An excerpt from today's Sunday Statesman in Calcutta/Kolkata - from its '100 Years Ago' column. It's about Dorf Bonarjee - click here for my earlier entries about this remarkable woman.
INDIAN LADY STUDENT AS POETESS
Success in Welsh Eisteddfod
An Indian lady student at University College, Aberystwyth, has scored a notable success in her 19th year. Miss Dorothy Bonarjee, daughter of Mr. D.N. Bonarjee, barrister, of Lucknow and Mussoorie, has been adjudged winner of a handsome oak chair at the college Eisteddfod for an ode on Owain of Wales (Owain Lawgoch). The examiners are required to give preference to Welsh odes, and it is rare for one written in the English tongue to secure the award. This is understood to be the first occasion of the competition being won by a non-European, or by a member of the fair sex. The odes are of the prescribed length of 220 lines, and according to the Times of India's London correspondent, the examiners report that Miss Bonarjee's poetic gifts are altogether exceptional. Mr. Bonarjee, who was in England on holiday, happened to be at the ceremony, and in response to the demands of the students made a short speech acknowledging the kindly enthusiasm with which they had received the successful competitor of a different race and country from their own.
Many thanks to Tapan Kumar Mukherjee for alerting me to this item in today's paper.
I've found a hole in the wall - you can see, it really is a hole in the wall. And it offers escape from the prison of the Regis Road estate.
For those who don't know Kentish Town, the Regis Road development is built on what was once Kentish Town's vast rail depot. It now houses such wonders as the car pound, the recycling depot, and the postal collection office. You've got the size of the place.
And it's laid out like a maze - except there's no solution. It's just a meander of streets, with a single entrance and exit. If only you could break through to Holmes Road or Grafton Road ... but you can't.
The slight problem with the 'hole' is that it's only a hundred yards or so from the spot where Regis Road breaks free and meets Kentish Town's high street. So it hardly revolutionises the geography of the place. But it least it adds a frisson of the unexpected -
Now, this hole in the wall leads to the top end of York Mews, a street which really has nothing to commend it apart from its obscurity. So it's hardly an enchanted garden. But in NW5, you take what you get. So go and explore the hole in the wall before someone seals it up.
It's amazing what you can find in the back streets of NW5.
I came across this sign on the door in one of the quietest, most unobtrusive corners of Kentish Town (I know, there aren't many).
I did wonder if this was perhaps a school instructing in the language, religion and culture of Poland. But the image made that seem unlikely.
A cursory search of the web suggested this was perhaps a ballet school. Well, true in part.
This is indeed a pole dancing school - and here's their website.
I couldn't help noticing that among the classes offered at this Ecole is one described in these smouldering terms:
This class is all about being SEXY!! Feel good and confident about yourself, while learning new slinky sensual floorwork, transitions and combos on the pole. The entire class is taught in heels (including warm up!) and will be extremely HOT!
OPEN TO ALL LEVELS - dance and choreography is the focus in this class so all levels welcome (just make sure you know how to climb the pole at least….) – Alex will insert Basic tricks and spins for those of a lower level and suggest more advanced tricks for the higher levels inbetween the dance parts…
It makes Rio's and Bluston's seem a little tame.
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