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."
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
- 2 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 3 Miley Cyrus address Robin Thicke VMA controversy: ‘He wanted me as naked as possible, but I got the heat because I’m a woman’
- 4 iPhone 6s camera: features to include 4K video camera and flash for selfies
- 5 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie: Jared Leto's now more petrifying when out of his Joker make-up
The Girl in the Spider's Web, David Lagercrantz, review: Stieg Larsson's heroes return in a thrilling new intrigue
Game of Thrones season 6: George RR Martin made showrunners name Jon Snow's mother before letting them adapt books
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn