There is nothing new under the sun, says Ecclesiastes, and when it comes to social media Tom Standage has set out to prove the saying right. His day job is as a journalist and the digital editor at The Economist. But he’s also the author of a book called The Victorian Internet. And he’s got another in the pipeline called Cicero’s Web. I began by asking him about a technology which totally transformed Australian life in the Victorian era - the telegraph wire.
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Gorey died in 2000 at the age of 75. Not long after, a slim paperback called The Strange Case of Edward Gorey was published. It was written by Alexander Theroux, one of Gorey’s close friends — he had few. Recently, Theroux went back to the now-out-of-print original monograph to rewrite, expand and redesign it. It’s just been published in hardcover, and Theroux spoke to Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen about his peculiar longtime friend.
CNN news anchor Rick Sanchez was tweeting before Twitter was cool. Wait, it’s still not cool … but no matter. Because he’s such an expert in new social media, we’ve asked him to play a game called "Queen Victoria could have tweeted, but chose not to." Three questions about old social media — namely, the telegraph — inspired by the book The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage.
Peter Bazalgette, great great Grandson of Sir Joseph Bazalgette on the story of his ancestor’s proposal for a sewage system for London.
London Without…Bazalgette is a guided trail that celebrates one of London’s most important if not fragrant inventions, the sewage system invented by Victorian Engineer Joseph Bazalgette. With an I-Phone app, scratch n’ sniff cards and a special podcast, London Without… Bazalgette is intended to give the participant a visceral experience of life both before and after Bazalgette’s brilliant solution to London’s sewage problems. The trail takes in hidden parts of the Embankment, the remarkable Crossness Pumping Station and the Broad Street pump memorial. During the Story of London Festival, the walks will be available on each weekend (2nd/3rd & 9th/10th of October) at 9am, 1pm and 5pm respectively. The PDF trail is available for download here, along with the I-Phone app and accompanying podcast.