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  • For sale, gun Queen Victoria gave servant rumoured to be her lover: Double-barrelled rifle [tr]

    04/05/2016 6:27:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 4, 2016 | Staff
    An antique rifle that was a gift from Queen Victoria to a manservant who was rumoured to have been her lover is to be sold at auction. The .450 double-barrelled hammer rifle, valued at £40,000 was given to John Brown at Christmas 1873. The monarch had turned to trusted attendant Brown for counsel after the death of her husband, Prince Albert in 1861, and it was suggested they were romantically involved.
  • Cressida Bonas is whirled around the dance floor in an elegant period dress [tr] [Harry's Ex]

    03/04/2016 6:58:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 3, 2016 | Sam Creighton and Sophia Moir
    With her charming grace and flowing ball gown, she certainly looks every inch the aristocrat. But then, Cressida Bonas has had her fair share of practice attending such regal events as featured in ITV's Doctor Thorne. Prince Harry's former girlfriend makes her television debut on Sunday in the three-part drama that sees her play the small part of Patience Oriel, a ‘very pretty’ potential love interest for a main character who is dismissed because her fortune is not big enough.
  • How the Beeb (BBC) has turned Dickens into the one soap you MUST watch: Your indispensable [tr]

    12/26/2015 5:05:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2015 | Laura Freeman
    Before Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and even Sherlock Holmes, there was Charles Dickens' Inspector Bucket. He may be less well-known and not possess the deductive brilliance of his successors, but in his plodding, dogged, methodical, clean-shirted way Mr Bucket is one of the all-time great detectives. In Bleak House, while others soak themselves in gin and criminality, the Inspector has his breakfast of tea, toast and marmalade before a day's work quietly, politely dredging up the truth from London's darkest depths. Inspector Bucket is a central character in the BBC's ambitious new 20-episode series Dickensian, which starts tonight. It's something...
  • New self-portrait by Charlotte Bronte is discovered and she drew it by looking in the mirror [tr]

    10/27/2015 6:30:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2015 | Dayla Alberge
    It is hardly the most flattering of likenesses, but a pencil sketch of a woman's head has been identified as a rare self-portrait by Charlotte Brontë. It dates from 1843, four years before she was to publish Jane Eyre, one of English literature's great masterpieces, and when she was suffering the acute agony of unrequited love. The discovery has been made by the acclaimed literary biographer, Claire Harman, who describes it as 'massively significant' as there are only two other known lifetime portraits.

    05/01/2015 6:17:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 1, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    We’re finishing the Victorian novel class I have been taking at a college in St. Paul with Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I want to offer a few notes on the novel in the hope that some readers may share their thoughts and others may take up the novel if they haven’t read it before. It is an essential novel. Our great young teacher has structured the course with four novels that evoke the plight of women in Victorian fiction. With Tess we reach the summit (or a summit) of this plight. Tess is an extraordinarily lovable woman who...

    03/13/2015 7:58:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 13, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    Though Middlemarch has a large cast of characters involved in intricately related plots, Dorothea Brooke stands out as the book’s heroine. The narrative begins and ends with her. Book I of the novel’s eight Books is “Miss Brooke.” She is a young woman of simple beauty and surpassing decency. She yearns idealistically to benefit humanity, or subordinate herself as the helpmate of a great man like John Milton in his blindness. Yet she is exceedingly foolish.

    03/12/2015 6:23:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 12, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    On Monday I finished reading George Eliot’s great Victorian novel Middlemarch for the first time. I have tried and failed to finish it several times; it’s not easy reading. At a few points it is, briefly, a slog. Although it remains a subject of debate, I believe the novel lacks a happy ending. Nevertheless, for me, the ending was happy. I finished the book. What did it take? I sought permission to audit an undergraduate class in the Victorian novel at a local college and paid for the privilege. I needed a structure within which to read the book. Like...
  • Victorian fathers were the ORIGINAL New Men who spent time and joked with their children

    01/16/2015 6:55:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2015 | Martha Cliff
    We may all have been cooing at David Beckham's touching outing with his three-year-old daughter Harper on her scooter this week, but according to a new study, this fatherly behaviour is nothing new. The study contests the widely-held view that there's been a generational shift in attitudes to fatherhood and only today's 'New Man'is more comfortable with his parenting role. Academics from the universities of Manchester and Leeds examined fatherhood in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries and found strong evidence that dads were far more involved in their children's lives than previously thought.
  • Let's Bring Back Mourning Clothes

