Book covers for Gulag Archipelago
Crime & punishment, History, Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr, Writers

Book review: The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1974)

Book review – The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [pub. 1974] The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is an account of the Soviet Union's forced labour camp system. Apart from the prominence of ice and snow you probably think that it wouldn't make ideal Christmas reading. But let me give you three reasons why you… Continue reading Book review: The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1974)

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Mary Had a Little Lamb music sheet
Audio, Curiosities, History, Multimedia, Music, Science & technology, Writers

OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

On this day in 1830, a poem (later a nursery rhyme) Mary Had a Little Lamb, by Sarah Hale was published. Later in the decade Lowell Mason set the poem to a melody adding repetition in the verses. The poem was the first thing recorded by Thomas Edison on his newly invented phonograph in 1878… Continue reading OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

Austen, Jane, Crime & punishment, History, Writers

Old Police Cells Museum & Victorian crime

Crime in a rapidly changing society Reading the novels of Jane Austen one might be forgiven for thinking that hers was a calm and relaxing period in which to live (1775-1817). “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ― Jane Austen Far from it. The economy of the country was going… Continue reading Old Police Cells Museum & Victorian crime

Books & art, Curiosities, Designs & patents, History, Science & technology

10 patents for mad Victorian inventions

Yes - these are real Victorian design patents. We might laugh at some of them now, but they represent the hopes and dreams of a previous age. A design patent is a form of legal protection granted to the ornamental design of a functional item. But enough of that, here are ten of my favourites:… Continue reading 10 patents for mad Victorian inventions