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    Alice throws a six, and finds herself on the square of the hypotenuse. But she's been here before, and she'll be here again, and perhaps she's already here...

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    Nothing could be more natural than that Takeshi and Yuuko and Yuuri should form three quarters of a sedoretu. It's only a pity, says public opinion in Hasetsu, that they can't find a fourth and give those poor triplets (those appalling triplets!) a stable upbringing in a decent sedoretu.

    But that's not going to happen, not when those feckless parents can't think of anything beyond skating and Victor Nikiforov.

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    A commentary on the Seventh Discussion, told to my otherchild Efres at the time of the storms and the high tide.

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    It's the World Figure Skating Championships. Mila is more nervous than anybody should be about an exhibition skate, and Sara is letting her hair down. Some end of season fun!

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    Opera has always presented a more overt demand for suspension of disbelief than most other dramatic forms, and never more so than with its ongoing fascination with plots based on hanahaki disease. The middle of the nineteenth century saw the emergence of this tidy, sentimental metaphor for tuberculosis – a gory, unpleasant and all too real ailment – and it has lingered ever since. Blood was replaced with roses, hacking coughs with immaculate arias, lingering deaths with graceful swoons.

    Chapter 1: Violetta, o, la traviata (Giuseppe Verdi and F. M. Piave)
    Chapter 2: Michael of Strelsau (Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan and Julian Sturgis)

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    At the 1990 World Figure Skating Championships, compulsory figures were skated for the last time. Lalla thinks about what might have been.

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    In a universe where your soulmark is the first words your soulmate speaks to you... Very British Problems are more of a problem than ever.

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    They came out of the factory on the same day. They were packed in the same box, sent to the same shop, displayed on the same shelf. But now somebody's bought the lady and left the knight behind. Nobody understands what a disaster this is, except maybe the robot on the shelf above...

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    No matter how much you think you know, there's always more to learn. As the years pass, Victor discovers all sorts of things about all sorts of different kinds of love.

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    'Next time you face her... when is the next time you face her?'

    'Rostelecom.'

    'Ah, so you'll have home advantage.' Amélie nodded thoughtfully. 'Well, it might help a little bit. You'll see.'

    'I think I can get under her skin,' Mila said.

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    Mila tries, repeatedly, to get the edge on Sara.

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    Lalla tells her aunt that she's not going to be a skating champion.

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    With Le Donne di Llangollen Rossini returned to the theme of young love outwitting familial opposition that had served him so well with Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He may perhaps have been recalling Beethoven's advice to him never to write anything but opera buffa. Hoping to capitalise on the success that Donizetti had enjoyed with operas set in the British Isles, and that of his own La Donna del Lago, he and Gaetano Rossi borrowed the details of a noted scandal. So noted, in fact, that nobody ever questions the fact that the Ladies never reach Llangollen within the action of the opera. It doesn't matter. We all know how it ends.

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    When I dreamed, everything was dark, and it was as if she had never been gone.

    When I woke, the sunlight crawling over the foot of my bed, I knew the truth.

    (I couldn't help wondering about the new one, but it was no good. I could see that from the start. So could she.)

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    Héloïse de Villefort had, in all aspects save one, the gift that the true scientist must desire: that detachment from human loves and hatreds that allowed her to perform certain actions and to observe the results, without distressing herself about the means that she was obliged to employ.

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    Five times Saffy and Sarah ended up sharing a bed, and one time they actually meant to.

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    Five times Victor Nikiforov fell in love and one time it wasn't a big deal.

    (Or, Victor falls hard, and he falls often. Always has, always will.)

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    Minako is showing off Barcelona. And showing off, a bit. Mari is just trying to keep up.

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    Lettice is finding life at Weir View dispiriting.

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    Mila's anxious for Sara to have a life of her own. Sara isn't too worried.

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    There's more to Enrico Bruni's opera La Forza dell'Amore (The Power of Love) than the famous Stammi vicino. A noted authority offers a quick synopsis, with a few gossipy digressions along the way.

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