    10/29/2014 6:40:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 26, 2014 | Hillary Kelly
    When Ellen Olenska—freshly back from Europe under a pall of ambiguous disgrace—invites Newland Archer to her home for the first time in Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence, she ignores the unwritten sartorial mandates and dons “a long robe of red velvet bordered about the chin and down the front with glossy black fur.” As a little girl, Ellen appeared to exhibit a similar disregard for convention, mourning her parents in wildly inappropriate clothing: “crimson merino and amber beads.” The gossips and busybodies who recall that childhood faux pas want to imply a provocative question About Ellen: Was the...
  • The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

    10/21/2014 10:46:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 21, 2014 | Justin Jones
    All-black attire hasn’t always been reserved for coffee shop poets and champagne-sipping fashionistas. Up until the turn of the 20th century, it was almost exclusively a sign of mourning: women publicly showing respect for the loss of a loved one. But, somewhere between the fury of the industrial revolution and women’s liberation, the tradition itself died out, leaving only a brief implication that lingers in graveyards and funeral services with fleeting significance. Now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is revisiting the trend, taking visitors back to black with the debut of the Anna Wintour Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in...
  • Bono's daughter Eve Hewson stuns in period costume during ..on set of drama The Knick in snowy NY

    01/10/2014 7:11:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | Fay Strang
    She first made her mark in the movie industry in 2011 starring alongside Sean Penn in This Must Be The Place. And it seems Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson is here to stay, as she was spotted on the set of period drama The Knick on Thursday. The 22-year-old was seen in costume on the snowy streets of New York as a wedding scene, featuring Juliet Rylance, unfolded.
  • 'Wearing a corset is liberating!' Meet the woman living a modern-day Victorian life..

    11/14/2013 12:06:40 PM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 14, 2013 | Olivia Fleming
    For more than 50 years, American women have cast off constrictive undergarments, which feminists have long criticized as symbols of repression. But for one Seattle resident, embracing the corset in the 21st century has been a tool of empowerment -- not oppression. For the last four years, 33-year-old Sarah Chrisman has not only worn a corset on a daily basis, she has also unabashedly embraced the 19th century, deciding to live a wholly Victorian-era lifestyle.
  • Carey Mulligan sports period costume..starts shooting ... new take of Far From The Madding Crowd

    10/21/2013 5:56:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sarah Bull
    It's a story which was been famously brought to life by Julie Christie adapted from Thomas Hardy's novel written in 1874. But now Carey Mulligan is taking on the role of Bathsheba Everdene in a new take on the story of the West Country heiress loved by three men, which is promised to be a 'raw and revolutionary' adaptation of the classic tale. The 28-year-old actress was seen in character as Bathsheba on the set of the new movie in Sherborne, Dorset, on Sunday, in what marks the first official look at the upcoming film.
  • Haunting photographs of the dead taken in Victorian age shows fad for relatives posing alongside....

    10/09/2013 6:29:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Lined up for a family photo these Victorian children look miserable as they stare sternly at the camera. But their grim expressions may be understandable after it becomes clear they are posing for a macabre photo with their dead younger sibling who is laid out on a chair. These remarkable pictures show the morbid way that the deceased were remembered in the late 19th century.
  • Horse-drawn carriages, strict Victorian dress codes and NO cars: The Michigan island stuck...

    06/12/2013 10:40:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    AP ^ | June 12, 2013 | Staff
    An Island in Michigan has kept Victorian-era charm thanks to its ban on motor vehicles and has become a huge tourist draw for its quaint ways. Motor vehicles have been banned on the island since the start of the 20th century after an automobile frightened some of the horses. These days, people still travel by horse-drawn carriage, as well as by bike and by foot. Mackinac Island, located off the Straits of Mackinac separating Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, was an important outpost in the region's fur trade, but that gave way to fishing and eventually tourism. Among the main...
  • Researchers suggest Victorian-era people more intelligent than modern-day counterparts

    05/18/2013 5:32:16 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 49 replies
    PhyOrg ^ | 17 May 2013 | Bob Yirka
    In a new study, a European research team suggests that the average intelligence level of Victorian-era people was higher than that of modern-day people. They base their controversial assertion on reaction times (RT) to visual stimuli given as tests to people from the late 1800s to modern times—the faster the reaction time, they say, the smarter the person.
  • Wolves in Petticoats: The Victorian Werewolf

