Joining the Microdots

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Invisible ink or secret writing (SW, as it is known in the trade) has probably been used since not long after mankind learned to communicate in writing. Often viewed as the poor relation of its sophisticated sibling cryptography, it nonetheless thrived in the 20th century. Perhaps, with the recent decline of written communication, it will […]

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Royal Mail

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Would Victoria have been shocked had she known her collected letters were to be edited by two homosexuals? Did she even know what a homosexual was? This is the only question left unexamined by Yvonne Ward, who has written an unusual and fascinating book. James Lees-Milne in his 1986 biography was the first to reveal […]

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Pasternak Bound

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In the 1970s and 1980s there was a ‘shop’ in Pimlico where visitors to – and from, if they were daring – the USSR could select free of charge any number of books, largely Russian poetry, fiction and history banned by the Soviets, as long as they promised to distribute them to Soviet citizens. The […]

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