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This Year’s Alternative Superbowl: Quirky British/Irish Comedies

By , February 2, 2020

I hear tell some sports teams are doing something considered important today. Once again, we’re ignoring that, but still gathering with friends to eat and watch T.V.

Unlike past years, when we held Austen Fest, (see An Alternative to the Superbowl—Austen Fest and Austen Fest 2018) we’re doing Quirky British Comedies. And by “British,” we mean Irish as well, even though one of our “Irish” selections was actually filmed on the Isle of Man.

Waking Ned Devine

Waking Ned Devine, (paid link) an Irish story actually filmed on the Isle of Man (Image:

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Austen Fest 2018

By , February 4, 2018

Rumor has it there’s a pretty important football game today. Instead of watching that, we held Austen Fest.

We held our first Austen Fest in 2010, for reasons I explained on the blog (see An Alternative to the Superbowl—Austen Fest). Nothing has changed our attitude toward the Superbowl in ensuing years.

But this year, we’re upping our game, if you will. Aly has invited our friend, Regi, to attend. We watched the group’s favorite Jane Austen movies, which, coincidentally and conveniently, we own: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.

In addition to our usual snacks, we made British food (sushi’s British, right? Okay, so we’re not too strict on the theme . . .but, we also made scones). Aly made a large pot of tea, (I’m sticking to coffee, thanks) and we even got appropriate tattoos!

Temporary tattoos, anyway. Regi gifted Aly a set of Pride and Prejudice temporary tattoos. Why not? What better opportunity to use such a thing?

The girls show off their Austen Temp Tatts (SO tough! So literary!) (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger.)

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