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.
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill at 19, in the uniform of the Fourth Queen’s Own Hussars.
The Ancestry.co.uk website is publishing 4,400 parole records with 500 photographs of some of the prisoners sentenced in the mid-19th century. They sit demurely in their uniforms, with white pinafores, some wearing mob caps, hair parted in the middle, hands spread in front of their stomachs: murderers and thieves, some of the latter sentenced to savage prison terms for the most minor of crimes. There is Elizabeth Murphy, 19, sentenced at Salford sessions to five years’ penal servitude to be followed by seven years’ police supervision, apparently for stealing an umbrella; Elizabeth Burk, who got seven years’ hard labour for taking a piece of ribbon; and 45-year-old Dorcas Snell, who received five years with hard labour in 1883 for the theft of a piece of bacon. The youngest – an 11-year-old called Ann McQuillan – received four years for housebreaking; the oldest, Ann Dalton, 76, five years for stealing two sheets. »
Tea with Lady Macbeth, Portia, Ophelia, and Juliet…
March 30, 1900, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia: ladies from the class of 1902, following a recital of several Shakespearean scenes, perform a farce called The Ladies Speak at Last, which “created much merriment by the disclosure of incidents not noted in Shakespeare’s works.”
Acadia University Archives (from A Nova Scotia Album, by Mary Biggar Peck)
If you cross the road and a drunk struck you
I’ll scrape you up and reconstruct you
I’ll cheer you up if you’re depressed
If you get murdered, I’ll avenge your death
Today feels like a granny-chic kind of day.
Marion Davies by Alfred Cheney Johnston