Category Archives: 20th Century

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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Gravity? Hocus-Pocus.

Snippets 113.  In Snippets 21 and 46 we looked at some of William Carpenter’s One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is not a Globe (published 1885). Amusingly, most of his ‘proofs’ can be explained away by Carpenter ignoring two simple … Continue reading

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20,000 Sheep

Snippets 112. During the 19th and early 20th Centuries a sheep fair was held annually at Westbury, near Salisbury. At the tail end of the 19th Century it had become a huge affair, with nearly 100,000 sheep. In fact it … 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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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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Midhurst in 1915

Ramblings 6.  For several years at work I used to receive regular calls from a well known telephone directory.  “Next year you won’t be listed if you don’t pay to advertise,” I would be told, to which I would reply, … Continue reading

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The Grumpy Tourist

Snippets 105. Today’s snippet is a 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. I always delight in finding a travel book that … Continue reading

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