Once more dear friends, once more…


As today is St George's Day (and William Shakespeare's birthday), it is with the Anglo-Saxon blood of my ancestors thrumming in my ears I thought I should share with you one of the most famous Shakespeare speeches ever delivered. It is from Henry V and was the King's speech on the eve of the battle of …

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Battle of the Atlantic Celebrations


This weekend has been a weekend of celebrations and commemorations in Liverpool this week for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. There has been a great turnout of all the armed forces but as this was a naval conflict there has been a predominantly Royal Navy presence there. As you may already …

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The Rhythm Of Life


Don’t you find reassurance in the natural rhythm of life? No, not the song sung by Sammy Davis Jr in Sweet Charity! I mean the way that the seasons unfold, and events unfold in their own time at the same time of the year and the way that your own personal constitution fits into the …

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May Day Day Out


May Day Day Out It is the May Day Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK, traditionally a day for "odd", "traditional", "quintessentially English", "madcap" activities. In the past we have been camping over this weekend and our favourite place is Clun, a little village on the Welsh border where each year they hold a …

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What is an “Indian Summer”?


Autumn heatwaves are often referred to as "Indian summers", but what does the term actually mean? Meteorologist Philip Eden explains. Something strange has been happening to the way we perceive our climate over recent years. Nowadays, when we get a bout of unusual weather, we ask what has gone wrong. There seems to be a …

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August Bank Holiday Monday


I love August Bank Holiday Monday. No, seriously, I really do. It's a turning point of the year for me, one of those days that marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. It's the last official day of summer regardless of the weather (rain, usually) and it's the last chance before …

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