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".
Frances Howard, a 17th century murderer
Frances Howard was a 17th century murderer who was lucky to escape the ultimate penalty for her crime but who caused other people to lose their lives on her behalf.
Fouls in Snooker
Committing fouls in snooker does not do you any good, but the game would be virtually impossible without them! Inducing your opponent to commit a foul is an important part of the game, and it has nothing like the opprobrium associated with, say, diving in the soccer penalty area with a view to getting a cheap goal and a possible sending-off for an opposing player.
Flying the flag
It amazes me just how often people who display the Union Flag of the United Kingdom do so by flying it upside down! There is more here than meets the eye at first glance
It is not generally appreciated that Horatio, Hamlet’s friend, had quite a profitable sideline as a driving instructor and examiner, so it was no great surprise when he found Hamlet sitting next to him ready to take his test.
The first inhabitants of Scotland
The first inhabitants of Scotland were probably living there before the last Ice Age. However, no trace has been found of any Scots who were quite that early although remains of humans from that time have been discovered elsewhere in the British Isles. It is probable that, as the ice receded, humans would have moved in from the south, in pursuit of the animals that had preceded them.
A first-time visitor's guide to Wales
A visitor to the United Kingdom should be encouraged to include Wales on their itinerary, because it is a very special part of the country and different in many ways from England or Scotland.
Farmhouse bed and breakfast in the UK
One of the most enjoyable ways to spend a night in the United Kingdom is at a farmhouse bed and breakfast (B&B). Although the accommodation may be basic when judged against hotel standards, it will be perfectly adequate, comfortable, cheap, and an experience in its own right. Every establishment has features that set it apart from the rest, so the overnight stay becomes much more than just a place to sleep.
Devon: some literary connections
Devon is a large and varied county in southwest England that has long been a highly sought-after location, not only for holidaymakers but also for writers. A number of famous poets and novelists have either been natives of the county or have lived there at some time in their lives and found inspiration for their work. These include: