There's a reason people in England drive teeny tiny cars: teeny tiny streets.
First off. Don’t pronounce Mousehole the way it sounds, which is the way I did for weeks until I was sternly corrected. It’s "Mowzel." Try it a few times to make sure you have it down.
Here’s what I know about Mousehole:
People all over the world collect and trade cigarette cards; in fact, cigarette card collecting has a name: cartophily. Who knew? British cigarette manufacturers created some of the most fascinating and beautiful cards, including lots of gorgeous flower sets.
The cards started out as practical—in the 1800s cigarette manufacturers inserted cardboard "stiffeners" into cigarette packets to help reinforce and protect the contents. Some enterprising individual came up with the idea of using the cards as a marketing tools: enticing customers to buy more cigarettes in order to collect the whole series. Very clever actually.
Note sure how the season can go on without Matthew? Not to worry: he's back. Watch as Rob Kutner and Kody Chamberlain introduce: Downton Zombies.
England was the first country to print and use stamps—the first of which was sent from the post office in Bath. I know this is true because of this red sign, which we saw at the Bath post office, where we bought a sixpence for Philip, and which I trust without questioning.
I probably shouldn’t trust the sign so implicitly because grammatically, it’s incorrect. It should read: “The world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, was sent from Bath.” But we’ll let this go.
As stated in the above sign, the very first stamp was the Penny Black—so called because (A.) It cost a penny, and (B.) it was black. Why get all creative and stuff with product names when you can keep it plain and simple?
I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the world’s greatest works of art, has finally been finished—some 900 years after it was commissioned to mark William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings.
I know I’m happy—though not so much because the tapestry is complete but because I no longer feel bad about the quilt I started three years ago and haven’t worked on since.
I realize I have plenty of time.
Sob, gasp, snuffle. Season three is over! Sob, gasp, snuffle. But here's something to keep you active: Kyle Hilton has created four sets of Downton Abbey paper dolls to print out and play with. Never mind that—sob, gasp, snuffle—two are dead! Note the different expressions you can choose from, depending on how the character is feeling. I found these dolls on Vulture, where you can enlarge and print. Have fun. Sob, gasp, snuffle.
Poor Mary will never—sob, gasp, snuffle—be happy again. Check out the naked Mr. Pamuk!
Is there any game more baffling than cricket? But really, who cares about learning the rules when there are so many more important things to pay attention to: those dapper white uniforms; the tea the spectators drink and the cucumber sandwiches they eat; the word “wicket;” and the cool and genteel nature of the game itself. Who cares how it’s played?