Author: David Bennett

Historic Newspapers

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I just read an article on Simplenote about writing posts for WordPress. Simplenote is a note-taking app made by Automattic, which is the company that owns the community version of WordPress. The article says that if I write in Simplenote using Markdown to format the post, then I can paste the text into WordPress and it will preserve all the formatting and just ‘work’. So that is what I am doing here. I am pretty […]

But What Shall We Do For A Ring

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Greeting Cards

But What Shall We Do For A Ring A boat and two flowers and a quote from Edward Lear’s poem The Owl and The Pussycat. And topped off with ‘Be My Valentine’ as the name of the boat. With all of it set against an impressionistic blue sea with toy waves. Edward Lear In case you don’t know it, the quote ‘Oh let us be married, too long we have tarried’ is from the second […]

The Bridge Of Sighs

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This is the second time I have photographed this bridge. You can see the earlier attempt from 2017 here. Sigh The dictionary of etymology says that the word sigh dates to the 1200s and is probably echoic of the sound of the act of sighing. The name of the Bridge of Sighs in Venice was said by Lord Byron to originate in the sigh given by convicts seeing their last view of Venice as they crossed the bridge to […]

What’s In A Name: Harehills

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I started school when I was about five years old. The school was Harehills Junior School on Roundhay Road in Leeds. I used to catch a bus to school down Easterly Road to get there. Roundhay Road was the main road and if you walked up the hill you came to Harehills Road and then Harehills Lane. It was not until I was well into adulthood that I thought about the meaning of Harehills. Oh […]

The English Revolution Of 1640

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I have copied this more or less word for word from where I wrote it first on No More Pencils. I have Gutenberg active on No More Pencils, like it is here. I went into the ‘admin’ there and copied the text and plonked it in here. And all the formatting is preserved. Pretty neat. The only thing I have to want to change is the origin of the photo of the bust of Charles II. […]