The Last Frost Fair on the River Thames

When I first read about the River Thames frost fairs in a novel I was instantly fascinated by the idea. Living in a time and area where the winter is hardly ever cold enough for a small lake to freeze over solidly enough for ice-skating, it is a rather marvellous thought to have a mighty... Continue Reading →


The King’s Army Parade

Yesterday was the last Sunday of January, which meant that the English Civil War Society gathered on The Mall to hold their annual King's Army Parade to commemorate the execution of King Charles I on 30th January 1649. Elevated by his son, Charles II, to the position of a martyr, Charles I is immortalised in... Continue Reading →

Burns Night

Tomorrow is Burns Night, so get those neeps and tatties ready! For the haggis you might want to try this recipe. Might be a bit late to learn 'The Address to a Haggis' off by heart, though, so why not just play this great rendition of it at supper? As for the beverage of choice... Continue Reading →

Terra Nova Expedition

Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and... Continue Reading →

Hello, I’m The Doctor!

The Twelfth Doctor is..... Peter Capaldi!! Personally, I love this choice. I liked him in all his roles so far and I don't mind that he already had parts in Doctor Who and Torchwood. After all, Freema and Karen were in Doctor Who as well before they became companions. Also, I think he's got something... Continue Reading →

It’s a boy!

Finally! Demonstrating impeccable timing the royal baby chose the hottest day of the year in Britain to be born and the world awaited the announcement with baited breath, while the media that had been gathered outside the hospital for weeks finally sprung into action. The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary's Hospital shortly... Continue Reading →

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