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A87893734 - 'Horrible Histories' - the Television Series

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Bluebottle

Entry: 'Horrible Histories' - the Television Series - A87893734
Author: Bluebottle - U43530

Fun for all the family.

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A87893734 - 'Horrible Histories' - the Television Series

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Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Great entry, Bluebottle! Little Fish loved the books when he was younger - and we still have them.

Very few nits to pick. I'd prefer footnote 1 to be a word earlier, ie after "Miranda" instead of "instead" and footnote 4 to be placed after "royals" rather than "performing", although that second one is moot. Footnotes 2 and 3 made me smile.

I'd no idea about Terry Deary's stance on putting children to work so early. Any idea why? I imagine it might be something to do with the infantilisation of young adults and that encouraging work at an earlier age might build more responsible adults. I think I read something about American education in particular being of a much higher standard at the turn of the last century with fewer years at school and that today's children couldn't match what those earlier ones could.

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Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Aha, smiley - eureka I think I've found my answer: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2003/aug/12/schools.historyandhistoryofart - I love the quote in this which says he's a "paid up member of the awkward squad". Much the same is said in this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Deary - and I love his views on historians in it. smiley - magic

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Post 4

Bluebottle

Thanks for your comments there - good points, I've nudged the footnotes along a bit.

My kids love this series - I've seen them discussing which of their Beanie Babies looks most like Marcus Licinius Crassus...

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SashaQ - happysad - Editor

This is an interesting Entry - I didn't realise Horrible Histories had been on TV since 2009 give or take...

I think you need to mention that it is based on books in the first section, so that the second section about Richard Bradley's son is clear.

I like your use of repetition here smiley - ok Very effective to give a flavour of the humour of the series.

"The main focus of the sketches is on classical antiquity and particularly concentrating on British history"

I'm not sure this quite captures what you list later - I thought "classical antiquity" covered only Romano-British history, but the Groovy Greeks are in there smiley - ok

I enjoyed the News at When when I watched an episode, and Ready Steady Feast smiley - laugh

That is interesting about Terry Deary's courting of controversy... I see that TD said that there is no need for libraries because people have access to books at school (but ideally not his books) so there we have it... smiley - laugh

I agree that being forced to read books at school can be offputting, but good books can be encouraging - I only read what I had to read of an animal story set text, but when the set text was science fiction, I went to the library and bookshop to borrow and buy all I could of that author (Monica Hughes) as her books were a delight to read... I'm very grateful for my secondary schooling, as it gave me choices, whereas primary school was fairly basic - I didn't even know what maths really was until the age of 12, never mind history... HH gave me a good flavour of eras I wasn't particularly interested in as well as interesting details about eras I did learn about, so I read quite a few of them after I discovered them in 1998 smiley - ok

"which of their Beanie Babies looks most like Marcus Licinius Crassus" smiley - laughsmiley - ok


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Bluebottle

Thanks for your comments – I've now mentioned the books earlier, just enough to be clear that there were books before the television series but leaving it clear that the article is about the television series, not the books.

I always thought classical antiquity covered early Mediterranean civilisations – late Egypt, Phoenicians, Greece, Carthage and Romans. When discussing 'classical' authors we usually refer to such authors as Plato, Herodotus, Tacitus etc after all. I'll see what other readers think.

Although I enjoy Deary's writing style, I do not agree with his personal views. You're right that many books taught at school are off-putting. At middle school we did 'A Kestrel for a Knave', 'The Island of Blue Dolphins' and 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'smiley - yawn. High School was much better as we had books we could get our teeth into.

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SashaQ - happysad - Editor

I've got my internet back smiley - somersault

Now I can read what I wrote, I see I didn't quite capture what I was intending to say, sorry smiley - doh

""The main focus of the sketches is on classical antiquity and particularly concentrating on British history"

I'm not sure this quite captures what you list later - I thought "classical antiquity" covered only Romano-British history, but the Groovy Greeks are in there "

From the sentence you wrote, I thought you were using the phrase "classical antiquity" to refer to Romano-British history because of the rest of the sentence referring to British history, but then I saw that that wasn't right. Can you think of a way to rephrase it to clarify that the sketches are generally either classical antiquity or British history focused?

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Post 8

Bluebottle

Ah! I get what you mean now. I've tweaked it a bit, does it seem clearer now?

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Post 9

Bluebottle

smiley - eurekasmiley - doh - I blame the Groovy Greeks...

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SashaQ - happysad - Editor

smiley - laughsmiley - ok

That's a bit better, but it would be clearer still if you put a full stop after British history.

Neatly done with the mention of the books in the introduction smiley - ok


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Post 11

Bluebottle

Tweaked. smiley - tongueout

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