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Dec 14, 2022Liked by Monica McLaughlin

Okay you were not lying about that model trying to smolder above that derpy little dragon. What a precious perfect creature.

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Dec 13, 2022Liked by Monica McLaughlin

Congratulations on a great year! -waving farewell from a slowly departing Bugatti Pedal Cart-

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Dec 13, 2022Liked by Monica McLaughlin

The Sontag novel The Volcano Lover is about the Hamiltons and Horatio Nelson and it's VERY GOOD

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Jan 13Liked by Monica McLaughlin

In a previous newsletter you had a link to https://tniklassongallery.com/ I just bought a special piece of jewellery on there for a friend's important birthday. It embraces her Finnish heritage and her birthstone. Thank you for the recommendation. Love reading your content.

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There is so much to appreciate in this edition, but I'll start by saying that inspired by it, I'm going to start referring to myself as an "unnécessaire".

(I am also very glad that you capitalised "GO TO ENGLAND" because of course we are a VERY important country and deserve capitalising. Absolutely...capital work.)

Emma Hamilton's story is astonishing. I knew a little already, the later part about her affair with Nelson. But when I Wiki'd it: "Emma became Nelson's secretary, translator and political facilitator. They soon fell in love and began an affair. Hamilton showed admiration and respect for Nelson, and vice versa; the affair was tolerated." Good grief, men of that time had regrettably unromantic ideas, or at least - I don't know, utterly alien ones? The casual aloof dispassion of it all. And I don't know how unhappy her life was, but on paper it truly is desperately tragic. (And the part where public sentiment was cynically turned against her - well, *cough cough* Meghan Markle. Some things don't change so much, it seems.)

That Elgin Bluebird bicycle is so gorgeous that now I need either a lie-down or a cold shower (not both, I'd drown), so I guess this is the end of this comment.

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Forever indebted to you for introducing the term “faux-bergé” to my life 🙏

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