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Diet Of The Week
2021-02-27 10:00
While I’m happy to eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday I have rather given up on giving up things for Lent. So, I am in awe of Del Hall from Cincinnati who has given up solid food for 4… Read More
Cantering Through Cant (20)
2021-02-26 19:00
The rich have always been with us and will almost certainly always be so. A cant term for the rich, according to Francis Grose in his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785)… Read More
Grey Mask
2021-02-25 07:00
Published in 1928, this is the first novel penned by the prolific Patricia Wentworth that I have read. Wentworth is the nom de plume of Dora Amy Elles, who spent most of her writing care… Read More
Artists In Crime
2021-02-24 19:00
Artists In Crime – Ngaio Marsh Regular readers of this blog will know that I have been struggling with Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn books. This is the sixth, published i… Read More
A Chelsea Concerto
2021-02-23 18:00
A Chelsea Concerto – Frances Faviell It is a common trope when politicians or the media want to describe the indomitable British spirit to summon up the spirit of the Blitz. We… Read More
Smokers Wild And Bombshell
2021-02-22 19:00
We all know that smoking nicotine is not the smartest of habits and it is best not to start in the first place or, if you do, give it up. What better way of enforcing an anti-smoking mes… Read More
Red Faces Of The Week (9)
2021-02-21 10:00
Due to the pandemic the curators of the Doma Museum of the Basilica di San Domenico Maggiore had not opened one of the rooms in the museum for around three months. Nothing remarkable abo… Read More
Turnip Of The Week
2021-02-20 10:00
There’s nothing like seeing an ambition fulfilled so hats off to Canadian farmer, Damien Allard of Carlton-sur-Mer in Quebec. When he grew a turnip weighing 15.4lb in 2016, some… Read More
Cantering Through Cant (19)
2021-02-19 19:00
A red rag, according to Francis Grose in hisA Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785), was the slang term for a tongue. Too much of the red rag was “too much tongue”… Read More
Penny Drop Cornish Old Tom Gin
2021-02-18 19:00
Old Tom is a distinctive form of gin, generally sweeter than London Dry, owing its origin to the practice in the 18th century of making the rough gins distilled more palatable by sweeten… Read More

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