Posted in April 2015

Force Majeure

This is a Swedish film about an affluent young Swedish family on a ski holiday in France to get the overworked father to reconnect with his family. The image of them all sleeping inthe same bed like kittens summons up an idyllic relationsip, but when an avalanche si seen heading towards them, the father Tomas … Continue reading

While We’re Still Young

This film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts is about modern technology, drifting towards middle age, having kids or not, and also about living in New York. Stiller is a documentary maker married to the daughter of his mentor, who meet a younger couple who they befriend. They were drifting away from long term friends … Continue reading

Lost in the Park

I have no idea what happened here. There was nobody in sight, yet 2 pairs of children’s shoes neatly left on bench. Maybe someone found them, but how did the kids walk home? Spooky!

Spreading Technology

Here’s another ad, showing how agricultural improvements and technology were spread: FLEMISH REAPERS Notice is hereby given that the two FLEMISH REAPERS brought to this country by the Highland Society for the prurpose of exhibiting the use of the HAINAULT SCYTHE are to be in Aberdeen on Wednesday 7th September, and will exhibit their implements … Continue reading

Criminals Paying their Way

This is an ad from an Aberdeen Chronicle of August 1825: “Aberdeen Bridewell Mats for doors, lobbies, church pews &c manufactured by the prisoners and so much approved of for durability and neatness may be had of any size, at Mrs Laing’s, Union Street, the Police Office, Union Street or at the Bridewell. Besides the … Continue reading

Town Waites

This is from an article by Professor Joseph C Bridge, from 1928 via the JSTOr archive: Town musicians are one of the longest standing traditions in British history, with some still being emplyed well into the 20th century. The term ‘wait’ is from various Germanic dialects, surviving in modern German as ‘wachter’, to watch or … Continue reading

An Illegal Execution by Fire ?

This is from the Lincolnshire Chronicle of September 1840: “Retribution – A female was lately burnt too death at New Ferry, near Liverpool. She went by the name of Mary Ann Cowper, but appears she was the wife of Mr Cutts, of Carbuton in Nottinghamshire, whom it was believed she attempted to murder by slow … Continue reading

The World’s Memory

Britain is often criticised for its colonial collecting of artefacts, often claimed to be theft under another name, but nobody else – possibly barring the Americans- is doing as much to preserve valuable artefacts from the past. In the forefront of this is the wonderful British Library with its increasing open access online presence. This … Continue reading