The Best of Downton on the Internet, 2/6

February 6, 2015

Throughout Season 5, we’re putting together a compendium of the best Downton-related clips from around the web. Have you found anything you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments.

photo: Ben Terris / Washington Post

photo: Ben Terris / Washington Post

A scandal worthy of the Crawleys has broken out in the halls of a different historic house — the U.S. House of Representatives. The Washington Post‘s Ben Terris reported this week that Illinois Republican Aaron Schock had designed his Capitol Hill office to mirror the red room in Downton Abbey — creating an uproar in an office-decor environment traditionally reserved for “tasteful beige.”


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Elsewhere on the internet, wine blog VinePair has published a handy guide on how to stock your cellar with era-appropriate tipples. Back then, party prep meant importing expensive French or Italian wines, storing them in an on-site cellar, and keeping careful records — much more trouble than a trip to the corner bodega.


A nude beach in Brighton, UK. photo: Clem Rutter / Wikipedia

A nude beach in Brighton, UK. photo: Clem Rutter / Wikipedia

Are you curious about about the local “nudists” that had Rose giggling in Episode 5? Time magazine dug up an old article that was published in an issue from 1929, about the real-life “Moonella Group.” They were based in Essex – far from Downton, but still too close for the Crawleys’ comfort — and were the first group to bring the nudist philosophy to the UK from the continent.