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7.28.2014

Regency Man Monday - John Nash

In my opinion there were three men who really helped shape the Regency Period.  There was the Prince Regent himself and we've also discussed Beau and his impeccable fashion sense. The third man is John Nash, the architect of the Regency Period.


John Nash was born in 1752 in South London. In 1777, he set up his own architectural firm. Business wasn't great and there was some drama with his first wife.  In 1784, he moved to Wales for awhile before moving back to London in 1797.  By 1806, Nash had come to the attention of Prinny and became the architect to the Surveyor General of Woods, Forests, Parks, and Chases.  With this title he worked for the Prince and was given jobs that included Regent's Park, re-landscaping St. James's Park, and remodeling of Buckingham House to create Buckingham Palace.

A few weeks ago I shared one of John Nash's designed for a Wordless Wednesday (#52).   To see more of his work you can visit his Wikipedia page which has a list of his works. For more on Nash you can check out some of these books

7.25.2014

Fun Friday: Pugs and Famous People

I had no idea what to post today, then I was on my Pinterest page and thought, ooo I'll share pins of famous people with pugs.  Here's my Pug Board and feel free to follow me or any of my other boards on Pinterest.

First up - The Duke of Windsor and his pug Dizzy

Next we have some American royalty in the form of the Kennedy's


and Jackie's sister

Even movie stars like pugs! Here's Gerald Butler and his pug

Fashion designers too! Here's a video lip of Valentino's Pugs!

7.23.2014

7.21.2014

Regency Man Monday - Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson

Yes, Admiral Nelson died before the start of the Regency Era, but if you read Regency romances like I do, you can't escape him! If a woman is a widow, 95% of the time it's because he was at the Battle of Trafalgar with Admiral, Lord Nelson.


From his Wikipedia page:
Nelson's death at Trafalgar secured his position as one of Britain's most heroic figures. The significance of the victory and his death during the battle led to his famous signal, "England expects that every man will do his duty", being regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day. Numerous monuments, including Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, have been created in his memory and his legacy remains highly influential.



7.18.2014

Jane Sightings - Literary Clergymen and a Mr. Knightly Reference


First up on July 8 there was another Jeopardy appearance! It was the Double Jeopardy Round in a category called Literary Clergymen and was the $400 answer:
In this Jane Austen novel, William Collins is a minister who has designs on Elizabeth Bennett
The first person to ring in got it correct!

Shakespeare's KitchenOur second appearance was in a book I'm reading for school called Shakespeare's Kitchen by Lore Seagal.

Here's the set up, Ilka spends quite a bit of time with the Shakespeares and she kind of has a bit of a thing for Leslie Shakespeare, but it seems more of an admiration thing right now. She goes out to dinner with Nat who they kind of have this thing when he's separated from his wife. They all work together (Nat, Leslie, and Ilka) and during a conversation with Leslie, Nat admits that he's got a thing for Ilka. Leslie gets kind of possessive of her and it's all kinda weird.
"Why  should he get huffy?" asked Ilka. "When Jane Austen describes Mr. Knightly, one of the things she tells about hims is that he is sensible.  Leslie is a sensible man."

"And that turns you on," said Nat. "The beauty of common sense escapes women with less imagination." 
I don't know about you, but a sensible man, one like Mr. Knightly, would be really nice to have in my life.  I can be quite insensible so it would be a nice even balance.

Have you seen Jane out in the world? Send us your sightings at cnjjasna {at} gamail {dot} com