Monthly Archives: July 2015

Word Origins

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at a word origin, and there’s one that’s always intrigued me that cropped up again recently. I’ve been preparing material for a possible new book as a follow-up to my Franklin biography Deadly Winter –  devoted to the fascinating correspondence of Sir … Continue reading

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A Bee in My Bonnet

Regular readers will know I have lots of bees in my bonnet, and today’s posting is about one that has been buzzing for a long time. I came across this in my newspaper yesterday:      I was born in the … Continue reading

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Sensational!

I’ve always been interested in Victorian times and admired Dickens. But ever since I researched and wrote Murder in Montague Place, which features Inspector Bucket from Bleak House – who in turn was based on Inspector Charlie Field, a member of the then newly … Continue reading

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After Midsummer

In my last posting on the Anglo-Saxon months I reported that June was known as Ærra Liða Before (‘Ere’) Midsummer, so – surprise, surprise, July is Æftera Līþa, or After Midsummer.It was a time of the year also called Mædmonaþ, or … Continue reading

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It’s Here!

The July/August of Aquila children’s magazine is out – with an article about the explorer Matthew Flinders by yours truly! Rush to your local newsagents! Knock people out of the way! Panic buy! For God’s sake, think of your children! … Continue reading

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