“We were kept awake last night by New Year Bells. At first I thought they were ringing for a victory"by Ian Irvine / January 1, 2017 / Leave a comment
1st January 1924
Arnold Bennett writes in his journal:
“Chelsea Arts Club Fancy Dress Ball [at the Royal Albert Hall]. Seemed to be fairly well organised on the whole, though it was impossible to get supper without standing in a crush on the stairs for a very long time. The supper was free. The light refreshments downstairs were not free. Still, one got them. All boxes occupied. 3 to 4 thousand people, I should think. Beauty of building. Commonness and poverty of most of the costumes. I was disappointed too in the female beauty. Orchestra goodish. Procession and stunts rather poor. Fantastic noises. Some drunks. I saw few friends or acquaintances. On the whole a mediocre show. I was glad to get away (1.20am). My chauffeur seemed to me to be a much superior person to most of the revellers. In fact it struck me as being somewhat under-civilized, below the standard set by ordinary standards of style, and rather studio-ish.”
1st January 1902
Alma Mahler, wife of the composer Gustav Mahler, writes in her journal:
“What I have to write today is terribly sad. I called on Gustav in the afternoon. We were alone in his room. He gave me his body & I let him touch me with his hand. Stiff and upright stood his vigour. He carried me to the sofa, laid me down gently and swung himself over me. Then—just as I felt him penetrate, he lost all strength. He laid his head on my breast, shattered—and almost wept for shame. Distraught as I was, I comforted him.
“We drove home, dismayed and dejected. He grew a little more cheerful. Then I broke down, had to weep, weep on h…