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On the morning of her release from prison, the hottest day on record in England, Janice Bailey makes her way to a boarding house in London, and discovers a bizarre new world.
Part memoir, part fiction, this moving collection of seven linked short stories begins with ‘When Janice Bailey Walked’, an award-winning story first published in the Connecticut Review. It continues with six more realistic yet life-affirming stories, as told by the residents of Number 17, London Road, thus illuminating a little-known side of the most beautiful city in Europe.
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(Time Out’s London Through a Lens) in Blackwell’s book shop in Charing Cross and the cover caught my eye:
It made me wonder what other old photos there might be, so I did a little poking around and found these:
1898: Construction of the London Underground: creation of the Central Line. Increasing congestion in mid-nineteenth century London led to the creation of the world’s first underground. The Metropolitan line opened in 1863, followed by the other lines – Metropolitan, District and Circle – over the next few decades, and the Central line was opened in 1900. © The British Library.
1852: Hippo Obaysch catching forty winks in the Zoological Gardens in Regent’s Park. Egypt swapped him for English greyhounds and deerhounds in 1850 and he lived until 1878. Obaysch was the first hippo seen in England since prehistoric times, and the first in Europe since Ancient Rome. He was captured on an island on the White Nile when he was less than one year old. His name is derived from the name of the island. © The British Library.
1876: Two sailors on a barge on the Thames. Apart from the risk of death by drowning, these sailors, or watermen, were susceptible to bronchial diseases that could be caught from waters of the Thames. The invention of the flush toilet in the 1840′s quickly turned the river into a giant sewer causing typhoid and cholera outbreaks and the Great Stink of 1858. It forced a redesign of the city’s sewage system in The Embankment area, a popular area for watermen to ply their trade. Once redesigned, it routed sewage away from the river but also removed the stairs and sloping incline to the river and so the access points were equipped with piers. © The British Library.
1844: Nelson’s Column under construction. One of the earliest photos of London, this photo was taken from a window in Cockspur Street by William Henry Fox Talbot. Talbot revolutionized photography by inventing the calotype. It lacked the clarity of a daguerrotype (invented by Frenchman Louis Daguerre) but created a negative, which made prints possible. © The British Library Board.
The Daily News existed in London from 1846 to 1900. Will newspaper buildings shrink back to this size – or smaller – in the digital age?
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If you’re in the New York area, Tessa teaches at
Sarah Lawrence College. Details for this fall and sign up link below. Follow along with class at echook.com (in Story Studio).
Writing for Digital Media
Fridays: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
September 30 – October 28
5 sessions; Tuition: $280
In this workshop we’ll explore the multiple platform options for writers today, both paid and free, from iPhones to tablets to Web-based writing, and the differences between long-form and short-form writing. Short creative writing—fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and essay—has developed into a distinct form with its own specific demands. People are reading anywhere and everywhere, and distractions are rife—how can writers produce work that captures their attention from the first sentence and holds it till the last?
To get the words flowing, we’ll read stories that have been published by various digital platforms and write some of our own. We’ll consider best practices on Facebook and Twitter, and how authors can make effective use of social media.
There are no prerequisites for this class, but writers should come ready to embrace new ideas, produce new writing, and offer and receive productive critiques. Please bring your laptops.
Tessa Smith McGovern is a short-story writer whose numerous publication credits include the Connecticut Review and the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing, which publishes short-story collections on multiple platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Nook, and Kindle, as well as original Web-based stories at echook.com. The stories—memoir, fiction, and essays—have been read by thousands of readers in 90 countries. eChook has six million impressions on Facebook and 500 Twitter followers. Tadalis
A female osprey – Wales’ rarest bird of prey –
has laid an egg at a nature reserve in Wales for the first time in 400 years.
Emyr Evans of the Dyfi Osprey Project told the BBC: “It was in 1604 that ospreys were last recorded breeding on the Dyfi and now we are witnessing history in the making.”
The ospreys set up home at the top of a telegraph pole in a man-made nest.
To see an amazing webcam video of the osprey mum and chicks, CLICK HERE.
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In the past couple of decades, the British royal family has had its fair share of (very public) difficulties with infidelity. There’s no need to detail each one, although the photo of poor old Sarah Ferguson* having her toes sucked by her financial advisor in 1992 is something of a classic. If you must, you can view it HERE.
Anyhow, the Church of England and the Catholic Church obviously decided a bit of prayer might do the trick. Jolly decent of them, I say. Who among us would sniff at a little divine intervention if it makes life easier? You can read the C of E prayer at the Daily Telegraph website.
There have been many responses by commentators, jolly wags all of them, but this post on the Daily Torygraph website caught my eye:
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By the way, whoever wrote this prayer, didn’t know, or forgot, that William is often known as Wills. Therefore “and strengthen their wills” sounds slightly comic.
How about this?…….
O Lord, strengthen William’s willie so that he can do his will and produce an heir and a spare.
That should do the trick.
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* BTW, Fergie was always one of my favorite royals. I used to love her joyous smile and lack of pretension, and it’s been very sad to see the older, dull-eyed Fergie of recent years. She made some big mistakes, for sure, but now has a new lease of life and her new OWN network TV show, Finding Sarah, will debut in June 2011. Go, Fergie!