Monthly Archives: May 2016

Revisiting the National Waterways Museum

 Last year I visited the museum and promised myself I would return and this time take in a short trip on the canal. Considerable development on site has taken place, including the cottages that illustrate the changing living conditions for … Continue reading

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What makes us English……..Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling

I have been asked on several occasions by friends and colleagues from abroad “what makes you English?” and I always struggle with the response. I could of course say that we are a proud nation, arrogant, insular, bloody minded but … Continue reading

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1940s weekend……in Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall

 For the past 18 years East Lancs Railway has put on a 1940s weekend and each year the event has grown so that now thousands of visitors don silk stockings, Fedora hats and gas masks to step back in time … Continue reading

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Are our students the most illiberal and wimpish ever?

Originally posted on Mike the Psych's Blog:
I’m sick of hearing about safe spaces and micro-aggressions (and have posted on this elsewhere). Not to mention the attempts to remove the  Cecil Rhodes statue at Oxford University by a Rhodes…

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Let us welcome Saudi Arabia to the 21st century…….

  A father in Saudi Arabia has shot the doctor who helped his wife give birth, furious that a man was present in the delivery room rather than a female medic. Dr Muhannad Al- Zabn delivered the baby a month … Continue reading

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Tony Christie……it’s not what you think!

The name Tony Christie conjures up images of a bygone era in popular music particularly the 1970s when he had hits with songs such as “Is this the way to Amarillo” and “Avenues and Alleyways.” His career slowly declined and … Continue reading

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Eyam, the plague village……..and a story of self sacrifice

It’s hard to imagine that the quiet village of Eyam, off the A623 in Derbyshire, could have such a fascinating, yet tragic story to tell. But …. at the end of August 1665 bubonic plague arrived at the house of … Continue reading

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Glagolitic Mass………….

There are certain pieces of music that on first hearing leave an indelible impression, Smokestack Lightening by Howlin Wolf, Johnny Hodges playing Jeeps Blues, Jessy Norman in Strauss’s For Last songs and not least Janaceks Glagolitic Mass, a mass like … Continue reading

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The Peak District………………the relatively undiscovered beauty spot

  If you ask most people who visit Britain which areas they intend to visit you will invariably get responses along the lines of the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, Scotland and that city which is no longer part of … Continue reading

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“Lust for Life”……..Iggy Pop

To corrupt an old saying, “there are old rock singers and there are wild rock singers, but there are very few old and wild rock singers” but one who seems to have survived and fit the latter category is Iggy … Continue reading

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