Author Archives: Luke McKernan

Television

Source: Thomas Baird, ‘Television’, World Film News, vol. 3 no. 4 (August 1938), p. 188 Text: An American visitor to this country, when asked what he thought of the Derby, guessed that it had come to stay. Something of the … Continue reading

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Jungle Islands

Source: Sidney Nichols Shurcliff, Jungle Islands: The “Illyria” in the South Seas (New York/London: G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1930), pp. 148-150 Text: That evening we tried an experiment to which we had long looked forward. We gave the natives their first … Continue reading

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Cocks and Bulls in Caracas

Source: Olga Briceño, Cocks and Bulls in Caracas; how we live in Venezuela (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1945), pp. 126-130 Text: Everyone is curious to know how we amuse ourselves in South America. What, they wonder, do those strange people … Continue reading

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Prospero’s Cell

Source: Lawrence Durrell, Prospero’s Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu (London: Faber, 2000 [orig. pub. 1945). pp. 44-52 Text: It is towards the hour of seven that, mellowed by the excellent wine of … Continue reading

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Scandinavians

Source: Robert Ferguson, Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North (London: Head of Zeus, 2016), pp. 327-329 Text: Fast-foward, as they say, to 1967 and a Swedish film called Hugs and Kisses. It was at a time when … Continue reading

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British Cinemas and Their Audiences

Source: J.P. Mayer, British Cinemas and their Audiences: Sociological Studies (London: Dennis Dobson, 1948), p. 238 Text: AGE: 64 SEX: M. NATIONALITY: BRITISH FATHER’S OCCUPATION: BRICKLAYER MOTHER’S OCCUPATION: HELPMATE TO FATHER I am going to mention the titles of four … Continue reading

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