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 ...

What the …k?

What the ...k?
  I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering why a writer, who once knew better words, would now only use 4-letter words to write in prose. And you suppose… Anything goes. Well you’re wrong. This is not about 4-letter words. There are 5-letter words here ; a 6-letter word and even a seven… I’m going ...

Are you barking mad? 10

Are you barking mad?
  Barking is an east London suburb about 9 miles from the city centre along the River Thames. It originated as an Anglo-Saxon village in Essex – the land of the East Saxons. As ‘C’ was pronounced ‘K’ in the German tongue the original name Berecingas (settlement in the birch trees) was corrupted to Barking. ...