Britain is a nation with one foot stuck firmly in the past. You only have to look at this year’s frenzy about Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding to know that – even though its the 21st Century – we still love our Royal Family and the lashings of tradition…

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For most people October the 31st means one thing – Halloween. However, it would be a bit silly to assume that throughout history nothing else happened on this date. On October the 31st 1942 Mount Rushmore was completed; on October the 31st 1922 Mussolini was made Prime Minister of Italy;…

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Halloween – possibly my favourite holiday  of the year (excuse the Americanism). I’ve always had a bit of an interest in the otherworldly – in ghosts, witches and the paranormal. My childhood home was an 18th Century farmhouse where things always seemed to go missing and  where you would hear…

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In the midst of the Derbyshire Hills lies an extraordinary house built by an extraordinary woman. It was a marvel of its age – a true prodigy house (a large and showy country English country house built by a courtier or wealth family). It is as legendary as its creator.…

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As the nights draw in and winter approaches, we see an explosion of period dramas on TV. Especially on a Sunday evening – am I right? Yes, here’s nothing quite like a cute guy in some breeches to cure the Sunday evening blues. None of us can get out of…

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