Saturday, July 30, 2016
John Betjeman's poem A Shropshire Lad intriguingly footnotes the phrase 'The gas was on in the Institute' with the quotation 'The Institute was radiant with gas', attributed to Boyhood by the Rev E.E. Bradford, D.D. It seems Bradford (1860-1944) was a notable figure in the late Victorian gay scene, and was friends with the Samuel Elsworth Cottam who edited the magazine Chameleon which turns up in the trial of Oscar Wilde.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
So my vague memories of Avon appearing in a Smash advert were vaguely on-beam - it seems they're based on this 1985 Wimpy advert feat. Paul Darrow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjlLYtxzWFc
Friday, March 25, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Reading The Masters recently I got to a bit where there's an important description of the seating arrangements at a college meeting. I wanted to draw myself a diagram so I picked an old sheet of paper off the lower level of the coffee table - only to find that it already had exactly the same diagram drawn on it, from my last reading.
Monday, February 22, 2016
I, and possibly you, are familiar with this capillary action powered sponge-belt perpetual motion machine: Perpetual Futility page I had no idea it was 'invented' by William Congreve, he of the Congreve rocket. (Which incidentally turns up in Krishnapur).