WANTED: FRED KNIFTON OF 617 SQUADRON

My Grandfather spent his whole life not talking about his career in the Royal Air Force and he spoke even less about his experiences as an aircrew member of Bomber Command in the Second World War.… Continue reading

A “Must Read” Guide to the New Student Fees System

Martin Lewis, who runs the savvy and indispensable moneysavingexpert.com, has just published an article on the new student fees system. Aimed at clarifying the new fiscal process for students, teachers and parents, it… Continue reading

British Designer Paul Smith Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

Sir Paul Smith will be awarded the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the British Fashion Council on Monday evening. It is a great accolade for the Nottinghamian designer, whose first shop was opened… Continue reading

The Return of Greyfriar’s Bobby

Greyfriar’s Bobby, the Skye terrier who guarded the grave of his owner, Old Jock, until his own death fourteen years later in 1872, seems to have been the inspiration for a nameless dog living… Continue reading

How to look stylish while wearing as much fine jewellery as possible, by H.M. The Queen

Last night H. M. hosted a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of the Turkish President’s three-day visit. The Queen raised a toast in honour of her guest, but I would rather… Continue reading

Durham’s Diwali

The 2011 Lumiere festival, held in Durham (England), is one of the highlights of the city’s calendar. It’s a great chance to explore some imaginative works of modern art as installations are put… Continue reading

Have you been reading The Edithorial lately?

In Obliterating a Discipline I considered the moral issues surrounding the impact of Higher Education cuts in British universities. Edith Hall’s blog, The Edithorial, contributes a weekly discussion on this topic and is well… Continue reading

Coffee and Seduction: The Way to a Woman’s Heart

Don Draper would be proud of the 1980s Gold Blend adverts, which broke new ground in forging the association between coffee and seduction. They were so successful that their legacy has been long-lasting; now… Continue reading

“What are you doing, darling?”… “Playing with my jewels”

This legendary conversation took place one morning between Richard Burton and his then wife, Elizabeth Taylor. Their romance is as immortal as the timeless jewellery he bestowed on her, which will now be… Continue reading