What are your thoughts on the Coronation?

May 7, 2023
The connection with history was hard to miss during the Coronation of King Charles III. Some version of this ceremony has happened for many, many centuries in Great...

Thoughts on the Queen’s death

September 15, 2022
The Queen's death. Not unexpected. But still a bit of a shock. A family has suffered a deep loss, one that's written all over each of their stricken faces. I can...

Me, pretending I live at Downton Abbey

June 18, 2013
Scene:  London hotel room. Book: originally written 1894 My husband to me: "I wish I had a photo of you reading that." (Your wish is my command,...

London History: the young Queen Elizabeth II

June 17, 2013
Those royals are a hardy bunch! The Queen is celebrating her 60th year on the throne and Jubilee banners are everywhere. The first night I was home, I dreamed that I...

Home is where I store my suitcase

June 15, 2013
London was wonderful, chock-full of sights, sounds, smells, experiences.  Still, it was good to be home, even though it does seem like home is just where I store my...

London Memory: Horses, carriages & fairy tales

June 14, 2013
How many big cities have crossing lights for horses?  I don't know of any except London, do you?  This is in the Hyde Park area and never failed to make me smile. It...

London Dispatch: Hare Krishna Festival of the Chariots

June 13, 2013
Our Sunday stroll was interrupted by a delightful sight: the Hare Krishna celebration of Rathayatra--a huge street festival. Its parade includes three huge wooden...

London Pictorial: Why I’d like to live in Mayfair

June 12, 2013
Because my windows could look like this. Because my flat could look like this....and... ...the leasehold could have approximately 963 years remaining. Approximately....

London Dispatch: a walk through a Georgian manor house

June 11, 2013
Apsley House is one of the most beautiful Georgian Houses in London, constructed between 1771 and 1778 as the home of the Duke of Wellington. In fact, it's still the...

An Audience with Dame Helen Mirren

June 10, 2013
We were lucky enough to get tickets to an hour-long talk Helen Mirren gave about her career as a benefit for the National Youth Theatre, which gave her a start in...

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