Monthly Archives: March 2016

Birds of a Feather

I found this very weird, completely un-newsworthy story in the Cork Examiner, 30th August 1841. “On Friday Last,” says the Tyne Mercury, “two gentlemen tourists witnessed a severe conflict between four Martin swallows and five common sparrows in the air, … Continue reading

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The Brothers Grimm Versus The Brother Taylor

When I was at that academic lecture about John Ruskin (which gave me SO much material for last Friday’s post), I also learned something really cool about the Brothers Grimm and what we know as Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The fairy … Continue reading

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John Ruskin

I just attended a lecture given by a very senior (and fun) academic who shed loads of light on John Ruskin, the famous Victorian art critic, artist, author, and general weirdo. Ruskin is probably most notorious nowadays for falling in … Continue reading

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Bad Luck Comes in Threes

In light of my post the other day about W.T. Stead, who died on the Titanic after predicting several years previously how just such an event could have been avoided, I thought I’d share this story that I found on … Continue reading

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BizarreVictoria: Celebrating 3 Years

I’ve been blogging for three full years as of today! This blog can, at busy times of year, be a lot of work, but my readers are all so lovely and it’s so nice to have a place where I … Continue reading

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Foreshadowing

Another really quick one today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “As a writer, W.T. Stead may have been too prescient. “In 1886 he published an article about the sinking of an ocean liner and the consequent … Continue reading

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Cold Feet

Just a quick one today. One of my academic colleagues pointed out this hilarious and creepy story about nineteenth-century merchandising. In 1894, George du Maurier wrote a novel called Trilby about artists living a bohemian lifestyle. I haven’t read it … Continue reading

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