• Books

    Book Reviews: Dracula, Times Echo, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde & Books that Changed History.

    Dracula by Bram Stoker   I am going to Whitby for a holiday next week, so because of this my good friend recommended I read before I go, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I have reached the age of 48, having been an avid reader from my earliest memory and had never read the classic Gothic horror. Bram Stoker wrote the book in 1897 and visited the town of Whitby in England seven years before, where it is said he gained the inspiration to write the book. It is written in an epistolary format which works wonderfully, going back and forth as you read the journals and letters of the different characters.…

  • Stuff I Like

    Bradgate Park

    My son and I came for a walk to Bradgate Park last Friday for 3 miles of good exercise. It was a really lovely sunny day and the park always makes me feel refreshed and happy when I go. I am fortunate enough to live just 4 miles away, and I consider to be one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Bradgate Park, situated in the town of Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, has a very long history. It covers 850 acres and has the River Lin running through it which flows into the Cropston reservoir. The park was first mentioned in 1241,  and was used as a hunting ground, but…

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    Cambridge at Christmas

    Two days after Christmas day, I went on a two day break to Cambridge. The weather was coat cold, but not glove cold, so it was tolerable enough to look around for four or five hours per day without feeling uncomfortable. One of my most favourite things to do in life is to visit cities with old buildings; to walk around them, in them and though them, if I’m lucky enough. If I go for a few months without doing this thing, I’ll get out my brushes and paint them. In fact, if I ever earn enough money I’d like to live in one, but that’s a long shot! Cambridge…