Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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I’ve never really liked reading Jane Austen novels (I know, controversial statement from a self confessed bibliophile). Now don’t get me wrong, I love watching Austen film/TV adaptations (Colin Firth as Mr Darcy…umm yes please!), but for some reason I’m not a big fan of reading them. Northanger Abbey, on the other hand, pleasantly surprised me and I absolutely adored it.  Continue reading


Do Comics Have Literary Value?

maus    tintin

fun home    xman

Comics are an interesting medium. They rely very heavily on visual images to tell a story, rather than only text. They are, however, often regarded as material for children, and are not necessarily to be read by serious academics (whoever they are). But why is that? Who decided that comics can’t, or shouldn’t, be considered valuable forms of literature?  Continue reading

Bacteria Busting Bandages


The field of medicine is developing all the time in huge leaps and bounds; it never fails to amaze me. A couple of months ago a new type of bandage was developed that would significantly improve the healing of wounds. This bandage, which is being developed at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, is made out of a nanofibre mesh that attracts bacteria. The hope is that this bandage will draw the bacteria out of the wound itself, thus enabling the wound to heal much faster.  Continue reading