1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty Exhibition

Last week I went to a very interesting exhibition at the British Academy. It was organised by the British and the Irish Academies together with the National Archives of Ireland and the Irish Embassy in London. On show was the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. Negotiation of the treaty began 100 years ago and it...

Two great caminos to Santiago de Compostela

This is the view south toward Spain from the village of Vielle Aure in the French Pyrenees. I am often visiting friends here and in neighbouring St Lary. Its a great place to ski in winter and walk in summer. The Valley Aure happens to be one of the many minor routes taken by...

A trip to see Dippy the dinosaur in Norwich

On a recent holiday in Norfolk, I heard that Dippy the dinosaur is on tour in Norwich. Dippy is a plaster cast of a diplodocus that stood for years in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London but was replaced by the real bones of a blue whale in 2017. The...

See Diana’s wedding dress at Kensington Palace

This week I took a lovely American couple on a tour of Kensington Palace. It was built in the early 1600s in what was then countryside. In 1689 William and Mary bought the house and had it enlarged by the architect of St Pauls Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren. It was their favourite residence in...
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