Monthly Archives: October 2012

Orwell’s England Number Six: Utterly windless days

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: Utterly windless days Location: Durham I was at the Durham Book Festival on Sunday and early on Monday morning I got up to get this shot of Prebends Bridge. Down by the River […]

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Orwell’s England Number Five: Yellow elms trees looming out of the mist

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: Yellow elms trees looming out of the mist with all of their leaves dead and none fallen Location: Preston Park, Brighton Let’s imagine for a moment that it’s October 1936. It’s not yet […]

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Historical Miscellany #8 – Early exposure / The mirror with a memory (1839)

Here’s an account of one of the first public photographic demonstrations by Louis Daguerre in 1839. This mysterious new process was documented by a special correspondent of The New York Star who had travelled to Paris to view Daguerre’s performance. — ‘[Daguerre] took a plated of copper plated with silver and rubbed the silver surface […]

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Historical Miscellany #7 – The wary voter of Andover (1740s)

A story by Sir Francis Delaval. Written down by Richard Lovell Edgeworth In his youth Sir Francis Delavel had a great love of frolic, and now, when he became intimate with me, he related to me some of the adventures of his early life, a few of which I may mention here. Once, when he […]

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Back to The Beatles

I’ve always wondered how Pete Best coped with being turfed out of the Beatles in mid-1962. There’s few men on earth who could empathise wth him (Aaron Burckhard, Nirvana’s first drummer, reportedly dismissed after turning up drunk to a practice session is one), but the other day I saw a rare interview with him on […]

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