Tag Archive: History

First Look at Shirley MacLaine in Downton Abbey

Series 3 of Downton Abbey looks like it’s going to be a good one. Will they be able to get Mr Bates off the death penalty? Will Lady Mary marry Matthew? Will the… Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Amelia Earhart

Today is the 115th birthday of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Earhart (“air-hart“, I made that mistake once and it was a tad embarrassing in polite conversation…) was one of the most celebrated… Continue reading

An Ancient Ceremony in Nottingham (Plus Robin Hood?)

On Saturday I was very lucky to be able to go along to one of the most ancient ceremonies in the East Midlands (a region of England that includes several shires). St Mary’s Church… Continue reading

Prince Philip Out of Hospital

Prince Philip, who was taken ill during the Diamond Jubilee weekend, has now recovered and has been released from hospital. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that we are all… Continue reading

H. M. Opens New Website Dedicated to her Great-Great-Grandmother’s Diaries

Queen Victoria, the only other monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, kept a personal diary of her thoughts and feelings throughout her lifetime. The collection of private journals has been carefully curated, and… Continue reading

Regal in Red, H. M. Re-Opens the Cutty Sark

In 1869 a top of the range British icon was born. She was the Cutty Sark, the fastest and most advanced clipper ship that had ever been built. Built for speed, her aim… Continue reading

H. M. The Queen Addresses the Houses and Receives a Diamond Jubilee Gift

This morning there was a great deal of pomp, pageantry and splendour in Westminster Hall, announcing the arrival of H. M. The Diamond Queen. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, put… Continue reading

Julian Fellowes’ Titanic Trailer

Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, has done it again. Previews of his new mini-series, Titanic, received rave reviews from critics this week. Over four one-hour episodes, the series tells the story of the sinking… Continue reading

Wallis Simpson’s Cartier Legacy Lives On

Cartier’s new advert is an audio-visual onslaught of pure style. Starting with a dark, cold and empty street, the camera zooms into the shop window and focuses on a small panther crafted entirely… Continue reading