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In Praise of Dr Katterfelto

Dr Katterfelto is one of the most fascinating characters from late 18th/early 19th century England. He was called the King of Puff, and his claims to have cured Londoners of the flu epidemic helped sell his remedies. He demonstrated solar microscopes, and danced either side of the divide between science and magic with a big … Continue reading

UN Losing the Plot?

A UN human rights committee has said that the traditional Dutch Christmas character, ‘Black Pete’ was perceived by many of African descent as a ‘vestige of slavery’ and that the government should reform it. Black Pete is a sidekick to the tradition of St Nicholas, and is played by white people with blacked up faces to … Continue reading