Following up our previous post, here is a photograph of the cricket team that both A. A. Milne and P. G. Wodehouse were members of.
Founded by Peter Pan creator Sir James M. Barrie, some of the other teammates reads off like a roll call of Edwardian England’s most famous authors, including Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, and Jerome K. Jerome. The Allakahbarries (Allah akbar meaning “Heaven help us” in Arabic), played from 1890 until 1913, when World War I brought an end to the team.
[Pictured: Back row from left to right: E. W. Hornung, E. V. Lucas, P. G.Wodehouse, J. C. Smith, G. Charne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hesketh-Hesketh Prichard, L. D. Luard, C. M. Q. Orchardson, Leonard Charles Nightingale, A. Kinross. Front row from left to right: C. Gascoyne, Shan F. Bullock, G. Hillyard Swinstead, Reginald Blomfield, the Hon. W. J. James, Edwin Austin Abbey, Albert Chevalier Taylor, J. M. Barrie, George Cecil Ives, George Spencer Watson. Sitting on ground: A. E. W. Mason]
Coolest thing I’ve seen all week, at least.
You get fan mail at the bar?
People just write “Ian Rankin, Scotland” on the envelopes and somehow they magically end up at the Oxford bar.
Good morning! If only we all had butterflies to sip our tears.
In Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, butterflies sip a yellow-spotted river turtle’s tears. The mineral-rich liquid helps the insects reproduce. In exchange, the reptile gets a good eye-cleaning. | Photo by Pete Oxford/Minden Pictures“So she sat on, with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality.”
—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
via The Rumpus
“You could count on somebody in America to find something offensive about something — you still can. Bless their hearts. I love America for that very reason.”
— Keith Richards on his favorite Rolling Stones song, “Street Fighting Man”
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