Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee are skinhead 1960’s soccer fans


This May, a London jeweller-turned-artist named Joe O’Donovan displayed his new series of “Alice in Wonderland” paintings at the Marleybone Library in Westminster. The West End Extra reported that “among the works is a picture of Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, who the 57-year-old acrylics painter has reimagined as a pair of hardnut football fans on their way to a distinctly retro Wembley Stadium.” Indeed, and O’Donovan himself describes the pair on his website in more detail:

Yes, the Skinheads as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, circa 1960 on the way to the White Towers, Wembley Stadium, England, remember THAT world cup!
With their signature style of working-class lad wear, Fred Perry t-shirts, Doctor Martens boots – Ox blood colour, red braces; down and ready for action, and of course the turned-up Wranglers, Lee’s or Levi’s.
I have fond memories of this time, as a young boy myself, I saw these lads as hard working young men, originating their own modern style of affordable clothing with a love for Ska music and an affinity for their West Indian mates. Trojan music still inspires me to stomp, lol.
Things do change but honest, fond memories cannot be corrupted by later hijackers of the style.

With these two fun characters from Alice in Wonderland, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, doing what they do best, which is being themselves. Here is a painting to awaken the glory of Bobby Moore’s England squad in all of us. A pride in your nation is your right no matter what your ethnic origin, if your here your English, and welcome! Come on England!

That’s poetry, mate. Glicee prints are available through O’Donovan’s website. Also, his caterpillar is Albert Einstein:



Dame Judi Dench will play Alice Liddell Hargreaves!

Ben Whishaw and Judi Dench (also known as Queen Elizabeth I and ‘Q’ from the next James Bond movie). What might they have talked about?

Yes, our website is salvaged from savage pirates, and we have a lot of news to catch up on. Speaking of pirates… Peter Pan! (Sorry, that was a horrible transition. We’re a little rusty.) John Logan has written a play about Alice Liddell Hargreaves (the muse for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) and Peter Llewelyn Davies (the Peter who inspired J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan). It’s called Peter and Alice. What might they have said to one another when they were older? We’ll find out in March 2013 on the London stage, where the roles will be played by Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw. The playwright won an Academy Award for writing the movie Gladiator, so hopefully Alice and Peter will fight lions! Or, have tea and discuss “questions about how people cope with being hurled into the public eye as children.”

From the Michael Grandage Company’s website:

“Of course that’s how it begins: a harmless fairy tale to pass the hours”

When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.

Judi Dench plays Alice and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in Logan’s first new play since Red, which went on to win six Tony Awards in 2010.

Director Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Composer and Sound Designer Adam Cork


Special Edition of Through the Looking Glass, Illustrated by John Vernon Lord

from John Vernon Lord's illustrations for Through the Looking Glass, Artists' Choice Editions

"A Wasp in a Wig," from John Vernon Lord's Illustrations for Through the Looking Glass, Artists' Choice Editions

Here’s a beautiful new limited-edition Through the Looking Glass, released by Artists’ Choice Editions in London. Illustrated by John Vernon Lord! With a forward by Selwyn Goodacre! “Looking-Glass is a brilliant sequel – it is not a return of Wonderland but rather a more satisfying further adventure.” 320 standard copies, signed and numbered, are selling for £98. Ninety-eight very Special Copies, leather-bound, with a special booklet called “Lords’ List” and other goodies, costs £320. Their website also lists Lord’s illustrated Alice in Wonderland (sold out!) his The Hunting of the Snark (still available for £68), and some other Carroll books from Artists’ Choice.

from John Vernon Lord's illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Artists' Choice Editions


Carroll & Coleridge in the Year 2111

We posted an excerpt from Adam Feldman’s excellent Jabberwockyesque panning of Broadway’s Wonderland a few weeks ago. This week, it’s Coleridge being echoed to criticize a new production called The Trial of the Mariner at Hoxton Hall in London:

It is The Trial of the Mariner,
And it occurs at Hoxton Hall,
A curious tale, told at full sail,
About the threat of plastic sprawl.


