Despite their humiliating defeat at the hands, and feet, of Barcelona in last Saturday's Champion's League final, my team still got a parade today. They won the Premier title again!! So a parade was called for--apparently it was surprisingly rainy in Manchester(!) but that didn't stop the boys from enjoying an open-air ride in a double decker bus--of course not coz' they are made of lego!!
I woke up to the news that Gil Scott-Heron has died. Only 62, but a life full of struggles, addictions, HIV, prison. Some call him the Godfather of Rap, but I think he was so much more than that--poet, revolutionary, cultural commentator-the list could go on and on. After a long time out of the public eye, he came storming back a couple of years ago with I'm New here, an amazing release from XL that not only captured his past glories but set him firmly in the present cultural moment as a viable and important artist. He will be missed. I had just told someone that I thought his last album was one of my all time favorites.
Two things came in the post this week. One was the long awaited Feltron Report. If you are unfamiliar, check out the site here. I have collected every year's report and they are marvellous info-graphics of a particualr life--great idea. The second thing was the Radiohead King of Limbs deluxe edition stuff that I ordered when the music was released earlier in the year. I love great packaging, and it is even more enjoyable when the content lives up to the way it is presented, which it does in both cases here.
The five which receiv’d sentence of death are:
Sarah Blackwell, alias Ridgewell, alias Scott for privately stealing 18 yards of printed calicoe value 40s. out of the shop of Robert Ingram on the 22d of August last.
Willilam Boxel, for stealing a mare from Robert Potter, the 24th of August last.
Tho. Jones for breaking open the house of Thomas Chadwell on the 2d of September, in the night, with intent to rob it, but was discover’d and siez’d.
Charlotte Brudenel for robbing her lodging which she had taken under the notion of being a Person of Quality. The goods of Richard Branlin, viz. a silver salt, two silver spoons, two silver tea spoons, a silk gown and petticoat and other goods.
Mary Clarke for feloniously stealing 30 dozen of calve-skins and other goods to the value of 230l. from George Langthorne, the 15 of August last to which she pleaded Guilty.
A strange way to open a blog perhaps. Just wanted to direct your attention to a very interesting and informative site called Primary Sourcebook. It is essentially a gathering of ideas, stories, information divided into four sections: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History--each section filled with delicious bits and pieces. The above is from a list of sentences handed down at the Old Bailey in London in the early 1700s. Afascinating hour or two can be spent here, and you will discover some stuff that you probably didnt know about life, history, culture and just about everything else.