Category Archives: England

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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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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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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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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Rat Attack!

Pick of Punch 9.  This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine.  The following quote is from 24th Februay 1866. We find this in the Salisbury Journal — “Early on Monday morning a young … 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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