Monthly Archives: July 2015

Our Flat Earth (Snippets 21)

In 1885, William Carpenter published the entertainingly titled One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is not a Globe.  Amusingly, most of his ‘proofs’ can be explained away by Carpenter ignoring two simple facts: (1) the Earth is actually quite big, … Continue reading

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Journals 5.4 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 4)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  For the previous parts, please see the earlier entries from 17th, 21st and 25th July 2015. Visiting the New York Stock Exchange, O’Rell was amazed by the … Continue reading

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A Visit to Robber’s Roost (Guest Post 6)

The following guest post article has been kindly contributed by Geoffrey A. Pocock, author of Outrider of Empire: The Life and Adventures of Roger Pocock (University of Alberta Press) and One Hundred Years of the Legion of Frontiersmen (currently out … Continue reading

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Face to the Foe (Snippets 20)

Ernest Craigie Melville was a Lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the First World War.  While he was serving, he wrote a book of Poems from the Trenches, which was published in 1918.  He was born in 1887, … Continue reading

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Journals 5.3 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 3)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  For the previous parts please see the earlier entries from 17th and 21st July. Travelling around the US for several months obviously involved staying in many different … Continue reading

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The Wig Snatcher (Snippets 19)

John Beveridge, originally a teacher in Edinburgh, moved to the USA and was appointed Professor of Greek and Latin at the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1758.  In 1765 he wrote a volume of poems in … Continue reading

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Journals 5.2 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  See the earlier entry from 17th July for the first part. O’Rell’s first impressions of New York were not overwhelmingly positive, but this was not helped by … Continue reading

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