The Air on the Gare

Having written recently about the man-made extension to the mouth of the Tees behind Redcar steelworks (South Gare), I felt in the interests of balance that I should venture across the river to its northern counterpart. The area directly north of the Tees mouth features two nature reserves, and having been freshly inspired by my…

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Voce del Popolo

In the current climate where #metoo and #blacklivesmatter seem to be heralding real change there are some interesting debates about historic artworks; either because they represent people or events that are now seen as offensive or because the behaviour of their creators has been equally unacceptable.  Consequently we have seen calls for Confederate statues to…

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…