Tag Archives: ENGLAND

What became of Mrs Ali? A Londoner in 1920s Calcutta

Calcutta, British India, 17th August 1921: “Mrs Muhammad Ali (alias Mrs Campbell), has been declared vagrant for being destitute. The Government of Bengal have issued orders for removal under the European Vagrancy Act.”


“London, London”: Brazil’s Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in exile – Part 3

After about a year in Chelsea, Caetano and Gil moved to Notting Hill, a cosmopolitan neighbourhood that attracted squatters, hippies, musicians and political activists. It was here where Gil was introduced to reggae music, which would have a lasting impact on him. From their new base, demand for Gil and Caetano was slowly growing in Europe and the USA, but both musicians hoped to return to Brazil as soon as possible….

“London, London”: Brazil’s Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in exile – Part 2

At the end of July 1969, Caetano and Gil were put on a plane bound for Europe. After a brief stop in Lisbon, and a slightly longer stay in Paris, the duo made their way to London – then a global centre of pop culture. Soon they found a home in Chelsea where remained for their first year in exile….

“London, London”: Brazil’s Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in exile – Part 1

In 1969 the young singer-songwriters Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were expelled from military-ruled Brazil. They made their way to London – then the global capital of youth culture – where they spent the next two and a half years in exile. [….] This, the first of of three blog posts, explains the background of Caetano’s and Gil’s departure from Brazil.

From Kent to the Transvaal: Aunt Grace in Johannesburg’s Collectors Treasury

I hardly know anything about Grace, my father’s aunt and the sister of my grandmother, Edith. Grace Goodbody, as she was then, was born in 1891 in Maidstone, Kent, where she and Edith were brought up in their father’s pub, the Fortune of War. In 1919 Grace married Dublin-born Frederick Woodhead, and soon afterwards the couple left England to […]

Artists from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conquer London!

Most diplomatic missions in London are found in a fairly small area of the city, concentrated in the wealthiest parts of Kensington and Westminster. Even the least well-off countries like to be well within one of these boroughs. A case in point being the impoverished (and tiny) Kingdom of Lesotho, its high commission being in a small, but elegant, […]