Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River 28

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River by Robbie and Michael Cheadle   Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River by Robbie and Michael Cheadle is a story and cookbook in one. It is the latest in a great fun series from a mother and her young son, the Author/Baker team of Robbie and Michael ...

Girt Dog of Langport 20

Girt Dog of Langport
  This is a companion piece to The Glastonbury Zodiac on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life   The thirteenth figure of the Glastonbury Zodiac is the guardian Girt Dog. ‘Girt’ comes from the same root as ‘girdle’ meaning to contain or encompass. The giant beast, based round the town of Langport, is ...

Symposium 12

Symposium
These days a symposium sounds quite prestigious. It something scientists and academics attend to exchange cutting-edge ideas. So it might surprise you to know it come from the Ancient Greek for ‘Drinking Together’. Something probably not that far off the truth these days either: a load of bladdered physicists doing Stephen Hawking impressions… Cos he’s ...

Pure 18

Pure
  Leather manufacture was always a noisome business. Noisome as in smelly, not noisy: that was the slaughterhouse. Although with all those animals terrified by death and all the blood, I think slaughterhouses were pretty smelly too. When I was a kid there was a tannery on the side of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. ...

On the Shoulders of Giants 20

On the Shoulders of Giants
  When Sally Cronin included me in her list of 10 nominees for The Miranda Sings Award – A chance to say I Love Me! A list of 7 things you like about yourself. I admit to quaking in my boots.  Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life Sally’s piece had all the unmistakable qualities ...
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