View of the River Nene from the top of the mound of Fotheringhay Castle.

Fotheringhay: Place of Birth and Execution

In August, Jo and I went to Yorkshire to see some of the places associated with Richard III. On the way, we stopped off at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire where Richard was born in 1452. Something I discovered while we were there was that Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned, tried and executed in the…

Jo, Jubilee and Jonah at Hadleigh Castle.

A Grand Day Out!

Jo and I took her dogs, Jubilee and Jonah, to Hadleigh Castle today. It’s the first time we have been there even though we have lived in this area for 13 years! After our walk, we had lunch at the Salvation Army cafe that is at the start of the lane leading to the castle.…

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Aye Or Nay? And What About England?

So, Scotland voted today on whether they want independence from us or not.  Does anyone from England care about the result?  I don’t think so.  It’s not like we’re going to go to war with Scotland if they decide to go it alone! If they want to be independent, good luck to them.  I wish…

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Are You Working With A Psychopath?

I saw a very interesting programme on Saturday night.  I had thought it was just one of those Channel 4 “top 10″ programmes about psychopaths in films but it turned out to be a documentary about real-life psychopaths too and it was fascinating. You don’t have to be a killer to be a psychopath.  They…

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Are You A Synesthete?

Recently, I came home from work, fed my cats then went upstairs to get ready to go out. As I came down the stairs I said to myself “Their dinner smells loud”. I didn’t realise what I had said straight away but then I thought that was a better description than “strong”. It did actually…