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April 30, 2018

Potton is a small town in Bedfordshire that I used to live in. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book and it is said that Hereward the Wake did pass through there. It's a nice place, and a mile or so east of town is Potton Wood; in truth, the trees are closer to the haml...

April 9, 2018

Visit Ludlow.

I could leave it at that, but I won’t. Ludlow is a gem of a place, in Shropshire, close to the border with Wales, and described by our own Sir John Betjeman as “...probably the loveliest town in England”. Who am I to disagree with a Poet Laureate who was w...

March 5, 2018

Late last year I started writing ‘Forever Raven’. It’s a tale I started as a short story, but which quickly grew into a novel. Still early in its creative process, I really enjoyed the writing of it and it's a piece I will be editing in 2018. Perhaps the reason I enjoy...

February 5, 2018

As a young man I lived in Newbury. It's where I used to drink myself silly, fell in love, had children and lived with the better part of me. It's a nice place. Pretty buildings and high street, walks along the canal and plenty of pubs and eateries. Besides the racecour...

January 29, 2018

Last week I promised the letter 'C', and so I'm taking you to Covent Garden for one of London and Britain's many ghost stories.

Who doesn't love a tale o' ghosts?

I've loved them ever since my grandmother used to scare me rigid with ghost stories. I could only have been...

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