Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cornish Resort Bans Mankinis

Police in a Cornish town say a ban on ‘mankinis’ has helped cut local crime by one fifth since 2009. Newquay, one of Cornwall’s top surfing resorts, developed a reputation as a top Stag Party venue, attracting visitors from all over Britain to celebrate their last hours before the beginning of wedded bliss. But the […]

The Queen, The President & The Rather Naughty Horse

I have posted this story on my personal blog at least three times (but probably more).  I love it.  I read it years ago and I love sharing it.  It is supposed to be a true story;  you’ll have to decide for yourself.  I soooo hope it is. The Queen was entertaining a visiting head of state; […]

The Very Bath: King George III’s tub, rediscovered?

The bath used for the therapy of that troubled monarch, King George III, may have been rediscovered in a small palace on the Thames. Its identity was pieced together by archaeologists and historians at Historic Royal Palaces, the non-profit conservation organisation which manages Hampton Court Palace and The Tower of London. The bath was found […]

Naked skinny dippers brave sea at dawn for charity

They are intent on breaking records – without a stitch on. The North East England Skinny Dip, which took place yesterday morning at the crack of dawn, saw more than 200 naked people charging towards a freezing sea at Druridge Bay, Northumberland. The water was estimated to be a bracing 12 degrees centigrade, or about […]

A Wendy House fit for a Queen

both images courtesy Topham Picturepoint King George V1, his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons, and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret with the new Wendy house in 1932. Queen Elizabeth was gifted a miniature house with a thatched roof when she was a child. Princess Beatrice organised the restoration of the Wendy House in celebration of the Queen’s […]

Better Late Than Never

…Though better never late, we are told. I am British. I am late making my first post on Letter From Britain.  Not just late, but so late, I could almost be referred to as the late, late. I apologise (a great British trait, making apologies; up there with queueing and not being late). We Brits […]

Around Wales without a map

Normally I have a road map in the car, but the last one (a spiral bound large-format affair) had gradually come loose from its moorings: that’s to say the spiral binding was no longer binding, and I had discarded the loose leaves and useless twirl in disgust on the day I packed up to go […]

Originally posted on Guided By Isobel:
Several years ago I was reading an admiring article in a French newspaper, probably Libération, about sailor Ellen MacArthur. The journalist chronicled her achievements, and her determination when still a child, to sail. All this, he wrote, despite coming from landlocked Derbyshire. If you don’t know the geography of…

Tweed and Wellies: a peek inside an English County Show

It is one of the later shows in England: the Royal County of Berkshire Show (Sept 15 and 16), a regular fixture in September, is a magnet for English farmers, those who love their horses, ferret racers and many, many more. The show has been running for more than a century, and provides a focal […]

September Heritage Weekend

via wikipedia Edward Jenner (1749 – 1823) Heritage weekends take place once a year across the European Union, normally it is the second weekend in September. For the uninitiated, it is a time when buildings, monuments, parklands, and gardens, normally closed to the public, open their doors with free access. Some specialised museums that charge […]