Monthly Archives: February 2015

The return to Tahiti

Calderon arrived in London from Tahiti on 30 October 1906 and started writing his book about the island in November 1907. However, he soon gave it up to concentrate on his plays The Fountain and Cromwell: Mall o’Monks. Meanwhile, as Kittie put … Continue reading

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‘Black Pot’ and black holes

For the first two years that I was writing George Calderon’s biography, its working title was Black Pot: The Mysterious Life of George Calderon.  The reason for this was not just that several people before me had failed to find significantly … Continue reading

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Writers’ illnesses

Presumably George Calderon had recovered from the influenza that confined him to Fort Brockhurst for a fortnight; but if so, why did he come home on sick leave ‘still very ill and with a high temperature’, as Kittie described it? … Continue reading

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George convalescent

Among the more than a thousand letters in George and Kittie’s archive and eight international archives, there appears to be not one from or to either of them for the fortnight or so in February/March 1915 that George was at … Continue reading

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19 February 1915: The die is caught…

At a meeting of the War Council on this day, Kitchener withdrew his agreement to send the crack 29th Division to the Dardanelles. Before the die could hit the cloth, he had caught it and pocketed it again. His action … Continue reading

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16 February 1915: The die is tossed…

Since the War Council had decided on 28 January (see my post of that date) to mount a purely naval operation to force the Dardanelles a month later, not a great deal had happened. Churchill, as First Lord of the … Continue reading

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15 February 1915

About today one hundred years ago, George Calderon finally escaped from the quarantine of Fort Brockhurst near Gosport and made it home to Hampstead for at least a fortnight’s sick-leave. As Kittie wrote in her memoirs, he was ‘still very … Continue reading

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