N is for the Nearne Sisters

Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne in later life

Two for the price of one in this week’s ABC Wednesday post in two remarkably brave and modest sisters – Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne.

They were born to an English father and Spanish mother, Jacqueline in Brighton in 1916 and Eileen in London in 1921 in London, but the family moved to France in 1923 and both became fluent French speakers. Read more ›››

A Tale of Two Planets

Flicking through the films available for my watching pleasure on my Amazon Firestick gizmo, I ended up watching Pandorum, a 2009 production I hadn’t come across before.

There was an awful lot of whispered dialogue and I only caught every other word, so I had to resort to the Wikipedia summary to fill in the parts of the plot that simply passed me by. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

PC crossings: The traditional green man lights on pedestrian crossings around Trafalgar Square have been temporarily changed ahead of the London’s Pride Festival to show same-sex couples holding hands to form a heart shape and other LGBT symbols.

Whether that means that only gay or lesbian couples are allowed to cross at each isn’t clear. Read more ›››

The Conservative Brain

Good news – I managed to join the ‘liberal elite’ overnight, even as I slept. Mind you, so did 16 million other people who happened to vote to remain in the EU. How’s that for social mobility?

That’s what I am according to Theresa May’s worldview, as reported in the Daily Mail yesterday. Apparently, I find patriotism distasteful, think concerns about immigration parochial and views on crime illiberal. Read more ›››

M is for Audrey Munson

Audrey Munson

You may not have heard of Audrey Munson, but if you live in or have visited New York, she is all around you as the most familiar person you’ve never seen.

Munson was born in Rochester, New York, in 1891, but moved to Rhode island in 1897 after her mother and father divorced. However, they returned to New York so Munson could pursue an acting career. Read more ›››


Jimmy Savile

I’ve been slowly working through my blog to make the old posts fit the current design – resizing images, redoing the word count of the excerpts etc – and it’s been quite a trip down memory lane.

Sometimes it’s being reminded about interesting stuff, like Carlsberg once having a swastika on its label, sometimes wondering what on earth I thought was writing about, but once or twice looking back in sheer embarrassment. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Watching paint dry: The latest trending fad in the whacky world of the web is watching other people mix paint online. Very relaxing apparently.

It’s a miracle: Or maybe not. The Pope has made it harder to achieve sainthood by tightening the regulations which now means that healing miracles must be confirmed by two-thirds of the medical panel that assesses them, rather than by a simple majority. Read more ›››

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