Blog

On Rainbows

22nd Oct 2014

On Rainbows

(Westminster Pier, 21 October 2014) Yesterday the dying fragments of Hurricane Gonzalo blew over London. I woke in the night. It was about four in the morning and the bedroom window was rattling in its frame. We’re at the beginning of storm season. October and November are typically the worst months for violent weather and...

more

Historical Miscellany #35 – The Sensations of a Drowning Man, 1847

13th Oct 2014

Historical Miscellany #35 - The Sensations of a Drowning Man, 1847

Francis Beaufort: The Sensations of a Drowning Man (Link)

more

Gladstone’s Library – Time Lapse

31st Mar 2014

Gladstone's Library - Time Lapse

It's been a very busy month here in Hawarden. But my weather book's almost finished and I have managed, in my spare time, to put together this time lapse video of Gladstone's Library. I hope it captures the spirit of a special place. I wrote a post about this spirit on the offical GL website.

more

Historically Miscellany #34 The Death of Anticipation [1743]

5th Mar 2014

Historically Miscellany #34 The Death of Anticipation [1743]

Here’s my first HM from Gladstone’s Library. The communication revolution of the last century or so has allowed us to discover news almost instantaneously, and so I've picked out the letter below from Horace Walpole, the long-serving, Whig prime minister as an example of something that could never be written today. It took three...

more

(Very cheerfully) From Gladstone’s Library

4th Mar 2014

(Very cheerfully) From Gladstone's Library

A winter’s spun by, Somerset’s gone underwater, good old Tommy Finney’s died and so has Nelson Mandela, goodness knows how many Italian prime ministers there have been, the vanguard of the daffodils have burst out and the rest are well on their way. I’ve not managed a blog post in all that time as I’ve been working on my...

more