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
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
Due for release in the UK on 10th August, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is a 2018 computer-animated adventure film about the real-life Sergeant Stubby, a stray Boston Terrier who becomes a hero during World War I. Although the film credits state that the characters in the film are fictitious, the film follows the actual actions of the dog and includes real people involved … More Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park features around 80 sculptures and installations to see in the open air. The other year we joined a group visit to the park. Some of the works are still on display, but Not Vital’s exhibition ended in 2017. Henry Moore Henry Moore was the first patron of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. He … More Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Back in 2015, we were invited to attend the 800th celebration of Magna Carta at Runnymede. In addition to the celebration and the plaque unveiling by Her Majesty The Queen, the Duke of Cambridge attended the dedication of “The Jurors”, an art installation to celebrate the Magna Carta anniversary. Now there is a … More Magna Carta-inspired art at Runnymede
Are you fed up with “not available in your region” messages? At a time when “Fake News” is everywhere, we need proper journalists passing on verified news. So I’m a bit put out that actual news is being withheld, as if I’m living under some dictatorship or in some autocratic state. I used a number … More Where has the world gone?
There was a time, not so long ago, that air travel wasn’t an option and the only way to travel was by sea. The V&A Museum has a new exhibition “Ocean Liners: Speed and Style” It shares the design stories of the world’s greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra. Find … More Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
Antarctica Antarctica is the world’s fifth largest continent covering an area of around 14 million square kilometres that are virtually untouched by humankind. Much of it is blanketed by a vast permanent ice sheet, averaging 2,000 metres in thickness. The South Pole is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth. It is also known as … More Exploring Antarctica
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 all the way back to the … More Remember, remember the fifth of November…………..
“Quick, you three get down so I can climb on top” he said. Yes, this is the sort of challenge you will be faced with on a Treasure Hunts In London adventure for adults. Since 2013 treasure hunters have been having fun exploring the streets of London and roaming top London museums and galleries in their … More Treasure Hunt Fun For Adults