Category Archives: Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

A List of Books Published in 1814

There’s been a general re-examination this year of the monumental events of 1914, but I thought I’d go back another century and see what was published in 1814 – at the time of  the realignment of European politics, borders and … Continue reading

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All Hallows

According to Robert Nares’ Glossary, ‘All-Hallown summer’ means ‘late summer; all hallows meaning All Saints, which festival is the first of November’. This is not dissimilar to ‘St Martin’s summer’, an unseasonal spell of warm, bright weather around St Martin’s … Continue reading

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The Father Of Egyptology

The pyramids of Gizeh – the only survivors of the canonical Seven Wonders of the ancient world – as well other obvious remains of Egyptian civilization, attracted the interest of western travellers from the classical period onwards: Herodotus was the … Continue reading

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Do You Like Kipling?

The wrong (and excruciating) answer to this is: ‘I don’t know, I’ve never kippled’ (this joke is courtesy of my father, more than 50 years ago, and it works a tiny bit better if spoken rather than read).  I haven’t … Continue reading

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A Meeting of Civilisations

In the last few days, a British government delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, has been in India, talking trade, visas, and, inevitably, the colonial past.

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