Category Archives: Life

Samphire Hoe – The newest part of England

There are almost countless things to see in the county of Kent from Chartwell House in the north, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and all manner of Roman sites.  Of course what is perhaps more famous than them all are the … Continue reading

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The tragic tale of Gelert the trusted hound of King Llwelyn The Great

These days people travel to Snowdonia in North West Wales for the incredible old castles and villages and particularly the rugged, wild landscapes and outdoor pursuits. It was a lot different in the thirteen-century when as with much of Britain … Continue reading

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Taking a ride on the Shields Ferry

Last summer when I was walking Hadrian’s Wall on my fundraising trip, I took a brief diversion on the way to see Bede’s chapel at Jarrow and the ancestral home of of George Washington in the aptly named Washington Hall. … Continue reading

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National Sickie Day – Good and stupid reasons to take a day off work.

According to national statistics the first Monday in February is the day when people are most likely to pull a sickie. One of the factors attributed to this is the first payday since Christmas, meaning people have been out celebrating … Continue reading

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A peek inside a Medieval Book Coffer

Lot’s of people seem to think that reading on the go is a modern phenomenon using electronic devices to snatch a few minutes of solitude on a busy train to work.  I must say, I just don’t get it though … Continue reading

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The Great Explorer Captain Matthew Flinders who was lost and now is found underneath Euston Station.

Many of London railway stations are said to be built over the resting place of momentous names from times gone by.  Just like now, people in the 19th century didn’t really want big developments right next door and so train … Continue reading

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The Endcliffe Park Memorial in Sheffield & the incredible devotion of Tony Foulds.

It isn’t often that a tale of war has anything like a happy moment but in recent weeks increasing numbers of people have become aware of a terrible accident in 1944, just one of countless up and down the country … Continue reading

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