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Where new railways will cross

This little used railway line near Calvert in Buckinghamshire, is a vestige of the Varsity Line that used to run between Oxford and Cambridge....

The Destruction of the Fens – All Is Not Lost

Around the coast of the Wash in Eastern England lies The Fens or Fenland. Until the early 1600s, it was a vast natural area of...

The Flannan Isles Mystery

St Kilda is well-known as the isolated archipelago 40 miles (64 km) west of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean. Following crop...

Cancer in the News – What to Think, What to Believe?

Cancer has been in the news a lot recently. In the last few days, there have been separate reports in the newspapers about the...

The Mountains of the Moon

The Nile in the Ancient World This map of north Africa by Jacob d’Angelo (author) and Nicolaus Germanus (artist) based on Ptolemy’s Geographia, was published in 1467...

Art on Trial

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames is a new exhibition of Whistler’s etching and paintings at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London....

Posters in an unexpected place

The first posters appeared in France in the early 1890s during the age called the Belle Époque (the Beautiful Era) which lasted until 1914...

British Prime Minister Assassinated

Just over two hundred years ago, on 11 May 1812, John Bellingham, a Liverpool businessman shot dead the Rt Hon Spencer Perceval, the Prime...

The Counties of Britain – Fact & Fiction

How well do you know the counties of Britain? At one time every town and village in Britain was located in one of 92...

Thrown Off Hammersmith Bridge

It wasn’t who was thrown off Hammersmith Bridge, but what. And as it happened over a hundred years ago, you’d expect it to be...

Ickworth Park – From Trees to Fuel

The National Trust has a target of producing 50% of its energy from renewable sources on its land by 2020. It’s a challenging target....

Assorted Perugia

The hilltop city of Perugia, the capital of the region of Umbria in central Italy, may boast the greatest medieval palace in Italy, the...

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