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Another goody plucked at random from the estimable Project Gutenberg, this snapshot of Abraham Lincoln a decade before his presidency reminds me of other great men who were notorious for ‘being elsewhere’ at dinner:  Thomas Acquinas, Archbishop Ramsey and Field … Continue reading

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Being British in old Cairo

An Englishwoman on a voyage to India in the 1830s describes her impressions of Cairo: thanks to Project Gutenberg, here are two extracts, the first extolling the beauty of the city, the second recording her anger at the sight of … Continue reading

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