With Germans bombing London, Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, went underground to plan his strategy. Now see the bunkers from where he won the war.
It seems an odd place for a bunch of university students to live – an 11th century heritage-listed castle. But somehow it works!
The Tyneside Cinema is the oldest functioning newsreel theatre in the UK. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a blockbuster with your nostalgia.
Above ground, the English city of Newcastle is changing. The symbols of industry have shifted from the practical to the nostalgic.
The Kew Gardens in London are much more than just a park. They’re at the centre of efforts to protect the world’s plant species.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee It wasn’t so long ago, I recall, that the Royal Family was a bit of a joke. An entire generation of them seemed unable to keep their private lives out of the tabloids with their adulterous, gaffe-prone, toe-sucking scandals. And the response to it all from the top left the […]
Jubilee flotilla on the Thames Oh, for such a British event, there was such British weather. The rain and the cold didn’t keep the Queen’s loyal subjects away from the Thames to see her Diamond Jubilee flotilla, though. Oh no, it was something else entirely that stopped much of the crowd enjoying the festivities. “I […]
Blenheim Palace There’s a certain playful vindictiveness to the plans Adolf Hitler once had for Blenheim Palace, the stately English mansion thirteen kilometres from Oxford. As the story goes, the Führer intended to make the palace his official residence when he invaded and conquered Great Britain. This was not just because he apparently wanted to […]
Changing the name For as long as any of us can remember, it’s been called Big Ben. The clock, faithfully telling the time for more than a century, high above the UK’s houses of parliament, has become one of the most iconic images of London and England more general (up there with the Spice Girls, […]