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7th January 1612. End of a Cutpurse.

John Stow records in his History of London, that in 1585: ‘There existed the Wotton Academy for people who were expert in relieving people of their wealth and which was to be found at an ale-house in Smart’s Quay near Billingsgate’. 520 more words


Radio Show(S) hosting recap of last few months

During Culture Days, a weekend of awesomeness, arts and culture in Vancouver I had a cool opportunity to host Leave Your Mark FM a pop-up radio station that was in the Minoru Blvd Cultural Centre plaza.   446 more words


I Don’t Want To Belong To Any Club That Will Accept People Like Me As A Member – Part Thirty

Fraternity of Sireniacal Gentlemen

The start of the 17th century saw the development of associations of like-minded men who met regularly at designated taverns to eat, drink and engage in animated conversation, what we would now call clubs. 557 more words


Representing Evil: The 'Respublica' Tradition in English Drama, Reformation to Restoration

This essay was published in Prudentia, Supplementary Number 1994. The volume was entitled TRADITION AND TRADITIONS. Please click on the link below to read the whole essay and enlarge your view within your browser as necessary. 24 more words

Lost London - The Hope Playhouse...

Recently added to the National Heritage List for England (or what little remains of it at least), the Hope Playhouse was the last Elizabethan era theatre to be built in Southwark and was designed to be a joint acting venue and bear baiting arena. 357 more words

Lost London

Poetry Interview Number 1

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I kept staring at the clock, knowing I only had half an hour to work my way through these four poems… 911 more words


135. (Ben Jonson)

Whether he is the first or not, Ben Jonson is among the earliest of the major American writers. A perverse claim, in so far as he never stepped foot on the far (or near) side of the Atlantic, it becomes not only plausible but persuasive when we consider that Jonson’s great subject matter was the gross acquisitive spirit of the city of London, the earliest stirrings of capitalism, which would issue in the settlement at Jamestown, and in later English-speaking efforts at domination and exploitation up and down the eastern seaboard. 1,358 more words

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