Posted in February 2015

The Beefsteak Club

Eighteenth century London became famous for its many chop houses, coffee houses and especially clubs whree gents could drop by to catch up with the latest news and gossip whilst chowing down to some seriously carnivorous food, mostly beef. This is from a wonderful magazine, reduced from a full size book by English Heritage, Images … Continue reading

Larkhill Place Part 3

Larkhill Place Part 3

A few final pics from this wonderful reconstructed Victorian street, made up of houses that were still being lived in up till the post war demolitions. a parlour in a well to do home a printer’s shop a tiny local pub before there were washing machines I think this is a boundary stone

Larkhill Place part 2

Larkhill Place part 2

Here are some more pics of the wonderfully recreated Victorian Street at Saltford Museum. Entrance to the druggist’s shop and his window a ladies’ hat shop, or milliner a penny farthing, letterbox, coach a magic lantern in the toyshop the music shop a parlour – so tiny! A few more pics for part 3 to … Continue reading

Larkhill Place, Saltford Museum

Larkhill Place, Saltford Museum

This may well be my favourite museum ever, but it is also the saddest. Larkhill Place is an invented Victorian Street made from buildings and furniture salvaged during the great post war slum clearances made famous in the Bonzo Dod Doo Dah Band’s song I’m the Urban Spaceman. If you see films of the clearances, … Continue reading

Modern Revolutionaries

I have spent perhaps too much time wandering round old graveyards, but I love the rare discoveries of genuinely outstanding, apt, sometimes funny or thorugh provoking epitaphs. Here are two very different ones from recent times: “Rise like lions after slumber In unvanquishable number Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had … Continue reading

Amon Goeth’s Legacy

Amon Goeth came to public prominence as the concentration camp commander in Thomas Kineally’s award winning book Schindler’s Ark, later filmed by Spielberg as Schindler’s List. Jennifer Teege, a biracial woman who was given up for adoption as a child in Germany has recently discovered he was her grandfather, after finding a book in a … Continue reading

Coffee and Cigarettes

Another post from Open Culture, on two of the finest arthouse filmmakers, Jim Jarmusch and Paul Thomas Anderson, on the above topic. The Jarmusch piece is particularly good, as he is so fond of nicotine and caffeine, but also seems to be more comfortable with the short format. And they do make me think of … Continue reading

Pixar Eat Your Heart Out!

Animation has been around as long as cinema, and can be made a lot cheaper as there are no actors to pay or to have hissy fits. Here’s a gem from the silent era – a 1917 stop motion animation with a pair of dolls brought to life by a fairy, a white rabbit that … Continue reading

Not All Equal Before the Law

Not All Equal Before the Law

This is another piece from The Life of Silas Told, about the condemned men Morgan, Whalley, Brett and Dupree: “They all agreed upon a party of pleasure, at the election of a Member for Chelmsford, in Essex; and after they had glutted themselves with immoderate eating and drinking, they consented to divert themselves by going … Continue reading

Tyburn Mobs

Tyburn Mobs

The most famous site in London for executions was Tyburn, now Marble Arch, and Silas Told spent some 20 years ministering to the condemned and accompanying them to the site where they would be ‘turned off”. The crowds attending were often large and rowdy, but their behaviour depended on the nature of the crime, and … Continue reading