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The Real Housewives of Versailles

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My husband and I were warned prior to traveling from Paris to Versailles; apparently we would be sorry to spend more than a day there. “You’ll be bored silly,” people scoffed. I now realize those…

‘Titanic II’: A man overboard?

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In the wise words of The Beautiful South: “You don’t back a horse called Striding Snail, you don’t name your boat Titanic II.”  Recently in the news it was revealed that billionaire Clive Palmer has plans to launch…

Have You Ever Been to Temple Manor?

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The beautiful Temple Manor was built around 1240 by the Knights Templar. It was designed to provide suitable lodging for people of high rank or position, travelling between Dover and London every day. However, as the years…

The Earl and The Showgirl

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It sounds like something from a bad romantic fiction. It’s the 1850s, and Henry the 7th Earl of Stamford, handsome, rich and powerful, heir to several estates scattered across the country, meets and pursues the…

A Chat With the Police History Society

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Mike Vince (MBE MA) joined Thames Valley Police in 1973 and served in Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Buckingham and Police Headquarters, Kidlington. During his 30 years of predominantly uniform service, he carried out; foot patrols, a stint…

Can You Cancan?

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Ooh la-la! Long skirts, frilly petticoats, stockings, feathers, whooping and high kicking ladies in a line. This is the saucy and sassy image we conjure up when visualising a performance of the cancan. The outfits…