Crikey! If you imagine that Victorians led a chaste life, this collection of poems will open your mind. Whatever you might say about the era, Cavafy, who is one of modern Greece’s most revered poets, was certainly not staying at home putting trousers on the table legs. 802 more words
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“Is it to be wondered that, after this nation had borne the yoke for centuries... its gentle character should have sunk into the artful, cruel indolence of the slave?”
I just started Dale Peterson’s Up from Bondage: The Literatures of Russian and African American Soul. Its premise is that the Europeans of the Enlightenment created a supposedly scientific classification that excluded black people and Slavs from the civilized races, and in response to this exclusion Russians and African Americans each made “the counterclaim of an ethnic essence” (4-6). 678 more words
It is 1873, outside house number 124 on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. An ex-slave woman walks around the corner of her house, carrying her stockings in her hand, her feet wet from the river. 932 more words
We finish our series on Winston Churchill, we take a look at a couple of the more odd memorials to him in London.
First up, it’s the remains of the church of St Mary Aldermanbury in the City. 300 more words