Billy the Ratcatcher at The Westminster Pit, London
"Billy the celebrated rat-killing dog, performing his wonderful feat of killing 100 rats in 5½ minutes, April 13th, 1823.
Perhaps rather a difficult subject for modern sensibilities, but nevertheless a fascinating glimpse into the sporting world of almost 200 years ago.
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Peter, my husband, recently came across a now rather old book by George Melly
entitled 'A Tribe of One', now out of print, in which he writes so well
about naive art and artists. I thought other might like to share some of his thoughts.
The following extracts come from a chapter entitled: "The Naïve Thread in British Art ".
Sailors woolworks or woolies, are a reminder of our sea-faring history, and are a fascinating
piece of folk art history. So did sailors really make them?
Brightly coloured jumping jacks, a simple children's toy from so many years ago, can still
bring a smile to the face of even the most tech-savvy. Read on for a little more information
on this most charming of folk arts.