Advent

Thank you for reading the last 24 days of light-hearted, light-headed stuff. We really appreciate it and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2017. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year   Alison & Glyn    ...

Nearly there! Less than 24 hours to go before the big day. If we were on the 'mainland' we would all be having the big celebration tonight and we send our best wishes to everyone celebrating then. The very word 'Eve' captures a moment of anticipation and...

sometime in 1343 – 25 October 1400 As we actually approach Christmas and I've had my peace on earth rant and all the other politically correct ramblings jotted in the past 22 days I thought it is definitely time to lighten up. Time to focus on...

2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948 2016 has been a pretty grim year politically and so many stars have died it will surely be remembered as one of the most gloomy years of all. Enough of that. In some ways there is so much trouble in the...

7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870 I could easily making a big mistake by including Charles Dickens in this list. Firstly, hands up those of you who have read all his books and stories? I thought not. My erudite and literate other half nearly completed the herculean...

Jolly good show, absolutely ripping and an excellent treacle tart to boot. Part of me can’t believe that I am writing this and another part of me finds the whole notion of talking about Enid Blyton vaguely hilarious. No, absolutely hilarious. The reason for my non-festive...

'Tis the season to be jolly, blah, blah, blah. The last Sunday in Advent. It's also the season to have the whole house covered in pine needles which will continue to be found embedded into the carpets until the summer solstice. Come wind and rain...

18 November 1906 – 2 October 1988 Alec Issigonis is a hero in my eyes and has been for a very long time. Just in case you don’t know it he was the brain behind two great British cars, two stars of the motoring world that...

Without wanting to be seen as being too Londoncentric this post really focuses on London and one of it's best known images, the map of the London Underground which was designed by Harry Beck. The early maps of the London Underground were of a more traditional...