The Siblys of London

A Family on the Esoteric Fringes of Georgian England
Author: Susan Sommers,Susan Mitchell Sommers
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190687320
Category: History
Page: 360
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Ebenezer Sibly M.D. was the inventor of Dr. Sibly's Reanimating Solar Tincture- - a panacea advertised for its many applications, including restoring the newly dead to life if applied promptly and according to the doctor's specifications. It was therefore difficult to explain why the doctorhimself died before he turned fifty, surrounded by dozens of bottles of the stuff. Ebenezer's brother Manoah was asked to execute his will, which urged the executors to find the funds to continue manufacture of Solar Tincture, and left legacies for multiple and concurrent wives as well as anillegitimate son whose name Ebenezer could not recall. Manoah Sibly, a minister responsible for shepherding the recently established New Church into solid bourgeois respectability, found his brother's record of financial and moral indiscretions so upsetting that he immediately resigned hisexecutorship. Ebenezer's death in 1799 brought a premature conclusion to a colorfully chaotic life; one lived on the fringes of various fascinating and interconnected esoteric subcultures meandering through late-eighteenth century London. The Siblys were neither rich nor famous, nor were they desperate criminals,and thus it is their ordinariness that makes them such valuable filters through which to view the era in which they lived. Drawing on such sources as ratebooks and pollbooks, personal letters and published sermons, burial registers and horoscopes, Susan Sommers has woven together an engagingmicrohistory that offers useful revisions to existing scholarly accounts of brothers Ebenezer and Manoah, while placing the entire Sibly family firmly in the esoteric byways of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Their myriad personal connections and professional activities provide asingular insight into how various esoteric trends in late-eighteenth century fascination and belief affected the lives of people who lived just outside our usual historical range of vision.

The Complete Beyond the Fringe

Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9780413773685
Category: Comedy, English
Page: 186
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"The original script of the show itself, out of print for many years, contains some of the funniest writing ever. From Alan Bennett's cleric to Peter Cook's miner, from Dudley Moore's parody of Britten to Jonathan Miller's saga of the blue trousers, it sparkles with classic gems of wit and nonsense. This volume also contains the music of Dudley Moore's songs, the texts of a number of sketches included in the subsequent Broadway production, an account of the show's performance history by Roger Wilmut, and postscripts written 25 years later by three of the authors."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

On The Fringe Of History

A Riveting Behind-the-scenes Look At The War On Drugs And Terrorism From A Fed Who Fought The Fight
Author: Sarge Hoteko
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595321771
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 544
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On The Fringe Of History is Chief Inspector Sarge Hoteko's personal memoir, including his experiences as a narcotic interdiction and antiterrorism instructor in 16 countries around the globe. Hoteko reveals the shocking, rampant and systematic corruption within many of those governments, especially; Pakistan, Mexico, Bolivia and Nigeria-the most corrupt nation on earth. He also depicts how overzealous internal affairs investigators bungled two major cases in Chicago that devastated innocent lives. As Hoteko stated, "Who watches the watchdogs?" He reveals how a biased press unjustly slammed Customs over the O'Hare Airport female search controversy. One NBC investigative reporter stated, "It is better to let a person go rather than to do the strip search. It's better to let the pound of heroin go out on the street " On The Fringe of History follows one American's fascinating career around the world and captures the sheer patriotic joy he experienced while serving his country.

Physics on the Fringe

Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything
Author: Margaret Wertheim
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802778739
Category: Science
Page: 336
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For the past fifteen years, acclaimed science writer Margaret Wertheim has been collecting the works of "outsider physicists," many without formal training and all convinced that they have found true alternative theories of the universe. Jim Carter, the Einstein of outsiders, has developed his own complete theory of matter and energy and gravity that he demonstrates with experiments in his backyard,-with garbage cans and a disco fog machine he makes smoke rings to test his ideas about atoms. Captivated by the imaginative power of his theories and his resolutely DIY attitude, Wertheim has been following Carter's progress for the past decade. Centuries ago, natural philosophers puzzled out the laws of nature using the tools of observation and experimentation. Today, theoretical physics has become mathematically inscrutable, accessible only to an elite few. In rejecting this abstraction, outsider theorists insist that nature speaks a language we can all understand. Through a profoundly human profile of Jim Carter, Wertheim's exploration of the bizarre world of fringe physics challenges our conception of what science is, how it works, and who it is for.

Costumes & Characters: Adventures on the fringe of success

Author: Tom Nicholas Yowarski
Publisher: America Star Books
ISBN: 1462670377
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 264
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Tom Nicholas has been a professional actor since 1974. He has worked in Televison, Film and live theatre. This book details the steps in his life that led him into the Biz. It is also a cautionary tale; told with candor and humor. For any aspiring performer it may be a wakeup call. Here is a look at his triumphs, failures, and his continuing search for lasting success.

Defining the Fringe of Contemporary Australian Archaeology

Pyramidiots, Paranoia and the Paranormal
Author: Darran Jordan,Rocco Bosco
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1527510735
Category: Social Science
Page: 185
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Popular culture has often presented a mythologised version of archaeology that at times misinforms the general public about broader academic intentions. The fantastic and bizarre continue to capture the public imagination, so that while archaeological teams excavate, survey and record, they occupy the same geographic locations as ghost tour operators and seekers of the supernatural. Not only does archaeology operate within the same geography as modern mythology, but widespread access to technology, from satellite imagery to GPS data, means that enthusiastic amateurs can partake in their own investigations. With limited landscape identification training, an enthusiasm for discovery and strange cultural biases, fringe operators have utilised new technologies to justify old fallacies through variant forms of amateur archaeology. This collection draws on the wealth of work currently being undertaken by contemporary archaeologists in Australia, from rock art observations to art/archaeology experiments and even space archaeology. It explores archaeology on the edge, contextualising the fringe dwellers that operate on the periphery of accepted academia. It also looks at contemporary archaeological theory and practice in relation to these fringe operators, developing approaches toward interaction, in contrast to the more common reaction of repudiation. The relationship between the accepted centre and the outer edge in contemporary archaeological practice and theory unveils much about popular misconceptions and how archaeological spaces can be overlaid with variant mythological and cultural interpretations.


