Monthly Archives: June 2017

Too Much Rum

Quick Quotes 3. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): Two country fellows came into the inn while I was eating, and placed themselves at a small table in … Continue reading

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Mob Justice

Snippets 121. Attitudes towards women, and their treatment by men, has been the source of concern and debate throughout history. The quote below illustrates how travel writer Max O’Rell felt that America was quite progressive in this respect at the … Continue reading

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A Bad View

Quick Quotes 2.  The following is taken from Max O’Rell’s Jonathan and his Continent (1889): At the theatre, women wear silk, which prevents one from hearing, and hats a foot high, which prevent one from seeing. An American was once … Continue reading

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Shocking Trousers

Quick Quotes 1.  The following is taken from Max O’Rell’s Jonathan and his Continent (1889): In America, gentlemen’s dress is plain, even severe : a high hat, black coat, dark trousers, fancy cloth is little used, even in travelling. I … Continue reading

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Don’t Mention Legs!

Snippets 120. Regular readers will know that I often quote from Max O’Rell, one of my favourite authors who deserved to be celebrated and remembered far more than he is. The following is from Jonathan and His Continent (1889), a … Continue reading

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The North Pole

Snippets 119.  Exactly 186 years ago today, on 1st June 1831, the first European set foot on the north magnetic pole. Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862) was a British naval officer who accompanied his uncle Sir John Ross on an … Continue reading

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