Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Reunion

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics Yesterday Intake 47 of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, commissioned exactly 40 years ago, met back at Sandhurst for their first reunion. In all, perhaps 25% of the intake, many accompanied by wives, met at the entrance of Old College, … Continue reading

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A Family Night In..

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics Hanover House was occupied in force by the girls tonight – Veronica the matriarch, Rachael with baby daughter Charlotte-Emily and her namesake and Auntie Charlotte – or Chazza as she’s known to her friends. Charlotte had arrived on … Continue reading

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Cheltenham Nostalgia

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics Central Regency Cheltenham is a classic Georgian or early Victorian town, with the exception of the blights or ‘blots’ on the landscape (do you remember David Suchet in ‘Blott on the Landscape’?) that appeared during a period when … Continue reading

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Putting ‘Hospitality’ in Cheltenham to Rights..

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsLike everywhere else, although perhaps not so visibly yet, the recession is beginning to bite in Cheltenham – and especially in the hospitality sector. It’s been noticeable I think that business visitors are down, and those B&Bs and hotels … Continue reading

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Charge of the Light Brigade

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics  Lt Col John Shakespear RHA   Not a rant about rapidly escalating energy prices, but another historical anecdote about the past of Hanover House. Until the 1930s it was actually 4 York Terrace and was only ‘absorbed’ by … Continue reading

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Unexpected Visitors or Admirers?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsCheltenham is in the grip of Cricket Festival Fever, if it can be called that, where for non-cricketing aficianados there only seems to be a limited amount of activity. However on that viewpoint I was put straight forcefully by … Continue reading

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Hanover House Origins

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsJust in case you’re curious, this is ‘Hanover House’, a 5 Star ‘Gold Award’ B&B in Cheltenham, home to a number of interesting historic and (hopefully) contemporary figures! Built in 1848 in the ‘Italianate’ style imported, as described, from … Continue reading

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Keeping My Hand In

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsHaving been taught utmost brevity in producing reports, plans or orders in the military I had to relearn ‘long writing’ again later in university. I have been reminded by family members that I have tended back to the verbose, … Continue reading

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Brief Encounter in London

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsI shamelessly plagiarise the title from the classic film, but about the only vague connection with it is that we spent a very short transitory period in Victoria Railway (note not ‘Train’) Station and on the Tube and that … Continue reading

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‘Op Blue Plaque’

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsAnother house history liturgy I’m afraid, but those with interests in classical music and British history might read on… I have begun a campaign to acquire a ‘Blue Plaque’ for the house. Like the London and Bath blue plaques … Continue reading

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