Happy Advent

AdventThe festive season is beginning — I love this time of the year, and I’m planning a blog post about the Advent and Christmas traditions that I grew up with.

What festive traditions do you have, wherever you are in the world? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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The “Suffragette” Controversy

Suffragette is not an easy movie to watch, and nor would you expect it to be: scenes of police brutality amidst peaceful protests, the gruelling life of London’s East End factory workers, force-feedings of imprisoned women…

The movie opens with a few lines of text, informing us that women have campaigned peacefully for the vote for decades, but they had been ignored and ridiculed. We see the suffrage movement through the eyes of one fictional woman, Maud Watts. She is reluctant to join the cause at first but is encouraged to take part by one of the women who works with her.

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