Page 4 of Bécassine Among the Allies sees our heroine make the technological leap from porte-plume (nib pen) to stylo (fountain pen). The porte-plume was the standard writing instrument of the 19th Century, and was essentially a metal nib on a stick. The writer dipped the pen into an inkwell, and so controlled the amount of ink in the instrument. The stylo or fountain pen, which dominated the handwriting world in the first half of the 20th Century, had the virtue of portability, as a large amount of ink could be stored in the hollow handle. Unfortunately this ink would occasionally gush forth, as Bécassine discovers, and as Charlie Brown was still discovering in the 1950s. The ballpoint pen of the later 20th Century reduced (but did not eliminate) the risk of ink stains, but lost the nib edge, thereby destroying the art of handwriting. Many cartoonists still use a nib pen. Source: Musée de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir.
Morton's U20 squad have been training in Varna, Bulgaria. Morton chairman Douglas Rae has been awarded an OBE.
The very very latest on Lowland League expansion: Threave Rovers are indeed out, and go to the South of Scotland League; Civil Service Strollers and Hawick Royal Albert are in. That brings the Lowland League complement up to 16. CSS and HRA come up from the East of Scotland League, leaving that league down one club, as Tweedmouth Rangers are joining it from the North Northumberland League.
June 8th, it was Vancouver 3 - 0 Ottawa, and Montreal 0 - 0 Toronto in the Canadian Championship semifinals, second leg. Vancouver and Toronto advance to the final.
Donald Keene poses in a recreation of his New York apartment at the Donald Keene Center in Kashiwazaki, Niigata, in 2013. How many translators have a museum dedicated to them in their own lifetime, or ever? Source.
Sure, you knew about clay tablets, but did you know about clay envelopes? This letter and envelope are in the Museo Archeologico Centrale dell' Etruria in Florence, and have not yet been translated. In fact most cuneiform documents are still untranslated, owing to a world shortage of cuneiform experts. Source.
The city of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt is the site of the biggest haul of ancient papyrus yet found, but it has also thrown up some other things -- like these socks. They were knit using a one-needle technique later found in Vikings burials. They have a split toe so they can be worn with sandals. You can see them at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Jesus and Buddha are a couple of dudes sharing an apartment in Tokyo. Of course they are! This is why we have manga, to teach us these things! Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men is up to volume 11 and has been made into an anime, but it's not available in English yet. But they're talking about it at the British Museum.