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 Post subject: Re: Real chalet school girl
PostPosted: 28 Jan 2017, 14:56 
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Parallel to this topic,did anyone else read about Louise and Ida Cook, British spinsters in the 1930,s ?its in the BBC magazine news today about the Holocaust.
Apparently they smuggled Jewish goods out for refugees while travelling Europe attending operas.

And the Stuffer and Maria came to mind, from Head Girl!
Was that silver given to Joey as innocent as it seemed?!


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 Post subject: Re: Real chalet school girl
PostPosted: 28 Jan 2017, 15:07 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-38732779

Sorry this is the link!

(Edited to fix link - Alison with Mod hat on)


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 Post subject: Re: Real chalet school girl
PostPosted: 28 Jan 2017, 15:33 
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They did much more than that Nana - they were extraordinary.

There is a book by Ida called Safe Passage which I heartily recommend....

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 Post subject: Re: Real chalet school girl
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Nana, what a brilliant suggestion about the Stuffer and Maria and Joey's wedding present! I once wrote a drabble in which Professor Fry was one of the heroic Quakers who organised the Kindertransport ... has anyone got time to write a drabble about the Stuffer and Maria? Nana, it was your idea :D .

And the Cook ladies had links to Sunderland - not far from EBD's home territory :D .

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 Post subject: Re: Real chalet school girl
PostPosted: 28 Jan 2017, 19:13 
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I literally just read about the Cook sisters on the BBC News website.. absolutely fascinating, what incredibly brave ladies....


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I first read Safe Passage some four or five years ago - a truly fascinating story, and I second Cestina's recommendation. I remembered the sisters were from the North-East, but had forgotten it was Sunderland - my husband's home town. :)


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Going back to Lucy Worsley for a moment, I think she gets better as she gets older. I actually really liked her most recent programme, about British History's Greatest Fibs. But I agree, she can be incredibly irritating (although better than Bettany Hughes standing around looking soulful).


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I finally found the quote I was thinking of, re/ Lucy W's career:
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“I want to be a curator in a museum,” Nancy Canton told her unexpectedly “I’ve been reading quite a lot about old ceramics lately. Daddy’s mad on antiques, you know, and he’s brought me up to know something about them. I’m specially keen on the very early periods — and Greek, and Cretan. I’m going to the school of Economics first, though. And later on, he and Mummy are taking me to Egypt and all the Levantine countries for practical observation We’re all saving madly for it, as it won’t be exactly a cheap trip.”
The quote is from Island, and I had completely misremembered the speaker's ID. Anyhow, interest in this kind of career, and a general impression of the CS curriculum trying to make history come alive, are the reasons that I'd connect Worsley with the CS. I don't know anything about her character, etc.

Thanks for all the R.P. information. I have a good idea of people's views on Received Pronunciation, but am still struggling to distinguish which English accent is which when I hear them. L.W.'s seems to have the missing Rs that I associate with parts of New England and the South (U.S. south) -- I have wondered if they are why Miss Annersley thought that "cultured" Bostonian was relatively "pure" -- but whether disappearing R is part of Worsley's local or cultural accent or her own particular speech patterns I have no clue. (Miss A's opinion always struck me as funny, since my own mother was forced into speech therapy in college to get rid of her regional American accent, lest she contaminate her future students.)

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 Post subject: Re: Real chalet school girl
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Who is Lucy Worsley and why should she be a C.S. girl?

I feel as though I am missing some fundermental information here.


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Wikipedia = "Lucy Worsley (born 18 December 1973) is an English historian, author, curator and television presenter."

Very knowledgeable about her subject, but has a very bouncy, jolly hockey sticks manner which can get a bit much, and has an annoying propensity for dressing up in the clothes of the time period she's discussing, which would be fine in programmes aimed at primary school children but seems rather infantile in programmes going out at 9pm!

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 Post subject: Re: Real chalet school girl
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sometimes it's not the accent but the construction of the English sentence, that makes a difference.

Madge's insistance on a soft and sweet voice in a woman (can't remember the direct quote - but Madge sets it as lines...) rather than strident (take note Mary-Lou) needs better enunciation to be heard.

The Galaxy advert set in the 50's with the Audrey Hepburn lookalike always reminds me of how I think of Len.


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