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In celebration of Easter, here is a beautiful board game from 1808 of 'Mother Goose and the Golden Egg' by John Wallis

Here are some of the moves in the game!  

1. Mother Goose mounted on a gander - Pay 4 to secure her favour. 
 3. Mother Goose's Retreat. 
 5. Colin receiving the goose from Mother Goose, who tells him to give the Egg to Avaro, Colinette's father. Take Up 2. 
 7. Colin shows the golden egg to Avaro who wants him to kill the goose, that he may give him all the eggs at once, before he marries Colinette. 
 9. Colin, having, ungratefully consented to kill the goose, presented him by his best friend, is changed by Mother Goose to Harlequin, and Colinette to Columbine. Pay 3 for Ingratitude. 
 11. The mock dance between the Clown and Harlequin, dressed as a Barrow woman. Stay 1 turn to see this.  

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It is a beauteous evening, calm and free It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, 
The holy time is quiet as a Nun
 Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
 Is sinking down in its tranquillity;
 The gentleness of heaven broods o'er the Sea:
 Listen! the mighty Being is awake,
 And doth with his eternal motion make 
A sound like thunder--everlastingly.
 Dear Child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,
 If thou appear untouched by solemn thought,
 Thy nature is not therefore less divine:
 Thou liest in Abraham's bosom all the year;
 And worship'st at the Temple's inner shrine,
 God being with thee when we know it not. William Wordsworth

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With articles such as ‘Slowosophy’ and ‘The Art of Not Doing Much’, the IINDM recounts the wisdom of how to relax and live at a slower pace.  Many of us become consumed by the everyday bustle of working life and forget to take time for ourselves, time not even to think or contemplate but simply to remain peaceful and thoughtless, to empty our minds of worry and to feel contented in being…

One article gives insights into the etymology of the phrase ‘getting out of the wrong side of the bed’, with Augustus Caesar superstitious about the ancient belief of bad luck if you set the left food on the ground first.  Although these harbingers have long since become obsolete, the article goes on to describe the benefits of staying in bed.  With scientific evidence of: ‘beneficial mental states between sleep and wakefulness.  Sleeping longer can even make you more intelligent.’ With this in mind, it seems obligatory to stay in bed as long as possible, and yet the call of life ensues…

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Born Isabella Delves Broughton in 1958, Blow was an innovator of fashion.  Described as the epitome of an English eccentric, she was renowned for her extrovert dress sense, with her most well known outfit comprising of little more than red lipstick, a fur coat and hat.  Blow had aristocratic beginnings, growing up on her family’s estate in Cheshire, however her life was not one devoid of hardship; her difficult relationship with her parents, and the tragedy of losing a brother at a young age lead to problems with depression in later life.

Beginning her adult life in a squat in London at the age of 18, she later moved to New York, where she befriended prominent artists, Andy Warhol and Basquiat to name a few.  Later she went on to become Anna Wintour’s (the creative director of American Vogue in the 1980s) assistant.  Blow returned to London in 1986, working at Tatler Magazine, she became illustrious for her ability to discover and cultivate new design talent, one of her most famous discoveries was Alexander McQueen, she is known to have bought his entire graduate show collection and continually supported him through the development of his career.  Once Blow found a designer that she loved, she would promote them by exclusively wearing their pieces.  She was such an iconographic figure that people would take notice and recognise the designers she was cultivating.  Blow went on to have a successful career and to be a prominent figure in the fashion world, despite her constant battles with depression. 

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