Edouard-Scott de Martinville developed a machine for recording sound some twenty years before Edison. His phonautograph “wrote” the patterns of a person’s voice onto a thin film of carbon – including, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s “thin tenor … falsetto voice, almost as high-pitched as a boatswain’s whistle” (though […]
San Francisco, August 25, 1863 Quite a night, last night. Tom Meacham’s promotional blurb for the new show at his Opera House – a melodrama based on Byron’s Mazeppa – promised that “Miss Menken, stripped by her captors, will ride a fiery steed at a furious gallop onto […]
The rule for our voyage is to keep ever onwards – to sail always in new waters – so inevitably we named our yacht Heraclitus after the philosopher from Ephesus who famously observed some 2,500 years ago that you cannot step into the same river twice. Heraclitus was […]
The Makah have lived for nearly 3,000 years on the north-western tip of the United States – and they are a people whose lives, traditions, and identity are intimately bound up with whaling.
If you like photography and/or poetry, this post might upset you. You will know many of the photographs commissioned by the Farm Security Administration in the depression years: most famously, Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother – a pea picker sitting in a tent with her children (an image that […]
T S Eliot used to live not far from us in London. Senior members of our family who visited his flat remember the wonderful collection of modern art , built up since his early days: as a young man in Paris, he had been friends with Roger Fry […]
We are back on the ocean. The Heraclitus has survived the long lay up and she looks fine on the grey sea today. We sail westwards – we would have been aiming for the Makah Reservation but it remains closed from covid. We did want to see the […]