Queen Mary was a remarkable and interesting woman whose unique traits have been overlooked. Too much focus on her eccentricities and selfishness distra…
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One of the great fables about late bloomers is the tortoise and the hare. We are taught as children its simple moral that the race is not to the swift.…
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Late bloomers and lifelong learners
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We all make up the people we love.
Henry Oliver
Carlyle was impotent. This is the most important fact about him, personal or public. He did not realise his condition until he got married — Froude tel…
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Imagine the bulk of our culture was lost. A few thousand years from now it seems quite possible we would leave only as much trace as the Greeks and Rom…
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Poor old James Boswell, what a sorry life he led. He was such a distracting combination of disappointment, dipsomania, and sycophancy, with an untameab…
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What actually happened last week? I’m not asking about whether Trump is implicated in the sedition and insurrection at the Capitol. That seems fairly c…
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A book review with statistics and graphs
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Like the rest of Bloomsbury, he was a mean spirited, literary temper tantrum
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Dear Sir, —This is the time of the year in which all express their good wishes to their friends, and I send mine to you and your family. May your lives…
Henry Oliver
The prodigal utilitarian came late to happiness
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