The Kraken,a frightening, nightmare creature lurking beneath the waves, would suddeny erupt from the deep to destroy a hapless sailing ship. Pity those unfortunate sailors!
Hrolf the Ganger, known to us as Rollo, the feudal lord of the Duchy of Normandy, has descendants who went on to dominate Europe and his distant relative still sits on the English throne
You may not want to celebrate Paris burning, but that's history for you, full of unpleasant things that you'd rather not dwell on. So have a Viking meal instead
You'll find plenty of blood, sweat and beers in a Viking movie
The great hero of the Vikings, Ragnar was an absolute nightmare for France and England.
Would you wear an Ancient Roman hairstyle? You could be sporting a classic Roman look right now but hadn't realised it.
You don't have to be a famous literary critic, you don't have to be an English professor, you have only to be a reader
Elizabeth's popularity as a poet was enhanced by her passion for social causes. Robert Browning influenced 20th century writers. Their love was legendary.
St Joseph's Table is another delicious event to add to the March calendar
The Celtic Knot is all about beginnings and endings
Dublin Coddle is a slowly cooked casserole that looks after itself in the oven. Even easier in your crockpot.
One of the most beautiful buildings in the world is a monument of love. We know it as the Taj Mahal
Make a classic sponge with these adult flavours. It's the simplest of sponge cake recipes, quick to make and fit for a Queen
Plums, both tart and juicy, are delicious eaten raw with the stone removed, but you can cook up plums too.
Five ways to cook Brussels Sprouts.
Lie on a sofa, don't sweep beneath it, it's No Housework Day!
The Ides of March, 44 BCE, an unhappy day for Julius Caesar but a good time to have an ancient Roman dinner
Recipes for a Robbie Burns Night Supper
Christmas isn't merry for everyone. Here are some tips to get you through.
Cane Toads are repulsive creatures who destroy native wildlife and poison household pets. Ugh
The Ancient Romans were highly skilled engineers and they had something that the modern world didn't achieve again till the seventeenth century. Toilets!
This is my version of Pullum Frontonianum which translates to Chicken a la Fronto, so tasty and so very, very simple
Lipstick. Does it make me look old?
Do you make fruit mince pies for Christmas? Here's a medieval recipe, fit for a King.
It's your party. Tie Dye if you want to!
Once you start cooking with the slow cooker, you'll be a convert.
If you've just met a celeriac for the first time, you will be forgiven for scratching your head and wondering just where to start. Simple!
Do you think I'm crazy for wanting to snowboard? At least I can watch these intense, dangerous and exciting snowboard movies featuring the world's best riders
Patterns for dolls' clothes, vintage knits that are pre-Barbie and well before the Bratz.
Make a pretty pink cake for a little girl. I use jelly crystals (jello) for the pink-on-pink look and a definitive touch of sweetness
Do you have a Claddagh Ring? Anyone with a drop of Irish heritage looks good in one of these symbolic rings. Single, married, women, men, young or old, the ring will suit you and you don't even have to be Irish. I...
The big battle to give up cigarettes is never ending
If you know how to find a fairy, please let us know.
Ghouls are not just any ordinary old cannibalistic, flesh-eating or creepy monsters. If you thought so, you would be wrong.
There were 147 Emperors of Rome. Who were they?
Serving afternoon tea? There's more to making a cucumber sandwich than you think.
In ancient Sumer, beer making and bread making were different sides of the same coin. They left us the recipe for beer, the oldest recipe in the world
Forget Bigfoot and ignore the Yeti. The one to watch out for is the Yowie .
The carnivorous Demon Duck was the biggest bird that ever lived. Luckily for us, that was 8 million years ago.
Chocolate Molten lava cake must be the best dessert ever!
I just adore caramel cupcakes!
For instant zing tuck into a bowl of tangy, fresh Shrimp Pho
Here's a basic, easy frittata recipe that's good for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Any time at all!
Is there an industrious little fellow at the bottom of your garden? He may be a leprechaun. Grab him fast!
When I was a child the Australian National Anthem was God Save the Queen and protocol demanded we all stand as it was played. I was glad to see the back of that tradition of playing the British Anthem as our own -...
Deep- fried rice croquettes coated with breadcrumbs, filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and peas. The Sicilians have been making them for a thousand years.
I have a passion for a handful of fictional detectives. Salvo Montalbano is one of them
Pasta alla Norma, traditional Sicilian eggplant pasta dish
I'd love to wear these 20s fashions today. Would you?
When I was small my grandmother made toffee apples for special occasions. She produced these gorgeous, sticky, jaw-breaking confections for birthdays, Christmas, St Patrick's Day and sometimes just for no reason at all....
How satisfying it must have been to live in Ancient Rome in the first few centuries of our era. But only if you were rich!
Pompeii was destroyed, completely buried, during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius which took over two long and terrifying days in the year 79.
There are so many ways to cook corned beef, here a just a few
A lady just can't survive without a red handbag
I always know when Winter starts - when I wake up to see the fat pink blossoms of my tree dahlias in all their glory
Pepperoni soup is perfect for Winter, it makes you feel warm and cozy.
There's something about this perfectly natural growth on a man's face that causes diverse and drastic responses. What do you think?
The miracle of inspiration is a gift from one of the nine Muses. Which one is yours?
