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.
An easy and economical casserole dish of succulent pieces of lamb layered with onions and carrots in a rich gravy, topped with sliced potatoes.
Lord Byron: Romantic Poet, Celebrity, Womaniser, Fallen Superstar. What Was the Scandal That Caused His Downfall?
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 Comfort the Bereaved: 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.
This is a quick, cheap, healthy, and tasty recipe for chickpeas cooked with bacon lardons, onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and paprika.
A fast and fabulous fish dish with a Spanish flavour. Cod served with chorizo and peppers on a bed of haricot beans in white wine, shallots and chilli. High protein and low fat.
The slight aniseed flavour of fennel and the spiciness of chorizo sausage go particularly well with the white fish in this quick, easy and healthy recipe.
Which plants are essential in a traditional English garden? Roses, hollyhocks, foxgloves, lupins, pinks, and more, with a sprinkling of fruits and vegetables.
This warm salad has a fresh citrus tang and can be eaten alone or as a base for a protein food of your choice—try salmon, smoked mackerel, chicken, feta, or grilled halloumi cheese.
Butternut squash contains over 93 different nutrients. It makes a highly nutritious, slightly sweet soup. Serve with a chunk of good bread for a hearty lunch or as a starter to replace dessert.
'Tell me about the day I was born’. 'The day you were born?’ He is surprised. This is a departure from my usual encouragement to reminisce about the war years and a question I have never asked before.
Life writing:extracts from a collection of memories about life as a child in a small English market town during the 1950s
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
Renovate a Kitchen Quickly With Beautiful Quartz Worktop Overlays: A Fast Low-Budget Solution for Luxurious Counters
This article describes a quick mess-free, stress- free, cost-effective way to renovate a kitchen that has started to look a little tired
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Newark-on-Trent, a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War of 1642-1651, home of the National Civil War Museum, and a delightful small market town to visit.
Venice is wonderful, but can be expensive. Here's how to visit reasonably economically.
There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh, the bustling and cosmopolitan capital city of Scotland. 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, including 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.
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.
Ben Jonson's eulogy of Shakespeare 'not of an age but for all time' is validated by the ways in which modern interpretations of themes in the plays draw on the realities of modern life .