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Punctuality

Because punctuality is a social construct, it varies from country to country. 

For instance, being just one minute behind in Japan is considered being late, whereas meeting on "Moroccan time" can mean anything from being an hour up to an entire day late for a promised get together.  

 

Frederick the Great - potato king

Musician, general, patron of artists, architects and writers, including Voltaire, King Frederick of Prussia dominated the 18th century. He said "It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible, this must be prevented. My people must drink beer." He was also a strong advocate of the potato.

Samuel Clegg's Model Engine

Samuel Clegg's Model Engine

The Lit&Phil has a long long history of presenting the latest scientific inventions and achievements. Through the Lit&Phil, Clegg's engine may well have influenced Stephenson in his design of the first railway engine.

Tackling the scourge of sepsis in the 19th Century

Newcastle has a strong history medical advances, a history which began with the foundation of the Newcastle Infirmary in 1751. Local author Ken Smith has written an illuminating blog about its early use of antiseptics.

John Collingwood Bruce

A Victorian Champion of Hadrian’s Wall and more…

Rev. Dr. Bruce was a regular figure at the Lit & Phil, and was for many years one of its Vice Presidents. Between 1845 and 1881 he lectured to the Society moe than thirty times, bringing before it the results of his earliest and latest researches into the history of the Roman Wall and the Bayeux Tapestry.

Viola player Natalie Holt

The Glass Slipper

From egg throwing viola players to being the but of many jokes, the viola fights back!

Saving lives at sea

“A Strange Kind of Patronage” or How the Literary and Philosophical Society helped Henry Greathead fool Parliament and created the myth of the invention of the lifeboat.

Mothman from a painting by Fuseli

How we see them

Gail Nina Anderson tells of fairies, who told what tales where and when, and how variations were coloured by religious beliefs, dialect., local landscape and economy - or perhaps just the flair of a particular storyteller.

Literary and Philosophical Jesmond - walk 3

For his final outing, Keith Jewitt takes us on the highways and byways of Jesmond, encountering a witch, a well and the watchers.

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