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Flickering Lamps: Exploring the world’s first (and most famous) garden cemetery: Père Lachaise

Always interesting research from Flickering Lamps!

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This week Flickering Lamps is taking a break from the hidden, not so well known sites that often grace this site to explore probably the most famous cemetery in the world: Paris’ Père Lachaise.  Opened as the world’s first garden cemetery in 1804, Père Lachaise (or to give its original name, cimetière de l’Est – East Cemetery) was the inspiration for many other grand Victorian garden cemeteries, both in Europe and across the Atlantic in the Americas.  Situated on the edge of the city, Père Lachaise was opened to provide a dignified burial space for all of Paris’ citizens.  Around a million people have been laid to rest there since it opened in 1804, and today, around two million people visit the cemetery every year.

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Flickering Lamps: The ancient rock-cut tombs by the Lancashire coast

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m especially interested in particularly old and unusual graves, and the subject of today’s post definitely falls into that category.  On th…

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Gnome, The Fairy Garden, The Linden Chronicles

Interesting Literature: 10 Great Facts about Writers and Dogs

10 Great Facts about Writers and Dogs.

Jack London
Image: A nine-year-old Jack London and his dog Rollo, 1885 (author unknown), Wikimedia Commons.

Life in Russia: The Mysterious Baikal seal

The Mysterious Baikal seal.

Excellent history of the Baikal seal from archecotech.

An Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Greenwich Park

An Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Greenwich Park.

Stockholm, Ekerö, Adelsö, Uppland, Fornminnen-Gravar-Gravfält
Stockholm, Ekerö, Adelsö, Uppland, Fornminnen-Gravar-Gravfält

The Big Band Era

Great blast from the past!  My son’s football team coach encouraged the kids to swing dance and as community services went to different events.  This also provided great exercise for the players!

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“You ain’t got a thing, if you ain’t got that swing…”

Hi-do-ho all you hep-cats out there!!

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Swing was a verb that musicians used long before press agents turned it into a noun or adjective to describe both an attitude toward music and a special way of performing it. “Swing” suggests rhythm and a regular propulsive oscillation, a form of jazz that is still influencing music today. There are many instruments reinforcing the others, then other times, playing against each other and a solo instrument playing against a background. The jazz form traveled north out of New Orleans in the 1890’s and slammed into the Chicago scene in the 1920’s.

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The beginnings can be traced back to Fletcher Henderson in New York and Bernie Moten in Kansas City. Fletcher and his brother Horace created the pattern for swing arrangements and was the first to train a big band…

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The little mortuary at St George in the East and its reincarnation as a museum

Excellent pictures and history from Flickering Lamps!

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St George’s Gardens, the park on the site of the former churchyard of St George in the East in Stepney, is a neat, peaceful place – when I visited, the play area was full of children, and other people were relaxing on benches or looking at the old monuments near the church.  In the midst of all of this is a derelict building that looks terribly sad and out of place.  However, this forlorn little building has a fascinating history that includes that most infamous of East End criminals, Jack the Ripper, and later became a pioneering centre for the education of local children.

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