The miracle of Thomas Becket’s elbow and Robert Donat’s voice

On 29 December 1170, four knights loyal to King Henry II of England murdered Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the city’s cathedral. Continue reading The miracle of Thomas Becket’s elbow and Robert Donat’s voice

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“Quod erat demonstrandum”, as Cicero used to say

Lorem ipsum has been the industry’s standard text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown typesetter assembled assorted words in Latin and, ipso facto, made a specimen book. Continue reading “Quod erat demonstrandum”, as Cicero used to say

Mr. Chips – a schoolmaster for all seasons

James Hilton, novelist and scriptwriter, was the author of Lost Horizon, Goodbye Mr Chips, and Random Harvest. At the height of his fame he topped the best-seller lists on both sides of the Atlantic, winning an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay of Mrs. Miniver (1942). Continue reading Mr. Chips – a schoolmaster for all seasons

“Cats” – no, not that one, the other one!

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is a delightful collection of poems by T. S. Eliot. Today, they are best known because of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical, but composer Alan Rawsthorne and actor Robert Donat gave us an earlier, equally splendid version. Continue reading “Cats” – no, not that one, the other one!