Monthly Archives: May 2012

About Memory

‘Memory has no rules or regular habits; it loses much that was important and yet clings on to and preserves quite small things which, like stray, unconnected footprints, have escaped erosion by the winds and tides of time. Recalling people, … Continue reading

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Ivan Bilibin book illustrator

In 1970 I bought a copy of Ivan Bilibin’s The Frog Prince, published before the Russian Revolution. I was bowled over by Bilibin’s extraordinary skill and his evocation of a mythical Russia of the Middle Ages. It’s good to see … Continue reading

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History and Language in Oldbury, Worcestershire

History and Language in Oldbury, Worcestershire Talk given in Oldbury on 15 May 2012 My father had a keen interest in local words, and in 1974, when I bought David Wilson’s very useful handbook Staffordshire Dialect Words: A Historical Survey … Continue reading

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Lisa Lân – exquisite Welsh folk song

Bûm yn dy garu lawer gwaith Do lawer awr mewn mwynder maith Bum yn dy gusanu Lisa gêl Yr oedd dy gwmni’n well na’r mêl Fy nghangen lân, fy nghowlad glyd Tydi yw’r lanaf yn y byd Tydi sy’n peri … Continue reading

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About the Wood family of Alveley website

“And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”. This is a website for family historians with links to the Wood family of … Continue reading

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MORITIX LONDINIENSIUM

It was not until 2002 that epigraphic confirmation came of the Latin adjective for London and perhaps Londoners. This was in the form of a monumental inscription on a tablet of imported Turkish marble of about 12 inches by 16 inches found in autumn … Continue reading

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Late Cornish: William Bodinar’s letter of 3 July 1776

William Bodinar’s letter, written at Mousehole on 3 July 1776, perhaps the last piece of prose written by a native Cornish speaker. Bluth vee ew try egance a pemp. Thera vee dean bodgack an puscas. Me rig deskey Cornoack termen … Continue reading

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