Sunday Round-up

Flotsam and eggsam: Last week I reported the death of Kinder Egg supremo William Salice. News that thousands of the egg-based confectionery have washed up on a German beach couldn’t be a coincidence surely.

It’s pants: Hundreds of people went to work sans-culottes this week to celebrate the worldwide No Trousers on the Tube Day. Read more ›››


Something odd has happened to my blogroll. That’s the Regular Reads section in the sidebar on the right.

I use a plugin called WP Social Blogroll and it used to list blogs I regularly visit in the order of who had posted most recently. It also gave the title of the post and if you clicked on it a list of recent posts would drop down. But now all it does is list the blog titles in alphabetical order. Read more ›››

Busy, Busy, Busy *

I’ve been an idle blogger of late for all sorts of ‘being busy’ reasons, not least because darling daughter has been back home from Japan for the last three weeks.

That has involved quite a few outings to the zoo, the cinema, bowling and for meals etc so, what with one thing and another, blogging has taken a back seat. Read more ›››

A is for Hanns Alexander

Many of those who played an active part in World War Two refused to talk about their exploits which may be lost or come to light only after their death. One such is Hanns Alexander, the man who brought one of the most infamous war criminals to justice.

Alexander and his twin brother Paul were born in Germany in 1917. Their father was a doctor and the family lived in a splendid apartment in one of Berlin’s wealthy suburbs where they threw parties attended by well-known actors, artists and scientists, including Albert Einstein and Marlene Dietrich. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

I’m getting worried now: It seems to be a be a tradition that the New Yaer should be welcomed in with apocalyptic visions. I mentioned last week that both the US CDC and Amazon were preparing for a zombie apocalypse last year. Now comes news that students at Leicester University estimate that human kind would be wiped out within 100 days with fewer than 300 survivors outnumbered by millions of zombies. Read more ›››

Going to the Zoo

We had a family tradition when the kids were younger that we would visit Chester Zoo in the hiatus between Christmas and the New Year. Now they are grown, it is a tradition that lapsed, at least until Tuesday.

Work and other commitments meant that we had to wait until the calendar turned to 2017 before we could all be together for a family outing and off we set. Read more ›››

Z is for Count Louis Zborowski

Count Louis Zborowski was a wealthy, pioneering racing driver, engineer and the inspiration behind one of the most enduring children’s stories – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

He was born in 1895, the son of William Eliot Morris Zborowski and American heiress Margaret Laura Astor Carey of the prominent Astor family. The Zborowski family background is interesting, but I may come back to his father at a later date. Read more ›››