Embarking on Time Travel to put things into context

JS Bach Christmas Oratorio

In 1954 the Great British public was introduced to the front room of 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam. Here they found one Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock.  The Hancock character is in many ways the model of a dyspeptic, status anxious, petit bourgeois suburbanite who stomps grumpily around the lower reaches of Middle England. […]

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Holiday plans for 2018 – A trip to the Moon?

apollo 8

On 21 December 1968 man didnt quite make it onto the moon. However, Apollo 8, the second manned spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth’s Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The three-astronaut crew Commander Frank Borman, […]

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9 Lessons, a few carols and a shed in Truro

Truro Cathedral

“With regard to religion, finally, it may be briefly said that she believed in God in much the same way as she believed in Australia. For she had no doubts whatever as to the existence of either; she went to church on Sunday in much the same spirit as she would look at a kangaroo […]

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Where do we go from here?

UK Flag

Back in June i found myself drinking latte in a supermarket cafe just on the outskirts of Swindon.  Worse than that, I managed to get involved in something known as a ‘meeting’.  Apparently this occurs when a group of people get together to spend many hours discussing something at length, rather than just doing what […]

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Convey the message clearly

penny black

Prior to 1840, most people expected to get quite a few birthday cards.  The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls. By the early 15th century, […]

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God doesn’t attend concerts

St Sepulchres Church Holborn

St Sepulchre’s in Newgate is known as the National Musicians Church.  The ashes of Sir Henry Wood, founder of the Proms, lie in its north chapel which is dedicated to the commemoration of significant British musicians.  You would therefore expect this church to be a thriving centre for music, both as part of worship and  through concerts […]

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Not all computers are made by Apple

Difference Engine

If, like me, you grew up in the 1980s then you will most likely remember the BBC Microcomputer.  Possibly you were lucky enough to have one at home, but in all certainty there were no doubt a few available at your school.  These computers gave countless Britons their first experience of computing and sold over 1.5 […]

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Decision by Comittee

Coventry Cathedral

A few years ago I found myself in some woods having a picnic with a Vicar, a Churchwarden and an Organist.  This was the highlight of the day in question, mostly because it involved food.  Earlier that day we had visited another organist who lived in a shed, somewhere far removed from the normal civilised […]

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