Monthly Archives: March 2015

Eyewitness Waterloo

Here’s the next instalment from my forthcoming collection of first-hand accounts from the Battle of Waterloo. The story so far… Twenty-two-year-old Lady Magdelene de Lancey has travelled to Brussels to be near her husband Colonel Sir William, a member of … Continue reading

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I couldn’t possibly comment…

“By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” Socrates

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Yesterday was Mothering Sunday, so it seemed like an appropriate time to look into its origins. In the UK it has gradually been transformed into ‘Mothers’ Day’ for all but a few die-hards like me, but this is one of … Continue reading

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Eyewitness Waterloo

As I mentioned in a previous post, my potentially Pulitzer Prize winning, globally best-selling new book¬†Eyewitness Waterloo is due out in May. Just to whet the appetite, I have decided to start posting extracts in the run up to the … Continue reading

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People should learn to talk proper

There was an article on my local newspaper’s website the other day about the big increase in hospital spending on interpreters, largely because of the recent influx of eastern Europeans. This was one of the readers’ comments beneath it: Its … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Months

So here we are in March – Hrethmonath – dedicated to the goddess Hretha. Sadly, no one seems to know anything about this deity – in fact as far as I can make out the only written reference to Hretha/Hrethmonath … Continue reading

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