Castello di Pompeano

The Castle of Pompeano rests on ophiolite serpentine (volcanic rock). Until the early fifteenth century it belonged to the Counts Da Gombola. Pompeano is an ancient village near Serramazzoni (Province of Modena), Italy. I can’t share the story as well as others (I’m also hindered in using my phone with this post) so please click here to read more. I have visited the castle twice … Continue reading Castello di Pompeano

Titanic: The Hero Musicians

The night of April 14/15 1912 will be remembered as the night the ‘unsinkable’ RMS Titanic sank. The ship struck an iceberg soon after 11.30 p.m. and it was gone by 2.20 a.m., with not enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew, women and children were placed into lifeboats that were scandalously nowhere near filled to capacity. More than 1500 people lost their lives,  only … Continue reading Titanic: The Hero Musicians

Harry Potter: A History of Magic – the Exhibition

Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library, for those that don’t know – a stone’s throw from King’s Cross Station, has been open since 20 October 2017 and will close 28 February 2018. It celebrates the twenty years since the release of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Photography is prohibited, as it is at many institutions that house … Continue reading Harry Potter: A History of Magic – the Exhibition

Exercises to Beat Writer’s Block

In response to requests for writing tips I thought I’d share some of the exercises that I have used to tackle writer’s block. Once you have written a few lines, you can edit – change grammar, add more lines, find perfect synonyms and make your work look professional. I have a habit of justifying all my writing during the setting up process, but that is … Continue reading Exercises to Beat Writer’s Block

My Six Most Popular Posts – And the Six Least Popular: My Conclusions Why . . .

Inspired by Floatinggold’s 2017 round up of her posts, that you can read here, I decided to share my most popular posts in terms of views and the reasons why I think they have performed better than others – and the least popular, as we all may learn something from my musings. Now I know I’m not an expert and while I can say I’ve … Continue reading My Six Most Popular Posts – And the Six Least Popular: My Conclusions Why . . .

British Home Children

For over a hundred years, starting in 1869 until the 1970s, Britain sent children abroad; to Canada prior to the Second World War and later to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Rhodesia. Over 100,000 children were sent to Canada alone. The children ranged in age from four to fifteen and would be sent from seemingly well-meaning philanthropic or religious organisations, such as Dr Barnardo’s, … Continue reading British Home Children