Book: Aesop’s Fables (Wordsworth’s Classics)

“Lions regularly team up with asses. There’s a fox somewhere too…”

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Author: Aesop

Genre: Fantasy, Classic, Animals, Age: All

Do you ever think that some stories are familiar, but you can’t pinpoint where you’ve read them before? Reading Aesop’s Fables is like stumbling into that experience over and over again.

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(The Crow and the Pitcher)

Of course, as the book’s introduction is quick to point out, Aesop didn’t really *write* these stories, he merely collected them. This version from Wordsworth contains around 250 short tales, which feature anthropomorphic characters and situations that make them cross paths. Each story is a quick read, taking roughly three minutes to read at most, and I found myself finishing the book in a couple of days, since I was using it for light reading before bedtime.

There’s nothing amazingly complex about the experience,  since each story starts and finishes with few plot-points. For someone used to reading long, epic fantasy books, this was such a refreshing experience and almost a mental cleanse; I could stay with the characters for a few minutes, and then abandon them, and only take the central  message forward.

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 8 Series Finale Summary + Review

“Everyone must play cricket”

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(“I take all complaints seriously, Thomas. “)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Thomas is facing a short couple of weeks before he is sent packing after the night scandal between him and James. Mr Carson feels sorry that Thomas must leave discretely after a decade of loyal service, but in these times the punishment for such acts is usually prison. Thomas’s only choice may be to leave the country…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 7 Summary + Review

“We belong together”

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(“I’m finally free. Now, let’s find the dratted neighbour and kill her.”)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Mr Bates is released from prison, and is reunited with Anna. He is welcomed back with open arms by everyone at Downton Abbey. The only issue is, how will he get his old job back from Thomas?

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 6 Summary + Review

“Does anyone know the fox trot?”

(Tom considers Ireland a higher, and possibly better looking, race)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, the residents at Downton Abbey go into mourning for the loss of the youngest sister Sybil. Tom wants to leave Downton as soon as possible to begin his new life, away from the dark shadow of death.

In memory of her mother’s death, he has decided to name the new baby Sybil.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 5 Summary + Review

“With each new life granted…”

(“I really thought this haircut would suit me, but not right now…”)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Sybil is around to deliver the newest addition to the Crawley family. While she deals with massive pressure, the rest of the household carry on with their lives…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 4 Summary + Review

“Beauty Pageant at Downton Abbey”

(“No I have not been crying my eyes out….Why?”)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Anna has lost communication with Mr Bates for weeks. when her letters don’t receive a reply, she begins to worry that he may be trying to end their relationship.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 3 Summary + Review

“Third times a charm… isn’t it?”

(Edith will spare no expense for the second wedding in the Crawley house)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, a month has already passed and Edith is preparing for her wedding to Sir Anthony. Food, decorations and celebrations are being prepared for the middle Crawley sister, who is marrying last.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 2 Summary + Review

“No shirt, no service”

(“Stop saying ‘Mary, Mary, quiet contrary’…”)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Mrs Levinson continues to harass the dinner participants, and the family can’t wait for her to leave. With financial trouble over the house, and Mary’s husband not willing to share his money, it’s up to other schemers to save Downton Abbey.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Downton Abbey S3 – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“Wedding bells ring”

(A couple that managed to get together during the first two series, surely not)

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

Mary and Matthew’s wedding is being prepared by everyone at Downton, and everything is well underway. The happy couple are looking forward to their new lives, but everything can’t be straightforward. Not at Downton Abbey…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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News: Downton Abbey Series 3 Airing Date

“Fine dining and drama”

Airing on: ITV

Genre: Family, Slice of Life, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 16th September 2012 (UK Version)

An amazing new season of beloved drama is beginning this weekend on ITV. Downton Abbey has charmed viewers in the UK and US ever since it’s debut 2010. It seems like we couldn’t get enough of the Crawley family, and now they are back to entertain us.

Look out for it this weekend!

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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