The mad Victorian scrapbook

Following the release of one million free-to-use images from the British Library, extracted automatically from digitised copies of nineteenth century, there has been an astonishing reaction worldwide. Well over 50 million visits have been made top the British Library’s Flickr pages, and more than just visiting people have been identifying, tagging, blogging and sharing thoseRead More

I remember # 8

225. I remember walking past the anti-apartheid protesters outside South Africa House, day after day after day 226. I remember hide-and-seek 227. I remember Mary Hopkin 228. I remember Ilie Nastase, tennis rebel 229. I remember struggling over seven times eight when learning my times tables 230. I remember Disney Time 231. I remember (canRead More


Yesterday I saw the five-and-a-half hour restoration of Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927), which was shown at the Royal Festival Hall between 13:30 and 21:30 (there were three intervals), with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Carl Davis conducting his music. It’s the third time I’ve seen the film (not counting the DVD of the US version ofRead More