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Update April 2024

World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness

I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and comments last week, when I had to pull some content from ABAB.  I felt an apology was necessary, since a new article had just been published and anyone who had been notified of that would have found nothing on the end of the link.  I […]

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Britain’s places

A Bit About Britain's Places

A new type of content has been added to A Bit About Britain.  It is a page called ABAB’s Places and is currently located as a sub-item under Places to Visit in the main menu.  Places to Visit is being replaced by ABAB’s Places. ABAB’s Places presents you with a grid of places or items

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Website update

Website update

My regular reader will know that the A Bit About Britain website has received a little makeover.  Some things were not working as they should before, but they should do now.  The site also looks a bit different, though it still contains most of the original rubbish.  The Home Page, in particular, has been changed

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Stocking fillers?

Stocking fillers, books, about Britain

Someone remonstrated with me the other day, saying that I could do more to promote my books.  Being the sort of chap that always takes advice, I have consequently embarked upon a brazen, crass, plug of the most vulgar kind.  Buy one of my books!  No – buy two!  If I publish another, buy that

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British history timelines

British history timelines, time

Astonishingly, some people do not visit A Bit About Britain to read articles on the blog or find places to visit in Britain.  Many of the most popular sections of the website are those dealing with different periods of British history, historic timelines, British monarchs and prime ministers.  What with a new monarch and two

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth RIP

In the early evening on Thursday, 8 September 2022, the following announcement appeared on the official Royal website.  It was also posted on the railings at Buckingham Palace, where the flag had already been lowered. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and

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English Heritage or the National Trust?

English Heritage or National Trust

People often compare the relative merits of Britain’s two largest membership heritage organisations, the National Trust and English Heritage.  In fact, there are several heritage organisations in the United Kingdom that offer membership, the main ones being Cadw, Historic Houses, Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland – as well as English Heritage and

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh

The above image appeared on the website of the British Monarchy on the morning of Friday, 9 April 2021, together with the following announcement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away

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High Days and Holidays

A Bit About Britain's High Days and Holidays

Just published and available from Amazon – A Bit About Britain’s High Days and Holidays. High Days and Holidays are special occasions, celebrations, or commemorations. They occur throughout the year, some wanted, some not, some remembered more than others.  In days gone by, the passing year was marked by seasonal or religious feast days of

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Welcome to Historic Houses

Elsing Hall, Norfolk.

Britain has an almost embarrassing amount of built heritage.  It includes everything from archaeological sites to castles, cathedrals, stately homes, railway stations, dog kennels and all points in-between.  It is a magnet for history enthusiasts, lovers of literature, intriguing tales, art and architecture, as well as film and TV fans.  Hence Britain’s heritage is big

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