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October 2018: Autumn in the Southern Chilterns

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Carol Ann Duffy

The evidence that Colonel Blimp has left the upper echelons of British Society is now crystal clear with the appointment of Carol Ann Duffy as the new Poet Laureate. A woman is the Laureate may well have made the likes of Dryden and Tennyson choke but a lesbian to boot ? What a wonderful double whammy. As Ms Duffy herself says this could not have happened even 10 years ago and yet it doesnt seem a brave choice for her sex or sexuality - it is for her subversion that we should all now relish the publication of her first piece in her new role. No dullard academic wordsmith this one - she writes for adults, children, picture books and the stage and we cannot wait for the sparks to fly!

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Happiness can exist only in acceptance. - George Orwell
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The Houses of Parliament burn down - 1834, Jane Eyre Published - 1847, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Published - 1950, First Edition of Blue Peter - 1958
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