Wanna travel to London, 1895 ?

I’ve just discovered a manga at the Alain Lorraine library, and I love it ! It’s a long series titled Emma, set in London at the end of the XIXth century. There are lots of details about the city and the historical context. It’s also quite romantic… The author, Kaoru Mori, is an anglophile (= someone who loves everything English), and she has won many prizes for this work. I’ve just read the first volume, and I’m waiting for the next ones, because somebody has borrowed them.

The mangas from the library are in French, but I’ve just found an online version in English. I will go to the library first to check if the following volumes have arrived, although I’m really impatient to read what’s next, I prefer reading the paper version.

Emma - Kaoru Mori

Emma is also the title of an excellent novel written by Jane Austen in 1815, and she was quite a pioneer for her time. It has been adapted as a movie many times, and two particularly remarkable versions are Clueless, 1995, set in Beverly Hills, with Alicia Silverstone in the main part, and Emma, 1996, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.

More on the manga : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_(manga)

Will Scotland become independent ?

On September 18th, the Scots will vote and decide whether they want to remain British, or become independent. Says Wikipedia :

The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. Having entered into a personal union with the kingdoms of England and Ireland following James VI‘s succession to the English and Irish thrones in 1603, Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with England on 1 May 1707 to create a single Kingdom of Great Britain. This union resulted from the Treaty of Union agreed in 1706 and enacted by the twin Acts of Union passed by the Parliaments of both countries, despite popular opposition and anti-union riots in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and elsewhere. Great Britain itself subsequently entered into a political union with Ireland on 1 January 1801 to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Another page of history is about to be turned.