Monthly Archives: January 2013

We need better representation not less

The post below is a mirror of a guest posting I wrote at the excellent Political Idealist website.  If you have the slightest interest in UK politics and current affairs then you really should check it out! With the recent … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria and her Munshi, Abdul Karim

As regular readers may be aware, I am putting out tentative feelers in the way of free-lance writing.  Amongst the first of my commissions is to write a series of articles for The Muslim Academy Website which is a not … Continue reading

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Cats that leave ‘presents’ in my garden

This post may be a little bit screamish but I’ll try and keep it as clean as possible. I live in a small house, I have a small garden too maybe 55 feet long and 18 feet wide. We’re surrounded … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? The name’s Liddell, Stephen Liddell.

Today is one of those days where I had a whole slew of subjects that I could write about but one thing led to the other which is why I am here writing about Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet … Continue reading

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Why don’t we eat horse meat?

This week much of the news in the UK and Ireland has been dominated by the discovery of horse DNA in a number of popular supermarket beef burgers where a sample from a Tesco burger revealed that rather than being … Continue reading

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Calligraphy: The Art of writing or why I bought a Fountain Pen

I don’t know about you but I hate pens. Not all pens but just the cheap throw-away biro type pens that we all seem to have to endure these days. The sort of pens that 20 years ago would be … Continue reading

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Canterbury Cathedral:- The murder and martyrdom of Thomas Becket

Recently on the 29th December, a remembrance service was held in Canterbury Cathedral. The service is held every year as it has been for centuries, in memory of one of most dramatic and tragic figures of early Medieval English history, … Continue reading

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