Ferdinand Waldo Demara spent two decades pretending to be someone else, from a naval surgeon to a dean of philosophy, from a prison warden to a Trappist monk, and many more for which he became known as the Great Imposter.
Demara was born in 1921 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. His father was a cinema owner and the family was affluent until bankrupted by the Great Depression. Read more ›››
When we holidayed in Paxos last year the plan was to travel light. After all, we were only going to be there for a week, so one carry-on case each was the rule.
Lightening the load as far as I was concerned meant not taking six or seven books (at least three hardbacks) when I couldn't possibly read them all in the time available. So I took just two. Read more ›››
Shot: Spanish photographer Mario Cea's shot of a kingfisher as it is about to enter the water rightly won him Wildlife Photographer of the Year. ‘The Blue Trail’ took him five months and 5,000 attempts to capture. Definitely worth enlarging.
Distractions: If you thought that Microsoft gave you Solitaire and Minesweeper just to waste your time you'd be wrong – they serve a much deeper purpose. Read more ›››
As I've mentioned before, I quite enjoy an episode of the game show Pointless, mainly because it is a bit of fun to try and come up with the most obscure answers.
The bit I often struggle with are the anagrams like the one on the left, I think because they require a degree of general knowledge even before you can start rearranging the letters. Read more ›››
HMS Dreadnought was the pride of the British Navy and in 1910 it was visited by a group of foreign dignitaries, including the Emperor of Abyssinia who inspected the fleet and bestowed medals on several of the officers.
The visit might have been soon forgotten except that the whole thing had been an elaborate hoax dreamed up by the king of pranksters Horace de Vere Cole. Read more ›››
When we weren't watching a musical in Leeds, we did a great deal of walking around to learn more about a city that neither me nor Mrs P are particularly familiar with.
If you've visited Leeds then you will know that it is a city of great civic pride, as you can tell from the Leeds in Bloom tub on the left already planted with cigarette butt seeds ready to blossom in the spring. Read more ›››
We have returned from our trip to Leeds having enjoyed a performance of Strictly Ballroom and I should begin with a review of the show, but since it was the last night then perhaps there isn't much point. I'll give it a go though.
Musicals such as this are not my cup of char as a rule but I did enjoy this one even if some of the songs were pure Disney. (Life is Leap of Faith wouldn't sound out of place in The Lion King) Read more ›››