Monthly Archives: October 2012

British Police Headquarters to move out of New Scotland Yard

Police are to move out of New Scotland Yard in a £500 million cost cutting exercise. The police headquarters – which is close to Downing Street and the Ministry of Defence – is a national landmark, distinguished by the revolving sign outside. But the signature building is just part of a swathe of police property […]

“The Famous” of Cheltenham Spa town bites the dust

“The Famous”, a high class menswear shop in Cheltenham, opened in 1886 selling trousers for 13 shillings (65p) a suit for 30 shillings (£1.50) and overcoats for 5 shillings(25p). Lamson vacuum system Cash flow: The tube system for the business was installed in 1930 and is thought to be one of the oldest of its […]

A Nation of Nerds

  When I first read this report on Sky News, I had to double-check the date to see if it was April 1st: a coach company has arranged tours of one of Britain’s busiest motorways…and tickets have sold out. Some highlights: The trip […] involves a four-hour drive around the world’s biggest ring road for the bargain […]

A Living Work of Art

A walk in the landscape, not just any old landscape.  Over 250 years ago, this one had the accolade of being described as a living work of art. These trunks all belong to one tree – a Western Red Cedar, it is one of the tallest of its kind at 40.8m (134ft). Welcome to Stourhead, […]


Marking the centenary year of the launching of the legendary liner, the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast has been three years in the making; exactly the same length of time that it took for the ship to be built. The exhibition is housed in a specially designed building, reflecting the ship, and constructed on the very […]

Spitfire pilot poet dies at 99

Flight Lieutenant William Walker – the oldest surviving Battle of Britain pilot – has died at the age of 99. The airman was shot down in his spitfire on August 26, 1940, ambushed by a Messerschmidt, and bailed out over the English Channel. He was part of No 616 (South Yorkshire) Auxiliary Squadron. In later […]

A Culture of Ghosts

The United kingdom is not only the sum of her parts but those elements that no longer exist. This was brought home to me on a recent walk up Highgate Hill in London. On a wall two thirds of the way up is a plaque (above), which, as you can see, is dedicated to Andrew […]

Nuclear bunker revealed deep in the White Cliffs of Dover, England

Secret papers have just revealed that the White Cliffs of Dover hide a sinister nuclear past. One month before the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, a nuclear bunker was constructed within the chalk tunnels honeycombing the cliffs as part of a top-secret NATO exercise. The network of seven corridors and 30 rooms was to be […]

Churchill’s old landrover fetches £129,000 at auction

Winston Churchill’s 80th birthday present –  a customised 1954 Land Rover series – has fetched more than twice its guide price at auction. The specially constructed Land Rover Series I has an extra-large passenger seat, with the middle seat modified to form an arm rest and a specially fitted leather grab handle to ease the […]

An Oxfordshire Walk in the Park

The Duke of Marlborough has a very fine house with very fine grounds, which are open to the public and we are so very lucky to live so close! Our weekend guests wanted a walk, and as Sunday was crystal clear we drove to nearby Woodstock. The Duke of Marlborough’s house is in fact Blenheim […]