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sarah r becomes Rochie
July 9, 2009
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Hi everyone!

I've been on this forum as sarah r. for a while, but I just joined Facebook yesterday and discovered that there is somebody on one of the Tudor groups with the same nick-name. In fairness to that person, who has probably been doing this kind of thing much longer than I have, I think I ought to revert to my nickname of Rochie from here on in. Otherwise nothing else has changed. I am an avid reader and fan of all things Tudor and Elizabethan (and also Victorian by the way), love music, art and the great outdoors. I live in the UK and I have really been enjoying all your comments and fun things blended with the serious. This is a great site. Thank you Claire!

July 10, 2009
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We'll get used to your new name, Sarah/Rochie. Thanks for your comment about the site, it's so good to know that people enjoy it and get something from it.

Have you read Philippa Gregory's \”The Other Queen\”? I'll be doing a review on it later today but was just wondering if you'd read it and what you thought of the rather unflattering portrayal of Elizabeth.

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July 10, 2009
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I can never really get on with PG I'm afraid to say. I know a lot of people get angry about her history, too,  and the liberties she takes. Looking forward to your review, though.

July 10, 2009
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I've just posted the review at http://reviews.theanneboleynfiles.com/

I did get annoyed at various points reading \”The Other Boleyn Girl\” but once I told myself that it was fiction just inspired by history I managed to enjoy it as a novel. Gregory obviously researches each of her novels well, she spends a year researching and always puts a bibliography, but yes, you're right, she does take liberties and I think this is a major problem when people take her novels as seriously as historical text books. I'm forever getting people saying \”but in The Other Boleyn Girl Anne was …\” and I think we can criticise The Tudors in the same way. Perhaps The Tudors and historical novels should have warning labels on them!

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July 19, 2009
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Hi Rochie,

I will also try to keep your name change in mind when I post from now on.

Love the name Sarah though…

I shall look for you on facebook, my friends give out to me for not using facebook more, its hard to find the time to keep it updated.

I am trying hard to stay away from twitter too, really dont see myself as a twit?? I think nutter would be more apt!

I too enjoy the site and marvel at how diverse people from around the world come together on the forum here.

the site and forum have educated me so much and given me so much to research.

I think that Claire is an inspiration, when I ever feel overloaded with work, she comes to mind and I muddle through, keeping things in perspective.

One of the people in history that I admire was Gandhi, a quote from him I came across recently that made me think was

\”the things in life that are most important to us, are not things at all\”

sooo….

Looking forward to your posts, ahem…

Rochie

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July 20, 2009
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Actually, I don't think I should have bothered with Facebook to be frank. Really, its like the Mary Celeste there. You leave a comment on one of the groups, come back several days later and its still the last one on the list! And I went and changed my name for that!

I would change it back again for you Paudi, but I think that would start to look like a major identity crisis.

It does make you realise what a great group we have here, though.

July 20, 2009
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Heee…

Dont go changin' as Lionel Richie sang…

Totally agree on the Facebook thing, I reckon that Twitter is worse…

Do we really need the world to know what we are \”doing right now\”

I keep thinking of the Beetles song \”A day in the life\” you know the one

\”woke up,

Got out of bed,

Dragged a comb across my head,

Made my way downstairs and drank a cup..\”

TMI in my book and such a waste of time that could be spent on sites like here!

I build and repair computers myself but when it comes to networking, I am all thumbs!

Went to have a look for you on Facebook but could not find you amongst the 141 who have your name

I don't have anything up there but look for ipaud Tralee.

So, are you giving me dispensation to call you Sarah then?

Or shall I, for the sake of world peace on the internet call you Rochie?

Paudie.

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July 20, 2009
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Hi Rochie/Sarah and Paudie,

Thank you so much for being so sweet about the AB Files. It's definitely very active and interactive here – had lots of comments on latest blog post which is great cos I love to get people's feedback.

I use Facebook a fair bit, to keep up with firiends and family, and I did set up an Anne Boleyn group on there but people join and then don't really do anything and I'm not sure that Facebook really works for groups. I do tweet on Twitter when I blog but can't say I use it for anything else, never really got the hang of it!

Thanks you guys for being so supportive and I'm so glad to know that I'm an inspiration to you Paudie, that made my day!

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July 20, 2009
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Don't tell me there are other 'Rochies' on Facebook! I can't bear it!

