Nepotism – Truth is Stranger than Fiction 6

Nepotism – Truth is Stranger than Fiction
    My Aunt Violet phoned about an interesting article in a local magazine; submitted by Keith Roberts from Abergele in North Wales. Titled ‘Truth is Stranger than Fiction’, it concerned the coincidences between assassinated presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy. She thought it might be something for the blog. Talk about keeping it ...

The Highgate Vampire 8

The Highgate Vampire
  Sadly the legend of the Highgate Vampire is just that. It was invented by two adventurers out to make a name, and stirred up by local and national press coverage. Disappointing I know, but as Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’. At least I think it was him, ...

Dun Shoppin’ 6

Dun Shoppin’
  Napoleon Bonaparte famously dismissed the British as a ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’. Or as he put it, ‘L’Angleterre est un nation de boutiquiers.’ One can imagine the insouciant sneer on his curled lip, the nonchalant Gallic shrug, the sharp exhalation of steel blue smoke before the Gauloises is impatiently stubbed into the muddy earth beneath ...

The Do-nut in Grannie’s Greenhouse 14

The Do-nut in Grannie’s Greenhouse
  Unlike Otto Titzling, or even Herr Bustenhalter, the mythical inventors of the modern bra, Thomas Crapper was a real person; a plumber who opened a London bathroom fittings factory and warehouse in 1861. The quality of his porcelain ware gained him recognition in a rapidly modernising society. But it was the future Edward VI ...