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CarrotVan Thu 19-Sep-19 21:13:36

Shenanigans at the Chalet School featuring sales of work, sub text and full fat menu

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funnelfanjo Sun 21-Feb-21 10:25:41

I’ve just finished reading Richenda for the first time. I realise I’m reaching the part of the series when the quality seriously starts dropping off but it seems like three quarters of the way through EBD got bored and rushed an ending. There was room in that story for a much more interesting resolution between Ricki and her father.

Plus for some reason the medical bits really grated in this book far more than usual. Joey had a slightly displaced organ? I read the symptoms and the vast amounts of butter and cream and chocolate being consumed and assumed she had gallstones, but then I’m not sure she’d be up and running around a week after gallbladder removal in the 1950s. Plus the shoving oil in the eyes of someone to counter ammonia-like substances made me wince. Thank goodness they had an eye clinic in the doorstep!

hels71 Sun 01-Nov-20 19:23:27

I have just read the fill-in, The Bethany Twins at the Chalet School. Really enjoyed it!

Apileofballyhoo Sun 01-Nov-20 19:18:06

Thanks funnel, I haven't heard anything yet but I didn't PM Parker or anything. I did email that chalet school address mentioned somewhere on these threads.

funnelfanjo Sun 01-Nov-20 14:25:57

I’m sure Parker keeps an eye on this thread, but if by some chance you haven’t had a response, then let me know.

Apileofballyhoo Tue 27-Oct-20 11:58:28

Jassy, I also came on to see if anyone was still here and if I could get access to the Dropbox. I was on the first thread but life took over and I never got around to sending Parker my email. I've been rereading in order and need and Jo next. Maybe some absolute lamb will respond to us.

JassyRadlett Mon 14-Sep-20 21:44:45

I’m on a mammoth reread at the moment and am resurrecting to ask @Parker231 whether she would mind sharing the transcript link as I’ve found I’m missing Rescue, and my hard copy is in another country!

PhilSwagielka Mon 08-Jun-20 14:04:00

Took me ages to find the thread! I didn't mind the religion when it was Joey telling Phoebe that Christianity for her means helping others, or everyone praying for Phoebe's health, or even Jack telling Reg to take G-d as his partner (though paying for Reg's schooling was a bit much when he barely knew him), but you can't really have a deep philosophical discussion about religion with a toddler. And the bit where they confess their sins to Joey at bedtime creeps me out.

PerditaProvokesEnmity Mon 08-Jun-20 12:25:31

Heavens! Hadn't realised this thread was still going. (Was there at the start under a previous name.)

I've spent the past couple of months wishing I hadn't reread the whole set last summer - they'd have been perfect lockdown binge-fodder.

funnelfanjo Mon 08-Jun-20 12:11:14

I can only assume that it was EBD's way of shoehorning in some religion into the story in the absence of the usual school plays/prayers/visits to churches or plays/a life-threatening medical crisis causing people to contemplate the meaning of life.

I quite like the concept that Jack is generally shown being involved in the children's lives more than a stereotypical upper-middle class man of that era, but the whole tone of the 'talk' with Margot was for a much older child.

PhilSwagielka Sun 07-Jun-20 10:25:27

Just reading Jo to the Rescue and fucking hell, you can totally draw the dots between how the triplets behave in this book and Theodora.
- Margot acts like a little shit and is jealous of Len about something
- Len enables Margot and tries to calm things down
- Con speaks her mind and tells Margot off and it gets her into trouble

Also, why the actual fuck is Jack giving a 3-year-old kid a lecture about G-d? Isn't 3 a bit young to understand religion?

PhilSwagielka Thu 07-May-20 10:01:00

I got Adrienne! As in the one where YET ANOTHER NEW GIRL turns out to be related to an Old Girl, and the Robin has her Big Damn Heroes moment and saves Adrienne from being sold into prostitution (possibly).

ABBBRB Thu 07-May-20 09:02:57

@Parker231 I know I'm late to the party, but is there any chance I could have the dropbox link? Thank you smile

Honkingallthewaytothebank Wed 22-Apr-20 16:23:22

@Parker231 thanks. One down, many more to go! Hooked already!

TheLongDarkBreakfastTime Sun 19-Apr-20 19:31:16

@NWKF That sounds brilliant! Do you by any chance have an electronic copy? I’d happily read it. I did buy a book about illness in children’S literature called something like “Pick Up Thy Bed and Walk”, which was really interesting.

Happilysinglemum Sat 18-Apr-20 09:57:12

Thank you so much! I’m sure my children don’t really need to eat 🤣

Two4tea Sat 18-Apr-20 09:09:22

@Parker231 please may I have the link? I asked before but haven't had a pm from you, do you remember if you sent me one? Thank you!

Happilysinglemum Fri 17-Apr-20 22:10:33

Ooh! Please may I have the Dropbox link, my ex destroyed my collection when I was in refuge 😫

Parker231 Thu 16-Apr-20 19:29:54

I’m looking into the missing non Chalet Schools books - had to play around with Dropbox as it stopped me sending anymore links.

Honkingallthewaytothebank Thu 16-Apr-20 18:17:18

@Parker231 I would LOVE the link if you are able to please!

Tinuviel Thu 16-Apr-20 18:11:14

@Parker231, you very kindly sent me the link for CS, which I am working my way through; and for extra non-CS books which appears to be empty. Is this a problem with my computer or have the books been removed?

NWKF01 Thu 16-Apr-20 14:20:09

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Parker231 Thu 16-Apr-20 12:50:06


I think I’m up to date in responding to any Dropbox links - have pm’d everyone who has asked. Please remind me if I’ve missed you.

Tinuviel Thu 16-Apr-20 12:42:32

That looks more garbled than I expected. Sorry! Minfq = minor frequent

Tinuviel Thu 16-Apr-20 12:41:34

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett asked if there's a list of which books were cut in the Armada paperbacks. I have such a list!!

TitleCuts in Armada pb
Jo OfMinor frequent
Head GirlVery Major
And JoUncut
New HouseMinfq
Jo ReturnsMinfq
ExileV Maj
Goes to itUncut
Highland TwinsMajor
Gay From ChinaMajor
Tom .Uncut
Rosalie . *Uncut
Three GoV Maj
CS OberlandMajor
Joey OberlandUncut
Does it AgainUncut
ProblemV Maj
New MistressMajor
Coming of AgeV Maj
RichendaV Maj
TrialsV Maj
RueyV Maj
FeudV Maj
Summer TermUncut
Two SamsUncut

Falderal Thu 16-Apr-20 12:34:46

Hi @Parker231 - another one looking for dropbox details so I can fill my lockdown time with useful activity (or nostalgic reading)

thank you

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