Month: November 2016

Dreaming of an austerity Christmas?

Posted by Published on November 30, 2016

Banish Bleak Houses and turn your thoughts to times past with 10 thrifty ways to have festive fun this Christmas. 1. Make your own mince pies The kitchen was a beehive of activity in the Victorian family home. The mass production of kitchen tools such as pastry cutters and biscuit tins during this century reflect the Victorian taste for baking. We know it’s easy to…

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History’s most influential toys

Posted by Published on November 30, 2016

Need ideas for the kids on your Christmas list? Take some inspiration from these toys that have withstood the test of time!   Balloons The modern rubber version of the balloon was discovered in 1824 by Michael Faraday during his experiments with hydrogen. Before Faraday’s discovery, animal intestines were used to make these inflatable toys. It is said that the ancient Aztecs used cat bladders…

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8 Sure Signs Winter is Here

Posted by Published on November 25, 2016

There’s no denying the freezing cold weather now; as temperatures continue to plummet across North America and most of Europe, it can only mean one thing… Winter is most definitely here! Officially, the meteorological winter begins on the 1st of December, while the astronomical winter will start this year on the 21st of December, at 11:48pm EST. To prepare yourself for the season, here are…

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Heaven Scent: A History of Perfume

Posted by Published on November 23, 2016

Explore a brief history of perfume and beautiful scent bottles in pictures – just as much a treasured item for the Romans and Egyptians as it is for us at Christmas.   Senses and Signature Smells Choosing a new perfume is serious business – I should know as I have just decided on a new scent after wearing the same one for about 10 years….

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Fashion through the ages

Posted by Published on November 21, 2016

  The Fashion Museum Bath is one of the world’s great museum collections of historical and contemporary dress, located in the World Heritage City of Bath, which has been described as “… one of the most beautiful small cities in England”. The Fashion Museum is currently presenting an exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ (continuing until 1 January 2019) showcasing 100 star objects…

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American Presidency: Who’s Got Your Vote?

Posted by Published on November 9, 2016

The month of November this year is a drastically important one for the American people. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is the day of the United States Presidential election. Every four years, the American people make their way to their city’s designated voting booths and cast a vote for their choice of who will be the new President of the United States of America. The First…

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November 5th, 2010. A freezing street in Lewes, East Sussex. A banger thrown by an inappropriately tiny child explodes between my feet (I lose composure), heralding the arrival of the annual Guy Fawkes’ Night parade, which is a really big deal here. It is suddenly very hot and dangerous, there are effigies and burning crosses, people in blackface drag barrels of flaming tar past our…

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  With the help of more than £100,000 in grants, The National Army Museum has secured the dagger, Arab robes and a keffiyah (headdress) that previously belonged to TE Lawrence. The archaeologist, author and diplomat, who wore these items during his time as a liaison officer in the Arab revolt, was considered one of the most recognisable figures of the war, earning the nickname Lawrence…

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Top Art Exhibitions: November 2016

Posted by Published on November 1, 2016

With the leaves turning a variety of golden shades, Autumn is a truly beautiful season and a piece of art in itself! However, if you need sheltering from the cold, why not visit some of these latest art exhibitions – from clothing to coffee pots, we’ve got you covered. Frédéric Bazille (1841 – 1870): The Youth of Impressionism 15 Nov – 5 Mar 2017 Musée…

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Remember, Remember, it’s Time for Movember

Posted by Published on November 1, 2016

From The Laughing Cavalier to Charlie Chaplin, we prepare for Movember by taking a look at the growth of the dot’n’dash* through history. To moustache is to be a man. Whilst the growth of facial hair signifies the transformation of pre-pubescent male into adulthood, a moustache is an affectation which requires maintenance and grooming tools. Full facial hair is inevitable for most adult men without…

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