A very merry birthday, mr. Dodgson!

On 27 January 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, was born. He would have been 186 years old today.

Dodgson was born in the old parsonage at Daresbury, Cheshire. He was the 3rd child and eldest son of Reverend Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Lutwidge and had 3 brothers and 7 sisters. He died in Guildford of pneumonia on 14 January 1898.

20th Anniversary of this website!

Oh my, can you believe that this website is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this month??

In 1997 I started my studies at university and got access to the internet on the campus. Being already a fan of Disney’s cartoon movie and Lewis Carroll’s books, I searched the web for more information about them. But I only found fragmented info.

I wanted to try my hand at building my own website, so I gave it a shot. In those days, Microsoft Frontpage was all the rage. Google was unknown; we all used Altavista to find webpages and we viewed them in the Netscape browser. My first website was very similar to most of the other personal websites in that time: it had frames, white letters on black backgrounds, animated gifs (burning torches and rainbow colored lines) and a Nedstat counter. 🙂

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s 152th anniversary

Exactly 152 years ago today, the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published.

Lewis Carroll started the story during a boat trip with Alice and her sisters on the 4th of July, 1862. Later he expanded the tale for publication and the first edition of the book was printed on 4 July 1865, exactly 3 years after the boat trip. But this first issue was recalled because of unsatisfactory printing. The official publishing date is therefore 18 November 1865.

The original first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland