Monthly Archives: August 2020

Coronavirus Diary 65 – Social Distancing at the Cinema with a blockbuster (Tenet) movie review

Just before moving, I got myself an annual cinema card as going to the Pictures is my favourite pastime. I thought I’d move house and finally get to go to unlimited movies, cricket matches, Theatre productions.  None of that is … Continue reading

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The origins of tipping – Paying a TIP at Twinings Tea

Whilst I was out and about in London last week, an area I wanted to visited was closed off so I ended up on a mini-diversion and went past the famous Twinings Tea Shop at #216 on The Strand, the … Continue reading

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The famous London Underground Rush Hour Like Never Before – A Deserted Westminster

On thursday last week I had reason to go into London as I was practicing one of the new tours I have been working on. For the first time since I moved house in January, I got the tube direct … Continue reading

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The secret world of Knocker-upper’s!

We’ve all know how job roles become obsolete overnight but this isn’t something new.  Have you ever given thought how people would get up on time for work?   I’ve never had a problem getting up for work.  If I have … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 64 – Up All Night and Social Distance Snowballing

Though readers might not be aware, WordPress has been pushing another new editor for the last year or two.  I’m always one who steadfastly refuses to embrace new technology (did I mention my 1990’s phone!!) but today they have stopped … Continue reading

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King Edgar The Ætheling – The last and uncrowned Anglo-Saxon King of England

We all know about the momentous events of 1066 where poor King Harold and his men achieved the impossible in marching up from London and defeating a massive Viking invasion led by Harald Hardraada at the Battle of Stamford bridge … Continue reading

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The origins of Stonehenge are further revealed.

Stonehenge actually contains two different kinds of stones, erected thousands of years apart. The sarsens are the larger silica stones in Stonehenge’s outer ring and center, each about 13 feet high and seven feet wide. There are 52 on the site … Continue reading

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See me in action…. a 1 hour free video tour around St Pauls – Smithfields, London!

Well everything well yesterday or as well as possible considering the incessant heat, lack of sleep and in my case food lol.  Much of Britain but particularly London is currently being roasted.  Last night it was 26 degrees outside at … Continue reading

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Catch my first ever virtual tour at 4pm London time today (oh and I’m on the BBC again, Radio 5 1.20pm)

Following on from all sorts of big events last week, I’ve been invited by a local history society to do my first 1 hour virtual tour today at 4pm London time. It will be someone filming a streaming video on … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 63 – Speaking out on BBC 3 Counties Radio

Normally I’d write a history or quirky London piece on a Monday morning but today I just can’t.  I’m far too exhausted.   I’ve taken part in a national Charity video, headlined the British news and had getting towards 3,000 … Continue reading

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