Category Archives: History

Top of the Tide

There is a moment of stillness in the estuary when it seems the water is undecided which way to flow. This day the stillness is aided by an extraordinary lack of wind. Alexanders were brought to Britain by the Romans … Continue reading

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The Gentry Game

Originally posted April 2013 on my dedicated History Blog (no longer running), I thought it might be of interest to those who delve into historical fiction, only to find themselves… bemused. Unable to keep it politely brief, I have tried … Continue reading

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CCC#80: Neighbours

John: Have you seen who has bought that house next door? Immigrants, Goodwife, more cursed immigrants. Goodwife: Religious refugees, John. We’ve opened our borders to them; it wouldn’t hurt you to open your heart. John: They take our jobs. Goodwife: … Continue reading

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For England and Saint… Who?

Today – 23rd April – is Saint George’s Day. But even without the lockdown, you’d see few English folk celebrating. Of the Four Nations of Britain, it’s only we English that let our Patron Saint’s Day pass without a fuss. … Continue reading

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When I saw this fantastic cap on a bollard close to the old Maddermarket in Norwich, I was intrigued. The Maddermarket used to sell… madder, the plant used to dye medieval woollen products various shades of red. Hence the sheep … Continue reading

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Hand-axes, our first achievement While microliths marked the meso age Pottery, coiled and burnished, served neo farmers But copper and tin alloyed ushered in our worst epoch 27 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Epoch

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A Pointless Port

The port of Great Yarmouth isn’t as busy as it was 100 years back, or even 50 years), unable to take the container ships and its fishing industry lost. Now its main business is the support and supply of North … Continue reading

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The Wall

There is a wall around our town, which aptly fits Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek challenge title of Around Town. Of the many intact stretches of the wall, I picked this one cos… well, seems someone might be living there. The wall dates to … Continue reading

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What Pegman Saw: Worth His Salt

Bronimir sat upon the table, not his usual place at all. He sat between a yeasty loaf that made his clay mouth drool and the smallest imaginable dish of salt. His family wanted something of him, and he knew what … Continue reading

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #61

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN Here’s how it works: Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.) You respond with something CREATIVE Here are some suggestions: An answering photo A … Continue reading

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