Lewes was today invaded by vikings. I have no reason why. Ownership of the bridge was decided (in a most civilised way) by a game of pooh sticks.
…but Stratford upon Avon where I was lucky enough to see the talented Ashleigh Dickinson performing Shakespeare on demand! Amazing recall of not only male and female parts of the plays but able to recite sonnets to order also.
Lou Hopper, ex of ‘Tattoo Fixers’ on Channel 4, taken at the Brighton Tattoo Convention.
Alec D’Urberville tries to tempt Tess with a Strawberry…
I don’t think Hardy approved of feisty, intelligent women like Tess, or like Bathsheba in ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’… they aren’t allowed to prevail, but suffer indignities and worse as their punishment. There are no innocents in Tess, even her parents conspire to set her on the road to doom, but for me the real villain of the piece isn’t Alec D’Urberville, but Angel Clare.