Monthly Archives: January 2014

Have you ever been a Good Samaritan?

Have you ever been a Good Samaritan?   You don’t have to be religious to be one.  I’d like to think that I am quite often, in fact most times when I leave the house.  Whether it is carrying heavy bags … Continue reading

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The London Frost Fairs of Times Past

Lots of us remember when generally it was a lot colder when we were little.  The summers were also less wet too, at least in the U.K. but no-one in their right mind would think of London as being an … Continue reading

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Sugar is the new tobacco: Why are all my healthy foods so full of sugar?

I don’t want anyone to worry that I’m writing a post about food.  I’m perfectly fine or at least as fine as could be expected for someone who like almost everyone else in the U.K. this week seems to have … Continue reading

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The 50th anniversary of the film Zulu & the 135th of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift

When I was a child there were a number films that were always on television whenever there was a national holiday.  You could rely on them to appear like clockwork and these included The Great Escape, The Wizard of Oz,  … Continue reading

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Have they found the missing bones of King Alfred The Great?

Following the surprise identification of King Richard III in a car-park in Leicester last year, fresh impetus was given to try and fill in more of the blanks of Britain’s long line of monarchs. There are a few to choose … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to a friend I never met

Like many thousands and possibly millions of others, over the last year or so I have grown to love a man by the name of Steve Evans who has regularly featured on Richard Bacon’s 5 Live afternoon radio show.   Steve … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities – Chicago and London

Today it’s time for something a little different.  I’m honoured to be able to team up with Kendra Thornton who is well known to many for her appearances on numerous TV travel slots.  We both have one thing in common, … Continue reading

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Speaking up for Foreign TV and Movies

I’m a big fan of film and television, I don’t mind admitting it.  It has to be the best shows though.  If it is anything vaguely classed as reality or celebrity than it’s not for me.  Really it my television … Continue reading

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New Year, New Book

I’m not really one for making new year resolutions, fortunately I don’t have anything really to give up and I am more than happy to start my “resolutions” as and when they need to start throughout the year rather in … Continue reading

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