The Three Witches from Macbeth.

The Three Witches from Macbeth, by Daniel Gardner, 1775 © National Portrait Gallery, London Paintings of performers in character, or acting within a well-known play, became popular during the 18th century and often included celebrated actresses positioned centre-stage within dramatic scenes. Here, Gardner has painted Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Anne […]

Have a safe and Happy Christmas.

To the OG Legends… Where have I been you may ask? In hospital, this time for a Lung Operation at Ashford Community. My apologies for not having contacted you. On Christmas Eve, I find myself recovering at home and on oxygen. I’m OK and want to thank my son Danny for his care, patience and […]

Black-throated finch wins Aussie bird of the year.

Photo: Eric Vanderduys/Stop Adani [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr. The black-throated finch has been voted “bird of the year.” In Australia for 2019, helping draw attention to the species’ decline as human activities increasingly threaten its habitat. The finch’s victory was reportedly driven by support from conservationists, who connected its plight to deforestation and bushfires in Australia, […]

The Humble Yorkshire Pudding.

Now what would a Yorkshire Pudding blog be without a little bit of the history of the Yorkshire Pudding? The story begins hundreds of years ago and in true fairy tale fashion we begin with Once Upon a Time…Robust and lovely wheat flour began to come into common use for making cakes and puddings. Cooks […]

Funky Platform Shoes – the Past.

Do you remember the ultra funky platform shoes that were all the rage in the 1970s? After their use in Ancient Greece for raising the height of important characters in the Greek theatre and their similar use by high-born prostitutes or courtesans in Venice in the 16th Century, platform shoes are thought to have been […]

The Eight Hour Day struggle and Haymarket.

In May, 1886 a strike was began throughout the United States in support a eight-hour day. Over the next few days over 340,000 men and women withdrew their labor. Over a quarter of these strikers were from Chicago and the employers were so shocked by this show of unity that 45,000 workers in the city […]

Remmelin’s Anatomical ‘Flap’ Book.

This volume is a rare edition in Dutch of the greatest of the anatomical ‘flap’ books. The work features three full-page plates with dozens of detailed anatomical illustrations superimposed so that lifting the layers shows the anatomy as it would appear during dissection. Although flaps had been used in printing before, Remmelin was the first […]

Fantasy Art by Julie Dillon.

These are the illustrations of Julie Dillon, a talented American freelance illustrator who leads us into a fantasy world populated by strange creatures and references to famous legends and fairy tales… Images © Julie Dillon See more Images via The fantastic illustrations of Julie Dillon |

Paolo Mascagni’s Exploded Torso.

Illustration of human viscera by Paulo Mascagni, from his Anatomia Universa (1823-31) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. Paolo Mascagni (January 25, 1755 – October 19, 1815) was an Italian physician and anatomist. He is most well known for publishing the first complete description of the lymphatic system. Mascagni was born in the comune of Pomarance […]

Cobalt-winged Parakeets by Gertsman.

Liron Gertsman’s Cobalt-winged Parakeets in Yasuní national park, Ecuador. Youth Winner in the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards Image Credit: Photograph by Gertsman Source: The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian