Monthly Archives: August 2009

Six Degrees

My friend Amina Z goes to the same gym as the X-Factor contestants. This means that I’m only one degree of separation from them and two degrees from Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh. I’m also only…

Wow

As you may know, I’m dangerously addicted to A Place in the Sun, Escape to the Country, and Location, Location, Location. I may need to go on medication for it. I’m attracted to such programmes because they’re based on the…

Hertford in 1700

I’ve just bought this hand-coloured print from a 1700 engraving of Hertford. The town’s viewed from the north, from Port Hill which goes up to Bengeo. It was featured in some editions of Sir Henry Chauncy’s The Historical Antiquities of…

Malicious Impostures of the Devil

I’ve just bought this hand-coloured print from a 1700 engraving of Hertford. The town’s viewed from the north, from Port Hill which goes up to Bengeo. It was featured in some editions of Sir Henry Chauncy’s The Historical Antiquities of…

This one is entitled ‘It Ever Turns’ (it turns forever). As you can see, a bunch of fire-breathing demons and serpents have strapped two naked men to a wheel and are torturing them. Meanwhile, Old Father Time seems to have…

This one’s called ‘It Shall Not Dye’ – referring presumably to the monster tormenting the souls of the damned.

Prince of Whales

Another quirky Drapentier that caught my eye was this depiction of a whale, washed up on the bank of the Thames around 1690. It’s entitled ‘A Trew Draught of the Whale as he was seen at Blackwall Dock’. This monstrous…

Adopt an Object

I discovered today that you can adopt whimsical objects from Hertford Museum – available in their online Adopt an Object brochure. I was amused by one of the objects – an advert for a property on North Road. The detached…

You can also adopt this old sign for The Blackbirds Pub on Parliament Square –

This ad is also up for adoption. As you can see, it assumes it’s totally acceptable for a man to give his wife a Hoover for Christmas, and takes it utterly for granted that it would be him giving the…

Tickled in the Wee Small Hours

I dreamt I was being tickled last night and woke up during the tickling to discover I’d been joined in bed by … a small spider. It was hogging the duvet, so I told it to sleep on the sofa.