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Less is more in the lessons of evolution and ephemeralisation

Last term at my son's school his year did a project on Victorians. The net was cast as wide as that in order to admit almost anything that could be described as Victorian dress, or sung to the words of a Victorian song, or wielded like a Victorian scythe. Beyond that there was little I could contribute to the project except to calm an ashen-faced victim when he returned from a museum visit with a grim tale of how children had been sent down the mines in the century before he was born.

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