Category Archives: The Naval Chronicle
… is the name of a play and then a film about Bolton, in northern England. However, I’m borrowing the title because I’ve just spent a few spring days in (O)Porto, where the wine comes from. My Portuguese vocabulary has … Continue reading
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
First of all, what does the word mean? It started off as an adjective in the 1540s, meaning ‘covered with scabs’, and is apparently related to ‘scurf’, as in dandruff. Juliet’s Nurse helpfully calls someone ‘Scurvy knave! I am none … Continue reading
Another excursion from the provinces to London this weekend. A beautiful sunny day in which to crowd into the dark underbelly of the British Museum and stand in a stifling queue to see ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’. I’m fully aware … Continue reading
We have just achieved a significant milestone in the life of the Cambridge Library Collection – our 5,000th book has just been published.