Let’s get reading!

This blog forms part of an article published in the January/February 2017 edition of Staffordshire Living Magazine. Research and specialists agree that reading with your child is the single most important thing you can do to help with their education, so here are some ideas to help you with your momentous task. Never forget how... Continue Reading →

Libraries Matter

Let’s celebrate libraries-all is not lost! This blog formed part of my article published in the January/February 2018 edition of Staffordshire Living Magazine. The human species has always been a curious one, and generous too; in fact, collecting knowledge to store and share is as old as civilisation itself. Archaeologists have found 5000-year-old inscribed clay... Continue Reading →

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 →

An African Adventure-Day 9

Into the crater… The Ngorongoro crater stretched out below us as we began our descent into its bowl in smaller four-wheel drive vehicles; far more suited than the truck for the steep drop down through the heavily forested rim to the crater floor. The statistics of the crater are as staggering as the views: up... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure-Day 8

After a night time visit from the hyenas, and a wakeup call from the zebras grazing their way through the campsite, it was time to say a slow goodbye to the Serengeti as we travelled onwards to the Ngorongoro Crater our next destination. Given its vast size and the state of the tracks, leaving 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 →

An African Adventure-Day 7

A glorious sunrise heralded the start of our full day in the Serengeti and we were eager to be off as early as possible. Maybe it was this haste to be off, or perhaps our relief at surviving the night despite the visiting hyenas, that made us forgetful of the golden rule of safari that... Continue Reading →

The Pike

This article was published in the October 2017 issue of The Countryman magazine   My first sighting of a pike was on a cold autumnal day made danker still by the location; a muddy towpath by a bridge whose underbelly and black sides dripped with water. Without warning the sunlight breached the chill and lit... Continue Reading →

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