Frank Buckland was born in 1826 in Oxford, son of a geology professor there. He loved animals and in later life he tasted all sorts of animal meat in the hope of finding a new source of food for mankind. Nature, he argued, blessed this planet with some 140,000 species of animals, yet only 43 regularly saw the inside of a cooking pot. Surely more were edible? What was wrong with eland or wombat?
Red-hot days and racy nights on the Riviera: Stars who flocked to the South of France drank cocktails laced with drugs, danced till dawn then cooled their feet in champagne baths
Mary S. Lovell's book (right) is a portrait of high society in the twentieth century, told through the stories of the guests of Maxine Elliott and Prince Aly Khan at the Chateau de l'Horizon in Cannes. Pictured in left image, Ann Woodward (center) in 1948 at Chateau L'Horizon, property of Prince Aly Khan (bottom left) who would wed Rita Hayworth (bottom right) the next year. Top left is Bonnie Edwards Manville Babst Wilson Beigel, the wife of movie executive Charles Beigel.
From Knobbly Knees contests to exotic cocktails and whale blubber pies, holiday camps meant ordinary people could enjoy a fun-packed break, whatever the weather... How Butlin's cheered up Britain!
Billy Butlin, a Canadian born in 1899 in South Africa, first had the idea for his holiday camps between the wars. He noticed that in Britain it always rained, and yet families were locked out of their dismal boarding houses during the day and had absolutely nothing to do. 'Everyone has a right to leisure', he insisted, not only the idle rich, who anyway could always escape the downpours by travelling abroad.