2018 and all that.

Happy New Year everyone; a time for taking stock and making new plans. Me included. In the years that I've been posting here I've long since used my media storage allowance and so paid an annual fee to increase it, but of course the day has come where I'm nearing the limit of that too.…

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S.P.Q.R.

Four letters that bring to mind the Roman Empire and which are equally commonplace around the modern city, but how many of those familiar with the abbreviation know what it represents? Even forty years after my school years I remember Senatus Populus Que Romanus, which simply means The Senate and People of Rome, and for…

Theobalds

Those who persevered with the BBC's series Gunpowder beyond the early torture/execution scenes will have witnessed the key role that Robert Cecil played as adviser to James VI & I (and before him Elizabeth I).  Cecil's father William was arguably the world's first prominent spymaster, and when he was forced from office for having incurred Elizabeth's wrath over…

Getting Around and Getting It Wrong

If like me you've been to Milan, then you're doubtless familiar with the world's oldest shopping mall. Even those who've never been may well have seen pictures of the intersecting glass roofed arcades that are populated by famous caffé shops and top end fashion houses. McDonalds were famously refused the renewal of their lease, allowing…