Photographs, Quizzes, puzzles & humour

Photographic fun – Match up the faces!

How about a fun little puzzle? Photographs of four women. In no particular order they are: 1. Nicole Kidman in The Portrait of a Lady (film, 1996). 2. Eva Green in Penny Dreadful (TV drama, 2014) 3. Unknown young woman from Queensland, Australia (1884). 4. Unknown young woman photographed using orthochromatic film. Date not known… Continue reading Photographic fun – Match up the faces!

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Quotes, Writers

QUOTES: Wisdom & wit – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today  (b. 25 May 1803 - d. 27 April 1882). Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you've become cynical and dejected about life, his little books may help reawaken your sense of wonder. Here are 10 of my favourite Emerson quotes: 10. “I dream of… Continue reading QUOTES: Wisdom & wit – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life in the Long 19th Century, Photographs

Photograph: 1913 family picnic, colour

Life in the Long Nineteenth Century Photograph #1 1913: The family of Mervyn O'Gorman, an enthusiastic amateur photographer. A picnic in Dorset, England. Early colour Autochrome Lumière. The long exposure time required may explain the slightly bored looks. For context the following were published in 1913: Fiction Arnold Bennett – The Regent Algernon Blackwood –… Continue reading Photograph: 1913 family picnic, colour

Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). The Poor Poet. Der Arme Poet.
Books & art, Readers reading

Painting: The Poor Poet (1839)

Readers reading #5 The Poor Poet (1839) – By Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek), Munich, Germany. There's a man who has the right priorities. Little furniture, but plenty of books. Leaky roof, but no matter as he has an umbrellor. A poet? Not much new quality written that year. For some context… Continue reading Painting: The Poor Poet (1839)

Book lists, Book trivia

Survey: Classic books Brits want to read

Survey: Classic books British people have read or would like to read Life's too short to read classic books for any other reason than it's something we love to do. Once read they become part of us - part of our mental furniture - friends and companions for the rest of our lives. With that… Continue reading Survey: Classic books Brits want to read

Brooke, Rupert, Writers

Anniversary of Rupert Brooke’s death

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. The Early Modern period is too early for this little blog, besides I'm sure there will be oceans written today about the great man. Instead I shall write about the anniversary of the death of another writer – Rupert Brooke. The myth and the man.… Continue reading Anniversary of Rupert Brooke’s death