Monday, July 24, 2017

The Land of Muggles

James Lloyd explores how an ethnic slur became a geographically confused hagiographical anecdote. Kent is, in many respects, a privileged county: The first of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to be founded and the first to be...

Superstition & Science: Mystics, sceptics, truth-seekers and charlatans

Derek Wilson’s history of thought between the Reformation and the Enlightenment approaches the received wisdom about a shift from superstition (and religion) to science (and atheism) in a vein which, while not aggressively revisionist,...

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show: In Pictures

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a triumph of plants over posing, a place where gardeners can find an abundance of advice and ideas - as well as the opportunity to blow a small...

Whichever Way You Throw It, It Will Stand

James Lloyd leaps the Irish Sea to Man, to pay homage to one of the oldest-surviving traditions in the British Isles. This Wednesday is Tynwald Festival Day, when the legislature of the Isle of Man...

Watch outdoor opera at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s house, 16 Sept 2017

Put on your glad rags for a night of comedic opera at Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Surrey. On 16 September this magnificent venue is staging Mozart's Marriage of...

The Parson and the Clerk

On the coast of Devon, just off the red cliffs outside Holcombe between Dawlish and Teignmouth, two stacks, known locally as the Parson and the Clerk, jut out of the sea. They are shaped...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – April/May 2017 (16)

The month of April was a combination of summer and winter all in one and within days apart of each other.  An early heat wave was very welcome after what seemed like an eternal, bleak...

Things to do this weekend: The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby

Kicking off today (22 June), the Hickstead Derby is one of the most famous and challenging showjumping events in the world. Taking place at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex,...

Lover from the Lake

A lake on a mountainside in Dyfed is the setting for the strange story of how a distinguished family of physicians acquired their vocation. In Carmarthenshire, on the slopes of the Black Mountain, the Lake...

The Cathedral Beneath the Sea

James Lloyd visits Selsey in Sussex, once a cathedral city but now a modest seaside town – but where is its cathedral? Not every saint has led a life of peace and brotherly love. Saint...