The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

What is it that prompts people to live in the past? Maybe they are romantics at heart, and believe that they should have been princes in mediaeval times? Possibly, they have hyperactive imaginations and feel fettered by the commonplace existence of today? Perhaps the pressures of modern life are too intense for them? Here are three case studies of nostalgia.
  1. What the present-day burghers of Belgium up to?
  2. What is the word for those who meet regularly to toll bells in ancient churches? Change-ringers? Campanologists? (Do they wear ear-plugs?)
  3. The wife likes the fashions, designs, architecture and mores of England in the 1920s. She tells me wistfully that she should have lived during those years. Truly, the glamour, chic, and elegance of the Roaring Twenties are a byword. Note how incredibly lovely the Indian Maharanis (The Lives and Times of Three Generations of Indian Princesses) were then. I like to think that the wife would have held her own nicely among the maharanis of Cooch Behar and Jaipur.


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