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The Dapper Young Man in the Rolling Stones

Charlie Watts (June 2, 1941 – August 24, 2021) I got this book for Christmas. On my own, I probably wouldn’t have bought it for myself. Why? I’m not really a fan of the Rolling Stones, so reading about their … Continue reading

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Love Wins: A Thoroughly Modern Fairy Tale

Harry & Meghan (2022) Now that the second half of this series has been broadcast on Netflix, we have the whole story. But it isn’t pretty to witness. In fact, a couple of times I was close to tears when … Continue reading

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He Wanted So Much to Join the British Aristocracy

Mohamed Al-Fayed (January 27, 1929) You can’t blame the man: when he was born, Egypt was part of the Middle East protectorate of the United Kingdom. He would have seen where the money was. A boy can always dream, can’t … Continue reading

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The Half-Forgotten Other Victim of Diana’s Crash

Dodi Fayed (April 17, 1955 – August 31, 1997) The 5th season of “The Crown” brought this individual back into our consciousness. It’s not that he had been forgotten, really, it’s just that his life and death were overshadowed by … Continue reading

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A Social Contract between the British Royal Family and

The UK Tabloid Press Yes, I know it’s easy to point a finger at the ‘gutter’ newspapers for all that has gone wrong in the world over the past half century, but there is some truth to the fact that … Continue reading

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When Windsor Castle was Almost Completely Destroyed

Windsor Castle Fire (November 20, 1992) It’s hard to believe this happened 30 years ago. It proved to be a turning point in Elizabeth II’s UK tax strategy. The government paid for the restoration, and the Queen started paying taxes. … Continue reading

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Subtle Clue? She’s “Home Alone” Too

Enola Holmes 2 (2022) I know, I know, I’ve hinted at the anagram Enola being “Alone” in reverse before. So, what do I think of this second instalment? Not much: I was bored by the fifteen-minute mark. Obviously, I am … Continue reading

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What’s a Little Mercury Retrograde Between Friends?

Charles III Coronation (May 6, 2023) My friend David Lowe asked if I had drawn up the chart for Charles III’s coronation. At the time, I said, no and promised to do it closer to the event. Then I went … Continue reading

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The Reason We Mustn’t Ignore the Past

Lessons from History My last two posts here have gone over like a lead balloon (that’s where Led Zeppelin got their name). In pondering why, I have come to the conclusion that no one wants to read about events and … Continue reading

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The Battle that Changed the Course of British History

Battle of Hastings (October 14, 1066) We tend to forget our history. That seems to be a modern failing. But, in spite of this, astrology works. The Battle (at Battle, as the field became known) started at dawn of the … Continue reading

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