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Heavy — and happy — is the music that crowns a king

Since the coronation of William the Conqueror at Westminster Abbey in 1066, every British monarch has been crowned in a service full of glorious music. Ottawa-native counter tenor Daniel Taylor tells Peter Robb a little bit about the service and a performance of the music he is delivering on Dec. 861 more words

Local Arts

Saying Thank-You

The motto of Guy’s Hospital near London Bridge is Dare Quam Accipere – It is Better to Give than to Receive. At a future date I might get around to explaining how Guy’s, and that motto, came about, but right now I want to talk about how, the other day, I had the chance to put the motto into sort of practice at another hospital in the trust – St Thomas’. 441 more words


Book Review: “Eleanor of Castile” by Jean Powrie

What a delightful and fun book this is. I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on Eleanor of Castile and had this book on my shelf. 403 more words

Book Reviews


London was my last stop on my European travels this summer. I must admit, it was a HUGE focus of going. Yea, I was going to Portugal, but how could I go all that way and not stop at London (mostly to visit the Harry Potter film studios….pics to come….)??? 261 more words

Journey Through London

I’ve discovered my favorite place this past June. Before arriving in this magnificent place, I traveled  across five time zones while watching the sun rise across two continents from my window seat. 171 more words


Champagne Charlie’s, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG

It conjures up a 1920’s decadence, top hat and tails and the car outside. Monocles and flappers and just off to dance the night away. 447 more words

1066 Harold's Way

UK Travel Series: London

The iconic Big Ben and The Eye, I would believe that most would easily identify which country they are landmarks of, or rather, they are perhaps included on the list of many when the travel bug itches. 629 more words