This is interesting, from The Strand (Canada)
This past September, I learned of a couple in Washington state who live their lives as though it were the late Victorian era.
The wife, Sarah A. Chrisman, published an article on Vox titled, “I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it.” In the article, she outlines the material aspects of their daily lives—they use an icebox instead of a refrigerator, for example, and both wear period-appropriate clothing, and Chrisman explains how and why they came to live this way. Both Sarah and her husband study history and work as consultants and speakers on late Victorian life. They claim that by living their everyday lives with antiques from the time, they gain special insight into the lives of late Victorian people as a form of primary source study. They love the era, admire its perceived aesthetic and ideals, and simply like living this way. Chrisman ends the piece by recalling some of the negative reactions they’ve received from other people, ranging from relatively mild (her husband’s “hand-knit wool swim trunks raise more than a few eyebrows”) to the decidedly more serious (including a threatening letter repeating the word “kill”).
Trying to recreate the past in one’s present is not a recent phenomenon. The modern historical re-enactment movement emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with a renewed interest beginning in the 1990s. Generally, the term “historical re-enactment” refers to the re-enactment of a particular historic event or activity as it was performed during a period of time, often with participants portraying real historical personages. American Civil War re-enactments are a good example. “Living history” is the portrayal of the broader everyday life of a given period, with participants generally representing “types,” rather than specific historical figures. The interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg, and the show The 1900 House and its numerous spin-offs are examples of this.
Christmas is on its way.
And the way Christmas is celebrated in the UK comes down to Charles Dickens. Dickens loved Christmas and this is clear from the Christmas stories he wrote.
- 17 December 1843: A Christmas Carol (Chapman and Hall)
- 16 December 1844: The Chimes (Bradbury and Evans)
- 20 December 1845: The Cricket on the Hearth
- 19 December 1846: The Battle of Life 19 December 1848: The Haunted Man (series concluded)
Of course the best of these and the best known of these is ‘A Christmas Carol’. A Christmas Carol brought the Christian story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and of redemption to his life that continues in its popularity to this day.
And so its influence on our English Christmas is quite immense.
So I will be adding Christmas posts from now until Christmas Eve…I will be trying everyday.
With numerous (and somewhat questionable shapes) buildings sticking up on the London skyline it can be a Little difficult to see a good example. However the latest offering from Assassin’s Creed (Video game) takes place in London during the Industrial Revolution.
The smoking towers overwhelm the skyline, and neighbourhoods range from the opulent to the to the slum…the concept art is superb.
I wonder what Charles Dickens would’ve though of the variety of mediums used to interpret his books.
I think he would’ve loved film and television, stage he was very keen on himself but musicals…i’m not sure!
‘Oliver!’ which is the award winning version of ‘Oliver Twist’ is to be remade. I don’t really like musicals although there are a few exception and ‘Oliver!’ just happens to be one of them.
It sticks fairly faithfully to the story without, of course hanging Fagin at the end. Nevertheless I enjoy it as do many other.
For whatever reason Sony Pictures have decided to make a new version (as if it needs doing) of this five Oscar winning title.
According to Variety this version reported to be a darker take on the original 1968 classic and will be shot on location in and around London earlier next year.
The film should be released sometime at the end of 2016…this sounds like a bad idea…what do you think?