November 14, 2019

I last visited Amsterdam on a couple of occasions in the early 1960's. But that was on a Triumph Tigress Scooter over 55 years ago. The Rijksmuseum hasn't changed a lot since those days and the new Stedelijk Museum is well worth a visit to those interested in modern ar...

March 12, 2018

I never had the privilege of meeting my Grandmother, who was a passionate and vocal advocate of women's rights.

Mary Jane Hayhurst was born in Blackburn in 1870, a Cotton Town in the North of England where equal pay for women mill workers was already established on a pi...

July 24, 2017

The year was 1962.......................................!

I'd just finished studying at the Birmingham School of Architecture and, was sharing a cottage with a fellow graduate. The old cottage was located in the heart of Lewes, East Sussex, by the castle walls. Fellow g...

June 27, 2017

Or so the proverb goes....................!

My family gifted me a 23andMe DNA testing kit a couple of years ago and, I am intrigued by the results.

See photo below of my great grandfather, James Eccles, born in Thornley, Chipping, Lancashire in 1849.

My paternal halpogrou...

July 5, 2015

A a child raised during a time of war, and seeing the effects of war during my travels, I am a keen supporter of the United Europe Concept. This is notwithstanding the many serious political and monetary problems that affect the E.U.

The potential breakaway of the Greek...

March 23, 2014

It was Easter 1960. I was a student of architecture in Birmingham and like most students, was "broke". My "Banister Fletcher" - the encyclopaedic standard textbook on the History of Architecture, received as a student prize - contained a wealth of interesting informati...