It is amazing the gems that can be found courtesy of google. This is a film by Charles Cozens Spencer called 'Marvellous Melbourne (Australia): Queen City of the South'. The music accompanying it is 'Mock Morris" by Melbourne's Percy Grainger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvqFnfA76zA I don't think the film does justice to Australia's own game of football so … Continue reading Marvellous Melbourne
Look at her now and you would think she was born to it but I know the truth, I was closer to her than any of them. Forced to act the scullery maid. Never! It was her protest at her father’s remarriage. All a martyr act. She could have eaten at the table, worn silks … Continue reading Slipper
A retelling of Wuthering Heights, once again from the point of view of the housekeeper, Nelly Dean. This time Nelly relates those elements that she withheld in the original story. The characters in Case’s story retain the personalities of the original but Nelly Dean attempts to explain their motivations and to provide hidden meaning to … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Nelly Dean by Alison Case
Lately, there have been a number of lists floating around the web of great opening lines from literature. One the basis of these single sentences most people would want to read further. Here I have put together the opening one or two lines of a dozen of my favourite books. While most of them do … Continue reading Opening lines
On Canaan’s Side continues the story of the Dunnes, the family whose members have appeared in Barry’s books Annie Dunne and A Long, Long Way and in his play The Steward of Christendom. This time it is Annie and Willie Dunne’s sister Lilly, now 89 looking back at her life from the apparent safety of … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry
Postcard of the Grand Canal from around 1890, coloured using the photochrom process. Many more postcards of Venice can be found at the following link. http://mashable.com/2016/07/16/venice-photoochrom/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-retronaut-link#1D6mLb5EIkq3 I hope to post some of my own (very amateur) efforts later in the year.
John Donne is my absolute favourite Metaphysical poet - this list from the Interesting Literature site includes some of his best. The list also includes links to the poems as well as critical analysis. The best and most essential poems by John Donne (1572-1631) John Donne’s poetry is a curious mix of contradictions. At once spiritual … Continue reading 10 John Donne Poems Everyone Should Read
This is thought to be the world's oldest written musical notation. Below is an interpretation of the song by Michael Levy, a musician,composer and researcher of ancient music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBhB9gRnIHE If you click through to YouTube there is a detailed analysis of the music and the history of the tablets it is written on.
A very interesting article from Pen and Pension on the making of marriage. In many ways the approach was similar in the 16th century and even into the 20th. Marriage was a significant part of life for the majority in 18th century England as it still is today. Not everyone married, of course, but most … Continue reading Marriage amongst the Middling Sort
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOeYPpOblAw I first discovered this song when rounding out the information I had on my great great grandfather William Reader. Born at Staplehurst, Kent in 1822, he enlisted in the 96th Regiment of Foot in December 1842 and with in six months has been shipped out to Van Diemen's Land on garrison duty. The song … Continue reading Over the Hills and Far Away