There is nothing new about worrying about balancing the books of Gt. Britain plc. My ancestor Richard Hall was horrified at the way the government… Read More »The National Debt (or what losing Moody’s Triple A rating involved two centuries ago…)
I rather like this Thomas Rowlandson print from 1812 – part of the series under the title “Miseries of London” – showing the problems of… Read More »Those pesky watermen….constantly assailing the passers-by.
In April 2012 the Royal mint issued figures suggesting that 3% of all one pound coins in circulation in Britain are forgeries – and only… Read More »When the coin of the realm is not what it seems…
When I did a blog on Philip Astley, and the popularity of the circus in the latter half of George III’s reign, it produced an… Read More »Philip Breslaw – a brilliant 18th Century conjurer and mind reader
In the 18th Century Bristol was famous for the manufacture of glass. Indeed the city gave its name to a particular type of glass –… Read More »Why is Bristol blue? Or rather, what is Bristol Blue?
I intend making very little comment about this caricature, published in 1801 and with the title “A correct front view of a lady’s dickey!! :… Read More »Powdered wigs, and a view of a ladies dickey (I kid you not…)