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Monopolizing the Limelight: Irish Cinema and Politics in Autumn 1915

In late August 1915, a Dublin Evening Mail columnist urged readers to pay more attention to such politicians as Winston Churchill than to celebrities. “It would undoubtedly be very bad for the nation,” s/he argued, 2,186 more words

World War I


The tartan is a multifaceted signifier. Here are a few examples of the tartan and America. It can be worn by the outsider to fit in with the Scots (who aren’t wearing it at all). 62 more words


Tribute to Darrell

Last week we lost one of our best friends and staunchest supporters, Darrell Baker. In between the last e-mails we exchanged a few weeks ago and our plan to call him this weekend for his 69th birthday, pancreatic cancer intervened, and now he’s gone in a flash. 536 more words

And Now For Something Completely Different

Harry Lauder, Entertainer, On tour in Melbourne, Australia.

The next day was the fourth of August—my birthday. And it was that day that Britain declared war upon Germany. We sat at lunch in the hotel at Melbourne when the newsboys began to cry the extras. 340 more words


Aye, I’m tellin’ ye, happiness is one of the few things in this world that doubles every time you share it with someone else. ~ Harry Lauder

Edinburgh - We hit the Road to Portobello

There can’t be many of the world’s capitals that can boast of a beach looking like this.

Naturally being in Scotland, Edinburgh’s suburb of Portobello isn’t exactly a tropical paradise, but there were a few brave souls splashing about in the water even if most of those had four legs and a cold wet nose! 399 more words

Days Out

Freddie Hackin (1895-after 1938), English actor and variety artist
(photo: Campbell-Gray, London, circa 1910)

Little Freddie Hackin had already appeared in various United Kingdom music halls, including the London Hippodrome, when in 1912 he was selected by Harry Lauder to form part of his company for a tour of the United States. 331 more words