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An Elizabethan Beauty Guide

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In an age of contouring, baking, brows and plumped lips, it is difficult to imagine that societies throughout history have been as beauty obsessed as we are today. Certainly, what constituted ‘beauty’ has been redefined…

Culloden: Crusher of Dreams

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As I walked the Battlefield of Culloden in July 1997, passing through the stones that marked the positions of King George’s army and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highland Clans, the day was warm and sunny with…

History is waiting for you

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Like many a good thing, Puy du Fou really does gets better with age. I last visited two years ago, and although it blew my historical socks off I wasn’t emotionally invested. Fast-forward to my…

Machu Picchu photo diary

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This time last year I went on the most incredible trip to Peru – which I bang on about to anyone who will listen – and as cliched as it is, it changed so many…

Gone with the Tudor Wind

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1939 has long been considered a mirabilis annus (miraculous year) in Hollywood history. There has never been a year like it for memorable films. In 1939, Judy Garland took us over the rainbow in The…