    09/14/2012 3:33:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The Freehold ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    This is a rough excerpt from the introduction of a book on Victorian werewolves I am writing right now. It should be finished sometime around March 2013. (I have way too many projects to give it my full attention this year) Introduction It has been suggested that the Vampire legend, largely created by Bram Stoker, is the most enduring and famous creature mythos to emerge out of popular Gothic literature. While this may be true the lowly werewolf must also be given a place of distinction. The literature of the Victorian era werewolf has nowhere near the enduring popularity of...
  • Gothic Monsters- The Litany of Fear in H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau

    09/14/2012 11:00:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    The Freehold ^ | September 13, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    H.G. Wells may be known as one of the first writers of science fiction but his novel The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of the first modern horror stories and hits upon four of the greatest fears of the Victorian age. His work does this in such a subtle and inventive way that we may need to reevaluate Wells and name him one of the modern fathers of horror fiction as well. The four fears that Wells so intricately weaves into his story are the fear of science, the fear of internal corruption, the fear of reverse colonization, and...
  • The Victorian Internet (Precursor to the Modern internet)

    08/18/2012 7:44:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Tom Sandage ^ | 8/18/2012 | Tom Sandage
    In the nineteenth century there were no televisions, aeroplanes, computers, or spacecraft; neither were there antibiotics, credit cards, microwave ovens, compact discs, or mobile phones. There was, however, an Internet. During Queen Victoria’s reign, a new communications technology was developed that allowed people to communicate almost instantly across great distances, in effect shrinking the world faster and further than ever before. A world-wide communications network whose cables spanned continents and oceans, it revolutionised business practice, gave rise to new forms of crime, and inundated its users with a deluge of information. Romances blossomed over the wires. Secret codes were devised...
  • Incredible black-and-white pictures capture how railroads and steamboats helped forge its future..

    07/20/2012 6:29:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 19, 2012 | Staff
    They are images of a nation in motion - of a country building its future with expanding railroads and industrial opportunities. These glorious black-and-white photographs, which have been released by the Library of Congress, reveal America reveling in its new-found productivity, at a time when steam engines and steamboats were forging the nation ahead. The images, taken between 1870 and 1920, capture the determination with which America tackled the new century - and how the country also began enjoying the fruits of the 19th century's industrial labour, in what was termed the Gilded Age.
  • ..Michigan's Mackinac Island Grand Hotel is as stunning today as it was in 1887

    07/09/2012 4:46:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 8, 2012 | Staff
    As it gets ready to celebrates its 125th birthday on Tuesday these stunning pictures show the elegant Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Since July 10 1887 the 385-room hotel has welcomed guests to stay in its magnificent rooms. In honor of the landmark anniversary rooms will be available for $125 per person, including breakfast and a cocktail reception followed by a five-course feast for dinner.
  • ..Diana Rigg joins Matt Smith and new assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman on the Doctor Who set

    07/04/2012 6:16:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 3, 2012 | Andrea Magrath
    Two iconic British television shows collided this week when The Avengers star Diana Rigg popped up on the set of Doctor Who. The actress, 73, was pictured filming a guest role on the BBC series with Matt Smith and new assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman. The trio were dressed in Period costume as they filmed scenes in Butetown, in Cardiff.
  • Queen Victoria's mourning outfit emerges for sale...

    06/13/2012 1:03:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 13, 2012 | Amy Oliver
    When her beloved Albert died suddenly in 1861 Queen Victoria plunged into deep mourning until her death 40 years later. Such was the monarch's grief she only wore black for the rest of her life and tried to avoid public appearances. Now an entire mourning outfit, including a skirt with 43" waist and monogrammed silk bloomers, is set to go under the hammer on June 30.
  • Ye olde vampire slaying kit: Victorian oak box complete with wooden stakes

    06/07/2012 8:07:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2012 | Tom Gardner
    They say you can never be too prepared... but even for the most superstitious person this may be overkill. A 19th century Vampire slaying kit, which includes a wooden mallet and four oak stakes, glass vials of holy water and garlic paste is expected to fetch up £2,000 when auctioned later this month. The macabre artefact also has a percussion cap pistol - invented in the 1830 - and a steel bullet mold, all carefully crafted to offer the best protection against any creatures of the night.
  • ..Sketches by Queen Victoria that she didn't want seen revealed after 150 years

