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Norwich Gazette
October 1904.

Sunrise: 7:20 AM
Sunset: 6:00 PM
Temperature: 65F

Bright and warm, with a refreshing breeze; clouding over later. Small chance of light showers in the evening.

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Quotes of the Era

Post  God on Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:55 am

Just a few flavour comments about the current time period...

1900


'The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.'
- 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' [Anglican hymn]

'I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race.'
- Cecil Rhodes [Businessman & Politician]

'We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and cheap labour from the natives of the colonies. They would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories.'
- Cecil Rhodes [Businessman & Politician]

'He became an officer and a gentleman, which is an enviable thing.'
- Rudyard Kipling [Novelist]

'With the black marble which gives the fireplace the air of a miniature family vault, to suggest early Victorian commercial respectability, belief in money, Bible fetishism, fear of hell always at war with fear of poverty, instinctive horror of the passionate character of art, love and Roman Catholic religion, and all the first fruits of plutocracy in the early generations of the industrial revolution.'
- George Bernard Shaw [Novelist and Playwright]

'Whether our reformers admit it or not, the economic and social inferiority of women is responsible for prostitution.'
- Emma Goldman [Social Activist]

‘As we gazed in horror at it, we saw drains and sewers emptying their filthy contents into it; we saw a whole tier of doorless privies in the open road, common to men and women built over it; we heard bucket after bucket of filth splash into it... the condition of a class of people whose misery, ignorance, and vice, amidst all the immense wealth and great knowledge of “the first city in the world”, is, to say the very least, a national disgrace to us.’
- Henry Mayhew [Journalist]

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Re: Quotes of the Era

Post  God on Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:13 pm

1904

'Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.'
- Arthur Balfour [Prime Minister]

'Free imports have destroyed this industry, at all events for the time, and it is not easy to recover an industry when it has once been lost... Agriculture as the greatest of all trades and industries of this country has been practically destroyed. Sugar has gone, silk has gone, iron is threatened, wool is threatened, cotton will go! How long are you going to stand it? At the present moment these industries, and the working men who depend upon them, are like sheep in a field.'
- Joseph Chamberlain [Politician]

'Mr Chamberlain is right in so far as he says that things are not well in this country. We cannot feed the hungry with statistics of national prosperity, or stop the pangs of famine by reciting to a man the prodigious number of cheques that pass through the clearing-house. We must therefore propose something better than Mr Chamberlain.'
- David Lloyd George [Politician]

'There are few hours in life more agreeable than that ceremony known as afternoon tea.'
- Henry James [Novelist]

'[The Edwardian Era] seemed to breathe forth a smell of the vulgar, un-grown up kind of luxury, a smell of brilliantine, crème de menthe and soft-centred chocolates - an atmosphere, as it were, of eating everlasting strawberry ices on green lawns to the tune of the Eton Boating Song... The extraordinary thing was the way everyone took for granted that this oozing, bulging wealth would last forever, and was the normal state of affairs.'
- George Orwell [Journalist & Novelist]

'If the Jew has an incurable tendency to parasitism and we make said parasitism impossible, we should abolish the Jew, if he has not, there is no need to abolish the Jew.'
- H.G. Wells [Novelist]

'[It would be a] great benefit to the Nation if all habitual criminals, mental defectives and lunatics were resolutely segregated from society and peremptorily denied all opportunity to produce offspring.'
- Francis Galton [Scientist]

'[The working classes] suffer from of peculiar hopelessness. Their unfitness leads to low wages, low wages leads to insufficient food, insufficient food leads to unfitness for labour, so that the vicious cycle is complete.'
- Benjamin Rowntree [Social Reformer]

'The future of the Chinese is a fearful problem. Look at the frightful sights one sees in the streets of Peking... See the filthy, tattered rags they wrap around them. Smell them as they pass. Hear of their nameless immorality. Witness their shameless indecency, and picture them among Europeans – Ugh! It makes you shudder!'
- Unknown Briton

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