Category Archives: People

Fish Tank on the Head

Quick Quotes 31.  The following quote is taken from the John O’Groat Journal, from 19th April 1877.  The journal is re-reporting an article taken from the New York Times, as was commonplace for local newspapers at the time to bulk … Continue reading

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Japanese Artistic Talents

Snippets 206. Recently we have been looking at a few choice quotes from Notes of a Nomad, by Canadian author Lady Harriet Julia Jephson, published in 1918. For the most part it is a journal of her travels, but it starts in … Continue reading

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A Harsh Swimming Lesson

Quick Quotes 30.  The following quote is taken from Notes of a Nomad, by Canadian author Lady Harriet Julia Jephson, published just over a hundred years ago in 1918.  For the most part it is a journal of her travels, but … Continue reading

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A Scarecrow in Petticoats

Max of the Month 4.  When reading non-fiction books from the 19th Century, one finds no shortage of great writers who have now been largely forgotten. However, occasionally a writer comes to light whose work is so entertaining, and who … Continue reading

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Life-threatening Bureaucracy

Quick Quotes 29.  This month we are looking at some entertaining quotes from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir.  Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the … Continue reading

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Married Twice in One Day

Snippets 202. Everyone hopes their wedding day will be the perfect occasion, but what happens when something goes wrong?  For today’s “snippet”, let’s take a look at two newspaper reports of wedding-related incidents, both from the late 19th Century.  The … Continue reading

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A Bumpy Ride in Knob Land

Quick Quotes 28.  This month we are looking at some entertaining quotes from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir.  Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the … Continue reading

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Neighbour Dispute (to the death)

Quick Quotes 27.  This month we are looking at some entertaining quotes from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir.  Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the … Continue reading

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Midhurst: Rotten Borough?

The Reform Act of 1832 disenfranchised 57 “rotten” boroughs, areas of the country sending members to parliament despite very small populations.  The most notorious of these was Old Sarum, a constituency of just seven voters that was responsible for the … Continue reading

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Not Worth Robbing (Again!)

Quick Quotes 26.   We previously looked at a quote from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, in which the author escaped being robbed on account of having little worth stealing.  Later in the same volume, he found himself in … Continue reading

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