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February was not Fine

February was not Fine

Pains in the night On February 1st I was woken in the night by a stabbing pain in my back. It lasted about two hours. The next night I had an ache all around my left side and this lasted all night. I hardly slept. In the morning I phoned for a...

KING JOHN

KING JOHN

It is said that King John was born on Christmas Eve, 1166 or 1167 in Oxford. A king with a bad reputation. Nearly everyone has an opinion about him as he is forever connected to the need to curb his will and cruel power with Magna Carta. And of...

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries This month I went to London and saw these splendid galleries, up high in the triforium of Westminster Abbey. You cross Poets’ Corner and there is a new tower installed into the tight space of Poets’ Corner...

Sibling Rivalry – Medieval Period

Here is something that gives factual background to Isabella Of Angouleme: The Tangled Queen. It explains the rivalry that existed and how slowly the relationship changed after centuries of war. It was a delight to write and be back in the 13th...

Guinguette

Guinguette

A long hot summer in 2018, although France Meteo says it was not as hot as 2003. However night time temperatures stayed in the mid-20s, which is uncomfortable without a fan. At least no one had to wear layers and layers of clothes as they did in...