TITANIC Steps in Montreal

April 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm (books, europe, history, news) (, , , , , , )

Last evening, after Doc Martin’s latest episode had ended, Vermont Public Television (VPT) had an unusual little filler — about a Montreal walking tour with a TITANIC theme!

Author Alan Hustak, who leads these tours, can be seen on VPT’s YouTube video, which I found so informative. For instance, one man — who had survived two prior ship-sinkings — would not survive the Titanic. And a pair of lovers, who kept their romance under wraps, were only made known to the man’s mother and sister when he entrusted his girlfriend to them after the ship struck the iceberg.

Montreal is only a 90-minute drive from my northern-Vermont home; I used to go with some frequency, before border regulations threw up difficulties for those of us with expired passports (but that’s another story…); so, this connection to the Titanic’s maiden voyage is something totally fresh and of great interest!

And to give just one “for-instance” about families with Titanic connections, read this story about one visitor to the Halifax cemetery.

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Revealing Anne Lister of Shibden Hall

January 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm (books, diaries, estates, history, people) (, , , , , , , , , )

There are two connotations to the word “revealing”: to reveal (v) = to expose; revealing  (adj) = enlightening, illuminating.

Either would actually fit the title of a 2010 BBC special that I watched Sunday evening. The wonderful things to see in the special Revealing Anne Lister: to see Helena Whitbread, who published some of Lister’s diaries in the 1980s; and … to SEE THE DIARIES!

You can read more about Helena Whitbread and her Lister books here.

I used to enjoy History to Herstory – a website on Yorkshire Women’s Lives, which used to have a wonderful section on Lister: pictures, extracts of the diaries by Whitbread and Jill Liddington (who’s published some further books on Lister’s diaries). But today I see the website has been “new and improved” — and frankly I’m not sure WHERE to find the bits and pieces about Lister that I loved. If you solve the mystery of their disappearance, do let me know.

The time period of Anne’s diaries make them VERY much of interest to Two Teens; and the story of the publications and the writers working on them are worthy of notice too. A high recommendation for the BBC special.

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