This month – on 19 January – sees the centenary of the biggest explosion London has ever experienced. It was reported at the time that the shockwaves could be felt in Essex and heard as far away as Southampton, Kent and Norwich, while witnesses spoke of a “huge fountain of flame" reaching into the night sky. While London had experienced aerial bombardment from zeppelins since 1915, what happened in Silvertown dwarfed the scale of the bombs that had been dropped on the city.
Depression can sometimes feel like a very modern affliction, but it something that has always been with us. The reported rate of depression varies, with lifetime risk of having a depressive episode ranging from 3% in Japan to 17% in the United States, but falling into the 8-12% range for most countries. Unlike many other diseases, depression has been recognised and described for over 2000 years. Current treatments are usually a mixture of pharmacological and psychological therapies, and Western society’s attitudes to the illness are generally becoming more open, accepting and sympathetic. But what of our ancestors – how might their experiences of depression have been different and what treatments could they have been offered?
The jacket probably originated with the late-medieval jerkin, a fitted or looser buttoned and belted thigh-length garment worn by working men. Short waist-length jackets without the cumbersome skirts or tails of formal coats became common occupational garments and were worn during the 1700s and early-1800s by some land workers, fishermen and all labourers needing freedom of movement. During the 1850s easy-fitting jackets and other semi-casual clothes entered regular menswear, reflecting the increase in leisure time, holidays and sports. By 1860 the thigh-length ‘lounging jacket’ was popular, a loose garment with useful outside pockets, often teamed with contrasting trousers. By the 1870s lounge jackets were becoming more tailored, often matching the trousers and now a component of the Victorian three-piece suit. Initially favoured by working men for ‘Sunday best’ and special occasions, over time the suit comprising jacket, waistcoat and trousers gained wider acceptance, offering businessmen and gentlemen a relatively informal weekend alternative to smarter dress coats.
In the early days of its history, Cornwall’s geographical position – a peninsula reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean – put it firmly on the ancient maritime trading routes, and it enjoyed a special place in the history of Britain as a centre of trade. The fact that it was surrounded by sea also predestined fishing to become one of the major industries of the region.
This book, a continuation of volumes one and two, completes the study of more than a hundred British regiments all of whom played more than important roles in world history. In testing times, on foreign adventures victorious, glorious and sometimes disastrous, they have helped shape the history of the British Isles. In this third volume 34 regiments are featured – their battle honours, badges and most famous sons – including the stories of the heroic actions of their Victoria Cross holders. Each regiment’s section includes artworks and photographs illustrating insignia, uniforms and soldiers in action down through the centuries. While the tales of courage and loss are in themselves enthralling, Dorian Bond also divulges many interesting facts about these unique bodies of men.
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