Town Mouse & Country Mouse

The "Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" Aesop Fable has become an English idiom that recognises the effect on our character of where we are from, and to use another idiom how as a result we may sometimes feel like a fish out of water.

Drinking Together-What’s the History?

With the festive party season upon us, pubs and bars across the country will play host to groups of friends or work colleagues of both sexes who will drink together and look forward to their Christmas break. But what is the historical context of such drinking across the sexes both at Christmas and throughout the... Continue Reading →

We will Remember Them

  It is now ninety- nine years since the end of the Great War and its annihilation of a whole generation across Europe and the World. Its deadly scythe swept through families, communities, businesses, nobility, Empire and friends showing no mercy or respect. The veterans have long since passed on to join their forever young... Continue Reading →

Trafalgar Day

A Celebratory Top Fifteen Facts for Trafalgar Day on the 21st October The 21st October is Trafalgar Day; a celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805, and the triumph of Admiral Horatio Nelson who lay dying as news of his victory was brought to him. The title of... Continue Reading →

The Mary Rose Museum

On the 19th July 1545 Henry VIII’s ship the Mary Rose sank in the Solent off Portsmouth with the loss of over 500 lives. In 1982 after 437 years on the sea bed the Mary Rose was brought to the surface once more, and now 35 years later The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic... Continue Reading →

Pigs, Coffee Tables and Making Do

  Some years ago, we purchased our first two pigs. They were to be the traditional cottager’s pigs fattened solely for our benefit in much the same way as generations had done before us on the same site. Words were hard to find that were adequate to describe the success of the whole venture, and... Continue Reading →

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