Here we go. Such has been my apprehension in attempting to write an entry about the most famous cemetery in the world that it’s taken me nearly a year to finally put my visit into words. How – how, dear reader – can you do justice to this place in one post? How can I convey […]Read More The Top 6 Graves of Père-Lachaise
History is a peculiar thing. On Sunday 12th August 2018 over five hundred people gathered to see the unveiling of the exact location of the grave of William Blake. They were taking part in a ceremony which seems to happen every century – although not for the reason you’d expect. I’ve been doing cemetery blogs […]Read More A Tombstone for a Long Neglected Grave
To celebrate LGBT History month I’ve asked writers, historians and scientists to put their fingers to the keyboard and share interesting stories about queer people who now reside in our cemeteries and crematoriums. This week we welcome Dr Alfredo Carpineti, Astrophysicist, writer for IFLScience and The Astroholic, who writes about the potential orientation of one of […]Read More Shelley – A Wishful Role Model
Agatha Christie, the world’s best selling author, was born on 15th September 1890 in Torquay. She is know as the Queen of Crime for her detective fiction stories and her two most famous detectives are Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. She is also the only female playwright to have had three productions in London’s West End […]Read More A Visit to Agatha Christie’s Grave
On a chilly Sunday morning, Steve and I went to Bermondsey tube station to go on a tour of Thames-side Southwark, led by the charismatic Tim Thomas (who wore the best flat cap I’ve ever seen). An actor (gleefully telling us it was he who bumped off Simon Callow in the third act of Four Weddings and […]Read More The Lost Docks, Prince and Engineer of Southwark
Please click on all the links as you read through this post – there are hundreds more World War 1 propaganda posters to look at. When Britain went to war in 1914, it only had a small, professional army. There was no policy of national service in place as there was in countries like France […]Read More Propaganda Posters of WW1
by Christina ‘Maybe we need to think a lot more about the quality of what we’re doing. To a certain extent, part of the quality is, do we ever stop? John Betjeman said, look up. I think one of the beauties of London is if you do that, on the whole, you will find something […]Read More Look Up, London!