Taittinger is a long-established French family firm famous for champagne production.
The headquarters of the champagne business are at Reims, a city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France.
Many portraits and photographs of Henry James show him in his 60s and early 70s.
However, there are a few pictures of him as a young man available on the Internet.
King Alfred (849-899), also known as Alfred the Great, was King of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex from 871 to 899. He has a reputation as a cultured and humane man who improved his kingdom's legal and military structure, and encouraged learning and education.
Although King Alfred himself is believed to have been illiterate until his late 30s, he is credited with the translation of various works from Latin into Old English, including Pope Gregory the Great's Pastoral Care and Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy. Various other writings have also been attributed to him, although it is not always clear to what extent Alfred actually did the writing himself as opposed to commisioning others (Click here for a detailed discussion of this issue).
The first chapter of King Alfred's Old English translation of Boethius's De Consolatio Philosophiae may be seen in the e-book below. Its translation into modern English may be seen by scrolling down.
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) was an Austrian composer, university teacher of music, and organist.
He wrote a great deal of sacred choral music, but is best known for his symphonies. Today, he is considered an influential and innovative composer, although his compositions were not particularly well received during his lifetime.
Listen here to Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 in D minor on Spotify.
Listen here to Anton Bruckner's Ave Maria on Spotify.
Lithium carbonate (often known just as lithium) and other lithium salts are used as psychiatric medication. They are mainly used to treat the psychiatric condition called bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression) but may also be used for depressive episodes in isolation.
Lithium is used to treat both the manic and depressive phases of bipolar disorder. It has been used as a mood stabiliser for about fifty years, although its mechanism is not fully understood. The lithium dosage needs to be very carefully monitored as it can be toxic if too much is taken.
Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) was a British painter and printmaker, whose style may broadly be described as abstract. Some of his work from the 1970s has been described as semi-abstract and compared to that of Henri Matisse.
The painting above is called 'Small Durand Gardens' and was painted in 1974.
Click here to see a picture of Howard Hodgkin standing in front of his painting 'Home on the Range'.
The Staffordshire pottery industry developed from the 17th century onwards, and was centred on six towns (Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall) which now make up Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. It is customary to refer to the area as a whole as the Staffordshire Potteries, or simply as The Potteries.
Historical Staffordshire potteries still in production today include Aynsley, Royal Doulton, Minton, Moorcroft, and Wedgwood.
The Chelsea porcelain factory, based in the Chelsea area of London, was in operation between about 1743 and 1784, when it was demolished. It catered for the aristocratic market, and specialised in decorative figurines.
In 1769, the Chelsea factory was bought by William Duesbury, owner of the Derby porcelain factory, and following the factory's demolition many of the patterns and moulds, as well as some of the workforce, were transferred to Derby.
The Turn of the Screw is a novella by Henry James, first published in 1898. It is a ghost story renowned for its capacity to convey a sense of evil and suspense.
It has been adapted on several occasions for film and television, and has been the inspiration for both opera and ballet works.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) was an English poet and Jesuit priest whose work only achieved critical acclaim after his death. He is now viewed as one of the most innovative of English poets because of his highly original use of language and his striking imagery:
I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
(Extract from 'Windhover' - Click here to see the full text)
Derek Nimmo (1930-1999) was an English actor who made something of a specialty of playing bungling churchmen and upper-class twits. He is probably best remembered for his role as the Reverend Mervyn Nooke in the British television sitcom All Gas and Gaiters (1966).
Samuel Pickwick Esquire is the main character in Charles Dickens' first novel The Pickwick Papers.
In the novel, Mr Pickwick is depicted as a kind and wealthy old gentleman; in illustrations he is usually portrayed as plump, round-faced, clean-shaven and bespectacled.
The Gloucester Old Spot is an English breed of pig, which has a white coat with variable black blotches.
It is renowned for its intelligence and docility, and for the sow's capacity to produce large litters.