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Chocolate and Strawberry Roulade from Bonne Maman



175 g (6 oz) plain chocolate, roughly chopped, plus extra for chocolate curls to decorate
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Dark Chocolate Ritz Bars: 3 Ingredient Dessert Hero!

Dark chocolate Ritz bars? You're going to make them repeatedly, so you may as well get started. It's not long til you're in dessert nirvana!

I mean, not TODAY, the day you’re reading this, but TODAY, the day I’m writing this.

My birthday will have been long gone by the time you actually read this, …


Will the PBS series 'Wolf Hall' tarnish St. Thomas More’s halo?

Anton Lesser as Thomas More in Wolf Hall. Photo courtesy Ed Miller/Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC

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Marin Alsop to conduct Last Night of the Proms 2015 | Classical Music


Marin Alsop (credit Grant Leighton)

Marin Alsop will again conduct the Last Night of the Proms on 12th September, following her success in …

Classical Music

Royal Ballet Sets Cast for Lincoln Center Visit

LONDON — Balletomane alert: The casting for the Royal Ballet’s much-anticipated visit to Lincoln Center in June has been announced. The opening-night gala at the David H. Koch Theater, featuring Frederick Ashton’s “The Dream,” will star the principals Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae, and honor the …

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13 everyday phrases that actually came from Shakespeare

Scholars believe William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.

Whether you're a fan or not, you probably use many of his phrases on a regular basis — 451 years later.

We created a list of 13 popular sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of them so often they've become clichés.



12 British Actors Reading Shakespeare for Shakespeare Day

Tom Hiddleston (Pic: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

British actors have a particularly strong relationship with the works of Shakespeare, as they’ll have …

400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s sonnets live on in your smartphone

After William Shakespeare died, on this date in 1616, his contemporary, Ben Jonson, wrote that “He was not of an age, but for all time.”That’s where …


This is the 1 Cookie Recipe Worth Losing Your Beach Body Over

This is generally the time of year when we stop eating whatever the heck we feel like eating and start to focus on sculpting the perfect beach bod — …


Pro tips for making top chocolate chip cookies

When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, everyone has their personal preference.

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'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 Spoilers: Will There Be Another Red Wedding? Actor Liam Cunningham Hints At Major Deaths

This might come as a shock, but Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” will feature some major character deaths! OK, maybe that is not much of a surprise – …

Song of Ice and Fire

BBC Proms announces 2015 programme | Classical Music


The Royal Albert Hall
Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

Details of the 2015 Proms season have been released, with tickets set to go on sale on 16 May. …

Classical Music

Review: British and American Ballets Showcase Youthful Blend of Style and Skill

A heady amalgam of youthful beauty, charm and skill flooded the Ailey Citigroup Theater on Tuesday during a 90-minute program shared by the Royal Ballet School and American Ballet Theater Studio Company: a showcase of the pre-professional skills of young dancers at a very high level.

The …

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Study: top universities dropping Shakespeare requirement

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,” William Shakespeare wrote in “Henry VI, Part II.”

Educators would …


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Coconut-Almond Protein Fudge

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Do You Understand the True Bard or the False? Some Shakespeare Etymologies

Guest post by Annie Martirosyan

There are a number of words in Shakespeare’s plays and poems which are deceptive to modern ears. They may seem …

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A guide to insults first used by William Shakespeare (infographic)

Published on Apr 23, 2015


We owe William Shakespeare beautiful sonnets, world’s greatest tragedies, original phrases, and, well, dozens of sometimes …


Thou art translated! How Shakespeare went viral

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when Peter Quince sees Bottom turned into an ass-headed figure, he cries in horror: “Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee. …


Top 10 lines from Shakespeare's books

William Shakespeare was a writer that inspired millions of people and does so, even after his demise on April 23, 1616. He was a master of wit and to …


6 Myths About William Shakespeare That You Wrongly Believe

William Shakespeare. The name may make you shudder with the memory of English classes or revel in your favorite of his works. For many he is the …

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12 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About William Shakespeare

11. Shakespeare Was An Elizabethan Playwright… But Plays Such As “Othello” And “Macbeth” Were Written During The Jacobean Period

“An Elizabethan …


Report Finds Few Colleges Have A Shakespeare Requirement For English Majors

NEW YORK (AP) — As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days."

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.

The study, "The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in Exile …


How to make Shakespeare easy for English language learners

By Genevieve White

22 April 2015 - 17:46

Have you ever had difficulty relating Shakespeare to learners of English? Tutor and resource writer Genevieve

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Why, and how, we should read Shakespeare today

Thursday is William Shakespeare's 451st birthday and the 399th anniversary of his passing -- April 23 being the generally accepted date of the Bard's birth in 1564 and his death in 1616. Thus does 2015 fall between the cracks in the Shakespearean calendar.

Still, there's no reason not to honor …


Shakespeare's Globe goes around the world with Hamlet – in pictures


Shakespeare Day: 8 Modern Novels Inspired by the Bard

Love him or hate him, Shakespeare has no doubt had a fairly sizeable effect on your reading life. Either you loved the sonnets you studied in school …


William Shakespeare birthday: 50 popular phrases that came from the famous playwright

This St George's Day also marks what would have been the 451th birthday of England's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.His plays are still …


9 Shakespeare innuendoes you should have been embarrassed to read in English class

Here's a basic rule: if you're reading or watching a Shakespeare play, and you're not imagining the actors standing in front of a mosh pit of jeering …

Game of Thrones: The Insanely Great and Spoiler-Free Theory Behind Jaqen H’ghar’s Return

The following Game of Thrones theory is based purely on informed speculation and evidence that already exists in the show. No book spoilers or casting news were abused in the making of this post. But just the same and to be safe, here’s Ser Pounce with a spoiler warning anyway.

This week’s episode of …