I'm interested in scads of topics, and it seems I'm always running into interesting tidbits. I'd like to share some with you. I promise they'll always have at least a fleeting relevance to the day at hand.
Otto Witte was a circus acrobat, a magician, and a sword-swallower. He also looked exactly like the nephew of the Ottoman Sultan. So when the Albanian Muslims asked Halim Eddine to become their king, what did Otto do?
Above: Chatsworth Estate, the estate that took most of Paxton's time. Etching by unknown artist, before 1881.
Below: The Crystal Palace, designed by Paxton for the Great Exhibition. Photograph by Philip Henry Delamotte, 1854