Enquire Within Upon Everything was a how-to book for domestic life, first published in 1856 by Houlston and Sons of Paternoster Square in London. The editor was Robert Kemp Philp. It was then continuously reprinted in many new and updated editions as additional information and articles were added. The book was created with the intention of providing encyclopedic information on topics as diverse as etiquette, parlour games, cake recipes, laundry tips, holiday preparation and first aid.
When I was five years old my Dad gave me a copy of this book and I memorised the entire contents by the time I was seven. If you believe that you’ll believe anything. It is true though, that I did spend a lot of time reading it & looking things up. Things like “How to make babies” etc..
What this taught me was this. Having a readily available source of information on a wide range of subjects is invaluable. Don’t forget that in 1950, when I got my hands on that book, we had no computers or internet and we didn’t have a TV.
We have seven kids (all grow up with kids of their own).
I intend to have a spot on this website where I can pass on some of the knowledge I have acquired – much since the advent of the WWW and plenty that is relevant to folks who may make enquiries on here.
Watch this space for topics like:
Watching BBC iPlayer whenever you like (in France!)
Obtaining almost any TV program that has already been transmitted and being able to watch it at any time of the day or night.
Latest Movies, Music, Computer Games, Software – you name it.
It’s all out there if you know where to look.
Blog by @tony