Biographies of 50 City Districts. International Case Studies of Urban Change
Author: Paul Knox
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3034612125
Category: Architecture
Page: 280
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Knox’ in-situ studies present 50 especially significant city districts from the whole of Europe in words and pictures. His field research focuses on typologically outstanding city districts that have developed a high degree of individuality. Cities are the symbiosis of diverse districts: the smaller units serve to provide an important identity function: business centers and amusement districts such as the City and the West End in London, technology and science quarters (Adlershof in Berlin), designer districts such as the Zona Tortona in Milan and the Fashion District in New York. Two other factors that play a major role are the conversion of industrial wastelands and new districts colored by a supranational capitalism or a sustainable or dubious planning – such as the Vauban residential quarter in Freiburg in South Germany or the Lower Ninth District in New Orleans. Paul Knox also always analyzes how and why these districts have turned out the way they are: outlining their visible and also their hidden and often blurred "biography". A fascinating journey through space and time!

The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide

How to Make Your Show A Success
Author: Mark Fisher
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408136481
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
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'Ah! The Fringe! I can't think of a more delightful way of putting my liver, bank account, relationship, complexion, and mental stability under the greatest strain they've ever known!' Mel Giedroyc It is the world's largest arts festival, attracting everyone from student first-timers to Hollywood stars. Thrilling, inspiring and bewildering in equal measure, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can make you a star or break your bank. So what is the secret of making it work for you? The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide draws on the experiences of the festival's leading figures - their disasters as well as their triumphs - to take you step by step through the process of making your show a success in the Scottish capital. From choosing a venue to keeping on top of the budget, from sorting out accommodation to securing the best press coverage, from generating word of mouth to making the most of a hit, this unique practical guide for performers, directors and producers helps you get your show the audience it deserves. Among those sharing their expert advice are playwright Simon Stephens, comedian Phil Nichol, actor Siobhan Redmond, producer Guy Masterson, Tiger Lillies front manMartyn Jacques, theatre critic Lyn Gardner, Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award director Nica Burns, as well as the directors of all the major Fringe venues, top press officers, international promoters and insiders from the Fringe Society itself. The foreword is written by playwright Mark Ravenhill.

The Vampire Book

The Encyclopedia of the Undead
Author: J Gordon Melton
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
ISBN: 1578593506
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 944
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The Ultimate Collection of Vampire Facts and Fiction Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, Third edition, explores the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the soul-sucking undead. In the first fully revised and updated edition in a decade, Dr. J. Gordon Melton (president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula) bites even deeper into vampire lore, myths, reported realities, and legends that come from all around the world. From Vlad the Impaler to Dracula and from modern literature to movies and TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Twilight, and The Vampire Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 400 essays to quench your thirst for facts, biographies, definitions, and more.


Author: DAN RYAN
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 9781467025645
Category: Fiction
Page: 468
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LONDON is the continuation of the story begun in WAR OF THE NATIONS. It is a work of fiction. The names, characters, places and incidents portrayed in this novel are the product of the author’s imagination or have been used fictitiously. The characters are placed within the historical perspective of the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918 and the years immediately following this event. The events depicted in this novel were first presented in the Times Encyclopedia and Gazetter, 431 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois, copyrighted 1934. This collection of eight volumes contains a comprehensive, day by day narrative of the world war and years immediately following. The main characters are Admiral James Caldwell and his two sons, James Jr. and Louis Caldwell. James Sr. is the story teller as the navy family considers moving to London following the war. The purchase of 1600 acres called Springwell in the novel is based upon the purchase of Chartwell by Winston Churchill in 1921. Winston Churchill faced a similar situation in his life at this time in history. Churchill entered the British army in 1893, fought at the battle of Khartoum with the Nile Expeditionary Forces in 1898 and was in the Boer War of 1899. He was elected to parliament for Oldham in 1900, was Under-secretary of State for the Colonies in 1906, married Clementine Hozier in 1908 and was Home Secretary in 1910. He served as First Lord of the Admiralty, Minister of Munitions and Secretary for War and Air during the war. In 1921 he was voted out of office and the House of Commons. The novel is a work of fiction. Its location was inspired by my time spent in London during the spring semester of 1974. The Rotary Foundation Group Exchange, district 114 in England invited a number of scholars from the United States to spend time in England living with various Rotarians of District 114. I was teaching at the University of Nebraska at the time, and I was chosen to represent District 565 of the United States. It was during this time that I came to know the people of Reigate, Redhill and Merstham, just south of London. This is where I met some of the characters for my novel and I stayed overnight in the Prince of Wales in Reigate, the Ashleigh Public House in Redhill and the Laker’s Hotel in Merstham. The historical events which are outlined in this book all took place. The dates and locations are accurate, but the characters are the products of my overactive imagination. Some persons mentioned, however, are real. You cannot write about this period of our history without making reference to commanding admirals or generals.