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…
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When a culture has a very sophisticated and complicated cuisine, that tells you something about the historical role of women in that society…
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I was having drinks the other day, and there was a cabaret singer, and sure enough someone was taking photos. I don’t know if the singer minded, but…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Bill McGuire, a vulcanologist, posted on twitter a few days ago about a mega container ship arriving in Britain.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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I am in Cadiz today, and walked past the building of the Diario de Cadiz, a newspaper established in 1867. The building is grand and solid, with this…
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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…
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