Mary Shelley, born on this day in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship with a married man whose wife committed suicide, the death of three children, and her husband’s death by drowning, before she died of a brain tumor at the age of 53 after … Continue reading Mary Shelley
August 13th sees the 28th annual Left Handers Day aimed at celebrating with pride all things left-handed, and raising awareness for those southpaws who have to make their way in a world designed for right-handers. The website http://www.lefthandersday.com/ provides a range of articles, including advice for parents with left handed children, and a wide range of merchandise available including scissors, knives, pens, and notepads. (and … Continue reading International Left Handers’ Day
A very potted history of St Paul’s Cathedral Continue reading St. Paul’s Cathedral
This post celebrates David Hockney’s 81st birthday with a short look at his life and work Continue reading David Hockney
For all the fun of the fair! Friday 22nd sees the 2018 opening of The Hoppings on Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Town Moor. There are over 300 rides and attractions at the annual event, from the old favourites like ‘Hook a Duck’ to the more daring high rides, to the traditional fortune telling caravans (the Boxing Booths and Freak Shows seem to be more confined to … Continue reading Roll Up! Roll Up!
So, today is the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Writing this on Sunday morning, we don’t yet know who’s going to win what, what upsets there might be, and how controversial things are going to get, either in the results, or through protests and support against what has become the year that so many secrets, half-secrets or known but not publicly disclosed stories began to emerge. … Continue reading Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design
RNLI SOS Day Continue reading RNLI SOS day