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Taylor's "Tourist Tour" of London: Part I.

Hello from London!

Well, I’ve finally made it. Although my journey was not devoid of trials—my plane was delayed at Heathrow due to a medical emergency, my phone died on arrival, and I spent my first two hours in the city trapped in Paddington station—I’ve put that dark day behind me and can now say without reservation that I am loving life and loving London about as much as I anticipated I would. 879 more words

Study Abroad

Sunday Morning -- Victoriana of the Week

William Powell Frith, who artist who painted “Ramsgate Sands”, was noted for big, narrative works like this.  For Frith, it wasn’t enough that “every picture tells a story” — every picture tells a multitude of stories.  156 more words



Remembered victories
are like faded roses pressed
between one’s favorite pages,
savored again on brighter days
with freshened fervor, until
you turn away, close the book, 235 more words

The Queen-Empress Writes ...

The amazingly prolific letter-writing of the Victorians (think of Ruskin, Thomas and Jane Carlyle, George Eliot, Darwin) is ascribed to the introduction of the Penny Post by Sir Rowland Hill in 1840. 983 more words


Talking Statues: No baby babble, just a chat with a cat

These days, I spend most of my time getting back-chat from a pre-schooler, so I welcomed the idea of London statues having their say, in a brand new live art project known as… 826 more words


Sassy Princess Bedtime Stories


I  grew up loving Disney princesses – especially Snow White, Jasmine, Belle and Ariel. I didn’t really realize there were “actual” princesses because it never occurred to me that those cartoon ladies weren’t “real.” (I… 686 more words


Mayhem, Murder and Royal Usurpers - Top Ten New Books on the History of British Royal Crown for 2014

If you love tales of British mayhem, murder and royal usurpers, this booklist is for you.  This is a Top  Ten new books on the History of British Royalty for 2014  from the website… 202 more words

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