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Marketa Luskacova's street music.

Portobello Rd., 1978.

From London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew, 1851: Concerning street musicians, they are of multifarious classes. As a general rule, they may almost be divided into the tolerable and the intolerable performers, some of them trusting to their skill in music for the reward for their exertions, others only making a noise, so that whatever money they obtain is given to them merely as an inducement for them to depart. 592 more words

London Types

Dodger, by Terry Pratchett / **** ½

You could be forgiven, I suppose, for spending all of your time reading the works of the late Terry Pratchett simply exploring the wonders of the Discworld. 683 more words

Book Reviews

Writing a transport history of the Great Exhibition I: introductory thoughts

On Wednesday I spent an excellent day at the York Transport Historians workshop “Making the Connections: Transport and its Place in History“. It was a very fruitful day of interesting papers and discussion on everything from canals to Concorde, and every mode of transport in between. 1,028 more words


London Labour and the London Poor

Henry Mayhew tells the stories of two children in  “London Labour and the London Poor” and the harsh conditions they faced. In this he uses elements of both the Enlightenment and Romanticism. 249 more words

happy as a sandboy


The phrase (as) happy (or jollyas a sandboy means extremely happy or carefree.

A sandboy was a boy hawking sand for sale. It seems that the earliest use of the word is… 1,000 more words


Punch Cartoon

Punch was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term “cartoon” in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. 54 more words



I am publishing through August on Pandaemonium a series of extracts from my books on the theme of historical fears of the masses and of democracy. 2,847 more words

Philosophy & Ethics