Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
our milkman said that if people could only see the quantity of water "them poor cows" were compelled to drink before starting, they would cease to wonder that the milk was so thin and blue.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Some went further and lured others into offending so that they could then betray them and collect the reward. An example of the latter occurred in Deptford in 1756:
Yesterday 7 night at the Old Bailey, those notorious thieftakers, Stephen Macdaniel, John Berry, James Egan, and James Salmon, were tried and convicted, upon the clearest evidence, for conspiring together to procure Peter Kelly and John Ellis, two young lads, to commit a robbery on the highway on him the said Salmon, in the parish of Deptford, in July 1754, in order by their conviction, to entitle them not only to the rewards payable by the statute,* but the further rewards offered by the inhabitants of that parish for the apprehending of robbers, for robberies committed there; and for which artificial robbery those young lads were afterwards condemned to die at the then ensuing assizes for the county of Kent, tho’ happily reprieved by the discovery of this conspiracy, thro’ the vigilance of Mr Cox, the high-constable of that parish, before the time fixed for their execution.* An Act of 1692, providing for a £40 reward for apprehending and prosecuting highwaymen. They would also get the felon's horse, weapons and other goods.
And Yesterday Macdaniel and Berry stood on the pillory, pursuant to their sentence, in Holborn, opposite Hatton-Garden; Egan and Salmon are to stand on Monday next in Smithfield. The second time, Macdaniel and Berry the 2d of April in Cheapside, opposite King-street; and Egan and Salmon, the 5th of Aril, near Fetter-lane, Fleet-street; and to find security for their good behaviour for three years.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Some of the monuments were clearly graves, but the function of others is more open to speculation. However, later legends have sprung up to account for them: thus the two white demoiselle menhirs are supposed to be young women who went dancing instead of attending mass, and were literally petrified as a result.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Five of them put off in their boat, and one of them, armed with a large bearded spear, commenced the attack upon the monster, which soon showed symptoms of weakness, and threw up large quantities of water from the aperture on its back. The other boats surrounded the animal and pushed it along with their boat-hooks close under the pier, where they finally despatched him, and with strong cords and pullies raised him, with much difficulty, upon the pier. In a short time afterwards such immense numbers of persons congregated to gratify their curiosity, that Mr John Taylor, the high constable of Deptford, was compelled to call for the aid of the R division of the police to keep order.
EXTRAORDINARY AND SURPRISING NOVELTY!MAY BE SEEN,On the Premises of Mr. Williams,BULL & BUTCHER,Old King Street, Deptford,A FINE YOUNG WHALE,WHICH WAS KILLED OFF DEPTFORD PIER,Yesterday, (Sunday,) October 23rd 1842,By a Number of Watermen.The above measures in length above 20 Feet; in circumference 10 Feet, and weighs above 2 Tons.May be viewed daily, from 9 o’Clock in the morning till 10 o’Clock at Night.
A large whale was taken betwixt my land butting on the Thames and Greenwich, which drew an infinite concourse to see it, by water, coach, and on foote, from London and all parts. It appeared first below Greenwich at low water, for at high water it would have destroyed all the boats; but lying now in shallow water, incompassed with boats, after a long conflict it was killed with a harping yron, struck in the head, out of which it spouted blood and water by two tunnells, and after a horrid grone it ran quite on shore and died. Its length was fifty-eight foote, height sixteen, black skin'd like coach-leather, very small eyes, greate taile, and onely two small finns, a picked snout, and a mouth so wide that divers men might have stood upright in it; no teeth, but suck'd the slime onely as thro' a grate of that bone which we call whale-bone; the throate yet so narrow as would not have admitted the least of fishes. The extremes of the cetaceous bones hang downwards from the upper jaw; and was hairy towards the ends and bottom within-side; all of it prodigious; but in nothing more wonderful than that an animal of so greate a bulk should be nourished onely by slime through those grates.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
NEW BRITISH & FOREIGNTEMPERANCE SOCIETY.THEOld & New Kent Road BranchTO THE SOUTH LONDON AUXILIARY.A COURSE OFLECTURESWILL BE DELIVERED ATHATCHAM CHAPEL,Mason Street, near New Cross Turnpike.Under the Superintendence of the Committee of the above Branch,in the following Order:-TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1838,On Malt Liquors, by Mr. F. GROSJEN.TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30,On Fermentation, by Mr. DART.TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13,On the Anatomical Structure of Man, by Dr. OXLEY.TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27,Non-existence of Alcohol in any Natural Production, by Mr. DART.TUESDAY, DECMEBER 11,Physiological Nature and Effects of Alcoholic Drinks, by H. V. GARMAN, Esq.Doors open at Half-past 6; Lectures to commence at 7 o’Clock precisely.Free Admission to the Public. No Collection.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Among the art scattered around Canary Wharf is a relatively new addition at the east entrance. The focal point of a landscaping project completed last year is this sculpture of 17 bronze posts. When I saw it a few weeks ago, it reflected both the spring sunlight and the vertical lines of the development behind.
The press release doesn't contain any mention of the artist's name. Is this an accidental omission, or are these shining posts considered more 'decoration' than 'art'?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Well, how could I resist? Inside, architect H Fuller-Clarke and artist Henry Poole have filled the space with metal reliefs, mosaics and stained glass. The style is heavily influenced by Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts.
A back room was later added, filled with mottos (none of which discourage the visitor from eating or drinking!)
And what better message for a Thursday afternoon than this:
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
*Using lifts when there's a fire is of course not usually allowed, so Parliament gave special permission.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
The alternative legends are barely more cheerful, tending to involve the use of the rock by a giant for human sacrifice. However, today the site is far from menacing: the stones are covered with moss and surrounded by trees, with the river Rance (little more than a stream as yet) dancing below. Paths lead along the riverside, around the rock and to a menhir in the field above; there is even a picnic area, with no sightings of devils or giants reported!