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…

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Hackneyed?

On my short exploration of the parts of England that I don't usually reach I eventually arrived at Hackney, and Sutton House.  Now Hackney is not just a place-name, without the capitalisation it is defined here as Middle English: probably from Hackney in East London, where horses were pastured. The term originally denoted an ordinary riding…

Teesdale Grandiose

John Greengo, an international photography educator, describes three approaches to nature and landscape photography; the grandiose landscape, the intimate landscape and specific details. A story on different levels, which may be dictated by the conditions you find on the day. Back in the early summer of this year I got up early to go and…