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Journal 52

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Re: Journal 52

Postby Moonraker » 18 Nov 2013, 16:44

I forgot to say, good to see you've curbed the exclamation marks! A great article. :D
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Poppy » 18 Nov 2013, 17:01

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks! I made sure when I read through that I didn't go to overboard! :D
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Moonraker » 18 Nov 2013, 18:05

I even counted them! (You've got me using them now!)
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 18 Nov 2013, 18:17

Moonraker wrote:I must also say what a ridiculous figure Noddy appeared to be! He looked more like one of those absurd figures you see at football matches!

I wondered why I had a sudden craving for Liquorice Allsorts while reading that article. Then I realised it was because Noddy reminded me of Bertie Bassett!
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Moonraker » 18 Nov 2013, 18:28

For those who haven't seen him:

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Google noddy beaconsfield for some more.
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Carlotta King » 18 Nov 2013, 20:29

I was fascinated by Angela Canning's Seckford Hall article - what an interesting account of the house! The photographs were lovely and it was amazing to read of its' history!

The secret passage to the Priory reminded me of Finniston Farm, with the passage from the castle leading to the chapel!
It was also fascinating to readabout the smugglers (as you all know by now I'm a nut about smugglers! :D ) and the Elizabethan history of the place.

Hidden Sleepers Of The Woods was so lovely - it was really nice to read about the animals. Once again there is Enid's amazing knack of telling a story but including wonderful facts about nature that we just absorb without even realising it. Fantastic.
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Nick » 19 Nov 2013, 11:19

Another splendid issue :D

I'd only be echoing the thoughts of others by listing my highlights so I'll just say that I'll be renewing g my subscription sharpish and I can't wait for 53!
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Re: Journal 52

Postby sixret » 20 Nov 2013, 14:54

My journal has finally arrived! Looking forward to reading the articles! :-)

And of course the first read would be The Manky Petoddles! What a weird title! :mrgreen:
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 20 Nov 2013, 15:24

I also read 'The Manky-Petoddles' first! As well as the title, I was attracted by the pictures - beautifully detailed yet just a little creepy, capturing the surreal atmosphere of the story.
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Moonraker » 20 Nov 2013, 15:32

Anita Bensoussane wrote:I also read 'The Manky-Petoddles' first!

I was a while wondering how to pronounce it! Per-toddles (with the 'r' silent)?

I always read the Journal from page 1 to the end, just like a book!
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Carlotta King » 21 Nov 2013, 20:12

I have finished reading the whole Journal now (took a bit longer this week because of work!) and I have thoroughly enjoyed it again.
Some really good articles in there!
Bobs really made me smile with his wondering who Mr Salvage was! :D :D

As others have said, thankyou to all the contributors, you have made it a lovely autumn/winter's read, and thankyou to Tony! :) I have really enjoyed sitting reading it bit by bit with a nice cuppa and the heater on! :D
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Aussie Sue » 22 Nov 2013, 11:03

Thank you for this Journal Tony.

It is always interesting to see a new Birn book. Does this one, 'Bobtail's Adventures' have Enid's name on it or is it another of the one's you have identified as hers from her workbook.

Amazing, that after the huge number of books already listed by Enid that new ones continue to appear.

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Re: Journal 52

Postby Tony Summerfield » 22 Nov 2013, 22:04

Aussie Sue wrote:It is always interesting to see a new Birn book. Does this one, 'Bobtail's Adventures' have Enid's name on it or is it another of the one's you have identified as hers from her workbook.

Amazing, that after the huge number of books already listed by Enid that new ones continue to appear.

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I would have mentioned that if there had been room, Sue, but I ran out of space! The book is not credited at all, and it is only thanks to her workbook that we know it was by Enid Blyton. I just wonder how many books by her are still out there and because they are not credited nobody pays any attention to them! Certainly there are quite a few more titles in her workbook that have not yet surfaced, and of course it is more difficult too as those are only working titles and may have had the title changed as this one did.
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Re: Journal 52

Postby Aussie Sue » 23 Nov 2013, 08:51

Thanks Tony. Thank goodness that workbook survived, it would be sad if these extra stories/books were never able to be added to her list. It also suggests there are probably others not in this workbook that we will never know/prove were written by her.

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Re: Journal 52

Postby Tony Summerfield » 23 Nov 2013, 13:56

Aussie Sue wrote:It also suggests there are probably others not in this workbook that we will never know/prove were written by her.

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Spot on, Sue! The workbook ends in 1926, and although Enid started 1927 she crossed it out and said 'see next book'. A great many of the Birn books that have come to light are clearly from a later period and only those that actually have Enid's name in them can be attributed to her, so anything that turns up from this period such as Tricked on the Track is a welcome surprise that we knew nothing about - I am certain there is another book in that set of four that hasn't yet surfaced!

There is still a great deal to uncover about Enid's work in the 1920s and I am sure that more will come to light.
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