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England's hall of fame

What’s England's biggest claim to fame?

by Katie Rowe

February 7 2014 in Expert insights

Where would England be without tea, or Duchess Anna Maria for that matter? The English tradition of afternoon tea is thought to have been started around 1840 by the Duchess, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends in the Blue Drawing…

Get your relationship back on track…

by Emma Field

January 10 2014 in Expert insights

Sarah is the author of Inside Out - how to have authentic relationships with everyone in your life. and the former Agony Aunt for the Daily Telegraph. She currently works as a relationship coach and writes a regular column on love for Psychologies magazine…

Ilam Hall, Peak District

Stay in a posh hostel

by Katie Rowe

January 6 2014 in Expert insights

Combining a rich and interesting history with all the joys of a holiday by the sea, Whitby has long been a popular tourist destination, and of all the places to stay in the town few can claim to match the grandeur of YHA Whitby. Set on the headland next to…

Theatre Royal Winchester

The history of panto

by Katie Rowe

December 30 2013 in Culture Vulture

We catch up with James Barry, Pantomime expert (oh no he's not, oh yes he is) and Director of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs – showing at the Theatre Royal Winchester until 5 January – to talk about the origins of the traditional Christmas show, men…

Children playing at A Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth. © DRM Images

Dickens and the story of Christmas

by Katie Rowe

December 18 2013 in Expert insights

When writing my biography of Dickens’ artist daughter Katey, and when writing my current book on Charles Dickens, I realised that Christmas had always been special in the Dickens family. Mr Fezziwig’s Ball in A Christmas Carolharks back to Georgian England…

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