Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Click here to learn about William Blakeone of the greatest poets in the English language.
Here you can find a PDF Presentation of this poet.

Thursday, 12 November 2015


The novelist Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell is now best-known as the author of Cranford and North and South, and the biographer of her friend Charlotte Brontë. Her greatest books were written in reaction to the industrialisation of Manchester, where she lived for much of her life. ‘I had always felt a deep sympathy with the care-worn men, who looked as if doomed to struggle through their lives in strange alternations between work and want’ she wrote in the preface to Mary Barton.
She was born in Chelsea, London on 29 September 1810, the daughter of two devout Unitarians, William Stevenson and Elizabeth Holland. After her mother died in 1811, she was brought up by her aunt, Hannah Lumb, in Knutsford, Cheshire. In 1832, she married William Gaskell, a Unitarian minister and later a professor of history, literature and logic; both were interested in new scientific ideas and literature. The couple settled in Manchester.
Shattered by the death of her infant son in 1845, she turned to writing for solace. Mary Barton, published anonymously in 1848, won praise from Charles Dickens, who called her his ‘dear Scheherazade’ and invited her to contribute to his journals. In January 1853 she published the controversial Ruth, the story of a seduced seamstress. Cranford, a gentle but acutely observant Knutsford-set tale of two spinster sisters, was serialised in Household Words later that year. And in 1855, she published North and South, a study of the tensions between mill-owners and workers.
Elizabeth Gaskell met Charlotte Brontë while on holiday near Windermere. They became close friends through their letters to one another, and after Charlotte’s death in 1855, Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a carefully researched and protective biography of her.
She was still working on Wives and Daughters, a humorous coming-of-age tale, when she died suddenly of a heart attack on 12 November 1865.

Sunday, 1 November 2015


"The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year,
Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear."

William Cullen Bryant

Saturday, 31 October 2015


Click here to discover everything about this popular autumn holiday.
Here you can find some spooky short stories ... perfect for reading at Halloween!

Thursday, 29 October 2015


This movie is simply breathtaking! You quickly find yourself enraptured  in the gorgeous Italian setting and time period of such a timeless love story. 
Here you can find my previous post about this well-staged and  well-acted movie. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today it is the administrative headquarters of Queen Elizabeth II.  
Read here.

Friday, 2 October 2015


Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015. This documentary compares the lives and the reigns of two extraordinary women who have dominated periods of remarkable change:  Victoria and  Elizabeth II.
Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian era. It was a period of political, industrial, cultural, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover. Her son and successor, Edward VII, belonged to the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the line of his father.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Monday, 14 September 2015

Thursday, 10 September 2015


Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England on 10 September 1960. His father, David Norman Lewis  Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester.
His first acting experience came at school when he played "Jack Frost" in a Christmas pantomime. Three of his four grandparents were Methodist missionaries and he spent his early childhood in Nigeria, returning to England at age five where he entered a comprehensive school in Winchester. 
He spent two years at the Drama Centre in Chalk Farm where he was "discovered" while playing "Hamlet" during his final term. His first professional role was as "Bennet" in the West End production of "Another Country". From this performance, he went on to play a variety of character parts in both film and television. He received a BAFTA nomination for  Mr. Darcy in the 1995 TV version of  Pride and Prejudice (1995). In 2011, he won the Oscar for Best Actor for his commanding leading role,   playing British King George VI in The King’s Speech (2010).

Saturday, 5 September 2015


A couple of weeks ago I went to Milan to visit Expo. I was so eager to see it! I spent two boiling hot days there, it was a rather tiring, but absolutely worthwhile and memorable experience! I had the incredible feeling to travel from country to country while visiting the various pavilions, all of them so different, surprisingly captivating and culturally inspiring. As a matter of fact, every pavilion offers a journey through the culture, perfumes, colours and traditions of its people.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


"A late summer garden has a tranquillity found no other time of  the year."
William Longgood

Sunday, 30 August 2015


Read here a review of Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Hamlet which is now at the Barbican until 31 October 2015. The production is sold out, but 30 £10 day tickets are made available to buy in person to every performance.
Flitting across the stage with an athletic intensity, he is walking in the footsteps of the greats; among them Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole, Kenneth Branagh and most recently, David Tennant. 
Although Benedict Cumberbatch is best known for his film and television roles, he undoubtedly knows classical theatre. He first performed in Shakespearean plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream early in his career. He has appeared in films such as Atonement, Amazing Grace and  Star Trek Into Darknessand was the star of the TV series Sherlock, receiving three Emmy award nominations for the role. For The Imitation Game, about  British cryptographer  Alan Turing during the Second World War, he received an Oscar nomination.

According to Henry Hitchings, the theatre critic on the London Evening Standard, Benedict Cumberbatch is "a charismatic Hamlet, energetic but also pensive."

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Bride and Prejudice is a 2004 romantic musical film directed by Gurinder Chadha. The screenplay is a  Bollywood-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was filmed in English, with some Hindi and Punjabi dialogue. The film released in the United States on 11 February 2005 and was well received by film critics. 
Needless to say, it has always been one of my favourite movies!