The set’s all recycled, reclaimed,
Singing and acrobatics abound.
The Junk Orchestra provides music,
Using scrap to make ingenius sound.

The Ship of Fools is rubbish too,
Volunteers and Lotos Collective made it from trash.
It navigates around the audience,
Beware: you and the crew might clash.

Because this is interactive theatre!
Accept bananas, make thunder, stay on your feet;
This isn’t for you, if you prefer to do
Theatre with an interval, three acts and red velvet seat.


The play actually seems very intriguing, maybe it just wasn’t that reviewer’s clean cup of tea. The Trial of the Mariner is “an interactive, multimedia performance looking at the future of our oceans” inspired by both The Hunting of the Snark and S.T. Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” “The year is 2111, and a group of desperate sailors embark on a voyage on the Ship of Fools. Lost at sea and mad with cabin fever, they arrive at the Plastic Continent of the Pacific Ocean Gyre, where the unhinged Mariner’s adventures come to life.” There’s still three more performances, closing on the 21st.


Alice Events at the British Library

Tickets for next Wednesday evening’s Alice celebrations at the British Library are now sold out. Congratulations to our London-dwelling friends who managed to secure one. They will be enjoying readings by members of Tim Burton’s cast, conversations with the producer and co-producer of the movie, “an appreciation of Alice” by Will Self, and a viewing of a Cecil Hepworth’s 1903 “Alice In Wonderland” with live piano accompaniment. I wonder if there are ever scalpers outside British Library events? Bonus points and a special mention on this blog to anyone who procures last minute admission through irregular means.

For those who fail to locate either a scalper or an untended fire escape, there is still the opportunity to view a special exhibition of “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” and related pieces from the Library’s collection during regular library opening hours.

Furthermore, tickets are still available for an illustrated talk on March 6 entitled “Lewis Carroll and Photography: Exposing the Truth” in which Carroll scholar Edward Wakeling “examines the impressive reality of Carroll’s photography, including his studies of children, and tackles the myths surrounding his work.” Book now to avoid disappointment!

“Lewis Carroll and Photography: Exposing the Truth”
Saturday, March 6, 2010, 14:30 – 16:00
Conference Centre, The British Library
96 Euston Road, London, UK
£6 / £4 concessions

Lewis Carroll Society Meeting with Jasper Fforde

Author Jasper Fforde, best known for his novel The Eyre Affair, and other adventures of the courageous literary detective Thursday Next, will be speaking to the Lewis Carroll Society in London on January 29th. Here is the full announcement:

The Lewis Carroll Society is delighted to announce that best-selling contemporary author Jasper Fforde has agreed to give us a talk on the influence that Lewis Carroll has had on his work.

Jasper’s best known series of highly literate comic novels is set in a parallel world where people can move into and out of books and thus change the events in them. The main function of the heroine of this series is to prevent nefarious alterations being made to classic plots by the villains of the piece, and in this she is aided or obstructed by a variety of fictional characters including several from Carroll’s works (such as the renamed Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat, for example!). These novels abound with jokes and puns and wordplay and literary pastiches – remind you of any celebrated nineteenth century Oxford don at all?

This is expected to be a popular meeting so it is essential that anyone attending books in advance. Please send an email to Shirley Jacobs to confirm availability of places, etc.

Doors open 19:00, talk starts at 19:30.

Visit the Lewis Carroll Society Events webpage for booking information.


Images of Murals at the Lewis Carroll Children's Library in Islington, London, UK

There’s no debt to Tenniel in these murals at the Lewis Carroll Children’s Library in the London Borough of Islington (that’s London UK, not London TX, AK, OH, PA etc.). Instead there seems to be something of an early-Atari-meets-Crayola 64-pack influence at work. They are fun though.

The library is London’s only stand-alone children’s library and has been open since 1952. Apparently, within these colorful walls, the library hosts a reading group for teenagers, homework clubs and a rhyming session for babies. Ga Ga Gaa Aaah…