Category History

Cretan Bee Pendant

Once the spare time that I’m supposed to have during retirement materialises I’d like to resurrect my silver jewellery making hobby. Mind you, that doesn’t look that it’s going to happen any time in the near future. I seem to…

The Tomb of the Diver

Ever since my visit to the Stonehenge Exhibition at the British Museum I’ve acquired a heightened interest in the art of our ancient ancestors. For starters I’m amazed at the standard of craftmanship achieved by people who only had basic…

Tolpuddle Martyrs

Once when I was a tax accountant, a colleague who was around about the same age, told me that I would vote Conservative ‘when I grew up’. Ha! Perhaps that’s why I remain young at heart. It hasn’t happened yet.…

Breton Stone

Our e-bikes were an absolute godsend on our French holiday. They allowed us to whizz around coast and countryside taking in all the sides. The other day I wrote about the granite cliffs near our campsite. Today I thought that…

Marcus Aurelius

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust,…

The Saxon King

The other side of the road from Priory Park in Southend where I often used to play as a child held a secret. A man was buried there with a stash of goodies, hidden for over a thousand years. If…