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Waverley House

For years we’ve wanted to see inside Waverley House. It sits, tantalisingly close, across the stream from Waverley Abbey but, being in private ownership has always meant only denial. Until today, that is. It was open today as part of … Continue reading

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A decade of GPS

One of the possible destinations we have in mind for our 25th Anniversary Holiday next year, is Japan. Even though the Japanese couple in Burgundy couldn’t understand why we’d bother, we are undeterred! Though, to be fair, Japan is one … Continue reading

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Not just fish

Everyone knows about the Great Exhibition of 1851. Prince Albert’s genius idea to showcase the brilliance that had grown from the fledgling roots of the Industrial Revolution. How many of the objects featured in the exhibition became part of the … Continue reading

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Old boilers

There’s a neighbourhood in Paris called Belleville. It was from this small area that a marine engineer called Julien Belleville lived and worked. During the great Boiler Wars of the late 19th century, he managed to beat all comers to … Continue reading

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The amazing Dennys

The Denny family of Dumbarton was pretty amazing. Originally they were farmers but in 1779, William was born and everything changed. For reasons lost in the mists of time, William wanted to build ships. So he did. By 1814 he … Continue reading

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Brochure

Today, at work, I was researching two particular objects which were part of a set. One was a model of a regulator. It was invented to more efficiently regulate the amount of power released by a steam engine, in this … Continue reading

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My Story of Joan

As promised… Travelling through France and visiting churches (as I do very often) one comes across a lot of statues of St Joan, the Maid of OrlĂ©ans. Like rampant St George in English churches, she looks at you, shield in … Continue reading

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Castles

The Hotel Diderot is big on jam. There’s a massive great cupboard full in the breakfast room and guests are encouraged to try some of the stranger flavours. I’m not the biggest jam fan in the world so I tried … Continue reading

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The Young One

I can’t believe that Rik Mayall died today! Just spotted it on Twitter. Such a shame. He was only 56. A very clever comedian/actor. A lot of people are going to be very sad. Ironic, when he made so many … Continue reading

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Mindless tunnels

I was searching for something today (which I found) and, quite by chance, came upon the story of the infamous Hackney Mole Man. Apparently the story took on gigantic, country-wide proportions when it all came out. I can’t say I … Continue reading

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