Tag Archives: Animals

Strange Meetings: The Royal Menagerie at Versailles – an Extract from Vintage Script Magazine

This month, you’ll find a piece I’ve written in Vintage Script, a new magazine dedicated to all things vintage, historical and retro. What’s most delightful about it is the range of different historical periods, as well as the different approaches taken to bringing them to life. In this month’s edition you’ll find stories on the history […]

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How beavers and fops saved America

Oh, alright. the title of this post is a little misleading. But, as may be becoming apparent, I can’t resist ridiculous animal history, and it turns out the humble beaver really did play a crucial role in the early chapters of the American story. Here’s the tale, quoted from Raymond Seitz’s review of Nick Bunker’s […]

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Dogs vs Flying Cars: A surprisingly Georgian night at the theatre

A couple of weekends ago I went to see the touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Bristol Hippodrome. I felt much the same about the show as I did when I saw it on the West End. Although it has some fun moments, it’s lumbered with some distinctly average new songs, and […]

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