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Lamplighters in British Newspapers – Blog #11 by Edmund King

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. Once installed, street lights had to be turned on at dusk and off again at dawn. There are numerous reports of lamplighters in British newspapers.

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William Randolph Hearst and Yellow Journalism – Blog #10 by Edmund King

Blog 10 William Randolph Hearst In four previous visits to the USA, we had never travelled down the coast of southern California, south of San Francisco. We were determined to remedy the matter on this trip. So, we hired the car and set off from San Francisco accompanied by February winter sunlight with cold mornings and chilly, watery sunsets. We stopped overnight at Monterey, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, finally ending at Venice Beach, before motoring inland to Desert Hot Springs. 

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The Operas of Verdi – Blog #9 by Edmund King

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 by the power and inventiveness of Verdi, in his varied use of composition to supplement the drama. I have remained appreciative ever since, now preferring

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Saving Seamen’s Lives (part 2). Samuel Plimsoll – Blog #8 by Edmund King

Saving Seamen’s Lives (part 2). Samuel Plimsoll – Blog #8 by Edmund King If you have ever stood during a gale, upon a cliff top anywhere round the coast of Britain, your thoughts inevitably turn to those out at sea. Many ships were driven ashore during storms, unable to combat the elements. The development of lighthouses round the coast of Britain in the 19th century greatly reduced the risks of ship running aground. But what of man-made indifference to the lives

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

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 conjectur’d that the sulphurous vapours of that volcano suffocated him…”   Newcastle Courant – Saturday 08 July 1721 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL

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

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 the Waddesdon website says: “The garden was designed to surprise and delight the Baron’s guests at every turn. In his day, a garden tour would

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

‘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 people have of singing in it. For me, one of the most moving pieces is the passage ‘For unto us a child is born’, anticipating

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

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 who placed the advertisement in the Morning Post  on 9 February 1813 (p.2 col.2): ‘This day published, in 3 vols. price 18s. in boards, Pride

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Roman Amphitheatres – Blog #3 by Edmund King

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 is number twelve on the list, out of twenty-one. I was intrigued that Pouzzoles ( Pozzuoli/ Puteoli)  was even larger than the colosseum in Rome.

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

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 election of 1884, between Cleveland (Democrat) and Blaine (Republican). Reuter’s Telegrams were often quoted, as in Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Saturday 04 October 1884 (p.5

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