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Olympic Sports - Sailing
Sailing, originally called Yachting, first appeared as an Olympic sport in 1900. London 2012 Olympic sailing takes place at Weymouth and Portland and incorporates six men's and four women's events.
The Daughter of Time - Book Review
I was given Jospehine Tey’s The Daughter of Time when I was a teenager, and have gone back to the novel over the years. I have always enjoyed quality historical fiction, and I would put The Daughter of Time close to the top of my list in this genre, although many might file the book under crime...
Olympic Sports - Archery
Archery events at the London 2012 Olympics will include men's and women's individual and team events. This article looks at English archery past and present.
Easter Traditions in England
England has some ancient traditions that are still honoured at Easter including the monarch's giving on Maundy Thursday, pace egg rolling and pace egg plays.
If - Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling’s IF is one of the greatest poems in the English language. On a technical level it has metre, rhythm, rhyme. On a soul level it has content that goes beyond words, a poem that can speak to people for all eternity.
The Ration Book Diet - Book Review
The Ration Book Diet is a book brimming with social history, food facts and recipes based on ingredients available during the Second World War.
Siegfried Sassoon is remembered as one of the great First World War poets. It could be said that the war was the making of him; although he clearly knew that poetry was his vocation it took the war to bring out both his courage as a leader of men and his brutally honest mastery of language.
William Shakespeare, creator of some of the greatest plays of all time, was born on 23 April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. You can still visit his lovingly restored birthplace and several sites associated with Shakespeare’s life and family today.
The Olympic Torch
Between May and July 2012 the Olympic Torch will travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. The Olympic Flame will be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers who have been nominated by the public, and will pass within 10 miles of 95% of the UK's residents.
This article briefly explores the reigns of the Tudor queens Mary and Elizabeth. Who were these rare women who held the power of a nation, of a kingdom, of an empire in their hands for half a century between them?
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