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I Bet You

Today I have been referring to Chambers Book of Days, which is a massive two volume work written by Robert Chambers and published in 1864. It takes each day of the year, in chronological order, mentions notable births, deaths and saints days and includes several longer articles on events connected with that day. 825 more words

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Someone at the Door

Today I am celebrating the anniversary of the Berners Street Hoax. It all started when a young man called Theodore Hook bet his friend one guinea that he could, within a week, turn any house in London into the most talked about address in the whole city. 624 more words

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A Cock and a Bull Story

Today I am celebrating the birthday of Laurence Sterne, author of the novel ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’. He was born in 1713, in County Tipperary in Ireland whilst his father was stationed there as a soldier. 1,185 more words

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Godrevy Lighthouse on the Cornish North Coast


Freedom of the Press

Today I want to tell you about John Milton’s ‘Areopagitica’ which he published on this day in 1644. Normally, I’m not  a big fan of Milton, his Paradise Lost is tedious in the extreme, so it’s nice to find something he did that I like. 667 more words

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On this day in 1953 the famous archaeological specimen, known as the missing link, Piltdown Man was finally and irrevocably proved to be a hoax. The skull fragments of Piltdown Man were found in a gravel pit in Piltdown, East Sussex in 1912 by a man called Charles Dawson, an amateur archaeologist and collector. 740 more words

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