Explore Bury St Edmunds, a small market town close to Cambridge, and a jewel in the crown of the rural county of Suffolk. Visitors make their way there to visit the magnificent cathedral, see the beautiful municipal gardens in the grounds of the ruined abbey, go shopping and much more.
Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the most visited tourist destinations in England, due to its associations with Willliam Shakespeare. But there is more to enjoy than the Shakespeare trail. Relax in the delightful riverside setting, browse the boutiques and eat in one of the many excellent restaurants.
Learn what a total knee replacement recovery is like from someone who elected for knee replacement surgery some years ago and the strategies that she later adopted to delay surgery on her second arthritic knee.
An escorted trip to Paris provides a wonderful overall impression of what the city has to offer visitors. Wonderful architecture, great food, trips on the Seine, and time to browse boutiques. Join me as I reflect on my most recent visit to the City of Lights
Take a literary tour of the English Lake District—an area long admired for its beautiful landscape. This walkers' paradise is a destination for people with an interest in our literary heritage.
"The Cold Earth Slept Below" by the Romantic Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley [1792-1822]. Analysis and Context
'The Cold Earth Slept Below' is an example of Shelley's interest in both the sublime and in the Gothic tradition in literature. The poem has parallels with a tragic event in his personal life.
Easter is a fun-filled time for children, as well as a Christian festival. Here's how the focus on eggs at Easter started and continues.
An analysis of Max Ehrmann's didactic prose poem "Desiderata." The wise advice in these calming lines from 1927 still holds strong in the twenty-first century.
'Come live with me and by my love' is the first line of one of the most loved pastoral poems of all time. A 16th-century address to a sweetheart and entreaty to join the speaker in a country idyll.
To My Valentine: An Unconventional Love Poem by Ogden Nash and a Conventional Sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
'To My Valentine' by Ogden Nash is a charming, unconventional love poem that casts aside cliches in favour of unexpected comparisons. Elizabeth Barrett Brownings' sonnet is conventionally romantic
Enjoy a snapshot of the opulence and extravagance of a Buddhist Temple in Chinatown. Completed at a cost of S$75 million, and opened in 2007, it is high on the list of must-visit places in Singapore.
What to Wear, Eat and Do for a Traditional Burns' Night Supper Celebrating the Birth of Scotland's National Poet.
Robert Burns is Scotland's National Poet. On the 25th January Scotland and those of Scottish heritage celebrate his birthday in a time-honoured manner with haggis, bagpipes, poetry, and a wee dram
Tennyson published Ring Out, Wild Bells, a New Year's poem, in 1850. The sentiments that are expressed therein are still relevant in twenty-first century society.
'Christmas' was written by one of Britain's most loved contemporary poets. It is an evocative poem about Christmas customs and the Christian faith.
A Christmas poem by England's Great Nature Poet, William Wordsworth. The poem is about an old Christmas Eve custom of village musicians visiting homes in the Parish to entertain and offer good wishes
Step out of the MRT station in Singapore's Chinatown and enter a different world. The cosmopolitan city and the modern blocks filled with high-rise offices and apartments will feel a world away.
The impressions of a grandmother who took a long-haul flight to Singapore to celebrate her seventieth birthday with members of her family who have been living and working there for two years.
"London Snow" by Robert Bridges creates an image of the transformational enchantment of snowfall in London; which at the time the poem was created, was noisy, crowded, and heavily polluted
Trick-or-treaters who beg at your door on Halloween hoping for a donation of candy might be surprised to be offered soul cakes instead. But by offering them, you would be observing ancient traditions.
This beautiful, evocative, lyric poem, Ode to Autumn, was the last poem written by the English Poet Keats; circumstances later forced him to give up the life of a poet to earn a living.
This beautiful wistful poem is about lost love. It's context and an analysis.
The Dirge by Christina Rossetti is a poem about grief and regret following the death of someone who has led a life too short. It compares the human life cycle with the cycle of the seasons.
A recipe for novice cooks for an easy and economical casserole dish of succulent pieces of lamb layered with onions and carrots in a rich gravy, topped with sliced potatoes.
This article covers events and relationships that led to the short marriage and scandalous separation from his wife of Lord Byron which led to his consequent self-imposed exile from England
A Poem to Offer Comfort When a Loved One Dies: Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004)
This beautiful poem is perfect for a funeral service that aims to celebrate the life of the loved one who has passed. It emphasises hope and comfort for the bereaved.
Which plants are essential in a traditional English garden? Roses, hollyhocks, foxgloves, lupins, pinks, and more, with a sprinkling of fruits and vegetables.
Visit the Benedictine Cathedral at Montserrat, set high on the Catalonia mountain after which it is named. There you will find the shrine dedicated to Santa Maria de Montserrat, the Black Virgin
Find out how this writer updated her tired and shabby kitchen quickly with minimum disruption and a small budget.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Newark-on-Trent, a Royalist stronghold besieged three times during English Civil Wars (1642-1651), a delightful small market town with a wealth of buildings of historic interest, and home to England's Civil War Centre.
Venice is amazing, unique and wonderful, but can be very expensive. Here's how to visit reasonably economically.
The growth in visitor numbers to Scotland in 2016 far exceeded that for the rest of Great Britain, and the five most popular destinations in Scotland were in Edinburgh—its cosmopolitan capital city. Pre-plan a visit to pack in as much as possible.
A flight to Pisa from England was the first leg of this trip for a stay in Tuscany. The road home took us from Italy to Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium, and on a car ferry to Hull.
Grantham Gingerbread arose through a lucky mistake in 1740 by William Eggleston, a baker in the English town of Grantham. The unique biscuit that he produced has never lost its local popularity.
The old books that you have hidden away somewhere, forgotten and unloved, could be a source of cash as some, particularly old children's books, might be collectables. Here's how you should treat them to secure a sale.
An Analysis of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" in the Context of King James VI and his Emulation of Augustus Caesar
Does the play Antony and Cleopatra have a subtext that undermines James’s regime, offering a warning about the iniquity of state absolutism? If so, Shakespeare was treading dangerous ground.