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An introduction to Thomas Ingoldsby and his gothic legends

Think Gothic literature: what names come to mind? Perhaps M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stroker, Robert Louis Stevenson, or even some of the first authors in the genre, including Ann Radcliffe? Surely, Thomas Ingoldsby is not your instant choice, nor is the true name behind his pen signature, Richard Harris Barham. His father (also…

Attribution: Tony Foster

Birmingham’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Facebook’s News Feed usually shows me all kinds of emotions my socially connected friends decide to display, sure, but the occasional article pops up from time to time, highlighting a trending discussion or a specific topic which sees the public opinion divide and debate. Seeing how Tim Moore’s words captured my attention, I decided to give…

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In quintum Novembris: how Guy Fawkes inspired the literary world

Every year Britain “remembers, remembers the fifth of November“, as the old English verse chants. It is no wonder that more than 400 years after the facts took place, history and tradition of a very distant celebration are perceived in a different way as we adapt to time and tend, as a society, to modify the…

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On Babette’s Feast: food, history and other interpretations

Originally published in an English newspaper in 1950, “Babette’s Feast” would have its Danish version released within the next two years, finding its way into a properly released book in 1958, as part of a stories collection. The main plot is set in the Norwegian port town of Berlevåg, where a former chef of the…

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Is cultural independence on its way for Cornwall?

This week an unprecedented chance will be given to Scotland to become independent and end the Union with England, a state of things which was established in 1707, more than three centuries ago. Is this opportunity a once in a lifetime experience or will this, sooner or later, happen within the other States which form…