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19th century miscellany; cakes, cats and rants

Velvet hat lady of certain age and less certain maturity.

Particularly though not exclusively interested in the nineteenth century; also prone to ranting about my job hunt.

Masquerading as Susanna Lunden because someone once said I looked like her, which delighted me and bless her, she isn't around to object. We share a taste for extravagant hats and velvet.

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~ The Housekeeper’s Year-Book, by Helen Campbell, 1883





why be a fan of severus snape when you can be a fan of regulus black?

Regulus Black who was noble and zealous and believed with all his heart in a cause. Regulus Black who saw his brother slip away from him, the brother who escaped their mother, while he stayed behind. Regulus Black, who was a Seeker and was kind to Kreacher. 

Regulus Black who lost his convictions because he saw the evil Voldemort was willing to do, and do to a house elf of all things. 

Regulus Black who went into that cave, who drank that potion, knowing what it did. Regulus Black who went there to sabotage the most evil wizard who ever lived. Regulus Black who became a rebel. Regulus Black who ordered Kreacher to safety even as he was dragged beneath the water.

Regulus Black who died without his brother ever knowing what he had done. Regulus Black who died without anyone knowing about his sacrifice. (And can you imagine his mother? Waiting for him to come home, only he never does? Her son never comes home.)

Regulus Black who redeemed himself. Regulus Black who was only 18 years old. 

Why would you like anyone else when you could like Regulus Black? 


Neverwhere Cover for an inking assignment. This is for the BBC Radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, featuring:

James MacAvoy as Richard

Natalie Dormer as Door

David Harewood as the Marquis

Sophie Okonedo as Hunter


I love Neil Gaiman so damn much. Best advice on how to raise a reader—let them read…whatever they want to read.


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The amazing Glasgow Necropolis


Castell de Mur

Castell de Mur, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain

I’m afraid this one makes me think of a kitchen roll tidy!


80,000 Prostitutes? The Myth of Victorian London’s Love Affair with Vice | Judith Flanders

Many experts at the time (and many since) have stated confidently that there were 80,000 prostitutes in London, in a population heading towards 2 million by mid-century. But it cannot be stated too emphatically that we have no firm knowledge of the number. First, there is the question, what is a prostitute? Apart from a woman actively soliciting on the streets or working in a brothel, does it include a woman living with a man, to whom she is not married, on a long-term, monogamous basis? A woman intermittently or regularly given cash by a long-term, or short-term, partner? A woman whose wages do not entirely support her, or who is temporarily out of work, who receives financial help from one or more men? A woman who had sex outside marriage, with no cash element at all? Many in the nineteenth century regarded all of these women as prostitutes.


A vision of 2000, drawn by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists to be used on cigar boxes and postcards, for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. It’s actually kind of sad how little of this we have. Who wouldn’t want to travel by whale?

Videoconferencing certainly never looked so elegant…… and i want to play seabed croquet!



Today’s Classic: The Atmosferic Paintings of John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)


Fun thing!

Tagged by: @cupcakes-n-unicorns


OK here goes, five random facts:

1)  I eat embarrassingly huge quantities of Maoam Pinballs and other sour sweets, chocolate too, but that’s somehow less embarrassing.

2)  In my spare time I am a volunteer with a cat charity and an historic Cemetery.

3)  A little girl on the bus not so long ago pointed at me and asked her mother if I was a pirate :)

4)  I went to Waterstones today and bought Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane and Antonia Fraser’s Perilous Question (on the 1832 Reform Bill) in their Buy One Get One Half Price offer.

5) I have knitted all the components of a stuffed mouse for my friend’s baby but I’ve no idea how to finish it so there are mouse legs, mouse arms, a mouse body, head and dress lying in random places around the house and I can’t remember quite where.

It took me rather a long while to think of the above 5 “random” facts so they aren’t actually random; they are what I hoped would be interesting without completely outing me to any random colleagues who might happen to be passing. 

Passing this on to 10 of my favorite bloggers: 
















The Adventures of Marx and Engels, #21

(I have been told yesterday that Swedish left-wing politician and economist Ali Esbati posted one of my Marx and Engels pictures on Twitter, which I think is pretty awesome)

Oh Karl….

I’m am Karl and Karl is me

When two mates arrived from Germany, Karl Marx joined them on a pub crawl that took in 17 pubs, a punch-up and drunken efforts to smash gas lights along London’s Oxford Street. The night ended when the three were chased by the police. This is an eye-witness account”


This Day in History: Luddites Break Machines at Sunnon-in-Ashuano (1811)

Between March 1811 and February 1812, the Luddites smashed over 1,000 machines in protest of the factory machinery which had robbed many artisans and laborers of their livelihood

Sutton in Ashfield?


My new favourite of the MAOAM family!

Urgghhhh, is anyone else going to admit downing a pack (and I mean a large pack) of these horrors in one go?  I am a 40 something woman who likes to think of herself as having rather sophisticated tastes but I am absolutely powerless over these sweets!  LOST the moment the pack is open.  And now I feel sick, sick, SICK!  Wouldn’t be so annoying if it hadn’t already happened about three times this week……..  what must they be doing to my poor insides?

Sir John Wedderburn of Blackness, executed in 1746 for his part in the ‘45 Jacobite rebellion.  The silhouette was made by his jailer’s daughter the night before Sir John’s execution by hanging, drawing and quartering on Kennington Common.

More about Sir John, his background, trial and execution and the extraordinary courage with which he faced it, can be found here.  I’m not sure whether the page is still being maintained.