Monday, December 11, 2017

The Burning Ghost: Part One

British Library manuscript Royal 15 A. xx, formerly in the possession of Byland Abbey in Yorkshire, concerns itself predominantly with the works of Cicero. Towards the end, however, a bored monk, apparently writing in...

The Time of Death

James Lloyd steals another of The Ingoldsby Legends to tell how an unfaithful husband ran, quite literally, out of time. “How goes the Enemy?” For people of a certain age, this is an affected way of...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – December 2016 (12)

The dark days of December descended and with them came freezing fog and fine mistle, cloaking the Essex countryside with a penetrating cold and damp feel that refused to go away.  For a while,...

Chariot of Fear

James Lloyd visits the parish church of Rainham in Kent, home to one of the most terrifying spectres in a shire full of them. Kent is probably the most haunted county in England. It certainly...

The Quiet Hero

James Lloyd belatedly celebrates Saint David’s Day, remembering what little is known and much of what is made up about the life of Wales’s heavenly defender. The British really can pick ‘em. Saint George and...

Grey Dolphin: Part Two

The story so far: Sir Robert de Shurland is on the run from the law after killing a monk in a rage of impatience. Hiding on the beach on the Isle of Sheppey, he...

Flood damage: how Age UK is helping those who have lost everything

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK, outlines the effect recent flooding has had on the elderly community, and what the charity is doing to help. It was shocking and saddening to see the...

The Twain of the Plain

James Lloyd visits Navan Fort in County Armagh, a ritual site of great importance in the mythology of Ancient Ulster. In Northern Ireland, a little more than a mile and a half west of Armagh,...

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...

The Invisible Monk

Sandwich, one of the Cinque Ports, was the scene of a great naval battle, in which were employed weapons and tactics not of this earth. Herbert Wells, pioneer of science-fiction, was a Kentishman (at least...