The Newspaper Project

Bonnets, Shopbreaking, Academy

I would very much love to know what a Czar Bonnet looked like, that entirely new invention of 1800 or so. Gilchrist & Co. were keen to “acquaint the LADIES” that they had just received a delivery of such by Mail Coach. Even better if you could pay by Ready Money, as this would entitle …

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The Newspaper Project

Glees, Almonds, Taxes

We begin our tale in Edinburgh, in the early days of 1800. Or, more specifically, also in the final few days of the previous century as reported in the Caledonian Mercury on the 2nd January 1800. “William Whyte in the most respectful manner informs the Nobility, Gentry, and his Friends, that he has commenced business …

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Higher Education Notebooks

Learning from the Folklore of Higher Education

My original presentation upon which this and the previous four posts have been based began with an introduction to my own academic, personal, and professional background, and ended by drawing together some of the key themes discussed with reference to these introductory facts. Much of that wouldn’t have translated well to a blog post format …

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