Friday, 23 May 2014

Blue Eyes

For the horse-loving readers amongst you (which is all of you, because honestly who could possibly not love horses?), another article of mine is now up on Of Horse! on blue-eyed equines, who are often mistakenly believed to have vision and temperament problems. I think they are a strikingly beautiful trait, myself. 

Click here to have a read. Of course, once again, votes are always terribly appreciated! 

Saturday, 10 May 2014


'Les Invisibles Tete-a-Tete',  No. 16 in the Le Supreme Bon Ton engravings

The excesses of fashion have always been a little bit silly - and people have always loved to make sport of them. This comic pokes fun at the trend for bonnets dubbed 'Invisibles' in the 1810s as they made the wearer virtually impossible to see except from the front. It also, as the artist suggests, would have made kissing rather problematic! 

'Following the Fashion' (1794) by James Gillray

Just as thigh-skimming hemlines and crop tops are not the best choice for everyone today, certain looks of history were tried, and unfortunately failed, by fashionista wannabes. It must be said the whims of fashion have never been called 'kind'.

Sunday, 4 May 2014


I adore photos of actresses and actors on period film sets doing everyday 21st century things like chatting on their mobiles and surfing the net. Something about the casual contrast between history and modernity makes me smile. 

Extras on set of Marie Antoinette (2006)

Keira Knightley flipping through a magazine, waiting for shooting to begin on The Duchess (2008)

Kirstin Dunst and Jason Schwartzman behind the scenes of Marie Antoinette (2006)

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