Tag Archives: England

On My Bookshelf – Swallows and Amazons

My favorite childhood book was never on my own childhood bookshelf. I borrowed Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome from my local library and enjoyed it so much that in subsequent weeks I checked out all the other books in … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Night I Met Mick Jagger

Bubbling with the exited anticipation of teenagers, my friend and I rode the number 66 red double-decker bus into Romford. It was February 25th 1964 and we were headed to the Odeon Theatre to try to catch a glimpse of … Continue reading

Posted in Dispatches | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

On My Bookshelf – The Domesday Book

Quite why my eyes should rest on The Domesday Book out of all my history books this morning I can’t quite say. But perhaps it had something to do with the fact that yesterday I inadvertently ended up watching the … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Coping

My Happy New Year greetings have been somewhat muted this year. It’s hard to envisage future happiness when the entire fabric of the space/time continuum is about to unravel. And that’s just the winter weather forecast. What is happening in … Continue reading

Posted in Dispatches | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

What is Boxing Day?

As an immigrant to the U.S. from England, one of the most perplexing questions I’ve had to answer is “What is Boxing Day?” Growing up in England I never questioned why the day after Christmas, December 26th, is another holiday. … Continue reading

Posted in Dispatches | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

On My Bookshelf – Make Do and Mend

This little book is a new addition to my bookshelf, acquired on this year’s summer trip to London. After a walk around St. James’s Park we visited the Churchill War Rooms, the secret underground headquarters where Winston Churchill and his … Continue reading

Posted in On My Bookshelf | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Please, Not in the Cathedral!

                    It looked like an enormous vacuum cleaner part – a black plastic tube emerging from the stone archway of an upper gallery, coiled into a knot in midair, and dangling … Continue reading

Posted in Dispatches | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment