Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Rollercoaster Train in Spain (Snippets 36)

Charles Marriott (1869-1957) was a writer of fiction who became an art critic for the Times.  In 1908 he wrote A Spanish Holiday, a travel journal detailing his experiences travelling with a friend around Spain.  In the following quote, he … Continue reading

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Journals 8.4 – Wild Wales by George Borrow (Part 4)

This is the final part of my article on Borrow’s journal.  For the previous parts, please see the entries posted on 15th, 19th and 23rd September 2015. Borrow was not above the occasional moment of rudeness himself. On one occasion, … Continue reading

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Sailing on Land (Snippets 35)

Long before the days of trains or cars, travelling on land had been attempted many times by means of wind power.  This practice dates back to the 6th Century AD in China, and was first attempted in recorded European history … Continue reading

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Journals 8.3 – Wild Wales by George Borrow (Part 3)

This is the third part of my article on Borrow’s journal.  For the previous parts, please see the entries posted on 15th and 19th September 2015. Leaving Llangollen, albeit on a temporary basis, Borrow travelled to Bangor, which would serve … Continue reading

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Victor Meldrew, 1855-style (Snippets 34)

Albert Richard Smith was a writer who contributed to Punch and was known for his comedy writing, and also a few travel journals.  In 1855, he wrote a little booklet titled The English Hotel Nuisance, which was an amusing diatribe … Continue reading

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Journals 8.2 – Wild Wales by George Borrow (Part 2)

This is the second part of my article on Borrow’s journal.  For the first part, please see the entry posted on 15th September 2015. Early the next morning I departed from Chester for Llangollen, distant about twenty miles; I passed … Continue reading

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The Great Storm of 1703 (Snippets 33)

One of the most severe disasters to ever occur in England was the Great Storm of 1703, which caused enormous structural damage, the loss of the entire Channel Squadron of ships, and thousands of lives lost.  It was the subject … Continue reading

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