The History of the Picnic

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The History of the Picnic
From high life to country living.


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The first picnic

The first picnic appeared in Les Charmans effects des barricades (1649), a burlesque satire on the perceived hypocrisy of the Fronde.

The main character, ‘Pique-Nique,’ is a glutt...


The indoor picnic

During the 18th century, picnics became a pastime of the aristocracy and were a purely indoor affair. Attendees were still required to contribute by either bringing a dish, a drink or pay a share o...


A picnic revolution

A picnic revolution

After the French Revolution, most aristocratic picnickers fled abroad to Britain and introduced the picnic to England. This led to a less refined and more raucous picnic, thanks to a 'Pic N...


Innocence and indecency

  • In the 19th century, the outdoor picnic spread to the United States but remained an innocent pursuit of the middle classes.
  • Outdoor picnics were less well received elsewhere. In F...


Picnic baskets

Picnic baskets

In the 20th century, new modes of transport (trains, bicycles, and motor cars) made the countryside accessible to a greater number of the population.

Not long after, their popularity had gr...



Instagram grabs your attention

For the most part, people on Instagram seem positive and content. They are earnest and sincere. 

But, scrolling through Instagram can quickly turn to an hour, which can feel like...

Instagram subculture

Following a genre on Instagram can present a wealth of ideas. The algorithm drives users toward content similar to what they've seen or liked. However, this can lead and encourage users toward extremities. 

For instance, if you are following fitness gurus or sponsored athletes. Then add some photo-editing to alter the body-image you want to project. At the same time, the algorithm continues to feed you with what you like or want until your feed becomes a mosaic of increasingly extreme exercisers.

A form of manipulation

  • Instagram is in the business of data-collection and media selling. It's estimated value is more than $100bn (£77bn).
  • Third-party indexing tools glean data from what is posted and sell it in the form of brand analytics, as information for governments, security and surveillance firms, and corporations.
  • Images posted to Instagram are used to train its proprietary image-recognition software.
  • Instagram follows your movements across the Internet, and you find hints that it is stalking you. 

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The trade-offs

The trade-offs

Transit agencies around the world are wrestling with how to bring riders back safely while considering the financial and public health trade-offs. Simply restricting the number of passengers ...

Available strategies

  • In Asia and Europe, where some cities have already reopened, public transit systems are experimenting with cutting bus capacity, timed ticketing and checking riders' temperatures.
  • In Paris, officials mandate face masks for riders and will limit the number of seats available.
  • Transit officials in London have added social distancing markers.
  • China is using government surveillance, where citizens must download software onto their smartphones that indicates their health status.
  • In China, cutting the capacity of buses is enforced with onboard cameras. Chinese officials also dispense hand sanitizer at transit hubs.

  • Authorities in Hong Kong have added robots that spray a hydrogen peroxide solution to disinfect train cars.

  • In Beijing, officials are testing a "subway by appointment" system during peak hours.

  • To reduce rush hour traffic, major employers in Asia and Europe have brought workers back on rotating weekday schedules, provided them private transportation, and temporarily housed them within walking distance of their offices.

The risk of contagion

The risk of contagion on the subway is reasonably high. Its an enclosed space, poorly ventilated and have high foot traffic.

The subway will have to regain the trust of riders. The move to shut down the subway for four hours every night for disinfecting trains, equipment and stations is the first move to safeguard the system. Halting the service at night will also provide time to test new, more efficient disinfecting technologies.

Art Activities

Art Activities
  • Basic coloring and drawing.
  • Butcher paper. Unroll it, then let the kids color on the floor. Or put it on the wall if you have room.

Physical activities

  • Dance Party: Turn on music and dance around.
  • Simulate outdoor scenes. Re-create different outdoor scenes in different parts of the house—for instance, a camping scene with a fort in one room and an island in another.
  • Jumping jacks.
  • Bathtub. Just let the kids hang out in there under supervision. They can get creative in there, and the mess is contained.
  • Take advantage of the outdoor space. Use what you have, even just opening the window and making up stories about what you see out there.


  • Stacking toys like Magna-Tiles. the kids will build things and then smash them down. Smashing is the most enjoyable part.
  • Workbooks and puzzles.
  • Variations on Uno

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