    01/13/2012 7:04:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2012 | Eleanor Harding
    They were intimate pictures she never wanted the public to see. So when Queen Victoria’s family portraits – sketched by herself – were leaked to a journalist, she sought an injunction. In one of the first cases of its kind, the furious monarch applied to the courts to stop publication of the drawings in the 1840s. Now, more than 150 years later, the public will be offered the rare chance to see them when copies of six of the pictures go to auction.
  • Revealed: The teenage mistress who mesmerised Charles Dickens

    05/22/2010 6:21:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies · 1,123+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2010 | AN Wilson
    On June 9, 1865, the 'tidal train', as the Victorians called the train which picked up cross-Channel passengers, was making its way from Folkestone to London, rattling through Kent at 50 miles per hour. Between Headcorn and Staplehurst, a gang of platelayers was working on the line and had taken up 50 feet of track. Their foreman had miscalculated the time of the approaching train. A crash was inevitable. The train careered over a little bridge into a stream. Ten passengers were killed and 40 injured.
  • Open to the public for the first time in 145 years, Brunel Tunnel under the Thames

    03/12/2010 7:16:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies · 1,264+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2010 | Staff
    The public is to get its first chance in 145 years to see the Brunnel tunnel under the Thames that was hailed as an eighth wonder of the world and a triumph of Victorian engineering. The tunnel is open today and tomorrow and a Fancy Fair originally held in 1852 below the river will be recreated at the nearby Brunel Museum. It was built between 1825 and 1843 by Marc Brunel and his son, Isambard, and was the first known to have been built beneath a navigable river.
  • First postal order sold at action (UK 1881)

    02/10/2010 9:43:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 133+ views
    Telegraph ^ | February 10, 2010 | Staff
    The perfectly-preserved payment, which has the serial number 000001, was the first of millions produced by the Post Office in Lombard Street, London, in 1881. It sold for £4,485, smashing the guide price of £2,500. Auctioneer Richard Beale, of Warwick and Warwick Auctioneers, said: “This was a very unique item and as such went for a lot more than predicted. There were lots of bids from enthusiasts. It’s been in the same family for over 130 years so the opportunity to own something as rare as this doesn’t come up very often. Collectors were always going to have to dig...
  • More Victorian Valentine Cards

    02/05/2010 6:18:51 AM PST · by jay1949 · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | February 5, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Valentine's Day derives from the Feast of St. Valentine, established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I. Why this feast day was decreed remains obscure and the identity of the specific St. Valentine thus honored is uncertain -- there are several St. Valentines recorded in the early centuries of the Catholic Church. Neither is it certain how the Feast of St. Valentine came to be associated with cupid, romance, roses, doves, and such.
  • Victorian Valentine's Day Cards

    02/05/2010 6:16:46 AM PST · by jay1949 · 198+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | January 31, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Beginning in the mid-19th century, Valentine's Day cards became very popular, and many examples of Victorian-era cards still exist. Popular themes included cherubs, angels, roses, hearts, and pretty girls. For the most part, Victorian style Valentine's Day cards were made like postcards, with the picture on one side and space for a message on the other.
  • How the Cadbury family of the Victorian age would put today's fat cats to shame

    01/23/2010 8:52:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies · 851+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | January 23, 2010 | AN Wilson
    The only alternative, say these hard-headed realists, is to allow the market to find its own level. Rejoice for the great modern British success stories such as Tesco, the third largest retailer in the world; or Dyson, the superb vacuum-cleaner manufacturer; or Burberry, our chic rain-coat and luggage-maker. Why all this fuss about an American company taking over the most famous firm of English chocolate and cocoa-makers?
  • Extraordinary 19th cent. photo's of explorer's travels unearthed and he painted the colours himself

    09/16/2009 10:47:13 AM PDT · by BGHater · 38 replies · 1,512+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 15 Sep 2009 | Daily Mail
    A stunning collection of photographs taken by a 19th century globetrotter has caused a stir - because he meticulously painted the colours in himself. The amazing images shed new light on the world as it was more than 100 years ago, with vivid images of snake charmers, ships on the Suez Canal and fighting Sikhs, among others.Henry Harrison, a Royal Navy Paymaster General, took the black and white  pictures on his voyages around the globe and, because he was a talented artist, was able to painstakingly colour them in. Stunning imagery: One of Henry Harrison's photographs shows prisoners in China...
  • London suffering from shocking rise in rare 'Victorian' diseases

