At Home: A Short History of Private Life
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Read between July 16 - August 20, 2013
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that that’s really what history mostly is: masses of people doing ordinary things.
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whatever happens in the world – whatever is discovered or created or bitterly fought over – eventually ends up, in one way or another, in your house.
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Those in the middle of the mass could only be reached by clambering over the roofs of many other houses, all of differing heights, and entering through roof hatches – a staggeringly inconvenient arrangement.
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boudoir, literally ‘a room to sulk in’,
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during the slightly hysterical confusion that comes with the outbreak of war,
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The difference between herbs and spices is that herbs come from the leafy part of plants and spices from the wood, seed, fruit or other non-leafy part.
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The most adventurous of all sacrificed homely comforts and often years of their lives to explore distant corners of the world. They became – a new word, coined in 1834 – scientists. Their curiosity and devotion were inexhaustible. No place was too remote or inconvenient, no object unworthy of consideration.
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The greatest possible irony would be if in our endless quest to fill our lives with comfort and happiness we created a world that had neither.