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Word Origins

Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys is proving to be a rich mine of information on the origin of old words and phrases (and always 100% accurate!) Today we have a term that’s perhaps not used as much as it … Continue reading

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Origins of Words

Today’s offering is yet another one lifted from Great British Railway Journeys and features two brilliant Victorian inventors and innovators whose biographies I happen to have read can recommend to anyone. They are Humphrey Davy of Davy Lamp fame (and … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Regular viewer’s of Michael Portillo’s excellent Great British Railway Journeys may already be familiar with today’s offering – because that’s where I’ve stolen it from. Around 1617 (which is just after quarter-past four by my calculations – quite how they … Continue reading

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Bradshaw’s Guide

I mentioned in a previous post getting a copy of Bradshaw’s Guide, the Victorian travellers’ guide to Britain by rail. I was inspired to buy one after enjoying Great British Railway Journeys on BBC 2. It’s a great dip-in book! … Continue reading

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All Aboard!

I’m an avid fan of Great British Railways Journeys on BBC 2 with Michael Portillo, and I decided to treat myself. Hence, I’ve just received my very own copy of Bradshaw’s guide,  the guide-book to the stations great and small … Continue reading

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