Pennyman

When you visit a museum that incorporates items of military history such as Les Invalides in Paris, or less romantically the Royal Armouries in Leeds, then you're likely to be overwhelmed by the sheer volumes of weaponry and armour on display there, and picture huge forces of well prepared men whose equipment glinted in the…

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Adventures in Modern Photography Part II

So what's so special about Port Mulgrave that I should risk life and limb to reach it? (An exaggeration I know, but I could easily have turned back.)  That's a question that would have been very easy to answer 150 years ago when the little port was a very different place to now, as can…

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…

666 is no longer alone*

* Genesis - Supper's Ready   People attach special significance to certain numbers whether they're religious, freemasons, or just seeking the advantage of a little luck.  Depending on which sources you read, any number from 1-25 (and many more beyond that including the number of the beast in my title) has special meaning in the bible.…

“You’ll know it when you see it!”…

...is how I referred to the difference between baroque and rococo when discussing decoration with one of the National Trust volunteers at Claydon House in Buckinghamshire.   I'm afraid that the same does not apply to you dear reader as I shall explain. For nearly four centuries this has been home to the Verney family,…