Category Archives: Humour

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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A Long Journey

Snippets 129.  On frontiersmenhistorian.wordpress.com at the moment (a blog which I manage but do not write) you will find an article about Percy Escott North, who had an adventurous life of travel and befriended Buffalo Bill Cody.   To tie … 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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Breaking Wind

Snippets 127.  Today’s quote is taken from Voyages to the East Indies, by Dutch explorer John Splinter Stavorinus (1798): The king, who was addressed by the title of Touang Sultan, or My Lord the King, appeared to me to be … 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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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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