“Gamesters and Highwaymen are generally very good to their Whores, but they are very Devils to their Wives.”
Raucous, lyrical, witty, ironic and tragic by turns, John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera and Polly (published together here for the first time by Oxford World’s Classics) offer a scathing and ebullient portrait of a society in which statesmen and outlaws, colonialists and pirates, are impossible to tell apart.
18th century English literature and culture scholar and the Oxford World’s Classics edition editor Hal Gladfelder described The Beggar’s Opera as ”Gay’s odd, hybrid work” and it proved to be “the hit not just of the year but of the century, running for a record-breaking sixty-two performances in its first season, and revived countless times since, including performances by a troupe of child actors, ‘The Lilliputians,’ in season two.”
1,000-year-old church discovered under Lincoln castle
Experts believe that the church is one of the most important archaeological finds in Britain, as it pre-dates both the castle and the Norman Conquest.
it’s been a good week for finding things
Roads into White Gold: stunning pictures from Ethiopia’s ancient salt trails
One of the hottest places on earth, northern Ethiopia holds long-used roads for caravans of camels to collect salt through a sun-blasted desert basin. In the “Danakil Depression”, the average temperature is 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
A paved road is being built to make it easier for industrialized companies to access the salt flats, which could put the ancient camel caravans out of business.
“Most of the people who live here are dependent on the salt caravans, so we are not happy with prospective salt companies that try to set up base here,” said Abdullah Ali Noor.
Read our in-depth report of the salt trails.
The Modern Tub
We’ve previously mentioned the array of old-school claw foot tubs available on eBay, but today we’re inspired by the modern variety. Sleek graphic tubs, like the one seen above, catapult a room toward modern ingenuity.
Check out the selection of contemporary tubs on eBay and decide for yourself.
(Photo: Courtesy of Gutless Blog. Text by Jauretsi)
Producer Mel Brooks, whose long career in comedy includes writing and directing hilarious films like Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, will receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 6.
‘Lady Chatterley’ manor could be yours for £1m…
FANS of D H Lawrence can buy a slice of literary history for the princely sum of £1 million as ‘Wragby Hall’ has gone up for sale. Properly known as Teversal Manor, the six-bedroom house is said to be the inspiration for Wragby Hall in Lady Chatterley’s Lover and is referenced many times in the 1928 novel.
Read more here.
A theme park? ;op
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