contrived and not really necessary

  • What does ‘Bunbury’ refer to? [Hint: You may need to search the internet for the term]
    An invented person to act as an alibi

    Consider the use of family terms (brother, aunt, husbands, wives), how stable are these terms?
    Don't get the gist of this question

    Look at the references to marriage. Does it look like a fragile social contract?...

  • "Consider the tensions between the country and the city. How are they expressed?"
    I don't understand this question so will look how others answered

    "How does the scene explore the failure of politeness?"
    Cecily frames her questions with conventioal courtesy BUT follows them up with spiteful disregard - sugaring the tea when sugar has been refused/...

  • Excellent.
    My head is spinning - but in a good way.
    Such food for thought ....

  • The tone of the passage. How does this compare or contrast with the opening tone of the tale?

    Less commercial/worldly. More surreal/fairytaleish

    References to religion. Virginia has just saved Sir Simon’s soul and is described as saintly. See how this introduces a theme of spirituality which challenges the more material references to money in...

  • I did not read your post, Claire (nor any pots for that matter) before "echoing" it with my own

  • I tool the "natural" from Lord C to mean "crude.".

  • I tool the "natural" remark by Lord C to mean "crude."

  • Consider the different types of authority (ie titles) in the passage. Can we relate them to ideas about history and nation?

    Bluebloods and Intelligentia. This type of subserviance has ALMOST disappeared now.

    What do you make of its tone? Is it comic? Do you see a seriousness beneath the comedy?

    Yes, funny but judgemental

  • I am both. Traditional publishing came first - after a long, hard struggle and hundreds of rejection slips. Then another kind of hard work - Doing it Myself.
    There are different satisfactions with each method.

    I have also edited novels for two friends - one has had a fair amount of success - the other hardly any recognition. Yet I found both (very...

  • Not sure about this.
    Will try to keep an open mind but on a first listen to Ms Fitzmaurice my hackles rose and I thought .... this contravenes
    1) the principles of FL ( MY FL to be more precise)
    2) the principles of my life at this moment (retired, independent, do what I like, when I like, how I like)

  • Marvellous
    (Presentation AND artefacts)
    Thank you, Jacky.

  • I know the three Derbyshire houses very well. I have visited them since childhood and feel a bit propritorial about them. Haddon Hall is my favourite. The historical atmposphere is breathable i_n every room and all corners of the gounds. The wistaria is magnificent.

    I was priveleged to live in a country mansion when studying for my teaching diploma. TRENT...

  • Happy to see three Derbyshire houses featured. I know them all well;

    I am also priveleged to have been housed in a country mansion when it was the campus of my college - Trent Park, Hertfordshire;

  • Like Linda and a few others I too am the White Rabbit from Wonderland. From a first glance I can't think what took me so long - this is the kind of thing FL does best .....

  • Family Group Sheet apparently. Had to look it up. $till bemused ...

  • I must admit it was a shock to see an ancestor's father designated as "the lodger".
    Later, I laughed.
    Even later I reflected on all the possibilities this brief bit of information presented ...

  • Nicknames became almost "official" in my family - even on certified documents. Hence I always knew my gran as DAISY until I was "grow'd up" enough to be told her real name.
    (DAISY , it turned out, was what my Grandpa started calling her because "their song" was "Daisy, Daisy, give me your aanswer do ..." )

  • It SHOULD be - right date to go with my original comment - but no, we are not there yet.
    Nevertheless, I am really enjoying listening to all these podcasts.. I LOVE Radio Four - saved my sanity when I was living in France ...

  • Came across this - a good discussion but not the one I was referring to

  • To be going on with ....

    The BBC site is proving extremely UN userfriendly

  • I'll try to find it on the BBC hub, Sarah and then will post the link

    I may be gone for some time ... :-)

  • I have rent books, business records and letters - all in handwriting, of course, some in pencil. But my most treasured "document" is a recipe book - recipe in its widest sense - including home-made remedies for many illnesses, cleaning tips and gardening advice as well as kitchen lore;

  • "CyndisList has a list of webpages with free downloadable FGSs and trees. "

    Can't make head nor tail of this ....

  • I have done some research into my family history - resulting in a book based on the life of my maternal grandmother. There are always gaps in information gleaned but I had no trouble (nor conscience-driven angst) about inventing/improvising material as I was very close to Grandma Daisy and , I le to think, her confidante.
    I nevertheless acknowledge an ongoing...

  • Ab - so- lute- ly

  • @TeresaHolmes
    RHYMES are not necessarily poetry and mine certainly were not, Teresa - they had little in the way of "soul" - part of a story they were CHANTS, MANTRAS, CURSES.
    On the other hand I have had a stab at "pure" poetry - when I was MOVED enough (in love/out of love/looking at a new-born lamb/hearing exquisite music ) to be INCAPABLE of NOT writing...

  • Before you begin to weep for me ... :-) - can counteract by confoding that more than one "criitical" review was overflowing with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors ...

  • Thank you so much, Janet. I will hoik myself "over there" asap

  • Shirley Mitchell made a comment

    Frustrated at not having free access to the rest of the course.
    Also at seeing FL "adverts" for a course on Oscar Wilde but being unable to to find it

  • Thank you, Terence. Will take a look ...

  • Durnit.
    Foiled again.

  • Durnit. Foiled again.

  • Jim, I deliberately chose photos of the machines sans personne - (reminder to self - look again to make sure you posted the correct link).

    But I have read poetry inspired by cranes (not birds) and buildings, steam trains, clocks ....

  • I've known this poem for about 75 years and it probably was amongst the most powerful influences on my own writing.

  • Well, after several sojourns in Brittany, I did WRITE both stories and ballads based on the folklore of that region

  • There was a discussion on Radio Four this morning about FAIRY STORIES - where they came from geographically - quite surprising especially CINDERELLA.
    I already knew about Brothers Grim and Perrault but had never imagined it in Indian or far Eastern cultures.

  • @LorenMccRory
    Oh yes, thank you, Loren - wonderful.

  • Thank you Diane for reminding me of the "red hat" lady.

    I also like the Clive James example - though "lik" is perhaps not the best word for this sad chap - "appreciate" is better .

    But, that saiid, there is a subtle difference in their obvious opinions of themselves and their life stories.

  • Lovely.
    Disturbing, moving, marvellous use of language and cadence.
    Thanks Barbara;

  • Contemporary?

  • Shirley Mitchell made a comment

    Well, says she, blushing and modest, I'm a bit of a storyteller myself.- and sometimes in rhyme.
    NOTA BENE - I did not say IN POETRY.

    I have been adversely criicised for overdoing alliteration in my stories for children so I can let loose with that and repetition and other devices in my jingles;

    Narrative poems (epics, ballads, idylls, and lays.)? Know...

  • But I was being POSH, Paric.

    As in "Hive got a hulcer in my heye" as we once heard a lady say to our vicar and which has now become a family joke.

    (Sorry, too much information :-) )

  • .Snap! Mine too.

  • That is GREAT, Emma.
    Are you a Derbyshire lass like moi?

  • @JanB
    I hear EZRA POUND and I prick up my ears ....

  • Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
    The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,

  • .
    Yes and no
    You can write (and you can START to write) at any age
    Hopefully the ESSENCE will still be YOU but content will probably be tempered by experience

    (ps! I am not really as pompous as that seems)

  • Is it still convincing if it isn’t drawn from nature?

    Of ourse it is ....

    A glimpse of this, with or without a loved one attached sends me straight into MAKE...

  • I'll pass this section.
    A touch too obsessive ....