Whistler In The East End

Next tickets available for my walking tour are on Sunday 21st August Click here to book for THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S TOUR OF SPITALFIELDS . William Jones, Limeburner, Wapping High St American-born artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, was the first artist to appreciate the utilitarian environment of the East End on its own terms, seeing the … Read more

Garden Club of Lake George Celebrates Centennial

The Garden Club of Lake George was founded in the summer of 1922 by nine women: Mary Whitman Knauth; Marianne Schurz; Gertrude Ranger; Elizabeth Brereton; Mona Hawkins; Mary Hayden; Elizabeth Kreitler; and Charlotte Hyde. These were no ordinary women. “They were strong women with a vision,” Charlanne McDonough said at the group’s recent meeting, held … Read more

How To Spend A Weekend In Lisbon

Lisbon, in all its steep glory. Image by Liam McKay on Unsplash. Stunning but in a casual, effortless way. Picturesque but kind of rowdy. Great cheap wine, amazing seafood, long sultry evenings: Lisbon’s an enchantress. Getting to Lisbon Flights go regularly from Heathrow (BA and TAP), Gatwick (easyJet), Luton (easyJet), and Stansted (Ryanair). If … Read more

7 Of The Best To Explore

Everyone enjoys going to a local flea market to discover exciting trinkets and rarities you won’t find anywhere else. From vintage clothes to fresh produce, fine foods and drinks, and fascinating secondhand items – there’s all manner of things that you can unearth in your backyard flea market. Here’s a rundown of eight of the … Read more

Here’s Why Leeds Castle Should Be On Your Summer Holiday Hit-List

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Leeds Castle. Don’t be fooled by the name – the delights of Leeds Castle are closer than you think. Nestled among rolling Kent countryside, it may be the ultimate summer holiday day trip. And we can prove it. Before we dive in, it’s important to know that … Read more

‘To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth’ Book Review

One of the few notable naval clashes of the American Civil War, the June 19, 1864, Battle of Cherbourg, pitted two modest sail/steam powered sloops-of-war against each other off coastal France. The single-ship action resulted in the destruction of Alabama, the Confederacy’s most effective oceangoing warship, which had bedeviled Union merchant shipping for the better … Read more

London Drought: Latest Updates On Extreme Weather In The Capital

Parched parks in a previous heatwave. Photo: Mark Ramsay via creative commons As of Friday 12 August, London is among the parts of the UK now officially living under drought conditions. It comes after the whole country was put under ‘prolonged dry weather’ status a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what the drought means for … Read more

Treasury chief biggest property owner among Hong Kong top officials, gov’t information reveals

Hong Kong’s top official with the most assets is Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui, according to government information. He declared a total of seven properties and four parking spaces in Hong Kong and elsewhere owned by him and his family. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui. Photo: GovHK. … Read more