Monthly Archives: October 2010

Beauty at the court of Louis XV

The Duc de Saint-Simon (1675 – 1755), the greatest gossip of the age, pauses in his voluminous memoirs of the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV to describe his friend the Regent, Philippe II d’Orléans, and to praise a … Continue reading

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Tea-drinkers of the world unite

The Tea Party in the US and the riots taking place elsewhere spring from a common anger at the fall-out from government attempts to deal with the economic situation.  But the differences between these responses, and between each of them … Continue reading

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Roger Thacker, priest, 1947 – 2010

The life and work of an exceptional Anglican pastor in West London, Roger Thacker, will be remembered by many people with gratitude at and after the memorial service for him in Hammersmith. Continue reading

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Cuts and Conservatism

The ferocity of the cuts in UK public spending to be announced next week should not hide two interesting consequences we might expect.  The first is that it will bring many people to understand for the first time how much … Continue reading

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An Italian in London

    London, 1872: a first-time visitor, an Italian, wanders the greatest city in the world open-mouthed (English translation after the Italian text):

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