Category Archives: Culture

Posts predominantly culture related.

Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival – Celebrating the 360th Birthday of Punch and Judy

One of the things about doing tours in London is that in a way it is both my office and indeed my stage and tours can be variable and incorporate whatever it is we come across in addition to my … Continue reading

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Getting Snug With Box Beds

If you’ve ever browsed properties for sale in expensive and over-crowded cities such as London, Tokyo or New York you may have seen some creative descriptions from estate agents that are only surpassed by the ingenious if often very unsatisfactory … Continue reading

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Going to my first Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Last Saturday I managed to bag a small ambition that I had wanted to do for decades, experience a real life opera and I managed to do so in one of the very finest venues in the world, the Royal … Continue reading

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50 sayings that are off to the knackers yard!

A few years ago I wrote a book called My New Book – Straight from the Horse’s Mouth : 100 Idioms, their Meanings and Origins which always sells quite by my standards, especially at Christmas. Words and sayings have been such … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Movies of 2021

As with 2020 it’s been a weird year for film-goers. I only managed to go at all because Cineworld gave me a free annual pass. I definitely made the most of it and went to see dozens of films just … Continue reading

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The Englishman who invented an American fast-food icon

Everyone loves a hotdog don’t they? I know I used to eat a lot of them though I’ve not had any for about 20 years, partly that’s because it is hard to get gluten free hotdog bread rolls and partly … Continue reading

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The Festival of Bells 2021

A few weekends ago, I was out early in London, practicing a walk along some of the ghostly lanes and secret passageways that make up the old Roman City and I didn’t know that my day would be hijacked but … Continue reading

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I just watched the last year of Game of Thrones and loved it!

It’s taken me a Iittle time, well around two years but I finally got round to watching the last year of Game of Thrones.  I actually watched the final two years of Game of Thrones in a week as I … Continue reading

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Living in a Slow Glass World

It’s been a rather surreal few weeks where I live, in an increasingly surreal year.  It has been extremely dense fog for the most part as I write this for almost 2 weeks. It reminds me a little of the … Continue reading

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Penny for the Guy and other forgotten Guy Fawkes Night traditions.

Before we go anywhere, have you read my old post Remember, Remember The 5th Of November which explains all the glorious goings on behind Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night or simple Fireworks night. If not, please do 🙂 and come … Continue reading

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