Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Lazy Cow-Milking Gardener

Pick of Punch 8. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 17th February 1866. The writer is poking fun at some advertisements for servants: What are the requirements that … Continue reading

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The Mischievous Girl

Snippets 110. Today’s snippet is another quote from Richard Le Gallienne’s Travels in England, from 1900, an interesting travel book that we have looked at in a couple of previous snippets. Some travel journals can fall into the trap of … Continue reading

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The Failure of a “Genuine Hit”

Pick of Punch 7. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 20th January 1866, and shows how theatrical advertising could sometimes bend the truth a little! In theatrical matters … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Life

Snippets 109.  Colley Cibber (1671-1757) is a name that will be unfamiliar to many today, but in his day he was very well known as a playwright. Unfortunately, despite being Poet Laureate, his reputation was for being a particularly bad … Continue reading

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Board Game Tour of Britain (10)

#8 Salisbury. We have a mission: to follow the route of an old 1940s board game around Great Britain, sticking to the instructions as closely as we possibly can. Along the way we will look at the history of the … Continue reading

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Troublesome Photography

Snippets 108. During the mid 19th Century there were a wealth of books published on the new and exciting subject of photography, but most are technical, scientific affairs, focussing on the mechanics of the art rather than the …well… art. … Continue reading

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Board Game Tour of Britain (9)

Stonehenge. We have a mission: to follow the route of an old 1940s board game around Great Britain, sticking to the instructions as closely as we possibly can. Along the way we will look at the history of the places … Continue reading

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