Tag Archives: stupidity

Jules Goux

Just a really quick one today. Jules Goux was an Edwardian Grand Prix motor racing champion (although his career extended far beyond the Edwardian era) who, in 1913, became the first European to win the Indy 500.  The Indy 500, … Continue reading

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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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Mrs Leiter and the Vicereine of India

I found the following story in Anne de Courcy’s The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York (2017). At some point I’d like to do a whole post on Mary Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston (who was also the … Continue reading

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Richard Burton and Mrs Prodgers

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series J, episode “Journeys”). Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton (who, as an impressive side note, spoke 29 languages) was famous for being crotchety and not liking very many people. His family was always … Continue reading

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Hot Cockles

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series O, episode “O Christmas”). The holiday season is a time for family to gather together, be merry, and play parlor games. One game that has sadly fallen out of fashion … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1873

I’m reading a fun book right now called The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York by Anne de Courcy (2017) and found this truly ridiculous story of conspicuous consumption (it can be found on page 15). In 1873, … Continue reading

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Bad Book Covers – A Tale of Two Cities

It’s time for another installment of Bad Book Covers and today we’ll look at Charles Dickens’s A Tale of  Two Cities (1859). Previous posts in this series include: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Moonstone, Dracula, East Lynne, Lady Audley’s Secret, Wuthering … Continue reading

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