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Found object: 12:03pm, 17 January 2010

The City of Westminster website is serialising the diary of a mid-nineteenth century wharf clerk named Nathaniel Bryceson.

Highlights include visits to the gallows to watch executions, the purchasing of cheese, and Bryceson’s meetings with his romantic interest Ann Fox (it is noted in the introduction that some of these episodes are written in “surprisingly explicit language”, though the nearest I’ve found so far is an entry from 2 January 1846 in which he ‘tastes her puddings’).

(Westminster City Council, via The Cat’s Meat Shop)

My micro life: 6:39am, 21 November 2008

P. E. Warburton’s culinary tip #1: It can take as long as 36 hours to boil a camel to the point at which it can be devoured in its entirety.

My micro life: 11:39am, 2 November 2008

Totally unsurprised to learn that the first attempt to walk across the Nullarbor Plain was met with a certain amount of difficulty.

The ‘scuttlers’ of nineteenth century Manchester

Like our 'larrikins', but with a more honest name. Author of a just released book on the gangs of nineteenth century Manchester and London says he was fascinated by the "unchanging role of dress and personal appearance as a sign of belonging to a gang". An example is the 'donkey fringe' hairstyle, "which required close cropping at the back but an angled fringe at the front, with the hair longer on the right".

Fabulating the Australian desert: Australia’s lost race romances, 1890-1908

A look at the bizarre adventure-romance novels set in the Australian interior at the turn of the twentieth century, including George Firth Scott’s The Last Lemurian.

From canvas town to Marvellous Melbourne

Melbourne in colonial children's novels.

Pirates and printers

A brief account of book smuggling in the British Isles in the late eighteenth century.