Diary sub-note: 1873. Dr Livingstone died
S.R. 5.31, S.S. 8.24
Unpacked books. Had a writing lesson & composition prep. Had a long rest & then went for a walk. Took 2 new girls round the grounds with Tish. Found a dead grass snake. Listened in to In Town Tonight* after supper.
* ‘IN TOWN TONIGHT’ was a popular BBC Home Service radio series (and later TV programme) which ran from 1933 to 1960. It developed a lively mix of features including one titled ‘Let’s Go Somewhere’ in which the presenter Brian Johnston would take part in some unusual activity, such as riding a circus horse, lying under a passing train, or being attacked by a police dog.
Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of a Collie: THE COLLIE: This very handsome and sagacious fellow has had to suffer for his popularity, and seldom figures at his rightful calling in charge of sheep, or performs at Trials. The real work is now left to the half-bred, or ‘working’ sheep dog, who often has a lurcher-cross about him, while the patrician lolls on the show bench. He still remains, however, one of the most intelligent of dogs. There are long – and smooth – coated varieties, the former the more common.