Sue Purkiss delivers a poignant WW1 story. I lived in Belgium for 16 years and never heard of Talbot House or the Poperinge execution post, which just goes to show: history curiosity is a lifelong pursuit.
To eat. Begin with that verb: not “opium-addict,” nor “smoker” or “drinker”—though this last was most appropriate, since for most of his life Thomas De Quincey preferred laudanum, opium dissolved in an alcohol solution.
Jane Steen's insight:
A fascinating peek into drug addiction in the early 19th century, via its most famous victim.