Tag Archives: John Bull and His Island

Danger! Lady on Board!

Snippets 158. In John Bull and His Island (1883), Frenchman Max O’Rell describes the experience of travelling in England at the time.  He is largely complimentary about the railway system, commenting on the lack of bureaucracy in comparison with France, … Continue reading

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Etiquette on the Horsebus

Snippets 156. During the latter half of the 19th Century, horse drawn omnibuses were a popular means of transport.  Some of these were even double decker, with uncovered benches on the top deck.  A familiar sight greeting a traveller at … Continue reading

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The English need to travel

Snippets 154.  Last week we looked at a quote from John Bull and His Island (1883), by Max O’Rell, in which the author (who hailed from France) examines the peculiar character of the English and what sets them apart from … Continue reading

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The idea of “home”

Snippets 153.  Over the last three years that Windows into History has been going, I have occasionally championed a particular favourite author of mine from the late 19th Century: Max O’Rell (1847-1903).  He was a humourous French travel writer, whose … Continue reading

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