Monthly Archives: June 2019

William Burchell and St Helena

St Helena is one of the most remote places on Earth, 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) east of Rio de Janeiro and  almost 2000 kilometres (1,210 miles) from the nearest bit of  the African coast.  It’s probably most famous for being Napoleon’s place of exile. … Continue reading

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Garden Party Games – Edwardian style

It was my birthday recently but unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite suitable for organising a garden party to celebrate. Nevertheless  with the weather warming up again I thought I would offer some tried and tested seasonal advice about using your … Continue reading

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Hollar’s Fashionable Landscapes

It’s strange how much of our visual knowledge of what mid-17thc England was like comes through the work of non-English artists, like Van Dyke  and Wenceslaus Hollar.  Whereas most people have heard of Van Dyke  I’m not so sure if … Continue reading

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Lord & Lady Penzance show their breeding…

Todays post is about a senior Victorian divorce and ecclesiastical court judge who  was a fellow of the Royal Geographical and Anthropological Societies,  and, believe it or not,  a member of the Cannibal Club.  He also thought that Francis Bacon wrote … Continue reading

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A Very British Revolution

51 years ago in May and June 1968 there was  a revolution  in Britain.  It did not include  rioting students on the streets as in Paris but  took place in the grounds of one of Britain’s grandest stately homes, Syon … Continue reading

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