A Special Christmas Treat: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Harper Collins is kindly allowing the free listening of this high quality recording of Dylan Thomas reading his deliciously wonderful festive story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. The story recalls a time when there were “wolves in Wales” next to a “carol-singing sea” while cheeky boys roamed the streets throwing snowballs at “green eyed cats.” His chaotic house was full of snoring and well-fed uncles and aunties lacing their tea with rum because, “it was only once a year.”

This recording can only be listened to for free through December 27; thereafter, you can find it on Dylan Thomas:The Caedmon CD Collection Unabridged. The CD is available to US customers only.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 🎄 and a Happy New Year🎉.

Hannah Ellis – 20th December 2017.

Hannah is a teacher, writer and consultant. You can learn more about her by visiting the website – www.lovethewords.co.uk
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Solange Knowles: I am a Proud Black Feminist and Womanist

Solange Knowles has never been shy about standing up for what she believes in and her latest interview is no exception. As the cover star of BUST‘s latest issue, the A Seat at the Table singer opened up in her interview about what feminism means to her in this day and age. “I am a…

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Chance The Rapper Just Made Grammy History (and, Gives His Music Away For Free) | Quartz.com

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Just a Little One | Dorothy Parker,  The New Yorker, May 12, 1928

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Newlyweds Nail Iconic ‘Dirty Dancing’ Routine at Wedding – Yahoo

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Watch Drake Lovingly Present MTV’s Video Vanguard Award to Rihanna — TIME

To close out the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, none other than Drake—the “Champagne Papi” himself—ascended the stage to bestow the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award upon Rihanna. Drake, who was late to the awards show due to traffic, luckily made it in time for his big moment with the singer, who performed four different…

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What Does Jay Z Think of Beyoncé’s Lemonade?

I WAS SERVED LEMONS , by Julie Miller, VANITY FAIR, APRIL 27, 2016 6:46
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On Saturday, Beyoncé responded to years’ worth of marital speculation with Lemonade, an explosively honest album in which she lyrically accuses husband Jay Z of lying, cheating, and taking her for granted. As the New Yorker summarized, “Lemonade is the product of a brutal tension: a woman who has been deified by the entire world and yet cannot secure the love of the person closest to her.” A sampling of the accusatory lyrics: “What a wicked way to treat the girl who loves you.” “You can taste the dishonesty. . .It’s all over your breath.” “Tonight I regret the night I put that ring on.” So how exactly as Jay Z handling the not-so-subtle call-outs about his allegedly philandering ways?

rs_634x1024-160427084540-634-beyonce-jay-z-miami-rehearsal-exclusive-j1r-042716Seemingly fine, according to photos and reports that have surfaced since Lemonade’s release. The power duo were photographed side-by-side in Miami on Tuesday as Beyoncé prepared for the first concert on her Formation tour, which falls on Wednesday night. Another photo shows Jay Z smoking a cigar with a friend on Tuesday, seemingly relaxed. The reason, suggests E!, is that he has had plenty of time to process the the album’s accusations.

“Jay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release,” a source close to the couple tells E!. “He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. . . Jay is all about self-expression, so he gets it. Beyoncé shares music before it’s released with Jay so he can listen and share his thoughts. When it comes to music, they are very in it together and supportive of each other’s craft.”

According to the same insider, Jay Z also saw a personal upside to the album.

“Jay is a very smart businessman,” the mole adds. “Bottom line is that they are both really smart and they both saw dollar signs.”

E!’s source suggests that Jay Z’s support of the album, in spite of the inflammatory lyrics, is a sign of the couple working through the difficulties in their marriage.

“He understands the reasoning [behind her decision to release such personal tracks],” continues the source. “This is part of the process of being transparent. And they have healed. He has been very humble about the experience. Beyoncé is the love of his life and he will do what it takes.”

A source cited by People confirms the reconciliation, saying, “They definitely went through a rough patch a couple years ago, but they came out stronger in the end.”

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Read More The Real Reason Why Beyoncé Made Lemonade on E!News.com

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Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Black Woman Magic — TIME

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is grown-ass black woman magic. And the lemons that Queen Bey is working with, powerful hoodoo ingredients for overpowering bad energy, are clearly the Louisiana kind. Lush, troubling visuals show that Beyoncé is the goddess, the goddess is furious, the goddess is victorious, and most important: The goddess is every black woman. Slay.…

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Doctor Strange Co-Writer Defends Casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One — TIME

Doctor Strange co-writer C. Robert Cargill has defended the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the forthcoming Marvel superhero movie. In the original Marvel comics, this powerful sorcerer is usually depicted as an elderly, Tibet-dwelling Asian man. In director Scott Derrickson’s film, version, however, Swinton’s character is a white, androgynous figure who…

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