Category Archives: Victorian things

Weekend Miscellany: Mr Whicher, James Wood, Reader Online Poll

It’s ‘Halifax Natal Day’ here (also known as ‘we want an extra day off in August too’) and thus still in some sense the weekend, so here’s my semi-regular round-up of interesting things: At The Little Professor, there’s a typically thoughtful review of Kate Summerscale’s much-discussed The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, the story of the […]

Victorian Halifax

I complain a lot about living in Halifax, but when spring finally arrives out here, the city has some redeeming features. This bright, beautiful morning, I enjoyed one of my favourite Halifax things: a trip to the city’s Victorian Public Gardens. First opened in 1867, the Public Gardens feature the most spectacular rhododendrons I’ve ever […]

Weekend Miscellany: Road Murder, The Neuroscience Delusion, HBO at The Valve

A few things of interest I’ve found while browsing around: At the Guardian site, Kate Summerscale on the literary legacy of the infamous Road Hill murders: Even after the confession and conviction of the killer in 1865, the case was attended with doubts and unease. Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone – described by TS Eliot as […]

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