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Green and pleasant land


There must have been at least four million acres of woodland in England at the beginning of the sixteenth century, and all hardwoods at that. The forests of Epping and Arden, Sherwood, Dean and Wychwood … were a living reality. Smaller woods abounded all over England. Few boys lived beyond easy walking distance of thick woodland, or of wild and spacious heaths, where they could work off freely the animal energies that in the twentieth century lead too many of them in the foul and joyless towns into the juvenile courts.

There was plenty of scope for poachers of fish, and game, and plenty of fresh air and space for everybody, and silence if they wanted it. No industrial smoke, nothing faster on the roads than a horse, no incessant noises from the sky: only three million people all told, spread thinly about the country. The largest provincial town (Norwich) could be described as ‘either a City in an Orchard, or an Orchard in a City, so equally are Houses and Trees blended in it’.

The Making of the English Landscape
WG Hoskins, 1955

Like a ship without a sail

Jesus is my coach


A strange tea-party


“The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it:
“No room! No room!” they cried out when they saw Alice coming.
“There’s plenty of room!” said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.
“Have some wine,” the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea, “I don’t see any wine,” she remarked .
“There isn’t any,” said the March Hare.

Alice’Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

Count Gottfried von Bismarck


Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who died on July 2, 2007, aged 44, was a louche German aristocrat with a multi-faceted history as a pleasure-seeking heroin addict, hell-raising alcoholic, flamboyant waster and a reckless and extravagant host of homosexual orgies. Continue reading…

In an artist’s studio


Yves Klein directs paint-smeared women in “Anthropometrics of the Blue Epoch,” in Paris, in 1960. Photograph by Charles Wilp.

Rules of a gentleman


A gentleman…
Is at ease in any situation and puts others at their ease
Is always on time
Dresses to suit the occasion
Makes love on his elbows
Occasionally gets drunk but never disorderly
Is mindful of others’ financial circumstances

A gentleman does not…
Wear a pre-tied bow-tie
Drink Malibu
Buy fuschia trousers
Put products in his hair
Wear lycra
Write with a ballpoint
Plant gladioli
Own a dog

Wilfrid Brambell

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jon Lyons / Rex Features (34075g) Wilfrid Brambell VARIOUS - 1971

Wilfrid Brambell cutting a gay rug in London in 1971.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas


Le Guin’s short story is based on a supposition by the philosopher William James, which sees “millions kept permanently happy on the one simple condition that a certain lost soul on the far-off edge of things should lead a life of lonely torture.” Omelas is heaven, except for the locked room in which a child lives in dirt and despair, an ideal state’s dark secret.

Howard Johnsons, Atlantic City


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