    04/15/2009 1:34:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 56 replies · 2,153+ views
    The Evening Standard (U.K.) / various ^ | April 15, 2009 | Joe Murphy,
    London suffering from shocking rise in rare 'Victorian' diseasesJoe Murphy, Political Editor 15.04.09   London is in the grip of a startling rise in diseases associated with Victorian times, figures disclose today.Rare infectious illnesses including typhoid, whooping cough and scarlet fever have soared by 166 per cent in the past two years.Infection rates in the capital are markedly higher than the national averages, warned Justine Greening, the shadow minister for London who assembled the figures.They include a staggering 214 per cent increase in cases of mumps - up from 125 in 2007 to 393 last year. The disease is...
  • Imagining the east

    06/03/2008 1:43:16 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 101+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 29 May 2008 | Rachel Aspden
    Once dismissed as imperialist fantasies about the Muslim world, British orientalist paintings are once again becoming popular. Their exotic visions tell us much about the social and cultural history of Victorian Britain A snake writhes over the desert sands that half submerge the Sphinx. A crafty merchant examines a coin presented by two anxious, veiled customers. Heavily laden camels kneel at an encampment. Bored, gorgeously clad concubines lounge in the secret depths of a harem. The British orientalist paintings of Tate Britain's forthcoming exhibition "The Lure of the East" are colourful, exotic, often technically brilliant. But they are also controversial,...
  • Secrets of Cambridge 'porn' library revealed

    02/14/2008 9:12:07 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 187+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 14/02/2008 | Stephen Adams
    For decades generations of Cambridge undergraduates have fantasised about a secret stash of Victorian pornography in the university's library tower. Many have tried to gain access to the chamber to uncover its illicit secrets. So intrigued was Stephen Fry by the collection that he wrote about it in his first novel, The Liar. Despite the brilliant scientists, spies and politicians that the university has produced, no student is believed to have gained access to the closely-guarded hideaway. But now it seems all their efforts have been in vain. For all that is contained within "this magnificent erection", as Neville Chamberlain...
  • Why We Are Still Arguing About Darwin

    01/17/2008 10:27:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 952 replies · 23,162+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 10 Jan 2008 | Lee Harris
    Today, almost one hundred and fifty years after the publication of The Origin of Species, we are still arguing about Darwin. How is this possible? If Darwin's theory of natural selection is a scientific theory, as its defenders claim, then why hasn't it been able to establish itself securely in the public mind? Why, in short, is Darwin still the subject of continuing controversy and acrimonious debate? Contrast this on-going battle over Darwin with the fate of the other great scientific revolutions. The same Christian fundamentalists who argue that public school should teach creationism have no quarrel with the...
  • When medical students robbed graves

    08/05/2005 9:01:15 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies · 857+ views
    Times-Argus ^ | June 26, 2005 | Mark Bushnell
    When medical students robbed graves June 26, 2005 Mark Bushnell The citizens of Hubbardton were hopping mad and with good reason. One of their own had been snatched from their midst. Certain who had done it, 300 men from town gathered at daybreak on Nov. 29, 1830, and marched behind the county sheriff on the five-mile trek south to Castleton. There they surrounded the Castleton Medical School building and demanded to be let in. The men waited impatiently outside while the dean fumbled around for the key, which he claimed he'd misplaced. Once the door was finally opened, the citizenry...
  • Runaway Story - (Anne Applebaum on Jennifer Wilbanks' "great escape")

    05/04/2005 8:37:11 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 67 replies · 1,959+ views
    You're supposed to be happy at your wedding, even though some people aren't. At the same time, it's still considered selfish and immature to run away and abandon the caterers if you're distraught -- even though lots of people probably want to. Part of the culture says the conventional, social bits of weddings don't matter, and part of the culture says they do. Part of the culture says weddings are about true love, and part of the culture says they're about Cuisinarts. It's been hard, to avoid learning that she and her husband had planned to have 28 attendants and...
  • Venezuela's Chavez: A Marxist who hates Spam

    01/10/2005 11:30:28 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 191+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 10, 2005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Venezuela's Marxist dictator, Hugo Chavez, has begun confiscating farms and ranches, a violent act worthy of Zimbabwe’s ethinc cleansing, marauding socialist tyrant Robert Mugabe. Like Mugabe, his made his first target a wealthy British aristocrat. But unlike Mugabe, who openly reveled in barbarism, Chavez is using stagecraft calculated to create a melodrama that will excite his supporters, while putting the rest of the world to sleep. And he's doing it to conceal reality Staged with troops, cameras, peasants waving machetes, circling helicopters, Chavez's cow drama aligns “the people” against the 32,000-hectare cattle ranch of Lord Sam Vestey, a British-accented villain...