Category Archives: USA

A Film Critic, 1914

Snippets 135.  It must be disheartening for those who are involved in the making of films to receive bad reviews, and this is something that has been the unhappy side effect of film making as long as films have actually … Continue reading

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The Super Tornado

Snippets 131.  On 21st August 1883, exactly 134 years ago today, an F5 tornado hit Rochester, Minnesota. F5 is the most severe level of the Fujita scale, described as causing “incredible damage”. Although this is an estimate, as weather observation … Continue reading

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President vs Queen

Quick Quotes 16. The following is taken from Max O’Rell’s Jonathan and his Continent (1889): Upon the strength of a six months’ sojourn in America, one would hardly attempt to deliver a verdict on the political system of the country. … Continue reading

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Contempt for Politicians

Snippets 125. Meeting Presidents became something of a habit for travel writer Max O’Rell. In Jonathan and his Continent (1889), O’Rell describes meeting Stephen Grover Cleveland, the 22nd President in his first of two terms in office. Although it might seem … Continue reading

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Fashionably Late

Snippets 123. One of the earliest references to the concept of being “fashionably late” can be found in an 1843 edition of an Ohio newspaper, which could tend to suggest that the trend originated in America. In Jonathan and his Continent … Continue reading

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American Wives

Quick Quotes 4. The following is taken from Max O’Rell’s Jonathan and his Continent (1889): The wives of men with middle-class incomes imitate the luxury of the millionaire’s wife. I expected to find it so: in a Democratic country the … Continue reading

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Mob Justice

Snippets 121. Attitudes towards women, and their treatment by men, has been the source of concern and debate throughout history. The quote below illustrates how travel writer Max O’Rell felt that America was quite progressive in this respect at the … Continue reading

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