Category Archives: History

It Was Ever Thus

Following the surprising and welcome news from that renowned climatologist, Donald Trump, that climate change is a hoax . . . news which is particularly welcome for those who live in the low-lying areas of Bangladesh . . . I … Continue reading

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This is How it Goes

The British Labour Party is under siege. Originally, at the time of its inception, it was a socialist party representing the membership of the trade unions, and therefore, essentially, working men. Its natural homelands were in the heavy industrial areas … 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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The Poetry of Naming

The old place names contain the spirit of the place. They are its history and carry the stories of people who lived here hundreds, even thousands, of years ago. Ancient field names, the names of farmsteads and old houses, hamlets … Continue reading

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William Byrd

It is amazing that, after two years writing this blog, I have not touched on the thing that gives me the greatest pleasure and takes up a lot of my time . . . music. But I am going to … Continue reading

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Ah, Those Walls . . .

Today has been sunny and almost warm. It is a pleasure to be out; we take our time, we smile at everyone, even those who are in such a hurry they haven’t noticed that they share the planet with other … Continue reading

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A Meditation Upon Saint Lucie’s Day

The feast day of Saint Lucy was the 13 December, which was the shortest day of the year before the Julian calendar was adopted. The English metaphysical poet, John Donne, described it as the “year’s dark midnight”, and now the … Continue reading

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