Author Archives: letterfrombritain

Afternoon Tea

The quintessential botannical gardens at Kew have staged the ultimate English event: an afternoon tea. But there are no scones, no jam, no cream. And no tea. Instead, as part of the Garden’s Incredible Inedible festival, English bone china white-ware from Staffordshire – some vintage and some simply irreplaceable – and filled it with the plants […]

In Another World

Originally posted on Football: Wherever it may be:
Saturday 16th February 2013 Clovelly Entry, Parking and 2 Museums £6.50 Then at 14.30 North Devon League Intermediate Division 1A CLOVELLY AFC 4 (Kearney 8 18 77 88) TORRINGTON RESERVES 2 (Frost 7p Reddick 64) At Clovelly Parish and War Memorial Hall, Higher Clovelly Free Entry Nothing for…

They’re going to declare him Richard III….

The remains of a body found beneath a Leicester car park will be confirmed as Richard III – even if DNA tests do not prove conclusive, a source close to the dig has told The Telegraph in Britain. The excavation, which took place in August of this year uncovered overwhelming evidence that this was Richard […]

Jack Russell terrier commutes alone to London

A Jack Russell terrier hopped aboard the King’s Cross train bound for London and helped himself to a window seat watched by bemused commuters. CCTV footage shows six-year-old Frankie pottering happily about the train after he ran 1.6 miles from his home to Gravesend Station. And he had the glorious freedom of the train for […]

Hampton Court Palace at Hallowe’en

It was not a crisp, sunny hallowe’en here in England, but a rain-smattered day which has settled to torrential downpour this evening. Yet between the raindrops we caught some lovely moments at Hampton Court. We dutifully visited the haunted gallery, and experienced not the slightest twinge of unease. We picnicked in the members’ grace and […]

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 […]

Podgy Pets in British Fit Club

A group of podgy pets has been given a new lease of life in Britain: thanks to a pet fit club. The PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Fit Animals) has imposed six-month strict diets and tough exercise regimes on 18 British heavyweights and come out with runaway success. The winner of this year’s Fit Club was […]

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 […]

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 […]