Tag Archives: British

Did You Just Ask, “Sutton Who?”

The Dig (2021) Sometimes, you just have to ask yourself: how come I know about this, even though it happened in 1939? We watched The Dig last night on Netflix. The sense of deja vu was extreme, at least for … Continue reading

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Henry II’s Favourite Son: Nicknamed John Lackland

King John of England (December 24, 1166 – October 19, 1216) I’ve written about King John before, but only in connection with the Magna Carta. It was my inspired thought this morning about the echo between John and Domitian that … Continue reading

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Murder in the Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury This is one of my favourite cathedrals in all of England. I’ve been here many times. The very first time was in March 1985, with my Miller family, soon after moving to the UK. I’m partial to … Continue reading

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Once Seen, Never Forgotten, Too

Hampton Court Palace My memory says that I, with my second family, visited this palace in the summer of 1986. My third wife, Susan, has photos of this palace in 1965, especially the gardens. I remember that I was surprised … Continue reading

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The Secrets Behind the Master Spy Writer

David Cornwall (October 19, 1931 – December 12, 2020) I’ve read at least 20 of John le CarrĂ©‘s 25 novels, and the memoir “The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life” written in 2016. I feel I know the author from … Continue reading

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A Giant of a Hero for the British Side in 1812

Sir Isaac Brock (October 6, 1769 – October 13, 1812) Standing at 6′ 2″, with a wide girth, Major-General Brock was an easy target for an American sniper that day at the battle of Queenston Heights in 1812. The shot … Continue reading

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Was Fanny Price Jane Austen’s Stand-in?

Mansfield Park (1999) It’s common knowledge that Jane Austen lived her life vicariously through the heroines of her stories. That’s to be expected, of course: they gave her a voice on the world stage. But there’s something about Fanny Price‘s … Continue reading

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John Drake: America’s “Secret Agent” Man

Patrick McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) I’m being a bit cheeky here, since John Drake’s and Patrick McGoohan’s birth time and date are identical. And (t)he(y) was/were born in Astoria, New York. That’s surprising. But Patrick may … Continue reading

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And We Thought: It’s Just a TV Show…

The Prisoner (1967-1968) I was a great fan of Patrick McGoohan. I’d watched him as John Drake in Danger Man (a British B&W TV show from ITV). When this new show came out, I watched it, too. But it was … Continue reading

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Relationships: Are They the Real Thing, or Just Fantasy?

Synastry There is a branch of astrology that deals with the compatibility of individuals. Essentially two birth charts are erected, and then compared with each other. The results show where the attractions and distractions are. It can help predict which … Continue reading

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