The Diarists: This week in history
Sunday 31 August 2014
31 August 1782
John Byng soldier, civil servant and diarist: "I begin to be heartily tired of this place [Weymouth] for it is all sameness and dullness; a gentleman left it some days since, saying he would not stay in any place, where there were neither wenching, drinking, or gaming; and neither of the three are practised here, as so many of the young men and officers are employ'd in camps or on foreign service. Col York dined with us at our scrambling meal; we sat long, poring over the American War, in which Col York serv'd till captur'd with Lord Cornwall; as also on the fatal loss of the Royal George… a calamity that affects every bosom, and shocks the most obdurate heart."
6 September 1658
Anthony Wood antiquarian in Oxford: "Mr Richard Cromwell [the eldest son of Oliver, who had just died] was proclaimed Protector at Oxford at the usual places where kings have been proclaimed. While he was proclaiming before St Mary's church door, the mayor, recorder, town clerk etc, accompanied by Colonel Unton Croke and his troopers, were pelted with carrot and turnip tops by young scholars and others who stood at a distance."
2 September 1870
Edmond de Goncourt critic and writer, in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War: "Coming out of the Louvre, I met Philip de Chennevières-Pointel, who told me that he was leaving for Brest tomorrow, to escort the third trainful of pictures from the Louvre, which are being taken out of their frames, rolled up and sent to Brest to save them from the Prussians. He described to me the melancholy, humiliating spectacle of this packing operation, with [the art collector] Marie Frédéric de Reiset crying like a baby over Raphael's La Belle Jardinière lying at the bottom of her crate, as if over a loved one about to be nailed in her coffin."
Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
‘Remember the attackers are a cold-blooded, crazy minority’, says Blek le Rat
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors: 'I think as far as coloured actors go it gets really difficult in the UK'
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Photographer Matt Lankes' portraits of the cast of Boyhood influenced the film's storyline
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners