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The True Story Behind One of Television’s Greatest Frauds

Quiz (2020) It strikes me as ironic that the date that the original TV show taping was exactly two days before Nine-Eleven. (And I was still in Canada, not getting back to the UK until the following Friday.) Makes me … Continue reading

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Quiz: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Charles Ingram (August 6, 1963) Some people are remembered for their heroism, some for their personality; this man is remembered for trying to cheat spectacularly on a UK quiz show, and getting found out. Not knowing Mr Ingram’s birth time, … Continue reading

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Once Seen, Never Forgotten, Thrice

Warwick Castle, Warwick I’ve seen this castle three times over the 22 years I lived in England: the first time with my second wife, Suzann, the second time with my mother, and the third time with Dianne. During the third … 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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Could Some Royals have Reincarnated as My Extended Family?

The Tudor Family Tree As anyone who knows me can attest, when I start to do research, I do it thoroughly, and, if I’m honest, personally. Such is the case with the Tudor Dynasty from the late 15th to the … Continue reading

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Another New American TV Show “Borrowed” from the UK

Call Me Kat (2021) The opening sequence has Kat (played by Mayim Bialik) talking directly to the camera (audience). Hmm. That looks familiar, I thought. Here’s a taster: Then I spied in the opening titles that this show is based … Continue reading

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A Young Man with So Much to Look Forward to

Henry VIII (June 28, 1491 – January 28, 1547) We are so used to seeing images of Henry as an inflated personality (and size) that we forget that he was once a young Prince, and a gentleman. He may have … Continue reading

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The First British Queen to be Executed

Anne Boleyn (May 19, 1536) I very much doubt that Henry VIII would have been in attendance at this event, but he let it happen, nonetheless, because Anne Boleyn produced a daughter (Elizabeth) and not a son. Because Anne lost … Continue reading

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John Dee’s Associate in All Things Mystical

Edward Kelley (Born August 1, 1555) Now, I have a reason for looking at this particular individual: it’s called curiosity. This chart was already on my Kepler 7.0 computer program, so I’m not going to look at a gift horse … Continue reading

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List This as: “I Never Knew That…”

Bridgerton (2020) I can see why Shondaland would get involved in the production of this Netflix series: a good percentage of the actors are of a certain racial complexion. Does that sound racist? In my view this is Pride and … Continue reading

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