Monthly Archives: July 2016


The Ancient Greeks apparently had no word for blue. Homer didn’t use it, nor the great dramatists of Classical Athens. This is really strange, when you think about it. In Greece, today as then, the dominant colour is blue. First, … Continue reading

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A Cultural History

As everyone knows, the world is going to hell in a handcart. Well, probably not a handcart exactly. Probably more like a container ship or fleet of airliners. Or a fleet of container ships. Yes, the world is going to … Continue reading

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Charley Ottey 1897-1916

We have a rolling pin with a history. Knowing this history makes a difference.  It is old. It was owned by my great grandmother, a woman called Lizzie, who had been born in 1862 in Droitwich, Worcestershire, into a large … Continue reading

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