Monthly Archives: May 2020

Coronavirus Diary 43 – Self Isolating without electricity

My Coronavirus Self-Isolation took a step further towards feeling further like a solitary confinement in prison last week as I managed to get an electrician who was able to come into my new but ancient house. Initially I only wanted … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 42 – Necessity is the mother of invention

I started Ye Olde England Tours in 2013.  As far as I know, I was the first person in Britain to do what I do.  In fact I was so pioneering that I was thrown off Viator/Trip Advisor as back … Continue reading

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That time the Queen hid in a bush to avoid her guests…. yes really!

All of us have to deal with people that we don’t like, particularly those of us who work in public facing jobs.  Some of us even avoid people at home; I know I have hid in the bath one dark … Continue reading

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Good reasons to visit Barnard Castle! But maybe not now Dominic Cummings

Over the weekend all hell has blown up in the Westminster media bubble due to the ‘loathed’ Dominic Cummings chief advisor to Boris Johnson seeking a hideout in County Durham, 260 miles away from London. To me, I don’t really … Continue reading

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The 900 year old Swan Upping ceremony is cancelled

It is an historic Royal ceremony that has taken place annually for the last 900 years but the Coronavirus means that for only the second time, this ancient practice of counting the swans on the River Thames has been cancelled … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 41 – A life of being nice doesn’t pay.

A few days ago I had a phone call from the Police.  We ended up talking for around 90 minutes; not just having a chinwag but we were going through a statement about one of the recent crimes I suffered. … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 40 – How to make friends and influence people

For much of the last week I have been out in my back garden.  It’s one of the sole parts of the property that I can make progress with given the state of the world at the moment.    In … Continue reading

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Bushey Heath now and then – Photos of my street from 130 years ago

Long-time readers of my blog will know one of the things I like to do is come across old photos of places and do comparisons with how they are today as with this series of3 old posts of old street … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 39 – The false dawn

I hope everyone is well.   Before I get to my post I read for the first time a news-piece that actually related to me during these virus ridden times. “Solo lockdown is really tough. While people on Twitter and Facebook … Continue reading

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The Master Oak – The Greatest and Oldest Oak Tree in Middlesex

Following on from my post last week where I visited the old WW2 Pillbox, my walk continued through the Bentley Priory Nature Reserve in NW London. The name Bentley is believed to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word Beonet, which means … Continue reading

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