Virginia Woolf in Richmond - 19 July, 1919

from The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, page 292:

Yesterday in London the usual sticky stodgy conglomerations of people, sleepy and torpid as a cluster of drenched bees, were crawling over Trafalgar Square, & rocking about the pavements in the neighbourhood.  The one pleasant sight I saw was due rather to the little breath of wind than to decorative skills; some long tongue shaped streamers attached to the top of the Nelson column licked the air, furled & unfurled, like the gigantic tongues of dragons, with a slow, rather serpentine beauty. Otherwise theatres & music halls were studded with stout glass pin-cushions which, …   more >>

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Virginia Woolf, and Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, volume 1 (Harmondsworth, 1979), p. 292. accessed: 28 February, 2024

location of experience: Richmond


Virginia Woolf

Listening to

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Church bells

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 July, 1919
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors


Footnote to this entry reads: 'On 19 July 1919 official peace celebrations were held throughout Britian, with processions, massed choirs, firework displays and so forth.'

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:49:38 +0100
Approved on Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:00:20 +0000