Friday, February 01, 2013

The Mystery of Curry

It turns out we’ve been eating the spiced dish for a lot longer than anyone ever imagined.

Indian chicken jalfrezi curry.

 

When Newspapers Were New, or, How Londoners Got Word of the Plague

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Daniel Defoe's novel about London's 1665 plague can help us understand new media. No, really.
bringoutdead2.jpgThe plague was abroad.
Londoners knew not where it had come from, only that it was upon Holland. "It was brought, some said from Italy, others from the Levant, among some goods which were brought home by their Turkey fleet; others said it was brought from Candia; others from Cyprus," Daniel Defoe wrote in the opening of his historical novel, A Journal of the Plague Year.

Arrested for cross-dressing! Meet Fanny and Stella, the Victorian gentlemen charged with the 'unnatural offence' of being transvestites

  • Frederick Park, 22, and Ernest Boulton, 21, arrested on 28 April 1870
  • Apprehended as they were leaving Strand Theatre in London
  • Charged with homosexuality and 'conspiracy'
  • They were acquitted after the prosecution built a very weak case
  • New book by Neil McKenna, Fanny & Stella, tells their amazing story
By Martha De Lacey

Stella, left, and Fanny, right, the two Victorian men who were arrested and charged with having sex with each other and also of several acts of conspiracy
Stella, left, and Fanny, right, the two Victorian men who were arrested and charged with having sex with each other and also of several acts of conspiracy

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