Marvellous Melbourne

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

One Minute Book Review – Nelly Dean by Alison Case

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

One Minute Book Review – On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry

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

10 John Donne Poems Everyone Should Read

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

Marriage amongst the Middling Sort

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

Over the Hills and Far Away

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