Category Archives: History

Historical events or people linked to Hanover House in some way.

The Stress of Modern Battle

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsDuring the past week, while attending the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme editorial meetingĀ event at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, where items for the next day’s programme were discussed and items of interest requested from the audience, an item in … Continue reading

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A Dunce’s Hat for ‘conservative’ Educators

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsConservative educators (with a small ‘c’) who don’t want to see change in the ‘great’ British education and examination systems have got into a sweat in the last few days about the marginal lowering of examination grades awarded in … Continue reading

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Another Titanic Experience

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsI thought I had explored all my ‘Titanic’ links this year following a series of related blogs earlier. However during the ongoing London 2012 Olympics I have had several reminders, one of which of course was RMS Titanic’s sister … Continue reading

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Empires Good and Bad

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsDesert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 had the probably left-wing Simon McBurney, actor writer and director hosted by Kirsty Young who, when discussing his award of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) a few years ago, had … Continue reading

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A Gullible Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics  Another birthday day arrived with a postponed supper taken at The Cherwell Boathouse in Oxford after a visit to the Ashmolean Museum for coffee and a snack and visit to some of the new galleries, followed by tea … Continue reading

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The York Terrace Alice in Wonderland Connection

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThis year is the 150th anniversary of the Reverend Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) reading his story of ‘Alice Underground‘ to Alice while on a boating trip on the Cherwell in Oxford in 1862. The story went down so … Continue reading

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The Railway Children – Changing Times

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsFollowing on from my previous blog ‘The Bottom Line’, which only had a slight railway connection, railways linked two elements that came together for me yesterday. One was an event that I saw was to be staged in Cheltenham … Continue reading

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A ‘Drilling’ Experience

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsNothing to do with mining or dentistry, but instead – soldiering. The other day, when Veronica caught me humming a marching tune and swinging my arms a bit, she was rather disparagjng about the old army ways of ‘spit … Continue reading

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A Gloucestershire Rococo Aesthetic Experience

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics‘Rococo‘ is a word that we occasionally come across but probably don’t understand too well. It came up in the last couple of days, when between spells of our appalling summer weather and batches of guests to Hanover House … Continue reading

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Regimental Continuity – Essential or Not?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsAn item on this morning’s BBC Radio 4 Today programme highlighted the ongoing decline and ultimately destruction of the British Army’s prized and invaluable regimental system that saw generations of young men enlist to fight for their country, but … Continue reading

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