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#OnThisDay in history: Dr Johnson's Dictionary was published in 1755!

By Emily Jones

For the English Scholars, dictionary-hoarders and language-enthusiasts amongst you, you might recognise that 1755 was rather an exciting year for the English language, with Samuel Johnson’s key influence in standardising the written word as we know it today. 512 more words

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On a recent trip to Cuba I visited Finca La Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s home for 30 years outside Havana. I had picked my tour company to Cuba (Road Scholar) specifically because its itinerary included a visit to this writer’s home. 663 more words

The Writing Life

24th March 2002. Bribery in Halls of Academe.

‘The Days of the Gentleman Commoner are long gone’, academic’s retort in 2001 when a wealthy city banker, who had given £100.000 to his old college, withdrew patronage after one of his sons was not offered a ‘slight bias’ to gain entry to Oxford’s Trinity College.(1) 288 more words


You'd never get tired of London in Dr Johnson's House

Visiting Dr Johnson’s House is a bit like going round a house you’re thinking of buying – it’s such a nice size, so well laid out, so conveniently situated, that you almost feel like making an offer there and then. 491 more words


On The Trail of Dr Johnson | The Journey Home

Here we are then, the last dive into Dr Johnson’s ‘Journey into North Wales.’ It is finally time to say goodbye to Dr Johnson and his merry band of fellow traveller… 3,756 more words


Eyre Crowe picture up for sale again

After failing to sell late last year, Doctor Johnson Receiving Boswell in the Library (1899) is being offered at auction again on 16 March 2016. See… 21 more words


Being Awake, by John Snelling

‘Buddha’ means ‘The Awakened One’, he who sees things as they really are, undistorted by delusion or fantasy. It’s the name we give to Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of ancient India who founded the religion of Buddhism. 468 more words