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Anglophile Musings with Lady Elyse

On Pleasure Bent Again Part II: Planning

On pleasure bent again: Planning “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy! “ wrote the dashing Robert Burns. I’m rarely left with nought but grief and … Continue reading

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Down in the Downton Dumps

Down in the Downton Dumps By Elyse Ashton I’ve read several Downton postmortems and found a lot of snark, cynicism and dismissive superiority. I don’t buy it. Not for moment. Don’t even tell me what was wrong with Downton Abbey. … Continue reading

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On Pleasure Bent Again: British Airways Club World Rhapsody

For the record, British Airways isn’t paying me. They are not (yet!)sponsors of The Anglophile Channel. They haven’t promised me an upgrade. I am a budget traveler and careful with my spending. What’s well worth some extravagance? For what do … Continue reading

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

“More Austen than thou…” Perhaps you have come across this type (which I shall refer to as a MATT) in the world of Jane Austen appreciation. MATTs can be exasperating, annoying, pompous and relentless. Understand, gentle reader, that I make … Continue reading

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The Jane Austen Evening 2016

The Jane Austen Evening Saturday January twenty-third, a horde of well dressed travelers slipped through the rents in the veil of time to descend upon the Pasadena Masonic hall. That’s not entirely accurate, but in an evening of elegant make-believe … Continue reading

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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell REVIEW By Lady Elyse Ashton

Attention all Anglophiles, Anglomaniacs, and affectionados of fantasy! Set your DVRs for “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” a lavish seven part mini-series based on the dizzingly brilliant book by Susanna Clarke which comes to BBCAmerica June 13. Our friends in … Continue reading

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Ode to a Christmas Cracker

Ode To A Christmas Cracker  By Lady Elyse   Cracker thou art not to blame I was misled by your name Not festive fun that pops and splits ‘Cause I mistook you for a Ritz…. It was the late 1980’s … Continue reading

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