Statues, Statues everywhere! Liverpool Edition

In anepisode of the tortuously funny Channel 4 show Derry Girls, the titular characters find themselves at a Friends Across the Barricade event, where teenagers from both sides of the Catholic-Protestant divide are asked to suggest some things they have in common. What follows instead is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3QSdLN27W8 I suppose one could say that I … Continue reading Statues, Statues everywhere! Liverpool Edition

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Quarterly Digest: January to March 2019

I experimented with the digest format at the end of 2018, inspired by my fellow bloggers at Walking Talking and Glasgow Gallivanter - after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! My second quarterly digest comes a few days later than anticipated (a long story involving cross country rail travel and a fractured hip … Continue reading Quarterly Digest: January to March 2019

Streets of Manchester: St. Peter’s Square (and environs)

The idea of psychogeography was first introduced to me via the excellent Streets of Glasgow series written by Kev over at Walking Talking. Last year, I adopted this approach to a walk along a local street, which turned into my Streets of Manchester: Oxford Road post. I recently found myself passing through St Peter's Square  in Manchester, … Continue reading Streets of Manchester: St. Peter’s Square (and environs)

The forgotten Catherine Morland: Born to be a heroine?

Who can resist the allure of an occasional Buzzfeed quiz (clickbait title aside)? I recently partook of one entitled "Which Jane Austen heroine are you?", and was pleasantly surprised when my answer was Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey. Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Wodehouse are familiar names, as are the Dashwood sisters, but Catherine Morland is … Continue reading The forgotten Catherine Morland: Born to be a heroine?

International Year of the Periodic Table

It was upon the sixth day of March in 1869 that a presentation made to the Russian Chemical Society would revolutionise the scientific world. The speaker was an academic from Saint Petersburg University named Dmítriy Ivánovich Mendeléyev. To this group of peers, he unveiled a novel way of displaying the 60 or so known elements … Continue reading International Year of the Periodic Table