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.
Dante himself made the journey to Rome during that first Holy Year [in 1300]. Poets, like historians, waste nothing: there is every reason to think Dante was a pious pilgrim, but he kept his eyes open and his wits about him, and when he came to write his epic of the after-life, he modelled the traffic arrangements in the more crowded districts of Hell on those he saw in use to regulate the Holy Year crush on the narrow pilgrim thoroughfares connecting St Peter’s and the rest of Rome.
Eamon Duffy, Faith of our Fathers, p.89.
Picture: Bartolomeo Di Fruosino – Inferno, from the Divine Comedy by Dante (Folio 1v).