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1              Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen 

2              Jane Eyre  by Charlotts Bronte

3              Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare 

4              The Time Traveler's Wife  by Audrey Niffenegger

5              Gone with the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell 

6              Wuthering Heights  by Emily Brontë 

7              Atonement  by Ian McEwan 

8              The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green 

9              Anna Karenina  by Leo Tolstoy 

10           The Truth About Forever  by Sarah Dessen

11           Stardust  by Neil Gaiman

12           The English Patient  by Michael Ondaatje 

13           Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 

14           Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney illustrated by Anita Jeram

15           Doctor Zhivago  by Boris Pasternak 

16           Lolita  by Vladimir Nabokov  

17           Lady Chatterley's Lover  by D.H. Lawrence 

18           After Forever Ends  by Melodie Ramone

19           The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

20           Tess of the D'Urbervilles   - Thomas Hardy

21           Norwegian Wood By Haruki Murakami

22           Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

23           Water for Elephants'by Sara Gruen

24           The Woodlanders  byThomas Hardy

25           The Pact  by Jodi Picoult




14th FEBRUARY 2017


Locks on a Bakewell bridge over the River Wye

Has Bakewell turned into the most romantic town in the world or is it just a smat local locksnith who has seen a major marketting opportunity?




George:  Welcome to my world won’t you come on in.

Ewan:    Hi I will, thanks. Its Ewan here.

George;  So Big Cousin Ewan, what’s this Valentines Day thing all about then?

Ewan:    I get the idea its not for us, but grown ups and girl ones too.

George:  Yeh, too right. Sister Freya got a great big card and a heart shaped chocolate lollipop. What did I get? Zilch. Parents just shamelessly go out of their way to show favouritism. But look at this face does it look bovered.

Ewan:    No it doesn’t Cousin George. But look at mine mine is bovered. Like it’s my birthday on Friday. Mum and dad organised a party. When it was Cousin Freya’s birthday Santa came too and brought her double presents. One lot for birthday and one lot for Christmas.

George:  I remember that.

Ewan:    So I thought. Great my birthday and all this talk about St Valentines Day, double presents for me too. But not a dickie bird. So where’s this St. Valentines guy? Does he have any reindeer?

George:  Pictures I’ve seen he has a bow and arrow. And I think he’s all about girls.

Ewan:    Yeh, it’s not for us, it’s a girl thing. Do you think he’s like Robin Hood.?

George:  Who’s Robin Hood, then?

Ewan:    You don’t know who Robin Hood is? How old are you?

George:  Never heard of him.

Ewan:    He’s patron saint of Nottingham and lives in a tree. Because he lives in a tree there’s no Tesco nearby so he has to go to Rufford Park Café for his meals. He survives on sausage cobs and chips. He robs rich people and gives it to the poor.

George:  He’s never given me anything.

Ewan:    Maybe you’re not poor enough. Poor means you’ve only got 21 toys.

George:  I’ll check once I’ve learnt to count. How do you contact him if you qualify?

Ewan:    My dad has got an app on his phone. Where’s Mamma, I want Mamma.

George:  She’s not here is she?

Ewan:    No, no, I don’t mean Mamma, I mean bot-bot. I always get them mixed up.

George:  I’m sleepy.

Ewan:    Bye, Bye.

George:  See ya


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1              1950s                                                     Love Me - Tender - Elvis Presley (1956)

2              1960s                                                     You Really Got Me – The Kinks (1964)

3              1970s                                           The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack -(1972) 

4              1980s                                                     I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder (1984

5              1990s                                                     Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden (1997)

6              21st                                                        All of Me: John Legend

7              Soul Track                                            When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge (1966)

8              Power Ballad                                        You Are So Beautiful... Joe Cocker

9              C&W                                                      I Love You Because - Stonewall Jackson

10           Novelty Track                                      Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

11           This Week Top 40 Track                   Be the One - Dua Lipa

12           Album of the Week                             Angel: The Love Songs - Rod Stewart

13           Tracks from Album of the Week     1. Reason To Believe

                                  2. Mandolin Wind

                                  3. You Wear It Well

                                  4. I'd Rather Go Blind

                                  5. Angel

                                  6. Tomorrow Is A Long Time

                                  7. Lady Day

                                  8. I Wouldn't Ever Change A Thing

                                  9. Man Of Constant Sorrow

                                  10. Oh! No Not My Baby

                                  11. Jodie - Rod Stewart, The Faces

                                  12. My Way Of Giving

                                  13. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

                                  14. Country Comforts

                                  15. Handbags And Gladrags

                                  16. Mama You Been On My Mind

                                  17. Jo's Lament

                                  18. Cindy's Lament

14th Feb 2017



2 years old  - Infinity


Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney illustrated by Anita Jeram


32 pages

Interest Age: From 2 to infinity


I make no apologies for choosing this book as Book of the Day today, Valentines Day


Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares' efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon. This lovely board book edition is one that children will ask for time and again.

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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