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Fragmentary evidence of the lost ancient art of librarian miniaturization

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Vagisil – marketing paranoia to women

There's a new ad on the woman-hating block. It features a sad cartoon lady hiding behind a large plant pot. She is coaxed out by a perky-voiced woman exclaiming "You sweat! And no wonder!" Apparently the vaginal area contains more sweat glands than any other part of the body – who knew? Anyway, the …

Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach<p>Imagine enjoying a seasonal drink at a Christmas party without the risk of a hangover the next day, or being able then to take an antidote …

Autumn wild swimming for beginners

Japan's menu scandal leaves a bitter taste

It began with a bogus scallop, but a menu scandal that has engulfed some of Japan's most prestigious hotels and department stores now threatens to undermine the international reputation of the country's vaunted cuisine.<p>Since one luxury hotel chain admitted lying about the provenance of ingredients …

The Swimming Baths of London, 1870

SWIMMING BATHS OF LONDON<p>by R.E. DUDGEON, M.D<p>LONDON<p>HENRY TURNER AND CO.<p>77 FLEET STREET, E.C.<p>1870<p>Price Sixpence<p>Swimming is an exercise at once …

A Woman's Complaint

<i>An 1890s woman speaks out against poor provision of public toilets on the railway, and elsewhere:</i><p>A WOMAN'S COMPLAINT.<br>TO THE EDITOR OF THE …

Please Adjust Your Dress Before Leaving

Regular readers will know that I've been researching George Jennings, the plumber who installed WCs for the Great Exhibition of 1851, sometimes …

The Fog of 1873

For three whole days have I had full blaze of gas burning over my writing desk, and this, the fourth day of the fog is not very much improvement upon …