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Stoddart and Conolly

After my recent trip to Samarkand, I’m continuing my posts on nineteenth-century Uzbekistan exploits. I found the following in my Bradt Guide to Uzbekistan. “In 1838, as Britain was embarking on its first ill-fated invasion of Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Stoddart was … Continue reading

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Sir Alexander “Bukhara” Burnes

After my recent trip to Samarkand, I’m continuing my posts on nineteenth-century Uzbekistan exploits. I found the following in my Bradt Guide to Uzbekistan. “The dashing captain, Sir Alexander Burnes, FRS (1805-41), cousin of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, joined the East … Continue reading

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The Exile of the Grand Duke Romanov

I recently spent some time in Uzbekistan on a totally weird and delightful work trip, and I have come back bearing lots of fun nineteenth-century tales! I found the following in my Bradt Guide to Uzbekistan. “Cousin of Tsar Nicholas II … Continue reading

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BizarreVictoria: Celebrating 5 Years

I’m a month late celebrating my anniversary on this blog–normally it’s on March 21st, but I was abroad at that time and it completely slipped my mind. As I said on this anniversary a few years ago, this blog “started out … Continue reading

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Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope

Sorry for the long delay in posting–I was abroad for a while, but I’m back with a whole slew of new stories. I found the following in Barbara Holland’s They Went Whistling (2001). Holland writes, “Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope was born … Continue reading

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Regency Slang – Sections J and K

We haven’t had much regency slang lately, so I’ll continue my series! As always, I found this list of on The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. Jack in … Continue reading

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Swinburne and the Monkey

I was chatting to my friend @DrDouglasSmall the other day who brought up a truly odd story I’d never heard before. And I thought I had heard them all (or at least all the ones of this magnitude). So . … Continue reading

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