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The British who helped build The White House

  In a recent interview Dr William Seale, author and historian, said that Scots in particular were sought out for the project given their expertise in stone masonry and that a group of men who had been working on Edinburgh New … Continue reading

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When your biggest hope turns into your worst nightmare – The Legend of Prester John

Prester John was for several centuries once one of the most famous people in the world, despite not having ever existed.  His non-existence however didn’t stop him having a great and possibly horrific legacy to those who believed in him … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Fighting Cock – The Oldest Pub in Britain?

This time last week I was giving a lovely guided tour to a charming couple to the old Roman city of St Albans which as it happens is just 5 miles from my house and an hour out of central … Continue reading

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ORP Blyskawica, Cowes and an unexpected surprise for the Luftwaffe

I’ve had the good fortune to be in Portsmouth twice in the last 3 days.  It’s one of my favourite UK cities and I’m always very happy when I get to give a tour here.  There is more than can … Continue reading

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Duelling – A Matter Of Honour

It’s hard to imagine a when men would fight for honour almost at the drop of a hat or indeed a white handkerchief but there was a time when this was de rigueuer.   There used to be thousands of … Continue reading

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The Ædifying use of Æ

No, I haven’t been holding down random keys on my keyboard when writing the title of this post though I dare say that it might be the only published article anywhere on the internet today that features Æ.Whilst writing an … Continue reading

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A tragic hero, forgotten in his own time but now remembered in ours.

Whilst out with his metal detector on the muddy foreshore of Thameside, amateur historian and enthusiast Tobias Neto stumbled on a very small but very special piece of history in December 2016.   It was a medal, a VC or … Continue reading

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Queuing by the numbers

There are few things more British than queuing or Standing In Line as it is called in some places.  It’s often said that we will stand behind a queue of one and I’ve seen that quite a few times. It’s … Continue reading

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WW1 Iraq & The Desert Campaigns

Last week I wrote on how it was the 100th anniversary of the death of my Great Grandfather in Iraq in WW1.   In fact just last night I found a bookmark from my Great Grandmother who must have had it … Continue reading

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Up Helly Aa – The Modern Day Viking Festival

This coming Tuesday sees one of the most spectacular event of the British cultural calendar though it is a long from most people in the British Isles.  It is known as Up Helly Aa and takes place in the town … Continue reading

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