Thomas Hardy and the goldfinch

The celebrated pet cemetery at Max Gate is an unequivocal declaration of Thomas Hardy’s love of animals and his epitaph for his beloved, if unruly, wire-haired terrier Wessex is a testament to his rarely heralded mastery of brevity. It says, simply: ‘Faithful. Unflinching.’ It’s little surprise to find Hardy was a member of the RSPCA, Read More…

Lulworth! Camera! Action!

Had British film pioneer Cecil Hepworth followed up his passing fancy Brownsea Island may well have been included in the pantheon of great British film studios alongside Pinewood, Shepperton, Elstree and Ealing. Hepworth, who is credited with inventing the panning shot while filming the funeral of Queen Victoria in February 1901, was a keen sailor Read More…