Today is the 325th anniversary of the massacre of Glencoe. I remember the 300th (I was not blogging then) and will probably not be around for the 350th so we will commemorate year 325 instead. The Ballad of Glencoe is not so well known outside Scotland as Loch Lomond and Over the Sea to Skye […]
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I have an abiding fascination with hillside carvings which occur mostly in southern England where the white chalk rock is found. Last year I wrote about the Cerne Abbas Giant (http://diaryofatouristguide.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/the-worlds-biggest-willy.html) and the Westbury White Horse (http://diaryofatouristguide.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/a-particularly-english-art-form.html) This year it is the Long Man of Wilmington and, if I can find the time, the Uffington White Horse. […]
Tomorrow (31st January) is tax deadline day when we have to settle our accounts with HMRC so I thought I would write about tax, everyone’s favourite subject. Actually it is something I talk about almost every day when I cover income, house prices, VAT, etc. People often perk up, when I do so […]
It was a cold crisp day in January when Oswald Clark was buried. He had died in the Advent season at the age ninety-nine having just failed to reach his century. In my final exceptforablockhead.blogspot.com post I pondered on the secrets of enjoying a long life, one which Mr Clark seemed to have cracked. One of those […]
I have not been sent to Coventry for ages, which is a shame. I always enjoyed a stop there for an hour or so to say hello to Lady Godiva, then a change of tone going into the ruins of the cathedral which was bombed on the night of 13th November 1940 in the first […]
I am a confirmed New Year scrooge and quite happy to go to bed in one year and wake up in the next. Guides often work when others have fun and my other half was looking after a group in Scotland (where they take these things seriously) so I had no desire to stay up […]