Some of you may be familiar with people who call themselves “trads”. Trad is short for “traditionalist”, and often what they are traditional about is…
When a culture has a very sophisticated and complicated cuisine, that tells you something about the historical role of women in that society…
Prince Charles has a housing development in Cornwall called Nansledan. You can buy a nice-looking place there, if you want to live in a sort-of-replica…
In a continuation of my musing on Christmas food (see also mince pies and marzipan), today I write about the Yule Log. If you’re not familiar, this is a…
This week there was a massive dust up among medievalists on twitter. I won't get into all the details because it’s complicated, but involves a spiked…
Today I visited Bari, a port city on the heel of Italy’s boot. It is famous for (among other things) the Basilica of Saint Nicholas. His bones are here…
I didn't really want to write about the ’rona. I've written about its possible effects on cities and in tangential ways but not the disease itself. I…
Helen Gurley Brown, diet fan So I’m trying to cut back a bit, what with the whole pandemic, like many people my weight has bounced around. A diet…
When I was growing up, the expression was “spill the beans” (to give away a secret) or “let the cat out of the bag”. Recently I’ve heard more people…
Like many people, I watched the Tinder Swindler the other day on Netflix. If you are unfamiliar with it, it is a documentary about a conman, who wooed…
Since we are in the midst of spice season, with holiday meals and fancier lattes, this seemed like a good theme for today. Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon all…
This week Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open, becoming the most successful men’s singles player with 21 grand slam titles. He is 35. Tom Brady also…