Category: Victorian

The Second Sleep, 1829

In the past few years I seem to have been reading more and more about the idea of “segmented sleep” – the concept of a night’s sleep being broken into first and second sleeps...

Advice to Husbands, 1877

I like this Advice to Husbands, as published in the Manchester Courier in 1877. It seems to me to be hiding its essential compassion and wisdom underneath a veneer of curmudgeonly Mark Twain-style humour....

Wishes for New Year’s Day, 1835

Happy New Year, fair readers! Have some new year wishes that The Dublin Evening Packet wished to its readers 181 years ago, on the 1st January 1835. [hr]   WISHES FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY, 1835   Time swiftly...

Mark Twain’s Latest Invention, 1889

Mark Twain was the greatest ever American writer, as far as I’m concerned. Not only a genius-level author, he was a thinker, and a very funny man to boot. His mind was as independent of...

Halloween, 1856

I loved it a few years ago when the Google Van came round at Halloween and, for a while, the picture of our house on Google Earth showed a grinning pumpkin in the window....

The Beautiful Mrs Maybrick, 1889

Well, this is interesting. I’m a sucker for a historical mystery, and the Jack the Ripper case is an enduring and gruesome loose end from a fascinating period in history. The news here that...

Women-Only Railway Carriages, 1891

This August the most zeitgeisty thing you could be doing was voting in the Labour Party leadership election. Specifically, voting for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election, if the “Jez We Can”...