Friday, 31 December 2010

The Philosophy of Ethel Mannin

Ethel Mannin created a sensation when she published Confessions and Impressions (1930). Aged only 29, it was the first volume of her memoirs and included a detailed account of her early life.

“I have always in the end got what I set out to get. Though keeping it may be another matter. But I have always believed profoundly in the magnetism of desire. There is no superstition about it - if one wants a thing intensely enough one must finally achieve it, for the simple reason that all one's thoughts and actions are directed towards that end, both consciously and unconsciously, and there is tremendous power in that unconscious propulsion towards the objective. The trouble with the majority of people is that they do not know what they want from life, and even when they have some idea, there is no passion in their wanting…. The lives of the majority of people are fundamentally wrong; wrong at the core; nothing but a series of recurrent appetites, the gratification of which fulfils no profound organic satisfaction. In all this fussing with a myriad things there is a missing of fundamental satisfaction all along the line. One observes it in the faces of men and women in the streets, hears it in their voices, observes it in their taboo-ridden, convention-bound conduct. They are the slaves of fear and superstition and fetish.”

Friday, 17 December 2010

Sash Repairs: The Sash Window Experts

You can find some fascinating historical resources about the history of the sash window at Sash Repairs website:

These Articles have been written by Architect and Writer David Wrightson, who provides a series of informative notes on the subject of all types of sliding sash and casement windows.

The Duke of Monmouth and Moor Park House: An Interesting Seventeenth–Century Sash Window Contract tells the story behind the contract order by the Duke of Monmouth for the sash windows and shutters for the stately home Moor Park.

Windows, Wind, and Weather
Part 1: A Short History of Weather Exclusion: Advice from the Past

Windows, Wind, and Weather
Part 2: A Short History of Weather Exclusion: advice for today

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


Interested in researching the fanlight above your front door. This page shows you all about the different Georgian and Victorian period styles.