Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Right Cinematic Mix-Up

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThe day after the Oscar awards ceremony in which several particularly refreshing, original films were suitably rewarded, it’s possibly appropriate to comment on our cinematic experience at Cineworld Cheltenham the day before. First though, I’d like to pay tribute, … Continue reading

Posted in Cheltenham Events, Hanover House | Comments Off

Having a Swimming Time…

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsCheltenham Ladies’ College Like every other year, Christmas piled on the pounds (or kilos for the younger post-Imperial measures generations) and I was put under severe pressure by my health advisor/gura aka Veronica to do something about it. Having … Continue reading

Posted in Family, General Philosophy, Hanover House | Comments Off

Graffiti – Art or a Public Nuisance?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics  Gratuitous graffiti can be very ugly and jarring and extremely un-artistic, but done well, it can decorate what are normally already ugly, monochromic environments such as inner-city walls, underpasses and otherwise plain, blank walls – frequently in post-industrial … Continue reading

Posted in Cheltenham Events, General Philosophy, Hanover House | Comments Off

An Apostrophic Catastrophe?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsInterestingly, another bĂȘte noir of mine arose again a little while ago with the announcement by the high street bookshop Waterstone’s that they are to drop the apostrophe from their name. This is apparently conducive with the ‘digital’ age … Continue reading

Posted in General Philosophy, Hanover House | Comments Off

Dunwich – A City Beneath the Waves

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics All Saint’s Church, Dunwich I spent my teenage years happily in a coastal hamlet called Dunwich in Suffolk. Nothing remarkable in that, except that it was brought freshly to mind by two things. First, the Channel 4 ‘Time … Continue reading

Posted in General Philosophy, Hanover House, History | Comments Off

The Bomber and Harris

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics The Lancaster bomber was one of Britain’s war-winning weapons, and its greatest exponent perhaps, was Air Marshall ‘Bomber’ Harris, born only a few hundred yards from Hanover House (www.hanoverhouse.org) in Queen’s Parade, Cheltenham, at the top of Bayshill … Continue reading

Posted in Hanover House, History | Comments Off

A Dickens of an Anniversary

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics The cover of the 1843 first edition of Christmas Carol and a portrait of Charles Dickens Photo: AP 7th February was the 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth in Portsmouth, and there have been celebrations and readings world-wide. He … Continue reading

Posted in Cheltenham Events, Hanover House, History | Comments Off

60 Years On – Republic or Monarchy?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics So, Her Majesty the Queen has reached the 60th anniversary, both of the death of her father, King George VI, and her own accession to the Throne of the United Kingdom, its dependencies and the Commonwealth! Although we … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree..

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThere is a always a ‘situation’ regarding Christmas Trees at Hanover House (www.hanoverhouse.org) in both the run up to Christmas, and also during the aftermath. Traditionally, Veronica has been determined to buy the tallest she can fit it, and … Continue reading

Posted in Hanover House, Hanover House B&B Activities | Comments Off

Historically ‘Getting the Blues’

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThe Hanover House (www.hanoverhouse.com) Blue Plaque saga continues. Having established that the young Alice Roberts (to become the future Lady Alice Elgar) lived in the house for up to 3 years while her youngest brother attended Cheltenham College in … Continue reading

Posted in Hanover House, Hanover House B&B Activities, History | Comments Off