Category Archives: 20th Century

Runaway Hansom!

Quick Quotes 14. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908).  Rees visited the Savoy Theatre to see a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and when he left afterwards … Continue reading

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Grey People in a Grey Land

Quick Quotes 13. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908).  Returning home to England after a long holiday in Spain, Marriott felt strangely out of place. The effect of being transported from Spain to England with … Continue reading

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Mishap on a Train

Quick Quotes 10. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908), and takes place on a train journey from Toledo to Madrid. It must have been here that we were joined by a Civil Guard, more approachable … Continue reading

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A Bad Afternoon

Quick Quotes 9. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908): In our anxiety to see the pictures in the Prado Museum we disregarded the friendly counsel of the gentleman from the Embassy and foolishly set out … Continue reading

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Too Hot in Spain

Quick Quotes 8. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908): In our anxiety to see the pictures in the Prado Museum we disregarded the friendly counsel of the gentleman from the Embassy and foolishly set out … Continue reading

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The Dog’s Nose

Snippets 118.  I hope everyone in the UK has been enjoying their bank holiday. I expect a lot of people chose to spend some of their time walking a dog, just like Dr. G. J. Romanes in the quote below … Continue reading

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Votes for Women

Snippets 115. In the previous snippet we looked at a quote from Jonathan and His Continent by Max O’Rell. Although he is one of my favourite ‘forgotten’ authors, a travel writer whose books are funny and readable, despite now all … Continue reading

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