Category: England

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter 0

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter

Ghost hunting has a long and honourable history dating back to ancient times. One finds, for example,  at least one talkative ghost in the tales of Ancient Egypt. And ghosts were common in Roman...

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale 3

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale

“Having decided to write on Easter, I took out a volume of _The Encyclopædia Britannica_ in order to make up the subject of eggs, and the first entry under “Egg” that met my eye was: “EGG, AUGUSTUS LEOPOLD (1816-1863), English...

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace 0

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913), a self-educated man, was a remarkable Victorian intellectual. Not only did he co-share credit with Charles Darwin for discovering the process of natural selection; he also made  many other significant contributions...

Brunel would turn in his grave 0

Brunel would turn in his grave

The Paddington Hilton is not my favourite hotel. Its heyday as the Great Western Railway Hotel is sadly behind it. These days it’s a Hilton, and not a terribly good one. It has a...

I want to believe: Piltdown Man and the truly British hominid 0

I want to believe: Piltdown Man and the truly British hominid

“In Piltdown Common, Sussex, England, an English paleontologist, Mr. Dawson, discovered, about a year ago, a fairly complete human skull representing the most ancient relic of the human race in the British Isles, and...

Unreal City 0

Unreal City

Under the brown fog of an autumn noon… A return to London after nearly four years. Nothing has changed. The terriers still chase the squirrels in Hyde Park. Russian is more spoken on Oxford...

it never snows in London 0

it never snows in London

“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” James Joyce –...

Avebury & Lacock (LW04, WH0373) 0

Avebury & Lacock (LW04, WH0373)

London Walks again came through on walk #4 (see the list of London Walks). In an eerie coincidence, they offered a day trip to Avebury and Lacock on the very day I was struggling...

London Christmas (in the style of Samuel Pepys, c December 1660) 0

London Christmas (in the style of Samuel Pepys, c December 1660)

20071224_holland_park_fog Being Christmas week of 1659-60, and latterly moved to the great city of London, I find myself two days past Boxing Day in fine health and of abstemious temperament. This Sunday, not desiring...