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ON A BOAT, ONE SUMMER'S DAY

ON the "golden afternoon" of 4 July 1862, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, his friend Robinson Duckworth and the three young daughters of the Dean of Christ Church college in Oxford went on the boating trip up the Thames towards Godstow during which the main part of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was composed, extempore, by Dodgson. It surprised Duckworth so much that he turned round and asked the provenance of the story. "I'm inventing it as we go along," came the reply. The children were delighted, especially ten-year-old Alice Liddell, who had been cast as the heroine, and it was at her insistence that Dodgson wrote out the tale. Two years later, the story was published under the pseudonym Dodgson used for his comic verse contributions to magazines, "Lewis Carroll".

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Dance Cinderella / Alice in Wonderland ENB, Coliseum, London

The last time I saw Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman dancing together was when they replaced another husband-and-wife team during the second half of a performance of Swan Lake. Both were suffering jet lag after a long-haul flight and were trying to unwind when English National Ballet's distress call came. Half an hour later, they were on stage. Pavane had taken a sleeping pill and Horsman had been drinking - not that you'd have guessed it from the way they danced that evening.

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Obituary / Gp Capt F. C. Richardson

F. C. Richardson made a unique and outstanding contribution to RAF navigation, for in 1940-41 - working in the Air Ministry while the Battle of Britain was at its height - he wrote the Manual of Air Navigation (known in the Service as AP [Air Publication] 1234), a classic account of basic principles with Alice in Wonderland quotations at the head of each chapter.
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