Internet highlights – w/c 12th September 2021

18 09 2021
How to survive church in a pandemic.
Things gen Z won’t understand.
Awful job applications.
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Emma – by Jane Austen

17 09 2021

I’ve watched so many adaptations of this book, but never got around to reading it (though I did read the Alexander McCall-Smith version for the Austen Project a few years ago). But under my new goal of reading one Austen a year (among other things), I chose this as it’s the one I knew best of the ones still unread, so it was the obvious choice!

For those unaware, Emma is about 20 and lives a life of comfort and ease to the point of being somewhat spoilt, with her hypochondriac father. She has a habit for matchmaking, though doesn’t intend on marrying herself. She’s not someone you’d like in real life, but goes on quite a journey throughout the book. It’s a story about class and relationships, and looks at several pairings of people as you work your way through.

I really enjoyed it, but for some reason it took me 10 weeks to read! I didn’t realise it was broken up into three volumes, but at nearly 500 pages, I guess that makes sense! The other thing that really surprised me was that for a book that’s only just over 200 years old, how different some of the spellings are, I tried to note some down as I went:

“stopt”, “chuse”, “shew”, “dropt”, “staid”, “Swisserland”, “Surry”, “surprized”, “every where”, “every thing”, “what ever”, “&c”.

I quite like some of those, but they’d all be seen as wrong these days!

It feels like a warm hug of a read, probably because it’s just such a familiar story to me, but then again, there’s a reason why it’s a classic!

I will leave you with trailers for three of my favourite Emma adaptations if you want to dip your toe in:

Firstly, the BBC version from 2009, this is a 4 part series so gets in a lot more detail. I think Romola Garai is my favourite Emma in an adaptation.
Then the film that came out a couple of years ago, I always like to have a film and a series version incase you don’t have time for a full series! Bill Nighy is excellent in this as Mr Woodhouse!
And finally, one of my favourite films of all time, Clueless – the story of Emma, but redone for a 90s US high school – and including the never-aging Paul Rudd.




Internet highlights – w/c 5th September 2021

11 09 2021
Upside down rhino research wins Ig Nobel prize.
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Internet highlights – w/c 29th August 2021

4 09 2021
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Internet highlights – w/c 22nd August 2021

28 08 2021
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Internet highlights – w/c 15th August 2021

21 08 2021
Awkward encounters.
Most middle aged things people have said.
Altered signs.
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Internet highlights – w/c 8th August 2021

14 08 2021
Clever Pixar details.
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Internet highlights – w/c 1st August 2021

7 08 2021

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Internet highlights – w/c 25th July 2021

31 07 2021
How to drink wine at work.
A whole load of weird facts.
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Internet highlights – w/c 18th July 2021

24 07 2021
Things we learned from TV & films.
Some brilliant bathrooms (and some rubbish ones that I’d just scroll past…).
Reasons people give for judging others.
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