Everyone should know the writer Thomas Hardy, famous for writing novels such as Tess D’Ubberville and several others.
This is a bit of a gruesome story but we are assured that it is true, which is perhaps even worse. Do not read it if you are very sensitive.
Being a successful author when he died in 1928 it seemed appropriate to bury him at Westminster Abbey along with other people in the fields of literature, politics or science. But Hardy was very attached to his homeland; Dorset and had asked to be buried in the small graveyard next to Stinsford church, which the writer has always frequented since he was a child.
It was then decided to make a compromise, Hardy’s body would be buried at Westminster Abbey while the heart would remain in Dorset and buried in the church graveyard as the writer wished.
The village doctor made the delicate operation of removing the heart from the corpse, once removed he placed it wrapped in a cloth on the table. When he returned shortly after, he no longer found his heart but saw that his cat had stolen it and ate it.
He then decided to kill the cat that contained the heart and have it buried. The photos of Hardy’s heart funeral in fact show a container where the heart should have been, which was undoubtedly a little too big to hold a heart but just the right size to hold a cat.
The historic Kensington pub where Dickens and DH Lawrence used to drink
A traditional pub in South Kensington, famous for being patronised by Charles Dickens (who lived on this street at number 11 for a while) and DH Lawrence.
Even now it is a pub that is often packed with people in the evening and you won’t always find a seat if you don’t eat. If you want to experience the atmosphere of a historic pub but without the crowds, you can do it in the afternoon when you will also find a seat.
The pub also offers food and has a garden for nice days or you could go downstairs where you can find tables to eat in an area not too crowded. To get there you have to find a side door. The menu is typical of a pub, but if you are passing through and want to have traditional fish & chips or a pie with a pint of beer, this is a great place to do it. It is not far from the museums of South Kensington so we are in an area where many tourists will be passing through.
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A bookshop that sells books for the visually impaired opens in Paris
Two French publishing houses have opened a specialized bookshop in Paris, in the Pantheon area, called the “Librairie des grands caractères”, a way to grant even the visually impaired the luxury of a walk among books. And the sensual pleasure of touching and breathing paper.
Customers are those who suffer from vision-related problems, due to disease or age and we are talking of over a million people in a country like France.
And these books are specialò the paper is made so as not to dazzle, the line spacing is studied, the contrast is never excessive, even and the character is not that of traditional books but an ad hoc one, called Luciole.
One more reason not to abandon reading on paper is, in the case of some totally or partially reversible eye diseases, its important rehabilitative power for sight.
Unfortunately the catalogue of books for visually impaired people is still very limited, it has only about 600 titles.
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