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Journal 54

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Re: Journal 54

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 19 Jul 2014, 11:48

Courtenay wrote:I hadn't seen Angela Canning's previous article on golliwogs, which I'd be interested in reading. Which issue of the Journal was it in, and are there back copies available to buy?

I'm afraid my Journals aren't easy to get at so I can't take another look at the article, but it was 'Were the Criticisms of Enid Justified?' in Journal 48, Summer 2012, and I seem to remember that it contained quite a lot about golliwogs. Judging by the title the article may well have looked at other things too, but I can't remember now. That Journal is still available as a back issue:

http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/jour ... isissue=48
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Chrissie777 » 19 Jul 2014, 11:51

Moonraker wrote:I agree with Poppy that Fatty is the most likeable leader, although I wouldn't agree that he doesn't become big headed!


Somehow I remember that in the last books of the Mystery series Fatty was less boastful. He had established his "rank" among the other children and there was no more need for beeing boastful. Maybe that's what Poppy is referring to?
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Poppy » 19 Jul 2014, 12:27

I also think Fatty's boastful nature is improved by the end of the series, Chrissie. But when I described him as not big-headed at times, I was mainly comparing him to Peter, who becomes big-headed in an unlikable way. I should have probably established Fatty was very boastful too though, at the start of the series, at least!
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Moonraker » 19 Jul 2014, 13:21

Chrissie777 wrote:
Moonraker wrote:Image

Shouldn't it be "than"?

It certainly should. I'm sure Pete can probably change it, but I have no idea how to. :D
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Moonraker » 19 Jul 2014, 13:43

Chrissie777 wrote:
Moonraker wrote:I had an enjoyable afternoon on Tuesday, in the summerhouse, reading the latest Journal.

Nigel, now I'm really curious about that summer house! Where is it?

Chrissie, it's not a summer house, but a summerhouse - and it's in my garden!

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Sorry for going off topic, but maybe Nigel or another (US?) member could answer my question.
For a long time I was wondering why young blond women in the US are called Bimbo. Doesn't make any sense to me.

Chrissie, Google is your friend!

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Re: Journal 54

Postby Chrissie777 » 19 Jul 2014, 17:01

Moonraker wrote:Chrissie, it's not a summer house, but a summerhouse - and it's in my garden!

Oh, it's what they call in the US a gazebo.
It's lovely.
When I was still living and working in Hamburg, on my way to work the subway did drive by a gazebo near the river and I always thought how lovely it must be to have one and use it for drinking tea inside and relax and read.

Sorry for writing summerhouse in 2 words. That's the American way of writing it:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918631/combined

So may I ask you how you did furnish your summerhouse? Just curious as always. :)

And thanks for the Bimbo explanation.
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Moonraker » 19 Jul 2014, 17:34

Just for Chrissie!

It's usually Anita that has me checking the dictionary, but I gave up on this one. This is the definition I got:

lycanthropic edacity, lurcation, ingurgitation and gulosity; such omnivorousness and pantophagy;

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Re: Journal 54

Postby Wolfgang » 19 Jul 2014, 17:45

Chrissie777 wrote:Don't know if Wolfgang had more luck in the town where he grew up (he's a lot younger than me, so maybe by then the German librarians, teachers and parents were not as narrow-minded any longer?)?

Actually yes, in our local library The Famous Five, the Adventure series, both Mystery series, the Secret series, the Secret Seven, Hanni und Nanni (St Clare's), Naughtiest Girl and the Farm series were available, I'm not so sure about Dolly (Malory Towers).
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Chrissie777 » 19 Jul 2014, 18:50

Oh Wolfgang, you lucky guy!!!
How I admire you for that kind of unrestricted childhood. :o
All I knew about were the FF and the Adventure series. It was years later, before I found out that EB had written a lot more.
Well, I made up for all the missed EB books later on in the early 80's when they were finally available in the public libraries in Braunschweig. I read them first from those libraries and then little by little I bought them.
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Rob Houghton » 19 Jul 2014, 19:03

Moonraker - the summer house is lovely...I can almost imagine Fatty coming out of there in disguise! ;-)
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Lucky Star » 19 Jul 2014, 19:04

Looks like a lovely spot for a reading session indeed.
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Re: Journal 54

Postby pete9012S » 19 Jul 2014, 19:42

Just don't make the mistake I made and call it a 'shed'...I did a few years back. I think Nigel's forgiven me now..... :wink:
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Chrissie777 » 19 Jul 2014, 23:17

Wolfgang wrote:... both Mystery series...


Did I miss something? The only Mystery series I know is the FFO & Dog series.
Please enlighten me.
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Daisy » 19 Jul 2014, 23:34

The Barney series probably. Look them up in the Cave. They are great books .
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Re: Journal 54

Postby Chrissie777 » 19 Jul 2014, 23:53

I thought it's called the R series.
Yes, I have them in English and in German (except of "Ragamuffin Mystery).
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