The Diarists: This week in history
Sunday 27 July 2014
27 July 1892
Beatrix Potter author: "Got The Scotsman and also copy of the preceding day's issue with caustic comments on Carnegie's strike. Scotch papers are refreshingly acrimonious and spiteful… They make The Times leaders appear ponderous in comparison. Exceedingly well written and doubtless well informed, or they could not be so versatile in argument, but they concern themselves more with the cut and thrust argument of party politics than with fundamental principles and the evolution of politics."
29 July 1841
Barclay Fox a member of the influential Quaker Fox family, visits the distinguished Oxford naturalist Professor Buckland:
"Buckland learnedly suggested something about snails which he discovered at the bottom of some extensive limestone borings near Boulogne. This led to a learned discussion on snails, as to how they bored & where they bored, & why they bored & whether they really bored or no. Thought I, if they don't, I know who does."
2 August 1916
Siegfried Sassoon poet, invalided home from the Western Front: "Lying in a hospital train on his way to London he looks out at the hot August landscape of Hampshire… the advertisements of Lung Tonic and Liver Pills, the cows near villas and sluggish waterways, all these came on him in an irresistible delight, at the pale gold of the wheat-field and the faded green of the hazy muffled woods on the low hills. People wave to the Red Cross train – grateful stay-at-homes – even a middle-aged man, cycling along a dusty road in straw hat and blue serge clothes, takes one hand off the handlebars to wave feeble and jocular gratitude. And the soul of the officer glows with fiery passion as he thinks, 'All this I've been fighting for… now I'm home again I begin to think it was worth while.' And he wondered how he could avoid being sent out again."
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow to replace sun as arctic air mass moves in
Broadchurch series 3: David Tennant and Olivia Colman to return for third season, ITV confirms
Poldark, series 1 finale, review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
Al Pacino admits he was nearly fired from The Godfather and it's still his most 'difficult role'
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik tops Sunday Times Rich List
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 3, review: Sansa and manhood-lopping torturer Ramsay Bolton - really?
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove