Post-War

(1945 – Present)

Inside North Korea

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Of all the pieces I have written for this site, this is probably the hardest. This is because it’s an ever evolving and ‘unfinished’ piece of history, shrouded by obscurity and suppression; masterminded by control….

London: Off The Beaten Track

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It was my birthday recently, and as I had taken Annabelle on a historical tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick for hers, she decided to take me out for a surprise ‘day of revelry’ in the…

HISTORIC HOUSES AS INSPIRATION

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Readers have asked whether Graylings, the country seat that Oliver Farraday, one of the main characters in my new novel, owns and dearly loves, was based on a particular National Trust property. I have to admit…

A London Tour In Tube Posters

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Some say living in London is a curse. Some say it is a gift. With it’s rich history, I go with the latter. No matter where you turn, there is a story to be told…

100 Years of Bridal Fashion

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All girls dream of their wedding; the man, the flowers, the venue…the dress! At one point or another members of your family will have witnessed the sleek and simple phase, 10ft veils and voluptuous meringues….

A Look at Retro Romance

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Recently, I have been ill. At my age, one takes full advantage! So what better to do than rest in bed and revisit one of my favorite time periods, the late 1970s through to the…

In A Barbie World…A History

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Barbie has been a subject for many discussions. Ater all, she is something else. She has been blamed for the development of eating disorders and for holding back feminist development. Barbie is quite often seen…

#RoyalBaby Prediction

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Kate and Wills had a baby, and the country is going bananas. We all know very little, but what we do know is that it’s a boy. So the next big question is…what are they…

Meet The New Dutch King & Queen!

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On April 30th 2013, the Netherlands got a new head of state. After thirty-three years, and on live TV, Queen Beatrix abdicated her crown to her son Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Máxima. King Willem-Alexander…

‘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…