Monthly Archives: April 2016

May Day Origins & Celebrations

May Day is celebrated across the Northern Hemisphere as a Spring time festival and is more often than not a public holiday.  Interestingly the original May Day has a long history going back to Roman times though in many places … Continue reading

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Aphantasia – To have a blind mind’s eye

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming?  If I ask you to imagine a beach, a mountain or a three-legged lizard juggling bananas, can you do it?   Most of us can to varying degrees.  Some of us can picture it … Continue reading

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Top 10 Fantasy Writing Tips From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin

Following my post yesterday on Game of Thrones, I came across a wonderful George RR Martins interview on the A Not So Jaded Life website which in itself is bursting with literary information. In the post below, George dispenses his … Continue reading

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Every Game of Thrones Infographic You Could Ever Need

With Game of Thrones just around the corner for many and hopefully my year long belief that Jon Snow is not permanently dead about to be proven right, I thought that I would do a special post full of entertaining … Continue reading

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The debacle of Boaty McBoatface

There have been many illustrious names during British Maritime history.   The Victory, Ark Royal, Illustrious, Endeavour, The Beagle to name just a few.   In the last few months, the public have been given the opportunity to choose the … Continue reading

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The Soulbury Stone – An 11,000 year old accident waiting to happen!

The Soulbury Stone has been sitting contentedly, keeping itself to itself for around 11,000 when it was deposited in its resting place from Derbyshire during the last Ice-Age.  There isn’t anything very unusual about that of course except for the … Continue reading

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The Worst Restorations Ever

The U.K. is covered in old buildings and ruins.  Deciding which to fully or partially restore, which to manage to prevent further degradation and which to let disintegrate away is a complicated process depending on the structures uniqueness and importance … Continue reading

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Britain and the EU

Today marks the beginning of the official British campaign on the European Union referendum of our continued membership of this pan-European organisation.  I say the official campaign as in practice the debate has been raging pretty much since the day … Continue reading

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Royal Feasts through the ages

Yesterday I had the good fortune of being allowed inside the banquet house of King William III at Hampton Court.  A building big enough to house many of the hoi-polloi but a mere dot on the huge expanse which is Hampton … Continue reading

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Funny 1-star reviews are humorous but are seriously not funny!

The last week or two, I have received two 1-star reviews on Amazon, which to say the least is a bit disheartening.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion I don’t deny that…. unless their wrong, ignorant, jealous or vindictive of … Continue reading

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