H.G. Wells out of copyright – watch this space

H.G. Wells out of copyright – watch this space It’s not often that an advert (left) tempts me to blog, but as it’s about H.G. Wells, I’ll make an exception with a brief post. ” Leading classic book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released eight H.G. Wells titles, seven of which – including The War Of The Worlds, The Time Machine and The Invisible Man – … Continue reading H.G. Wells out of copyright – watch this space

Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien – 125 today

Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien – 125 today If you have time today, raise a glass of your favourite beverage to “Ronald” Tolkien, philologist, and Oxford professor. 125 today. You might also know him as J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. And the man who wisely advised us to: “Never laugh at live dragons.” … Continue reading Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien – 125 today

In 2016 Mozart Sold More CDs Than Beyoncé

Mozart tops the charts, despite inability to tour According to this piece in Atlas Obscura, the artist who sold the most CDs in 2016 wasn’t Beyonce, Adele, or Bowie … it was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). If true, that’s an impressive achievement given that the artist has been unable to tour for 225 years due to death. Academics have argued over the cause of the … Continue reading In 2016 Mozart Sold More CDs Than Beyoncé

OTD d. Christina Rossetti

  Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894) Today is the anniversary of the death of Christina Rossetti, English poet. She wrote a variety of poems – romantic, devotional, and children’s. You might recall – Goblin Market, Remember, Love Came Down at Christmas and the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. Love Came Down at Christmas (excerpt) Love came down at Christmas, Love all … Continue reading OTD d. Christina Rossetti

Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

Vocabulary you’ll need to survive in Victorian London Perusing the Public Domain Review you may eventually stumble upon The London Guide & Stranger’s Safeguard against the Cheats, Swindlers, and Pickpockets (1819). ‘A comprehensive guide to help the unwitting visitor avoid falling victim to the various and nefarious crimes abound in early 19th-century London.’ The book features a useful glossary of key vocabulary to enable the … Continue reading Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

Happy 150th birthday, H. G. Wells!

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of H G Wells!  To celebrate here are four classic illustrations from his 1897 “scientific romance” War of the Worlds (see below). H.G. didn’t like the original drawings, so these are taken from the 1906 edition. Pen and ink drawings from Henrique Alvim Corrêa. I have a long history with H. G. Wells. I can’t remember a … Continue reading Happy 150th birthday, H. G. Wells!

Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive

I recently learned that some of Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive. Researchers wishing to view them must sign a disclaimer. Many people know that Marie Curie won a Nobel prize for her pioneering research on radioactivity. But perhaps it’s not so widely known that she won that illustrious prize twice and, altogether, Marie Curie’s family won 5 Nobel prizes. Not bad going! High achievers, … Continue reading Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive