Friday, February 23, 2007

Page Turners

The British Library in association with Hewlett Packard has put some of it's most memorable manuscripts on line. Do you want to see Blake's notebook, read Jane Austen's early work, see the first published map of Europe or the oldest book in the world?

Then look here

Personally I loved the Lewis Carrol and the Herbal. The early atlas of Europe is interesting too as countries of the Med are well drawn, but Scotland and Ireland are pretty sketchy. Nothing changed there then, given the weatherman pointed to the Western Isles at the weekend and said "there'll be rain up there in nowhereland" !

Also do a wee search of their images library. Just enter a random word and see what comes up, they have some facinating things.

Talking of the islands, they now hold their own international games competition. The last one was in Shetland in 2005, the next one is in Rhodes - bit of a difference there guys! See here for the medals table. They're obviously not big on photographs. Here's their population stats



Blogger PI said...

that'squite a find Anna!

3:36 pm  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Nowhereland? *Splutter splutter* NOWHERELAND? What he doesn't know is that in the Western Isles we call the rest of the world Nowhereland! Why I've half a mind to write a stiffly worded letter to someone about this!

I note with pride that the Western Isles are holding steady at #18 in the medal tables. That Alderney lot can't touch us HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thanks for the link, Anna. I love this information age of ours.

6:20 pm  
Blogger f:lux said...

Wow. I've just been flicking through Blake's notebook and it's amazing to see the crossings out, the crafting that took place on those pages. Modern writers who use computers, thought processes will be a complete mystery to future generations then?

5:47 pm  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

I don't believe that weatherman - how rude!!! My ancestors and ABM's too came from that place - it is FAR from being a nowhereland - half the world's population hails from there. How dare he - it's a beautiful part of the world. Ignoramus! Pleb! Idiot! (I hope lots of letters and emails were sent his way post haste!) :)

10:16 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Yes f:lux I think there will be a huge loss to people in the future. I've got Plath's book of drafts of Ariel and even typed poems can have manuscript changes, but if you compose completely on the pc much is lost. Blake was such a fantastic mixture of artist and poet/writer.

CB, yes there was a huge outcry, I think he called it nowheresville actually. He said he didn't mean to offend, he just thought the rain would be falling on a fairly unpopulated area, but it shows sloppy use of language.

I found this on it:

9:40 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

And Sam, yes it was bloody cheeky. I'm proud of the western Isles too 18th is just great. Bet their celebrations were the best tho'!

9:41 am  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

I found old books on a site called the Guttenberg Project too.

Ha, as for Nowhereland...apparently Chavez, leader of Venezuela, has shamelessly claimed a part of Guyana for his country. I don't know where we'll be when he's done :-(

10:00 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

He seems to be quite a character and playing for big stakes!

4:41 pm  

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