Richard Hall was fascinated by extreme weather conditions and loved writing down tittle-tattle from around the country. I like the description of the storm which happened off Lerwick in 1797: In case your eyesight isn’t up to deciphering the spidery scrawl: “Letter from Lerwick, a town in Scotland, July 15, 1797. A boat with six […] Read story


Fixing Churches

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Barely three weeks since my adventure up the steeple of St Bride’s, I found myself back there this morning to hear about the 60th anniversary of the National Churches Trust. We had a very nice talk from NCT vice-president, journalist and broadcaster Huw Edwards (taller in the flesh) followed by a short film on the […] Read story

More than 30 anchors dating back to the First Punic War, which took place over 2,000 years ago, have been found in the waters off the Sicilian island of Pantelleria. According to Leonardo Abelli, an archaeologist from the University of Sassari, the anchors are startling evidence of the Romans’ and Carthaginians’ struggle to conquer the Read story

Miguel de Cervantes, like his hero, stood with one foot in the dark declining Spain of his adult years and one in the glorious chivalric land of his youth… …Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are inseparable: they are the joint … Continue reading → Read story

– Dorothy Stratten – Playboy Playmate of the Month for August, 1979 & Playmate of the Year for 1980. – Anyone who lived during the time of the brutal killing and tragic loss of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten, probably will never forget how utterly shocking and saddening it truly was. It spawned 2 movies (including the […] Read story

A new study has found that 4,500 years ago the genetic markers of the first pan-European culture was suddenly replaced, suggesting a huge turnover in the population that made up the continent. The Bell Beaker culture, which emerged from the Iberian Peninsula around 2800 B.C., may have played a role in this genetic turnover. The Read story

Writing in his notebook about extreme weather conditions, Richard Hall notes: The Terrible, launched in Harwich in 1762, was the fourth of that name (if you include vessels captured from the Spanish and the French, and then re-named). It doesn’t seem to have had a particularly impressive life. It was classified as a ‘third rate ship […] Read story