Peaky Blinders, Steampunk and Steam Engines all in one day.


England has a number of Industrial Museums dedicated to showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and creative engineering of the Industrial Revolution, especially the period 1750 to 1900. One of these is less than 75 miles from our home. The Black Country Living Museum is a brilliant example of the preservation of working artefacts from that era, … Continue reading Peaky Blinders, Steampunk and Steam Engines all in one day.

Tour of England: The South West ……. tour end!


Our recent visit to Cornwall served a dual purpose; firstly as a search into Dr Bs ancestors who lived there, and secondly as the final chapter in our Tour of England which began two years ago. It was in June 2017 that we wrote down a list of all of the things we would like … Continue reading Tour of England: The South West ……. tour end!

Book Review: William Cobbett … the greatest Englishman, ever?


William Cobbett is best known as a political satirist, a champion of the working man especially agricultural labourers who he called his “chopsticks”. Born in 1763, across his life he was … a soldier, a pamphleteer, a convict, a journalist, a farmer and a member of Parliament before he died in 1835. He wrote many … Continue reading Book Review: William Cobbett … the greatest Englishman, ever?

Postcard from Cornwall: #2 Lands End and Geevor Tin Mine


"Still No Pasties!"Two visits across a long day yesterday in which we had rain, sunshine, and stormy winds! We also had two very different experiences, one lasted 20 mins and was a disappointing rip-off, the other lasted 3 hours and was an enlightening experience! The latter will feature in a subsequent post. Maybe you know … Continue reading Postcard from Cornwall: #2 Lands End and Geevor Tin Mine