The Colour Orange

If I ask you what’s your favourite colour, it is very unlikely that your answer will be orange. In the UK and USA, only 3% of people choose orange. In other countries it’s about 6%, but orange invariably comes in way behind the world’s favourite colours of blue, red, green and, yes, purple[1]. If you … More The Colour Orange

Eglinton Connections: Episode 2

Episode 2 – Connections 6 – 10 This blog piece continues the story which I started in Episode 1. If you haven’t read the first instalment, then this continuation might not make all that much sense to you. I suggest that you start at the beginning by clicking here to get the story so far. The … More Eglinton Connections: Episode 2

Eglinton Connections: Episode 1

Episode 1 – Connections 1 – 5 Question: What is it that brings together the following somewhat disparate elements? A village in the Cotswolds Mr Burton, 62 High Street Mr Ridgway, a Staffordshire potter A mediaeval tournament Mr Samuel Pratt, antique dealer, 47 New Bond Street, London Mr Joshua Simmons, antique dealer, 52 Great Queen … More Eglinton Connections: Episode 1

Testing Toast Water

In my last blog piece about my Toast Water Jug, I quoted Mrs Beeton’s 1869 recipe for Toast-and-Water. Many readers responded: “so have you tried it?”.  To be honest, I hadn’t. But I have tried it now. I decided to test it out. Under laboratory conditions, of course. This piece is my Toast Water Test … More Testing Toast Water

Alas! Poor Puggy!

This blog piece features the death of a beloved pet dog. My last blog piece featured the death of a beloved pet cat.  I hope readers will believe me when I say that this is entirely coincidental. On reflection, I suppose it’s quite possible that a blog themed around the demise of domestic animals might … More Alas! Poor Puggy!

Cat Murder Mystery

In this piece I’m setting out to prove that the 1747 death by drowning of Horace Walpole’s cat Selima was not an accident. No, it was murder. I had some trouble choosing a title. Since this blog follows on from three previous postings featuring the Lounge Lizard Captain Jefferson Davis Cohn, I might have chosen … More Cat Murder Mystery

Lounge Lizard: Chapter 3

My self-imposed task in this piece is to establish a connection between a Lounge Lizard called Captain Jefferson Davis Cohn (born 1881) and a Cat called Selima (died 1747). Warning: the connection is rather tenuous. Regular readers of this blog already know about Captain Cohn (see here and here).  He was, among many other things, … More Lounge Lizard: Chapter 3