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An Iron Age murder victim is uncovered

I’ve written before about the importance of archeology conducted when big new works are constructed it happens almost on a daily basis in the U.K. and I noticed another fascinating one a few days ago relating to the works surrounding the High … Continue reading

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For Sale: An authentic Victorian Vampire Slayer Box Set

One of my favourite television programme 20 or so years ago was Buffy The Vampire Slayer and even now there have been few shows with such sharp dialogue often overlooked by many at the time due to the perceived nature … Continue reading

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Remembering Ennio Morricone

I heard early yesterday morning of the death of film composer Ennio Morricone who provided the soundtrack to some of my favourite films. Born in Rome in 1928 while Italy was headed by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, Morricone learned music … Continue reading

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The beautiful gold watch of King George III

King George III is one of the most unfortunate monarchs and forever tarnished with his tag of Mad King George due to the mental illness which he suffered from.  What is less known about him is that before he was … Continue reading

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Good reasons to visit Barnard Castle! But maybe not now Dominic Cummings

Over the weekend all hell has blown up in the Westminster media bubble due to the ‘loathed’ Dominic Cummings chief advisor to Boris Johnson seeking a hideout in County Durham, 260 miles away from London. To me, I don’t really … 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 anyone 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 35 – You can’t fix stupid!

I’ve made a few mistakes in the last few days.  The first one was having grown tired of having my new house full of rubbish that can’t be disposed of, I decided to put some art up on the walls … Continue reading

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The Cerne Abbas Giant is masking up!

Many people around the world are aware that the chalky plains and hills of southern England are famous for neolithic stone-circles, burial mounds, barrows and chalk-horses but there are few monuments as enigmatic as the Cerne Abbas Giant. He stands … Continue reading

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Coronavirus 19 – Social Distancing with 99 year old Captain Tom Moore and his multi-million pound fundraiser

I’ve touched on how nice I find it that celebrities and ‘stars’ have been thrust out of the lime-light this last month or so as finally the media wake up to what most of us knew… that they are almost … Continue reading

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Arise Sir Loin Steak

The menu for the 1617 banquet that gave birth to the legend that King James I invented sirloin steak after knighting a joint of beef has gone up for auction. Legend has it that when James I dined at Hoghton … Continue reading

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