Culture Category

30/08/2022

‘Bunty’ and ‘Jackie’

‘Bunty‘ and ‘Jackie‘ magazines were both published weekly by the same company that produced ‘The Beano’ and…

05/04/2022

Literary Festivals

In the land that produced Shakespeare it is unsurprising that many aspire to write their own masterpieces…

17/01/2022

The Royal Festival Hall

After the WW2 bombing of London, the County Council decided that a new, up-to-the-minute, airy, Scandinavian-style concert…

29/12/2021

Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was born in Suffolk and spent most of his life there. In 1948…

05/12/2021

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

The UK’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community is roughly estimated at 120,000-300,000 people. They have the…

29/11/2021

Boy Scouts

Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell (‘B-P’, 1857-1941) was born in London but always enjoyed being outdoors, immersed in…

28/12/2020

John Constable

The oil paintings of John Constable, RA (1776-1837) were ground-breaking in their day. He rebelled against the…

02/11/2020

School-leaving qualifications

While some children in the UK do unfortunately finish their time at school without any or very…

25/08/2020

A nice cuppa tea

The British solution to most situations is ‘a nice cuppa tea‘! No matter how flustered, exhausted, worried…

18/06/2020

The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House (ROH), situated in London’s Covent Garden district, began life as the Theatre Royal…

15/05/2020

Chippendale furniture

Genuine Chippendale furniture fetches top prices at auction because it was Thomas Chippendale (1718-79) who turned this…

27/04/2020

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph (pronounced ‘Raif’) Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) was born in Gloucestershire and wrote his first song at age…