From The Tatler, 1709:
I wonder if this is an in-joke, because 40 shillings isn’t very much–around £180 today, says eh.net (via Roy Davies’ excellent value of money links page). While the mail-order bride business used to be fraught with difficulty, now there is not a single East Anglian pub landlord without a considerably better-looking woman stashed away in the kitchen, producing Thai Green. And, stranger still, some of us spend hours online with far-away people who are probably extraordinarily attractive but for whom all feeling might shrivel like a slug on salt if existing barriers were to be removed.
(I think B[illegible] is quite a nice name.)
- Wanted: Cádiz reader
Any kind of reader would be nice, but this is special: I’m trying to get hold of a book by Miguel Villanueva, El carnaval de Cádiz durante la Segunda República (1931-1936). Ensayo sobre un carnaval atrevido. I’ve tried without success to contact the publishers, Fundación Viprén, as well as Viprén itself, and, although the book …
- Cat for hare
Nick Lloyd enters 2007 a feedless and no doubt unrepentant Luddite, but he’s got an excellent story over at Iberianature (13/12/2006) about José Sideburns and his lynx waistcoat, re which:
- Slavery and the Nigerian horse scamSlaves are cheap these days. Their price is the lowest it’s been in about 4,000 years. And right now the world has a glut of human slaves – 27 million by conservative estimates and more than at any time in human
- Birds shat-up by dung-beetles
Laura Gibbs is posting, translating and commenting Latin fables. Today’s is rather good: “The Birds were in a terrible Fright once, for fear of Gun-shot from the Beetles. And what was the Bus’ness, but the little Balls of Ordure, that the Beetles had rak’d together, the Birds took for Bullets.” Read the rest.