The Times Concise Atlas of the World: Ninth Edition, 26 July 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

To Relish

Yesterday, I bought three books from my favourite second-hand bookshop1 on subjects of particular interest to me: maps, Ancient Greece and the Romanticists. I was especially pleased with the atlas2—to date, the second in my possession—which shall be a source of endless fascination (I wrote about my love for atlases in “This October”3.)

To Research

Presently, I am reading Modern Art and the Death of a Culture by H. R. Rookmaaker, which gives a Christian perspective on modern art. Though I am an atheist, I find it most insightful. After I have finished it, I shall read The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets—writers from a culture I hold in the highest esteem—by Michael Schmidt.

The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets and Wordsworth: Poetical Works, 26 July 2020. Copyright 2020 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.

To Recite

Wordsworth is the finest Romantic poet. Whilst I own several digital copies and one softcover of selections of his works, Wordsworth: Poetical Works “contains every piece of original verse … published by the poet himself, or of which he can be shown to have authorized the posthumous publication”4—a treasure to a Wordsworth devotee!

  1. Quirk & Leopard in the seaside town of Hermanus in the Western Cape province of South Africa; all hardcovers, for less than 400 ZAR (South African rands, approximately 24 USD, 21 EUR or 19 GBP)—a steal.
  2. The Times’ Concise Atlas of the World: Ninth Edition.
  3. In the “I bought an atlas” section.
  4. An extract from the front flap of the dust jacket.

Sheltering airships

LZ 129 Hindenburg with RD-4 over Lakehurst May 1936
The U.S. Coast Guard Douglas RD-4 Spica escorts the Hindenburg on arrival at Lakehurst, New Jersey (USA), after its inaugural flight from Germany in 1936.

A gargantuan garage

Airship hangars are specialised buildings that are used for sheltering airships during construction, maintenance and storage. Rigid airships always needed to be based in airship hangars because weathering was a serious risk.


“Hangar”, the first track on Airship, was inspired by Hangar No. 1 at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst (pictured above). The music describes the interior of the enormous building with driving synths, hovering strings and atmospheric percussion. I cannot wait for you to hear it!

Source: Wikipedia

9 August 1884

French Airship, 'La France'

Today in history

Today, 132 years ago, French army airship La France made a historic trip. It was the first airship to successfully return to its starting point. It flew for 23 minutes, covering a distance of 8 km. Hurrah!