A very short history of pasta……

  We enjoy many foods whose Italian names tell us something of their shape, mode of preparation, or origin: espresso (literally “pressed out”), cannelloni (“big pipes”), ravioli (“little turnips”), spaghetti (“little strings”), tutti-frutti (“every fruit”), vermicelli (“little worms”), lasagna (“baking pot”), parmesan (“from Parma”), minestrone (“dished out”), and pasta (“dough …

A very short history of the magazine……

  Newspapers were developed to appeal to the general public; magazines, on the other hand, were intended from the start to deliver more narrowly focused material to special-interest groups, and they experienced a difficult birth. In England, early magazines failed so quickly and frequently that the species was continually endangered, …

1 Farm Street, London……..

  Tallulah Bankhead, the famous actress lived here in 1926 when she was twenty three. She once confessed to being “as pure as the driven slush” and when being told that Shirley Temple had been photographed through gauze, she replied “Then they ought to photograph me through linoleum”. Bankhead boasted …

The school of etiquette…….

  Queens Square College a fashionable school of etiquette which was founded in London in the early 19th century, became known as the ‘the Ladies Eton’. It was run by the formidable sisters, Misses Stevenson, who were originally from Dublin and was exclusively for the daughters of the growing middle …

The language of nations…….

  This is from the preface to Nathan Bailey’s Universal Etymological Dictionary of 1721: Some have remark’d that there is a constant Resemblance between the Genius of each People and the Language which they speak, and thence The French who are a People of great Vivacity have a Language that …

Napoleon and the dog……….

  Napoleon may have marched to victory over most of Europe, but prior to Waterloo he met with his first defeat in Josephine`s bed on his wedding night. They married on the 9th of March 1796 following a small civil ceremony. Later that night as they returned to her apartment, …