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Battle of Britain 80th anniversary 2020

How Australia’s ‘brave few’ helped to stop the Nazi war machine Eighty years ago this year, the Battle of Britain was being fought in the skies over southern England. Hitler’s Luftwaffe was trying to destroy the Royal Air Force to … Continue reading

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Halloween – A Romantic Poem

Robbie Burns wrote some weird stuff. From the ‘Address to a Haggis’ to ‘The Cottars Saturday Night’ his poetic works range far and wide. Halloween is a romantic tale for an ethereal night though somewhat tongue if you can actually … Continue reading

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10 Things You May Possibly Not Have Known About Halloween

Sometime in the 8th century, Pope Gregory I (540 – 604 AD) had the date of the All Hallows’ feast moved from the 13th of May to 1st of November. It is thought that in doing so, he was attempting … Continue reading

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A Further Taste Of India

Returning to the Little Indian Cookbook mentioned previously I include here a few more recipes worth a second look. Spices are used in many different forms: whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sautéed, fried, and as a topping. They blend food to … Continue reading

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The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

The Collegiate Church of St Mary, or rather the foundations thereof, date back to 1123 when they were laid by Roger de Beaumont, 2nd Earl Warwick. It is located in the county town of Warwick, a mere stone’s throw from … Continue reading

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Madame Tajana

The Stars Know All . . . Astrology, Astronomy, Agronomy, Madame Tajana knows all! And all for the princely sum of two shillings!  I can’t promise that your two shillings will be returned, even on plain paper, but you will be … Continue reading

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So You Want To Grow Up Big & Strong . . .

Then you must eat up all your Spinach (pronounced spin-atch) Used in almost every cuisine around the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable, the leaves of which can be either flat or slightly ruffled. Bright green when young … Continue reading

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The Evolution Of . . .

The Supermarket. A Supermarket is just what it says on the tin: a self-service grocery store offering a wide variety of food and household merchandise comprising meat, fresh produce, dairy, and baked goods with shelf space reserved for canned and … Continue reading

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The Fish, The Chip and the Shop

Ten things you never knew about Fish And Chips! 1. There is a blue plaque at Tommyfield Market in Oldham, Lancashire that marks the 1860’s origin of the fish and chip shop and thereby all subsequent fast food industries. By … Continue reading

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A Minor History Of Le Pique-Nique

  Where the word ‘picnic’ comes from is something of a mystery but it is conjectured that the French root may derive from the verb piquer (‘to peck’ or ‘to pick’) and the noun nique (‘a small amount’ or ‘nothing whatsoever’); … Continue reading

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