Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Battle of Jutland

Today marks the centenary anniversary of the single most important naval battle of WW1 and as I have been doing for the last few years, I thought I would write a dedicated post taken from extracts of my WW1 history … Continue reading

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Losing your marbles – A real life conversation!

Yesterday morning I had an early morning appointment at the garage to get my car serviced.  Happily it passed its test but instead of waiting around the garage for an hour, I went into town to buy some provisions and … Continue reading

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Kindness From Strangers When Travelling

How do you like to travel?   Despite spending my time providing all-inclusive tours in London and around the U.K. when it comes to travelling myself, I really like to rough it with the locals.  Though I can understand the … Continue reading

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May Map Madness

I am busy in real life at the moment.  London and the U.K. is bursting with tourists and I barely have a moment to think.   So in lieu of one my more wordy blog posts, here are some more … Continue reading

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When did Cinema become so infantile?

I have a day off today and I thought I would go to the cinema this morning but then it struck me how there is absolutely nothing of any merit playing on one of the many, many screens at the … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th – Why is 13 the unlucky number?

The fear of the number 13 or even Friday the 13th even has a name, Paraskevidekatriaphobia – from the Greek words paraskeví (meaning ‘Friday’), and dekatreís (meaning ‘thirteen’). The fear of the number 13 itself is called Triskaidekaphobia. Partly this is … Continue reading

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Thomas Coram and The Foundling Hospital

Whilst researching for a new book which I am writing on ‘Things To Do In London’, I came across a park which piqued my curiosity.  The park is called Coram’s Fields and remarkably it is only open to children with adults … Continue reading

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