Wednesday, 28 January 2015
The Athenaeum comment on Thomas Duncan's silly translated phrase from Bruges-la-Morte, "the tinkle of the accordion" put me in mind of the above scene from the 1985 A Room with a View.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Bruges-la-Morte (January 2009).
Monday, 26 January 2015
John Petty, I found a good example of his Angry Old Working-Class Man style: his extremely hostile review of the Duke of Bedford's 1959 autobiography The Sound of Brass, published four years after Duke's opening of Woburn Abbey to the public.
Friday, 23 January 2015
John Petty (1919-1973). This one comes from a 1967 Books & Bookmen, written after the publication of his 1966 dystopian SF novel The Last Refuge, and before his 1972 autobiography The Face.
Monday, 19 January 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Charles G Harper, London: Chapman & Hall, 1907, Internet Archive ID southdevoncoast00harpgoog) is a pleasant travelogue illustrated with around 70 line drawings by the author, a prolific travel writer and illustrator who was active between 1892 and 1933 (see bibliography).
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Major General Chermside's reference to "Big luscious strawberries and cream ... sold at Labradore [sic]" reminded me to pick up a loose thread from a walk in August 2013 (see Ice cold in Shaldon) and check out the background to the strangely-named Labrador Bay, south of Shaldon.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
The Battle of Limerick.
Sunday, 11 January 2015
Storm-hit Dawlish line 'threatened' by new cliff-top homes plan, which carried a picture of the collapsed cliffs above the Riviera Line between Hole Head and Teignmouth following the February 2014 storm damage, and the story of planned development of retirement homes on the cliff above the railway. On the face of it, this looks a ridiculous proposal - but as is often the case with planning schemes, the story proves more complicated.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Besley's Views in Devonshire #1, here's the second batch of topographic images from Henry Besley's print album Views in Devonshire (c. 1861). These start in Plymouth, then head north to the North Devon coast, before heading back south via Tiverton to conclude with East Devon.
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Monday, 5 January 2015
Friday, 2 January 2015
Making a plaster in a hurry, and shrivelling up your last heartshaped bit of white leather, with an over-heated spatula, into a cicatrized mass, something in shape like an Isle of Wight cracknel.
- Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 19, 1846