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a toast to our heroina

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Known for her rather indefinable parties and achievements undersea. Ms. Carrera’s monthly dinner salons assembled politicians, scientists, psychics, inventors and primates.

She was also the leading diver of her day, having recovered gold and jewelry from well over 40 shipwrecks.

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How Did Seaweed Win The War?

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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx.

How did seaweed win the war? The very silly true story of Geoffrey Tandy.

In World War II, Germany’s ‘unbreakable’ codes gave it tremendous power; to counter this, Britain’s secret service put many of its sharpest minds to work in an effort to crack them. They scoured the country looking for experts on ‘cryptograms'...

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Lilian Russell: The Goddess

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Who was the woman who rode around Central Park on a golden bejewelled bicycle? The true story of the aberrant starlet of vaudeville, Lillian Russell. 

Mark Twain described America in the 1870s as being in the ‘Gilded Age’; he defined this era as a time when widespread ills were hidden beneath a thin gold gilding. During this age, which lasted until the turn of the century, the most desired sex-symbol was one Lillian Russell.

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The Miscellany of the Damned

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The universe is a vast octopus whose tentacles reach out in the most surprising directions. Let’s dip our pataphysical wafer into a salty caviar of Jungian coincidences and diabolical irrelevances as we hopscotch into oblivion. Put down your banoffee pie, send an apology note to your chiropractor and let us ride the doomed zoetrope into The Miscellany of the Damned.

The Emperor of Surrealism (and proud owner of an ocelot named Babou) Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was a friend of the greatest figure in 20th Century brassiere development, Caresse Crosby (1891-1970).

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tale of england's nostradamus

“Carriages without horses shall go, And accidents fill the world with woe. Around the world thoughts shall fly, In the twinkling of an eye.”

In this neat little poem, 16th Century prophetess Mother Shipton seemed to predict the introduction of the car and the coming of modern telecommunication (not bad for someone born in a cave in Yorkshire in 1486).

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