Category Archives: History

A Sneaky Assistant

Snippets 165. One of the most brave and remarkable explorers in British history was the relatively little-known Lucy Atkinson (nee Finley).  During the late 1830s and early 1840s she worked as a governess in St Petersburg, where she met her … Continue reading

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Never Cruel or Cowardly (Seneca 3)

For the last couple of weeks we have been looking at one of the most fascinating books ever written in Latin: De Vita Beata, by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD): About a Happy Life.  The following is my … Continue reading

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The Clog Almanac

Snippets 164.  An early form of calendar used in England, amongst other countries, was the “clog almanac”.  It was described in detail in The Book of Days (1864) by Robert Chambers, one of the great pioneers of the trivia book.  … Continue reading

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Don’t Copy Celebrities (Seneca 2)

One of the most fascinating books ever written in Latin is De Vita Beata, by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD): About a Happy Life.  So much of what Seneca wrote holds true today. In his second book, Seneca … Continue reading

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Thirteen O’Clock

Snippets 163. One of the great pioneers of the trivia book was Scottish Author Robert Chambers (1802-1871), who edited The Book of Days, from 1864. His work is packed full of fascinating information, and the following quote is taken from the … Continue reading

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Live a Happy Life (Seneca 1)

How do you achieve happiness in your life?  It’s not a straightforward question, and it is an issue that interested the ancient Romans just as much as it interests us today. Over the last few weeks I have been providing … Continue reading

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A Grumpy Serenade

Snippets 162. When American Thomas Rees went on a tour of Europe at the beginning of the 20th Century, his journey concluded in Britain, the birthplace of his father. His account of his travels was published under the title Sixty Days … Continue reading

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