Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Nags Head, Covent Garden

In early November 2018 my wife’s uncle came over from Canada. He’d emigrated 54 years ago and obviously was very much ‘Canadian’. He wanted a family day out with Jan, my wife, me and Jan’s sister and her husband. He … Continue reading

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I’d never considered this downside

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Italian peasants in the 1920s

Iris Origo and her husband bought an estate in Val d’Orcia, which was 3500 of parched eroded acres with 25 poverty-stricken farms: In a dark airless little room they found an old man dying and a woman giving birth in … Continue reading

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Donald Trump asks for advice from Abraham Lincoln

Trump: How can I make Democrats love me? Lincoln: Go to the theatre. Chris

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The Nasty Party

The Tories don’t care Pile on the misery, some more Universal credit, payment delays Well that’s just – how it is. They can force you into work Doesn’t matter if its zero hours Doesn’t matter if it’s at the minimum … Continue reading

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Overland by Stagecoach: Wyoming, circa 1900

  Nine people squeezed inside the stagecoach. Any additional passengers sometimes travelled on the roof. Passengers remained sandwiched together for about 22 days, with only brief stops for meals and changes of stock or equipment.

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The origin of Fish and Chips in Britain

The dish of white fish, typically cod or haddock, fried in a thin coat of flour, was a favourite particularly among Sephardic Jews, who fried it on Friday nights to prepare for the Sabbath, as the Mosaic laws prohibited cooking. … Continue reading

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