Descriptions of T.E. Lawrence’s Voice
Many of his friends described his voice as being low. Here are some first-hand accounts:
Ernest Barker describes his voice as being low and quick.
L.B. Namier said that Lawrence “spoke in a low, soft voice” and that when he spoke his audience “would listen spellbound.”
Winifred Fontana (wife of the British Consul in Aleppo) described him as having a “donnish precision of speech.”
John Brophy described his voice as “low and precise.”
G.W.M. Dunn said when he spoke “his voice was magnetic, compelling attention.”
Flight-Lieutenant R.G. Sims said that Lawrence spoke “in a very low distinct voice.”
There are also several mentions of Lawrence’s infectious giggles when he was amused.
NEWS: Excavations for London’s Crossrail project have unearthed bodies believed to date from the time of the Black Death.
A burial ground was known to be in an area outside the City of London, but its exact location remained a mystery.
Thirteen bodies have been found so far in the 5.5m-wide shaft at the edge of Charterhouse Square, alongside pottery dated to the mid-14th Century.
Analysis will shed light on the plague and the Londoners of the day.
Read more on BBC
The Potato Club
In his early years as Tsarevich to all the Russias, Nicholas II was almost inseparable from the Mikhailovichi brothers Alexander (Sandro), Serge, and George. It was within this roguish band that the Potato Club was formed.
One day, whilst out riding their horses in the countryside, a group of them directed their horses into a potato field, whilst the others lost sight of their companions. When [the companions happened upon] a peasant farmer [and asked] where they had gone, the peasant replied, “They turned into potatoes!” And to commemorate this brotherhood, each man bore a potato shaped gold necklace around his neck.
When Serge Mikahilovich’s body was uncovered in Alapayevsk, along with many other members of the family, the same gold potato pendant was found on him, all those years later.
Informative piece by the Guardian datablog (which I highly recommend besides any usual history stuff).