Category Archives: history

Posts predominantly history related.

Finding the ruins of Whitefriars beneath the streets of London

Most people have heard of that very busy part of London known as Blackfriars but fewer know of Whitefriars.  It should be said that the colour here is nothing at all relating to the skin of the friars but rather … Continue reading

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My new Nursery Rhyme Tour of London

It’s at this time of year where as near as possible I have a slightly easier life.  Fewer tourists though doesn’t mean I’m not working.  In an ideal world I would be using January to write books but I’m still … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth I – Linguistic genius?

There are many things we may associate with the great Queen Elizabeth I from her famed private life,  glorious victories at sea particularly over the Spanish Armada and that famous speech at Tilbury.  As she put it, she may have … Continue reading

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Marketing – Medieval Style

It’s easy for us to think that Marketing, Advertising and Corporate Branding are all relatively recent developments that plague our modern life. However when I was at the excellent Knights of St John Museum in London yesterday I was reminded … Continue reading

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A slap in the face for Knights!

Now most people reading this are likely familiar with the more modern kind of knighting where a sword is ceremoniously tapped on an individual’s shoulders, preferably by a comely maiden. It wasn’t always so genteel or romantic.  Yes you might have … Continue reading

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You shall not pass! (on London Bridge)

Many people will have seen the terrorist attack on and around London Bridge last week with the remarkable image of him being overpowered by a man armed with an antique Narwhal Tusk, a fire extinguisher and a pair of fists.  … Continue reading

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A Grotesque Gift – The difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque!

As I write this, yesterday I received a mysterious box from Oxford University and for a split second I wondered what it might be but then I realised it must certainly be a gift from my tourist friend Lorraine in … Continue reading

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