gothwalk: (Default)
( Nov. 18th, 2007 12:13 am)
The 10th Edition Encyclopedia Britannica describes a different planet, really. It was published in MCMII, or 1902 for the Roman-numeral challenged. There's a lot of sound good sense in there, much of which appears to have been forgotten, or made impossible, in the intervening century:

"In ideal conditions the homes of the people, and especially the poor, must be in the country. Air, light, low rent, ground to till, and wholesome recreation for children can only be had by scattering the working population of a city into the surrounding country to sleep..."

-- Railways, Vol 32.

This was in support, essentially, of the idea of a good public transport network, an idea that Dublin is only reluctantly arriving at again.
gothwalk: (^^)
( Nov. 17th, 2007 11:18 pm)
Due to the great generosity of [ profile] radegund, we are now in possession of a nearly complete 10th Edition Encyclopedia Britannica. Expect many random quotes and much inattentiveness otherwise, as I struggle with questions of why everyone in the Navy hates Mr Childers so much, and just where Rumelia is or was. All the volumes are currently sitting on the kitchen table, pending me finding a more suitable home for them somewhere in the house. Visits may be arranged.


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