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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If I Had a Time Machine . . .

I would:

1. Sit in on one of C.S. Lewis's lectures at Oxford
2. Attend the 1851 London Exhibition at the Crystal Palace
3. Attend the Paris Exhibition in 1889 at the Palais des Machines, when the Eiffel Tower was built
4. Sneak into a meeting of the Inklings
5. Find out how Napoleon really died
6. Ditto Jim Thompson
7. Visit Jane Austen before she was a famous author to verify that Tom Lefroy was not actually her lover so I can watch Becoming Jane and laugh
8. Attend the first production of Peter Pan
9. See the Beatles perform, in the early days, when they were still cute
10. Go to the Paris Salon in 1865 and introduce myself to Manet
11. Meet Jean-Francois Millet, Vincent Van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer, Sandro Boticelli, Louis Sullivan
12. Visit Cluny III (the abbey) while it was still standing
13. Witness the miracle of the loaves and the fishes
14. Watch the original olympics in Ancient Greece
15. Check out the Sphinx back in the days he had a nose
16. Attend a real Victorian tea party where you get to wear the cool hats
17. Go to the first viewing of La Sortie de l'usine Lumiere a Lyon and see the reactions on people's faces
18. Attend a Jane Austen-era ball
19. Visit Thailand when Ayutthaya was the capital, before it was invaded
20. Meet Gilbert and Sullivan, see the premiere of Pirates of Penzance
21. Ask Elizabeth Gaskell how she was planning on ending Wives and Daughters.

4 comments:

Janine said...

Your time machine desires are remarkably cultured. My #1 would definitely be to smack Pilate upside the head. Then I'd go tell John Maynard Keynes that no one actually understands Keynesian economics.

Janine said...

Heh. That'll show YOU, Keynes.

Peter Von Brown said...

Cool!

#8 tops my list of what I would do as well!

I'm a Barrie/Pan scholar, and if I may crow like Pan himself, I've written a novel based on Barrie's notes and own idea for more adventure. Click here to see.

Keep believing.

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