The Diarists: This week in history
Sunday 08 June 2014
11 June, 1940
Naomi Mitchison, novelist and poet: "Ian MacLaren said there had been bad anti-Italian riots in Campbeltown [Scotland]; the three Italian shops had been broken up. The old man had been rather rash, saying that England needed a totalitarian government and so on, but the younger ones were all decent, good citizens who gave money in charity and paid their taxes; one of the youngest is on a minesweeper. Ian had seen a crowd hanging about and wondered what was going to happen; but he went home, then heard crashes and came out and found the shops being broken up. If the tide had been in they would have put the old man in the harbour; the worst were the Polish sailors."
8 June, 1979
Ossie Clark, fashion designer, attends the wedding of Marianne Faithfull and Ben Brierley: "We were late. Marianne looked radiant, nervous, wonderful – her voice carried better than his and when she was told that Nicholas [her son] was too young to sign as a witness said: 'Never mind, darling, next time I get married.' I wish them luck."
14 June, 1877
Francis Kilvert, a young curate, records a picnic: "This afternoon Mrs Rich gave a very pleasant picnic in Berry's Hill Mead down by the river. The company, some 26, met at our house and then we moved down to the riverside through the meadows in picturesque groups and parties, the girls' pretty summer dresses lighting up the scene charmingly... From under the oaks by the river we startled two lovers lying on the grass, and they went off laughing, blushing in crimson confusion.
After tea we walked along the riverside and crossed on the bridge the deep dark broad ditch where the overhanging fronds make a delicately fringed vista in the cool green gloom. The children made excursions into the mowing grass to gather oxeye daisies and tall red sorrel and wag wantons."
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Jim Davidson: 'I'd love to host Top Gear but I'm always banned from driving'
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Jay Z launches streaming service Tidal with help from Kanye West, Rihanna and Coldplay
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew