The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
“The American Consul-General at Shanghai, in a report to his Government, states that the trade in bicycles in China increased very rapidly during the past season and gives promise of even more rapid expansion during the season now opening. Prior to 1897 very few bicycles were used in China, while now, in all ports where cycling is possible, it is becoming almost universal among foreigners. […]
Few Chinese have as yet taken to the wheel. Their clothing is not adapted to exercise and especially not the wheel. […] No Chinese women ride. It is stated in American and English papers that it is now common in Shanghai for Chinese ladies to ride in the streets. Nothing can be farther from the truth.”