Today is Alice Day, a day to celebrate the enduring appeal of the work of Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. So my day 27 sketch has a distinctly Alice feel. So the history goes it was on a sunny afternoon on 4 July 1862 that, Charles Dodgson, an Oxford don, took the Liddell children, including a 10-year-old Alice Liddell on a boating picnic … Continue reading Alice Day and Day 27
Fun fairs have always placed a part in the life of the Rag Tags- growing up in the North East close to Whitley Bay’s Spanish City, immortalized in Dire Straights ‘Tunnel of Love‘, visiting the annual Hoppings at Newcastle’s Town Moor, or working a summer job next door to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. So on a visit to New York a few years ago, having been to … Continue reading Coney Island, Baby!
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos or sometimes known as Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, but also in other countries around the world, in particular the US. It is a three day celebration of past families and friends, beginning on October 31st, and ending on November 2nd. On All Hallows Eve, children make an altar to invite … Continue reading Day of The Dead
The Classic Monsters featured in more than 120 movies made by Universal Studios. After some early entries including the first ever Werewolf movies The Werewolf (1913) and The White Wolf a year later. It is generally agreed that the first true entry into the Universal Monster canon was in 1923 with The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Lon Chaney. Today, the horror movie is often seen … Continue reading Universal Monsters Part 1- The Movies
On 16th October 1854 Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde entered the world in Dublin. Better known as Oscar Wilde, Wilde was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford and went on to be a leading light in literature. Famed for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray published in 1891, many believe his greatest talent was writing plays, and he went on to … Continue reading Oscar Wilde
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!