I have a new website, World of Brine.
It started as a joke, to be honest, the genesis of which may be too tedious to relate. But it’s turning out to be a revelation.
My criterion for inclusion is simple: the involvement of brine. For this blog, I generally wait for something to take my interest, and then write about it. For World of Brine, I need to actively seek out things to post. After all, what does anyone know about brine? (Nobody knows anything about brine.) My knowledge of the subject is certainly lacking (though not, I trust, for long). So I trawl the internet (unintentional fishing metaphor) for videos, literary quotations, pictures, websites, that make reference to brine (or people or things called Brine).
And how rewarding it has been. Brine crops up in the greatest of literary works (Shakespeare, Byron, predictably Melville), there are many videos on YouTube of brine preservation techniques, brine shrimp and the like, and I have found this likable portrait of Augustus Brine (1769-1840), who enlisted in the British Navy as a Midshipman at the age of thirteen aboard HMS Belliqueux under the command of his father. The painting, by John Singleton Copley, dates from 1782 and hangs in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I don’t know if World of Brine will take off, but so far it’s been a pleasing experiment.
Image from Wikimedia Commons.