I am a retired librarian, having spent most of my career in academic and industrial libraries.
I write on a number of subjects and also write stories as a member of the "Hinckley Scribblers".
Hannah Arendt was born in Germany in 1906 where she studied philosophy but, because she was Jewish, was prevented from teaching in German universities under the Nazi regime. She fled to France in 1933 and to the United States in 1941, where she eventually became the first woman to hold a full fellowship at Princeton University. She died in 1975.
Hadrian's Wall, northern England
Hadrian’s Wall is a remarkable relic of the Roman Empire, having been in place for nearly 1900 years. The size of the wall, which stretches for 73 miles across northern England, is amazing in itself, as are the remains of various forts and other structures along its length.
A guide to basic terms in classical music
Anyone who is new to the world of classical music could easily be confused by the plethora of words and terms that are presented. What is a symphony? What is chamber music? What, for starters, is classical music anyway?
Green lanes in the UK
A green lane is an unsurfaced country road, of which some 5,000 miles exist in England and Wales. They are distinguished from footpaths by being wide enough for vehicles to use, but they are not recognised as official routes and are therefore not given road classifications.
Growing up adopted
I don't actually remember when I first knew that I had been adopted. I had had my suspicions from quite an early age, though. I knew that I was born in Scotland, but that my parents had never lived there - my mother lived for more than 100 years in the town where she was born, on the south coast of England.
The Grantham rail crash, 1906
The fatal rail crash that occurred at Grantham on 19th September 1906 must count as the “Marie Celeste” of British rail accidents by virtue of the fact that the cause seems to be inexplicable. What happened is clear enough, but why it did is another matter altogether.
Goosie Goosie Gander
A familiar nursery rhyme Goosie goosie gander, Whither shall I wander? Upstairs and downstairs And in my lady’s chamber.
A dastardly crime
What is recounted here took place a few years ago, but the memory is still raw! During the university term I made a regular journey by bus, once a week on a Wednesday, to perform my duties as a part-time librarian at De Montfort University in Leicester (I have since retired from this post). At the time, the session ran from 5.00pm to 10.00pm, after which I left the library to walk to a nearby bus stop for the journey home. I had a choice between bus stops, because there were several possibilities, but I used to walk along the canal towpath for a short stretch, then up some steps to catch the bus in King Richard's Road, so named in honour of Richard III, who passed this way in 1485.