Category Archives: history

Posts predominantly history related.

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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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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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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Echo Chamber Politics – What’s wrong with being offended?

I don’t know how it is where you live but over here, everyone who is everyone conducts interviews or media broadcasts in front of bookshelves.  One or two come over as very poor excuses for a bookshelf especially for a … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 34 -Social Distancing in a WW2 Pillbox

I was going to post this in a week or two but with it being VE weekend I thought I’d bring it forward a little.  I took these photos on one of my once in a  blue moon walks, I … Continue reading

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VE Day Remembered in Photos – This Is Your Victory!

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The 8th May 1945 was V.E. Day or Victory in Europe Day over the Axis Powers of Germany and Italy and for much of the world, an end to WW2.  Many Western European nations have an annual WW2 national holiday … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 32 – Exploring Grims Dyke

Following on from my post on Monday and indeed April and March, I thought I would finish off this walk with a visit to Grims Dyke.   Grims Dyke is an iron age or possible older earthworks that at one time … Continue reading

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