Tag Archives: New York

Caesar’s Short Skirt

Snippets 189. An early name for a film camera was a “bioscope”, and the name was chosen for a film journal during the silent era of film, published in London. It ran from 1908 to 1932. The Bioscope was aimed at … Continue reading

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New Year Across the Pond

Snippets 177. One hundred and fifty years ago, at the dawn of the year 1869, the British papers were all full of reports of new year celebrations.  The local papers tended to recount meetings in church halls with speeches delivered … Continue reading

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Glorious Murmurations

Ramblings 5.  We are blessed to live in a rural area, where a countryside walk is never far away.  With winter upon us it is tempting to shut ourselves away from the cold, assuming that nature has no wonders for … Continue reading

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New York New Year, 1889 (Snippets 48)

One of my favourite ‘forgotten’ authors is Max O’Rell, a travel writer whose books are funny and readable, despite now all being well over 100 years old.  His 1889 book, Jonathan and his Continent, tackled the subject of American life … Continue reading

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Journals 5.4 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 4)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  For the previous parts, please see the earlier entries from 17th, 21st and 25th July 2015. Visiting the New York Stock Exchange, O’Rell was amazed by the … Continue reading

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Journals 5.2 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  See the earlier entry from 17th July for the first part. O’Rell’s first impressions of New York were not overwhelmingly positive, but this was not helped by … Continue reading

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Edward VII and his turn-ups (Ramblings 2)

One lesser known fact about Edward VII was that he was something of a trend-setter and “invented” the trouser turn-up. For many years it had been common practice to fold up the hems of a pair of trousers when walking … Continue reading

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