Monthly Archives: October 2017

Crows, Ravens & Halloween

Over the years, I have written quite a few posts on Halloween related subjects such as Halloweens of past and present (updated)  Top 10 Haunted places in the U.K. the fearful Spring Heeled Jack who wrought terror in mostly distant times and … Continue reading

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The Death of Stalin – Movie Review

Dear Comrades, it gives me great pleasure, indeed it is behoven on me to introduce to you one of the great cinematic treasures of 2017, The Death of Stalin. As the Presdium is no doubt aware (for they have eyes … Continue reading

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Weird Street Names of London

One of the things that I come across when I do my tours in London and indeed everywhere else in the U.K. is some of the unusual names that can be found either of settlement names or street names.  London … Continue reading

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Jeremy Bentham, his life, his work and his head!

Jeremthy Bentham is a famous 18th and 19th century political philospher.  Unlike many before and since, you can actually visit Jeremy today as he had himself preserved so he could be wheeled out at dinner parties in case his friends … Continue reading

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Women and The Great War

When we think of The Great War, the role of women is an often forgotten element in comparison to the famous battlefields around the world.  However as the German leadership quickly stated, WW1 was a total war that required the … Continue reading

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The 30th Anniversary of The Great Storm of 1987

Anyone who lived through The Great Storm of 1987 isn’t likely to forget it in a hurry. It was almost a generation-defining moment the night when ships ran aground, London endured its first blackout since the Blitz, 18 people died … Continue reading

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Goodbye Christopher Robin Film Review

Every now and then you come across a film that you know will just turn out to be a classic even if it isn’t initially thought to be such.  I am one of the few who went to see Shawshank … Continue reading

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The Americans Are Coming!

When war was declared in Europe, the United States of America had no interest in joining what they labelled as the European War.  American doctrine of the time was insular with regards to the old world and instead concentrated on … Continue reading

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Did Babylonians Beat The Greeks To Trigonometry?

We’re all used to learning that it was the Ancient Greeks who invented (or inflicted for those of us who hate Maths) Trigonometry but recent evidence suggests that they may have been beaten to it those canny Babylonians. A 3,700-year-old clay … Continue reading

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When WW1 came to East Africa

As we approach Armistice Day, it’s become something of a blog tradition for me to write some posts related to WW1.   I thought this time to pick a little bit of an unusual subject and a little discussed arena … Continue reading

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