Beowulf is an old story to be told round the campfire while we quaff our beer, as did the ancient Danes. But the monsters are still out there in the dark
Dandelions aren't just good for playing with, they have lots of health benefits in tea, coffee and on the table for dinner
Today there are more than one million people in the world who can see -- because of Fred Hollow
I, Claudius must be the greatest fictional biography ever written.
Helen Mirren has been a star of the stage and screen for over 40 years and the winner of almost every major acting award.
You gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em
A saga of magic, sorcery, murderous mayhem, bloody vengeance, relentless pursuit and a final act of treachery. In other words, a love story.
Rosemary Sutcliff's novels for children were part of my childhood but, on rereading them in my thirties, I discovered a depth of adult themes and adult emotions.
It's a long, long way from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the West Side of New York, but a mere 4000 years means nothing to young love.
Step by Step instructions with photos for making Steak and Kidney Casserole
The lamb forequarter, poor cousin to the lamb leg and loin, is a wonderful versatile cut, and you can use the neck orshoulder. Usually I ask my butcher to bone the forequarter, and press it down as flat as possible....
An Elf is not a quaint little creature found in fairy books for children, they are dangerous to humans. Beware!
Echidna was an arresting combination of beautiful woman and deadly serpent.
Pegasus, the white winged horse, is the result of a close encounter between Medusa and Poseidon.
Everyone loves a holiday. The Ancient Romans were no exception and Saturnalia was the most popular holiday of the Roman year
In the world of fabulous creatures, the dragon is unique. No other beastie has appeared in such a rich variety of forms nor in so many places. Are they mythical, allegorical, or did they really exist? Dragons appear in...
A cautionary tale on the deadliness of fairies - and how to recognise a changeling
You don't hear much about the Brownies nowadays. Grave fears are held for their continued (and most welcome) existence!
The truth about Trolls is ugly. Yes, ugly. When you see a Troll run .. as fast as you can! And never look back!
Is seeking a Unicorn a pointless quest? It's not necessary to be a fair maiden
In Australia the Christmas holidays stretch over the longest days of our long summers.
Salvete! Guests just love these Murder Games, make yours fabulous fun that will be talked about for years afterwards
How lovely is the sunflower, with such a bright golden beauty that has captured the sunshine of a hundred sunny days.
From classical times, violets have been cultivated for wine, perfume, medicinal purposes and used as decorative garlands and wreaths. Apart from anything else, violets are just beautiful!
Some of the best detectives do their sleuthing in togas.
The music of Hank Williams has endured, and unlike his contemporaries, he reaches generations that neither knew him nor saw him
Did you imagine that ancient Romans spent their time indulging in lavish banquets? Ordinary people ate ordinary meals, not very different to what we eat today.
Hermes, God of the Crossroads, is also the god of trade, profit and commerce, of story telling, quick thinking, magic, illusion, and trickery.
Nessie is, without doubt, the grandmother of all mysterious sea monsters.
Hats are not merely to keep off the sun and the rain, Hats send all sorts of signals, they mark a social rite, portray a religious belief, define the status and occupation of the user and announce the extent of...
Dionysus is said to have invented wine, a handy god to have around indeed
Once Delphi was the very centre of the universe
A dreamtime story from thousands of years ago
Despite his lamentable ways (or perhaps because of them), Poseidon held great power and significance for the Ancient Greeks.
The Norse myths are peopled with all sorts of fantastic beings - gods and giants, elves, trolls, dwarves and dragons!
Who doesn't know the story of Troy? It's been told over and over for at least three thousand years.
Was Arthur a real figure? The truth isn't really important, I just enjoy reading everything I can find on the Matter of Britain.
There are a number of exciting and exotic ways to cook a quince. Here's just a few.
Loki the Trickster sometimes assists the gods and sometimes causes problems for them. Big problems!
Australia has glorious beaches with long stretches of golden sands but beware! There's danger in the water
One day I will see a Tasmanian Tiger. I feel this in my bones. But that could just be the aches from camping out in the damp
The call of the kookaburra is loud, rough and raucous. Especially at 5.00 am
The Dingo is the last ancient living link between the wolf and the domestic pooch. Now they are threatened with extinction.
Odin gave up an eye for one sip from the Well of Wisdom
Through Eternity he had to roll a huge boulder , all day, to the top of a hill. Every evening it rolled down again
The portrayals of women in the stories of King Arthur tell us much more about the attitude of the storytellers than about the women themselves
Pets, Pals, Psychopomps, Guardians and Ghostly Hounds
Get ready for a love story, an old, old, love story that's lasted for thousands of generations.
Vortigern made a bad mistake, but surely it wasn't enough to be remembered as the Worst King of the Britons?
Where was Camelot? There are seven possible locations.
Zeus was mighty, glorious, awesome and mythology's most well-known philanderer.
The ancient tale of Demeter has survived for thousands of years, and for a very good reason. It can be used as a working template for modern times.
Freya teaches us about not breaking faith - the willingness to be true to your beliefs, your principles, your family, friends and community
Today ruins mark the joyful city of Bubastis, her once proud temple only tumbled, dusty blocks. But the name of Bast endures.
The most exciting way to collect shark teeth is to collect them yourself, in the field.
Most of us make resolutions for the New Year and have trouble sticking to them. Is this you too? We probably share the same resolutions as well.
Doll Houses in the 17th century weren't toys, they were examples of wealth.