Much in Little…

or Multum in Parvo, is the motto of England's smallest historic county*: Rutland.  The historic counties are those administrative areas created by the Normans (though they may represent earlier shires or kingdoms) and which remained in place for nine centuries.  It has the smallest population, and in terms of area only the City of London is smaller. … Continue reading Much in Little…

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Welcome to McElderry Country?

To the native Celts it was Caer Urfa.  When the Roman's sought to fortify the mouth of the Tyne with a fort, they called it Arbeia ("place of the Arabs"), a name which could have been reapplied in the 19th Century when a Yemeni community was established there.  To us it's South Shields.  Or just … Continue reading Welcome to McElderry Country?