Monthly Archives: May 2014

During the Reign of George IV: The Red Barn Murders

The Red Barn Murder was a notorious murder committed in Polstead, Suffolk, England, in 1827. A young woman, Maria Marten, was shot dead by her lover, William Corder. The two had arranged to meet at the Red Barn, a local … Continue reading

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UK Real Estate: Brentford, Childhood Residence of Pocahontas, Pamunkey princess, and Much More

Brentford is a town in west London, England and part of the London Borough of Hounslow, at the confluence of the River Brent and the Thames, 8 miles (13 km) west-by-southwest of Charing Cross. It was historically part of the … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of the English Language – Inherited Phrases from England

The Wonderful World of the English Language – Part Four Today we will look at phrases/words we have inherited from England. Go to the Dickens! (or) What the Dickens! Believe it or not, neither phrase has anything to do with … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: The Ratcliff Highway Murders ~ WhoDunIt???

The Ratcliff Highway murders (sometimes Ratcliffe Highway murders) were two vicious attacks on two separate families that resulted in seven fatalities. The two attacks occurred within twelve days in December 1811, in homes half a mile apart near Wapping in … Continue reading

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“Pride and Prejudice” 1940 ~ A Screwball Comedy

Pride and Prejudice 1940, a “Screwball” Comedy – Movie Discussion According to moderntimes.com, the term “screwball comedy” refers to “films where everything was a juxtaposition: educated and uneducated, rich and poor, intelligent and stupid, honest and dishonest, and most of all … Continue reading

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Editing 101: Editing Sticklers!

Editing is one of the least favorite activities for writers, but it is a necessary evil. We all miss items in our writing – no matter how often one revisits the piece. The mind reads what SHOULD be on the … Continue reading

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What is a Glass Cone?

The Northern Glass Cone is a 19th-century structure formerly used in the glass manufacturing process at Alloa Glass Works in the burgh of Alloa, the administrative centre of the central Scottish council area of Clackmannanshire. The brick-built cone is the … Continue reading

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