Fun

Highgate is an eminently pleasant northern area of the English capital. There are many nice shops, quality restaurants and spectacular properties in L...

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Crime amid the dead

Apparently the word ‘sock’ is derived from the Latin word soccus, which means ‘slipper’. But one imagines protective footwear ...

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Putting a sock on it

While the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations have been hogging the headlines, this past Friday and Saturday nights at the Emirates Stadium in North Lo...

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Flowers and the reign

Yesterday saw the start of cricket’s 2022 County Championship season. As you may be aware, the England Test team have been having a rough time o...

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A rite of spring

Think of common pub names and you would come up with what? – Red Lion, King’s Head, Rose & Crown, White Hart, Duke of York, etc. (BTW,...

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London’s Blue Posts x 5

Beginning in June 2004 and, for now, ending in August 2021, the Killers, an American rock band who hail from Las Vegas (the band’s frontman and ...

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Seven steps for the Killers

I have just returned to London from a short ‘staycation’ in the North Norfolk coastal village of Blakeney. The name means ‘Black Island’ in me...

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A bleak kind of beauty

The UK went into the first coronavirus lockdown on March 23 last year, a little over 12 months ago. Hospitality venues opened up on July 4 (remember t...

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A lighter lockdown