In Germany it’s traditional for children to leave their shoes outside their bedroom doors on the 5th December. If they have been good “Nikolaus” will visit during the night to fill their shoes with sweeties. But if they have been bad, then a knight called Ruprecht visits instead. Knecht Ruprecht carries a long staff and wears … More Have you been good?
Approximately 10 million turkeys are eaten in the UK every year with 87 per cent of people choosing to serve traditional roast turkey at Christmas. Turkeys were first introduced to Britain from America over 500 years ago. Henry VIII was the first British King to enjoy turkey in the 16th century, although it was Edward VII who made eating turkey … More Turkey with all the trimmings
London’s West End lights up for Christmas. Back in 1948, Regent Street started being lined with Christmas trees throughout the festive period. The following year part of the street was lit for Christmas. The first full Christmas light display of the street started in 1954, although there were no Christmas lights from 1972 to 1977 due to a lack … More Christmas lights
This time of year brings to mind those people that are most important. It’s a time when we send festive greetings to those who are dear to us. By how did the tradition of sending cards start? In 1843, Sir John Henry Cole was too busy to write personal holiday greetings, so he hired a … More Sending festive greetings to those who are dear to us.
Christmas in Bruges is a short story by Meadow Taylor Curl up with a good book this winter. Unlike a number of short stories,this one has a satisfying narrative arc. Good opening, middle and an ending that keeps you guessing where it’s going to conclude. Worth reading. It is available from Amazon. Plot Inspired by … More Curl up with Christmas in Bruges
This blog is taken from a newsletter I wrote in 2015 telling the story of how I came to be standing on the balcony of the Mansion House with the Lord Mayor of London as he took the salute at the Remembrance Day parade. ….And that is how I ended up on the balcony of … More Remembering Leonard Thirkettle
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Why should we remember the fifth of November? The rhyme which starts “Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot…….” has a variety of endings. All entreat us to remember when there was a failed attempt to blow up parliament. The fifth of November The date is a celebration, going…
Have you dreamt of receiving a letter telling you you’re really a witch or wizard and you’ve just been admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? As Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the primary setting for the first six books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, is a fictional British school of magic this remains a dream. Or does … More The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
A group of us visited the Tank Museum, Bovington, which has over 300 vehicles including the world’s first tank and the infamous Tiger 131. The tank was a British invention that changed warfare for ever when it was introduced in the First World War. Rudyard Kipling visited Bovington in 1923 and, after viewing the damaged tanks that … More The Tank Museum, Bovington
It’s incredible to think that the first Incredibles film came out 14 years ago. The 2004 American computer-animated superhero film, written and directed by Brad Bird, was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It tells the story of a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers. Taking on the role of “Mr and Mrs Parr”, Mr. Incredible … More The Incredibles have still got what it takes