Category Archives: History

Liechtenstein – life, beauty, history and THAT national anthem…

Whilst on my recent trip to Liechtenstein I sent a postcard to my blog. It was written as I felt a little homesick one evening, and included some ‘fascinating facts’ that might help a few pub quiz enthusiasts out there: … Continue reading

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Durham Cathedral & Castle – a creative viewpoint

I have visited Durham just once – it is a long journey from the south of England – and it is time I went back. My friend Anna has inspired me by showing me a short piece she wrote for … Continue reading

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Wordsworth, Whistler and a Waterloo Sunset – the beauty of London Bridges

  The Thames is a river that takes me on imaginative journeys, some of them reflecting my real life and others a dream world that I have inhabited regularly since I left London in the late 1980s. From the Oxfordshire … Continue reading

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Where the costumes are a cast member – Keats & Fanny Brawne as fiction in ‘Bright Star’

In December I wrote a blog post entitled Picturing John Keats -  Image or Imagination? describing how I felt about the representations of Keats in art. I mentioned the 2009 film Bright Star only briefly as but another opportunity for … Continue reading

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Keats at Guy’s Hospital part 2 – An education in horror

Looking at the National Health Service today, it is clear that despite economic constraints it offers a standard of care that renders incomprehensible to us the dreadful conditions under which people of all classes were treated in the early 19th … Continue reading

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The Clerkenwell Outrage of 1867 – Irish Republicanism in London

In 1868 Queen Victoria wrote a disturbing note to the then Home Secretary. She was deeply unhappy ” to see the failure of the evidence against all but one of the Clerkenwell criminals… it seems dreadful for these people to … Continue reading

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No Wriggling gets a guest slot: Hellish Nell: Helen Duncan – spiritualist, martyr or fraud?

A quick post just to let you know that No Wriggling has been given a guest slot over at Kith and Kin Research today. My subject is wartime spiritualist Helen Duncan and her trial under the Witchcraft Act in 1944. … Continue reading

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‘This enormous Babel of a place’ – On learning of London before the Victorians

I have recently been looking into the history of London between 1810 and 1830 to add some context to my blog posts on the poet John Keats. It is a period in the history of the metropolis that I have … Continue reading

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Keats at Guys Hospital Pt 1 – Life in a ‘jumbled heap’ of ‘murky buildings’

Whilst researching for a longer post about John Keats and his medical studies, I had the opportunity to read some accounts of the student accommodation he shared during the time he spent at Guy’s Hospital, in London.  They are fascinating, … Continue reading

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On the occasion of my 100th blog post – I give you a time machine…

I am a centenarian! I cannot believe that this is the 100th time I have posted on no more wriggling out of writing. It was in July 2010 that the first tentative jottings went out into the blogosphere and at … Continue reading

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