It’s a beautiful day out, but I’m writing.
Today’s Writing Music
Lady Rowena, from the Ivanhoe soundtrack by Miklós Rózsa.
Blow the Candles Out, Gwyneth Walker
I’m sometimes asked where my inspiration comes from. I suppose, more than anything, it comes from music.
More Writing Music
From the Eat, Pray, Love Soundtrack by Dario Marianelli <3
Stephen Colbert on Scottish Independence
Jack the Ripper Unmasked
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain’s most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders
DNA evidence on a shawl found at Ripper murder scene nails killer
By testing descendants of victim and suspect, identifications were made
Jack the Ripper has been identified as Polish-born Aaron Kosminski
Kosminski was a suspect when the Ripper murders took place in 1888
Hairdresser Kosminski lived in Whitechapel and was later put in an asylum
The first stills of Tom Hardy in period gangster drama Peaky Blinders
The first stills of Tom Hardy in period gangster drama Peaky Blinders II have been released, showing the English actor with a beard and trilby.
The 36-year-old stars as a charismatic leader and probable new nemesis for Cillian Murphy’s ruthless boss Tommy Shelby.
If you want to know if he loves you, it’s in his voice:
People make subtle changes in the way they speak when they talk to someone they find attractive
- Researchers found voice modulations make speaker attractive to listener
- Men were found to vary tone in a ‘sing-song voice’ like actor Leslie Phillips’
- Men reached lower minimum voice pitch speaking to ‘less attractive’ women
Published: 19:24 EST, 27 August 2014 | Updated: 05:06 EST, 28 August 2014
When it comes to the language of love, it’s not what you say, but how you say it.
People make subtle changes in their voices when they speak to people they find attractive, say scientists.
And these voice modulations make the speaker more attractive to the listener too, the research by Scotland’s University of Stirling found.
BBC News – Gretna Green: The bit of Scotland where English people go to get married
Gretna Green: The bit of Scotland where English people go to get married
Gretna Green has been a hotspot for tying the knot since the 18th Century. But why do people still choose to walk down its many aisles?
The Scottish village of Gretna Green – population 2,700 – hosts almost two weddings per person per year.
The estimated 5,000 marriages that take place every year seem extraordinary if you consider that a mere 3,000 weddings took place across the entire county of neighbouring Cumbria – population 500,000 – in 2011.
Gretna’s status as the ultimate wedding destination comes from its position just north of the Scottish border.
In 1754, an English law stopped couples under 21 marrying without their parents’ permission. But in Scotland it was permitted for girls from the age of 12, and for boys aged 14 or older. Moreover, anyone in Scotland could marry a couple by “declaration”.
Young star-crossed lovers in England would elope and Gretna was the first town they would come to, two miles over the border. Enterprising blacksmiths set themselves up as “anvil priests”, carrying out the ceremony in return for a drink or a few guineas. One blacksmith wrote to the Times in 1843, specifying that he alone had performed around 3,500 marriages in the town over 25 years.
Several attempts were made to curb the phenomenon – which one MP for Newcastle described in 1855 as “lowering the habits, injuring the character, and destroying the morality of the people of the northern counties of England”. A year later an act was introduced to require a “cooling-off period” of 21 days’ residency in the parish in which a couple wished to marry.
In 1940 the institution of “marriage by declaration” was outlawed in Scotland and in 1977 English couples could finally get married without parental consent at 18.