Posted in December 2011

Royal Fort House, Bristol

Royal Fort House, Bristol

This fine mansion was built on the site of a major fortification during the English civil war. This mansion was built by James Bridges for Thomas Tyndall, city banker, on a top overlooking the city of Bristol. It is now part of Bristol University but can be viewed from the outside any time. James Bridges … Continue reading

Edinburgh in the Snow – December 2010

Edinburgh in the Snow – December 2010

I was up there for the wonderful snow. It was great despite the national chaos, the city was really organised, the gritters were out and everyone was helping each other. A wonderful city full of great art and great people.

Blind Boy, Waltham Abbey

Blind Boy, Waltham Abbey

As a historian I have seen lots of memorials in churches in Britain and Europe, but this is very unusual if not unique. Tudor monuments show effigies of the parents recumbent above a representation of their children praying for them, the males on the left, females on the right. But on the left here is … Continue reading

The Great Vowel Shift

text-headerFor anyone who has had to explain our wonderful but exasperating mother tongue, this may be of help. Ever wondered why read can be pronounced two different ways, and why more than one  goose is a geese but a group of moose are not meese, then all is explained by this verbal earthquake which struck … Continue reading