Monthly Archives: September 2015

Holiday day 3… The Beamish Open Air museum

It’s often said that one never visits the touristic places near to where one lives. I never went on the London Eye until a family from Chicago paid me too. The Beamish Open Air Museum is a likely unique museum … Continue reading

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Alston Holiday -Day 2 Hexham and Hadrians Wall

For day two of our holiday we visited the lively little market town of Hexham, notable for amongst other things its magnificent Abbey Cathedral. People have worshipped on this site for nearly 1400 years.    On top of the moors and … Continue reading

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Alston Holiday Day 1

I’m away on holiday for a few days and staying in an old farmhouse, 500 metres/ 1600 feet up in the northern Pennines, an official area of outstanding beauty towards the top of England near the border with Scotland.   … Continue reading

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Best TV adverts and commercials

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the first television advertisements on British television with the creation of the first Independent Television channel to take on the BBC which famously (and in my view, thanks heavens for that) doesn’t show … Continue reading

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Knebworth House – It was a dark and stormy night…

One of the houses that I enjoy visiting but don’t actually get to very often is Knebworth House.  It is an extremely distinctive looking country house in northern Hertfordshire just above London. The house has been in the hands of … Continue reading

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Have you ever cheated at a game?  The chances are we all have at one time or other but perhaps our cheating didn’t have quite the same repercussions  as one day in the autumn of 1823 when William Webb Ellis … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn – Power to the people!

I don’t often write about politics unless something exception is happening and at the moment something very exceptional is definitely happening in the U.K. and to differing degrees across Europe and the USA. Before General Election in May, I penned … Continue reading

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The Greatest Emergency Landings In History

This week many of us have been amazed and horrified in equal measure by the sight of a British Airways Boeing 777 which made an aborted take-off following a catasphrophic engine failure.  Thanks to the incredible reactions of the flight … Continue reading

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Using Pinterest for Authors and Bloggers

Recently I became more aware of the social media platform Pinterest.  I must admit that I don’t have much time for Social Media both figuratively and literally.  Self promotion isn’t my thing and I’m generally too busy to complete what … Continue reading

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Longest reign over us – Queen Elizabeth II becomes our longest serving monarch in history

Today is one of those typically historic but low-level sort of days when The Queen becomes the longest serving British monarch in history, surpassing the magnificent reign of Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 216 days and died … Continue reading

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