Archive for the “Ed King Blog” Category

Lamplighters in British Newspapers – Blog #11 by Edmund King

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by Amy

As towns in Britain continued to grow, especially from the mid-eighteenth century onwards, street lighting at night became important. In the days before the invention of electricity and all of the systems that support street lighting today, it can be hard for us to imagine how much effort was needed to create lights in streets. […]

The Operas of Verdi – Blog #9 by Edmund King

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Amy

The Operas of Verdi The year 2013 is the bi-centenary of Verdi’s birth in 1813. He wrote a great number of operas. The celebrations this year reminds me of an early memory in operatic appreciation, when I attended a performance of Verdi’s Luisa Miller performed at Chelsea Town Hall, in the mid-1960s. I was struck […]

Volcanoes: 18th Century Reports in Newspapers – Blog #7 by Edmund King

Posted on February 8th, 2013 by Amy

Volcanoes: 18th century reports in newspapers Volcanoes have such a powerful impact upon our minds and on the environment around us. Reports are numerous in The British Newspaper Archive. One of the earliest mentions of volcano in the BNA recounts how a very large bird was suffocated by the ‘sulphurous vapours’ emitted by Etna.  “…’tis […]

The Original Concrete, Pulhamite – Blog #6 by Edmund King

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by Amy

Pulhamite A review was recently printed in the Alpine Gardener of September 2012 of the book:  Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy by Claude Hitching and Jenny Lilly. This prompted reminiscences on the part of myself and my wife (a keen gardener), as we had seen in 1999 the magnificent Pulhamite garden at Waddesdon manor, which had been restored. As […]

‘For unto us a child is born’ – Handel’s Messiah performed. Blog #5 by Edmund King

Posted on December 20th, 2012 by Amy

‘For unto us a child is born’ – Handel’s Messiah performed. Attending, for the fifth time at the Royal Albert Hall, on the 2 December 2012, a performance of Handel’s Messiah, sung from scratch by 3,854 souls under the direction of Brian Kay, I wondered about the endurance of this work, and the love that […]

Jane Austen imitated by PD James – Blog #4 by Edmund King

Posted on December 16th, 2012 by Amy

Jane Austen imitated by PD James Recently reading PD James Death comes to Pemberley, I wondered how reviews of this novel compared to those of Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen had sold the copyright of the novel to Thomas Egerton, and he published the first edition in January 1813 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_Prejudice ). Perhaps it was Egerton […]

Roman Amphitheatres – Blog #3 by Edmund King

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Amy

Upon recently visiting the Roman amphitheatre at Arles, I marvelled at the scale of the building, and Roman engineering skills. Picture taken of Arles amphitheatre – Image © Edmund MB King During the visit, we came across a notice board: “Principaux amphitheatres du monde romain”, which shows a list of dimensions for each one. Arles […]

US Presidential Election of 1884 – Blog #2 by Edmund King

Posted on October 29th, 2012 by Amy

As we approach the end of the 2012 U.S Presidential Election,   predictions say there will be a close contest between Obama and Romney. There have been other narrow victories in the past. There are thousands of newspaper articles for each of the 19th century U.S. Presidential elections. There was a close race in the presidential […]