New Years greetings from the bible of british taste 2015
The Eynsham Morris, boy novices at the first stop on their local Boxing Day four-pub fixture. NB Green Man.
Photo credit my sister Lizzie who was standing next to me.
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December 31st, 2015
Dingles Fairground Attractions.
The first fairground ride-upon that I coveted was a life-sized goat that hung for almost two years against the window in Malcolm Glickstein's junk shop. Although I had left no deposit on it, I thought of it as already mine, until sudd...
September 6th, 2015
Ghastly Good Taste? The Best of John Betjeman.
John Betjeman hated experts, antiquarianism, art historians and research fellowships. As his daughter Candida Lycett Green has pointed out, he never set out to champion conservation in the academic sense of that word, but rather to work in the cause ...
July 15th, 2013
Something for the weekend - Barbara Jones.
The King Penguin Guide to the Isle of Wight - a place that I once commuted to each week - was the first book by Barbara Jones that I bought. One of her illustrations shows the Horn Room at Osborne House, with Prince Albert’s Teutonic antler furni...
May 9th, 2013
How Cecil Sharp sowed the seeds of love.
Nothing could be more Romantic than the English Folk tradition as it was revived at the start of the twentieth century. Much of the glory for this belongs to a single character, Cecil Sharp, for whom Cecil Sharp House was built as a memorial, library...
February 16th, 2013
The past in black, white and sepia.
My grandmother is the one near the middle, sidesaddle on the donkey like a small, shaggy camel. The caption of the picture, if there were one, would be 'Haymaking in Bierton,' a ceremonial harvest home when the village dressed up and posed self-consc...
January 27th, 2013
The Nativity comes to Kentish Town (II), Epiphany.
Saturday January 5th. This was the scene at the Church of St. Silas in Kentish Town yesterday evening, where the Christmas Crib was being reordered for the feast of the Epiphany today, when the three Magi complete their journey.
The Three Kings we...
January 6th, 2013
The Nativity comes to Kentish Town, (I).
At All Hallow's Church, Savernake Road, on the south eastern corner of Hampstead Heath, Father David Houlding started the business of decorating his church on Wednesday. Today, Sunday December 23rd, is 'Advent IV,' the fourth Sunday in Advent, and ...
December 23rd, 2012
Agricultural-theme wedding in Honiton, Devon.
Wedding March - 'I've got a brand new combine harvester ... '.... wishing them great happiness
There are three or four new ‘kneelers’ – the flat cushions that preserve the knees of the devout – in the pews at St. Buryan Church every year. Shelia Hosking began making them in 1982. ‘We had blue kneelers and they were getting shabby and...