Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Burlesque and banter in Brighton: Hundred Watt Club review

[This story was published on November 11 on the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at sussexexpress.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/review-banter-burlesque-and-magic-at-lena-mae-s-risque-variety-show-1-7673912.] Old-school mischief and timeless raunchiness collide at the Hundred Watt Club. Lena Mae Lenman’s variety and burlesque cabaret is always a crowd-pleaser – the November 5 show was the second Club I’ve attended this year and I’m […]

The Forgotten Story of Shoreham’s Russian Princess

This story was published on June 2 in the Shoreham Herald. Read the original story at shorehamherald.co.uk/news/local/forgotten-story-of-shoreham-s-russian-princess-1-7416836.] [All images: John and Jeannette Simpson] [John pays his respects to the princess. Lydia’s grave is on the far left, with the carved figure illuminated by a ray of sunlight] The story of a mysterious Russian princess and her days […]