The worst of it is I gave my full name during registration, expecting to be able to use 'Rochie' for posting, but they still insist on Sarah Rochel for everything.

I give up. Call me whatever you like. I'm sure I've been called much worse in my 60-odd years than anything I have used here.

Kind regards for everyone who has supported me through this major identity crisis. I think I am nearly over it.

Who am I? What are we all here for? Where are we all going? And if we ever get there will we ever remember why we started out in the first place? Answers on a postcard please to Facebook – or Twitter. No … I'm definitely not going down the Twitter road. No Way.

July 20, 2009
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Well I shall call you Sarah then.

I do understand, my name is Patrick in the Irish language its Padraig, the short version in Irish is Paudi and translated into English its Paudie. I ned a coffee in the morning before I know who I am and get my own identity crisis in check. It is always \”fun\” explaining this at airports in far flung corners of this earth.

I have loved the name since first hearing the Bob Dylan song with your name,

lets be honest, Rochie just don't fit in the lyrics?

Found Claire on facebook but you are still managing to evade me!

I am glad that you are not a twit though!

Did you know that there are 71 Anne Boleyn's on Facebook?

I am too afraid to search Twitter now!

Paudie.

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July 23, 2009
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LOL.. I use facebook and twitter..

I'm friends with some who are Elizabeth Tudor, Anne Boleyn, and Henry Tudor. It's funny actually.. They post things to their walls like they are still together. Elizabeth posts things about Dudley, and other things too.

sorry I haven't been on here as much, but with school and homework, I really haven't had time to post anything.

If you want to find me on facebook, it's Sabrina Marie Padilla

on twitter: twitter.com/sabrina_firefly

I usually post non-eventful things, like that i'm watching ghost hunters or working on my mythology web page..  

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July 24, 2009
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Hey Sabrina,

Is your mythology web page live? I'd love to take a look! Hope it's going ok.

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July 24, 2009
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it's not live, it's just a project right now for my class.. If I do decide to make it live, i'll send you the link.. 🙂

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July 24, 2009
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Sounds like a great project, Sabrina, I hope you're enjoying doing it.

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July 24, 2009
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I am having fun working on it… 🙂

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July 25, 2009
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Rochie said:

I can never really get on with PG I'm afraid to say. I know a lot of people get angry about her history, too,  and the liberties she takes. Looking forward to your review, though.


I don't care for her, either, Rochie.  I shuddered through two of her books before I was simply done with her once and for all.

July 25, 2009
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Claire said:

I'm forever getting people saying “but in The Other Boleyn Girl Anne was …” and I think we can criticise The Tudors in the same way. Perhaps The Tudors and historical novels should have warning labels on them!


That's why, as a history buff, I hate watching historical movies–there is usually involved a ficitonal plot point that is plain silly and I almost retch when an historical movie drags a needless romance in when the history itself would be story enough for me.

I'm afraid \”The Other Boleyn Girl\” made me nearly stroke out.  I was so embarrassed by its needless insistence on the incestuous relationship–it was awful enough that Anne was accused of it fortuitously just to pile on more outrage , but some people actually take that as reality-based and it simply isn't.

I've not managed to see beyond season 1 of The Tudors, but I was immediately offended by Jonathan Rhys whatever being miscast as Henry.  He simply doesn't look like Henry–he's not tall, red-headed, muscular bulky, etc.  Not having seen beyond season 1, I don't know how far they've advanced in the plot, but I'm not convinced that the actor could even be aged with skill as the corpulent, virulent Henry, either.

I'm also mostly disappointed in novels based on history, too, as most of those do the same thing.  If I mean to read about Caesar's battles, then I don't want to read about his private time with Cleo.

Sorry.  Guess I just had to get that off my chest.  Most people I know couldn't care less if the plot is historically accurate or if the actor actually looks like so-and-so.

July 25, 2009
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cynthia,

Yes, I feel that way about documentaries or docu-dramas on famous artists and composers.

It seems each new generation is inevitably fascinated by the revelation that clever people in the past had sex too! Wow – that Raphael chap, he did it you know. And what about that naughty old Mozart! And I hear he even had time to roll out a few tunes in his spare time! Amazing.

The latest 'drama' on Brit TV is the Pre-Raphaelites. Ravishing stuff, beautiful people, gorgeous costume. Lots of passion. Oh yes, and they got around to doing a bit of painting too in their spare time, apparently.

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