Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Secrets of The Real Downton Abbey

September sees the return to our televisions screens of Downton Abbey in the UK and in January to the USA (more on that in the next week or two).  Downton Abbey is actually the real life home of Lord Carnarvon … Continue reading

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102 great words that aren’t in English but should be!

I spent 4 years at a college in London University studying Africa and Asia.  It was the most wonderful place due to the exposure of various languages and cultures and when I say various I mean hundreds.  I remember one … Continue reading

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Slavery Remembrance Day, Abolitionists and modern day slavery

The 23rd August is the annual Slavery remembrance day and is held on the date which remembers the revolt of the slaves on Haiti in 1791 It should be noted that slavery had always occurred throughout the world.  Everyone from … Continue reading

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With silver bells and cockleshells

Something amazing has happened this summer. We actually got one! I’ve had a my own house and garden for 5 years and this is the first time that we have actually had a summer. We’ve had 5 or 6 weeks … Continue reading

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Eyam – The Plague Village of Self Sacrifice

Of all the posts I have written in the last year or so, one of the most popular has been on The Black Death or The Plague as it is known. This week it was revealed the archaeological work continues … Continue reading

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Everybodys free to write (and wear sunscreen)

About 15 years ago I bought a book entitled “All I Really Need to Know I learned from Star Trek”, it became one of several philosophical type books about Star Trek that are scattered around my bookshelves, I’m not entirely … Continue reading

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