Monthly Archives: September 2019

A 1915 piece of fake news… with good intentions

When German Naval Airship Zeppelin L9 appeared over Blyth on the evening of 14 April 1915, it was only the second time bombs had been dropped on England. Although nobody was killed, it marked the beginning of a series of … Continue reading

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I wonder what he meant by that!

Everyone likes a good quote don’t they.  I particularly adore historical quotes and admire anyone who as was said of Churchill, mobilised the English language and sent it into battle. I was always quite a fan of Donald Rumsfelds infamous … Continue reading

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The environmental hypocrisy of Prince Harry

In Britain this summer, hardly anything has made the news this summer outside of a few major stories.  Brexit of course, various protests bringing London to a halt many of which are invariably environment related and the seemingly strained relations … Continue reading

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Open House London

Open House London has long been my favourite cultural event in London each year, despite the fact I’ve always been busy working and never got to enjoy the fun myself but it is the concept of it that I love … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Film Review

It’s no secret that Downton Abbey is my favourite television show of the 21st Century.  I love everything about it.  The era, the mostly gentle storylines, the costumes, grant houses and beautiful countryside, the witty insults and quotes and the … Continue reading

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An example of how English has changed over 1200 years.

I found this poster earlier today and thought it was well worth sharing.  The text contains a brief passage of one of the most famous Psalms and I think gives a wonderful insight to how language changes. I really don’t … Continue reading

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The Hartley Colliery Disaster of 1862

My blog is full of disasters from beer floods in London to Grace Darling – A Victorian Heroine. burning building self-sacrifices  to heroic against the odd tales of survival I Am The Army – The Incredible Story of William Brydon Many of them … Continue reading

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