“The bones are the earthly remains of poor, working-class Romans, taken from commoners’ graves, and display high incidences of broken and fractured bones, chronic arthritis and high incidences of bone cancer,” medical historian Valentina Gazzaniga told The Local. “What’s interesting is that the average age of death across the sample group was just 30, yet the skeletons still display severe damage wrought by the extremely difficult working conditions of the day.”
Ask a room full of people which rock musicians of the last fifty to sixty years will be remembered in the distant future, and I’m guessing, from the numerous suggestions made, that everyone might eventually agree on about half a dozen names that would fit the bill.
Would it surprise you then, that just one person, a composer of marching music, named John Philip Sousa, might be the only person who is recalled? If nothing else, it’s an intriguing thought.
Marching music is a maddeningly durable genre, recognizable to pretty much everyone who has lived in the United States for any period. It works as a sonic shorthand for any filmmaker hoping to evoke the late 19th century and serves as the auditory backdrop for national holidays, the circus and college football. It’s not “popular” music, but it’s entrenched within the popular experience. It will be no less fashionable tomorrow than it is today.
“A vacuum cleaner from 1910 would clean the rug just as well as a modern vacuum cleaner from today,” says Tom Gasko, one of America’s foremost vacuum cleaner historians and the curator at the Vacuum Cleaner Museum at Tacony Manufacturing in St. James, Missouri.
Penny Farthing races at the Herne Hill Velodrome, in the south east of London, in 1928. I lived for a short time in Tulse Hill, the suburb neighbouring Herne Hill, but was unaware of its presence, or that it was one of the oldest track cycling venues in the world.
But how about those bikes, hey? Look at them go. It’s time to introduce Penny Farthing racing as an Olympic sport, I think.
Over the course of three decades, Mr. Shakespeare rose from working-class obscurity in Warwickshire to become one of England’s foremost playwrights and poets – acclaimed for his penetrating insights into the human character, his eloquent, flexible and infinitely expressive verse; and his readiness to burst the bounds of the English language (drawing on a vocabulary of more than 25,000 words).
We all know that brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald founded the famous hamburger restaurant that bears their surname, but it was Ray Kroc, an Illinois business man, who oversaw the concept’s expansion across the US, and then overseas, and it is his story that is the subject of John Lee Hancock’s latest film, The Founder.
This could make for interesting viewing, if the trailer is anything to go by. What is it that they say… you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs?