Rattigan Glumphoboo

He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?
  He would not stay for me to stand and gaze.
I shook his hand, and tore my heart in sunder,
  And went with half my life about my ways.
[A.E. Housman, 'He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?']


PENNY LICKS: Sue Perkins and the ‘Deceptive Glass’ for Victorian Ice Cream

First and last images: ‘Deceptive Glass’ (c.1820-80), V&A; ‘Ice Glass’ (c. 1850-1900), V&A.

Second: children liking penny ice cream from a street vendor, date unknown;

Third: Sue Perkins tasting an original-style ice cream cone, GBBO (series 5, episode 2).

The Great British Bake-Off went back in time during their ‘Biscuit Week’ to learn about the Victorian invention of the ice cream cone. Before the biscuit cone (many of which were rolled so hot that they were more tubes than cones), nineteenth-century ice cream and gelato eaters took their scoops in penny licks, small glass cups provided by street vendors with the exact amount of glace for a penny. According to the V&A,

Extensive glass table services became increasingly popular towards the end of the 19th century, especially after press-moulded glass was introduced. This sturdy piece is blown and then further shaped by hand, with wheel-cut flat panels. It was probably made for use in a public café. [x]

But, as GBBO co-host and Super-sizer Sue Perkins remarked, ‘A penny lick off the street doesn’t sound like the most hygienic thing in the world.’ Indeed, as Sue went on to learn, the threat of cholera and other communicable diseases led to the outlawing of penny licks in 1899. Hence: the ice cream cone, an import devised by Italian-immigrant Antonio Valvona who patented his creation in Manchester in the 1890s.

With the advent of the cone by the early 20th century, gelato and ice cream fans could get, as Sue summed up, ‘All the fun, none of the typhoid.’

Sometimes you need a brotherly hand of support feat. Prince Christian and Princess Josephine of Denmark in Narsaq, Greenland on 1 August 2014.

Track Title: Ben Whishaw, sea poems

Artist: The Poetica podcast

Album: Tides


Ben Whishaw reading poems about the sea. I am drowning.


‘One Day I wrote her name upon the strand’ by Edmund Spenser

‘Ode To The Sea’ (extract) by Pablo Neruda

‘Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold

‘The Inspector of Tides’ by Michael Dransfield

‘Annabel Lee’ by Edgar Allan Poe

‘Love sonnet LXXVIII’ by Pablo Neruda


(From the Poetica podcast, “Tides.”)