Category Archives: Britain

Tip us your Daddle

Snippets 130. Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … Continue reading

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Funiculì, Funiculà? “One-an-threppence”

Snippets 128. When the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius opened in 1880, renowned Neapolitan journalist Peppino Turco came up with the idea of a commemorative song and made the suggestion to composer Luigi Denza that he could put … Continue reading

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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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The Cross-Dressing Waiter

Snippets 124.  The English Hotel Nuisance by Albert Richard Smith (1855) is one long glorious rant about how annoying it was to stay in a hotel or inn at the time. The following is part of a description of a … Continue reading

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The Sandwich Rip-off

Quick Quotes 7. The following is taken from Albert Smith’s The English Hotel Nuisance (1855): I went one morning, in the autumn of 1850, into a leading hotel at Scarborough with my brother, and we ordered a plate of sandwiches … Continue reading

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Tender Memories

Quick Quotes 6. The following is taken from William Howitt’s A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside (1859): But if the days of June are now warm, and brilliant, and beautiful, ah! how soft and beautiful … Continue reading

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