The Lonely Grave of Rosa Bevan

It's Halloween ... . Do you want to hear a spooky story?This one's a weird tale, and, if I live to be a hundred, I don't think I’ll ever be able to come up with a rational explanation for what took place that day.It had been a bitterly cold October. Normally in London, we enjoy soft, gentle autumns with just a hint of summer lingering on into November. But that year winter had come early....more

Dracula ... the perfect read for Halloween

Written back in 1897, but still as masterpiece in suspense, Dracula is the perfect late-night spooky read for Halloween.    ...more

Little boy's hat and scarf set: perfect for trick or treating in

Check out this perfect little boys' scarf and hat combo. Knit with chunky yarn to a super easy peasy pattern, you'll easily be able to make them over a wet weekend.The hat is knit in the round using circular needles or double-pointed needles (as you prefer), and the scarf ... well it's about as easy as falling off a log. ...more

Super easy, peasy little boy's scarf

Now that the nights are drawing in, and there's a nip in the air, knit this wonderfully cosy scarf for your favourite little man. It's super easy, and would make a perfect weekend project. Click here to access the free patern:

Highgate Cemetery and the high funeral art of the Victorians

Come and take a trip with me through the most amazing necropolis of them all, a city of the dead in the middle of modern London that the twenty first century has forgotten about. See the high art of Victorian funeral architecture displayed to its fullest effect as the undergrowth encroaches on the tombs and the shadows cast an other-worldly gloom over all who pass by....more

The ancient church of Saint Alfege, Greenwich

Come and visit the ancient Church of Saint Alfege founded in Greenwich in the eleventh century on the site of his brutal martyrdom by the marauding Vikings. Now on the pilgrims' route from Southwark to Canterbury, this ancient church is where King Henry VIII was brought as a babe in arms within a few days of his birth to be baptised back in 1491....more

Christmas Chutney

 Now's the time to get making a special chutney for Christmas.  A good chutney needs to rest and mature for at least a couple of months before it's at its best....more

The Greenwich Witch Bottle: self-help seventeenth-century-style

The Greenwich Witch BottleA spiritual self-help remedy dating from around 1650 in the form of an intact witch bottle was found during a recent excavation at Church Street, Greenwich. Amazingly both the bottle and its contents were intact. Intended to deflect evil from its owner, it had been personalised in such a way as to give a more intimate picture of its owner and her life in London all those centuries ago than she could ever have imagined. Read all about the bottle and its hidden secrets.  ...more

Le Pont du Gard, Remoulins, France ... where the Devil himself is in the detail

Would you like to see the very greatest bridge of the Classical World? Well, here it is:Constructed in 50 A.D. it rose like a stone Leviathan from the waters of the River Gardon in South East France inspiring awe across the Roman world. Many thought that the bridge could never have been built by man alone. A rumour started to circulate that it had been built by the Devil himself. ...more

Lulworth Crumple, Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Man O'War Rocks, Dorset, England

How'd you like a walk-along geology lesson with some fine examples of wave diffraction unfolding as you walk along, creating almost perfectly circular sea coves?...more