PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 November 2018 Mum in the Middle Archant November is the month for curling up with a good story to get you through the cold nights. If you belong to a book group, you might also find inspiration here says Jane Corry, Sunday Times best-selling author. An Unsuitable MatchAN UNSUITABLE MATCH by Joanna Trollope. Pan Macmillan £7.99It’s never too late to get married – at least in Joanna Trollope’s latest novel. 64-year-old Rose falls madly in love with a man she used to know at school. But not all their children are happy about it. It’s a story that might ring bells with some of you! Miss MarleyJoanna was a recent speaker at Kennaway House. She told us that she likes her characters to address difficult issues so we all know we’re not alone in dealing with life’s problems.MISS MARLEY: A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill. by Vanessa Lafaye. Published by Harper Colllins. £7.99 A KeeperHave you read Dickens’ The … [Read more...] about Bookshelf
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PUBLISHED: 09:45 08 November 2018 Rowan Mantell Monks Hall Picture: Elaine Murphy supplied A baroness has uncovered a thousand years worth of stories at a beautiful Waveney valley manor house Baroness Murphy of Aldgate has written a book about her home, The Grange, in south Norfolk detailing the history of the beautiful building for the last 700 years.Bigamy, arsenic and a tragic wartime pilot are all part of the story of a stunning Waveney manor house.One tenant was accused of arsenic poisoning, another was a convicted bigamist. Monk’s Hall, a beautiful manor house in Syleham, near Diss, has seen 1,000 years of history and could be the oldest continually-occupied house in Suffolk.Now it is the star of a story told through the lives of its owners and occupants, by present-day admirer, neighbour and historian, Elaine Murphy. She was looking for a new project after writing the history of her own home in nearby Brockdish. “I happened to be at … [Read more...] about Bigamy, bankruptcy and poisoning lurk in the history of one of the oldest houses in East Anglia
Makers, moonlight and woodsmoke make upstate shopping a seasonal treat says Sarah Kennedy Upstate New York offers exploratory shoppers and cultural detectives an adventurous aside from Manhattan. The state never looks better than in the autumn as nights draw in and wood smoke curls from the chimneys of chic hotels and guesthouses. The area redeveloped after industry died out along the Hudson River during the last century and enclaves of craftsfolk and artists set up in the small towns dotting the easy train route to Albany. Sarah Jessica Parker’s HBO show ‘Divorce’ is filmed in Tarrytown, Helen escapes to super cool Cold Spring in ‘The Affair’ and Don Draper calls Ossining home in ‘Mad Men’. The town of Hudson itself was an early adopter of the arty set. The well established main drag, Warren Street offers some of the best mid-century antique shopping anywhere in the country. This is also an area where creative entrepreneurs make real … [Read more...] about Bites from the Big Apple: Now’s the time to do upstate in style
Around midnight on Thursday, March 29, 2018 there was a knock on the door of Jack Williams' traditional terraced house in Bonymaen, a community of around 6,000 people which overlooks the city of Swansea. On the doorstep was Jonathan Donne, a 42-year-old heroin addict known as Jonny, who was freed from jail last year after serving 10 years for killing his girlfriend, Michelle Harkett. His new girlfriend Gemma Owen, 31, was hiding around the corner and Simon Cairns, 46, was hiding in the shadows, having driven them up to Bonymaen from the tough Brynmelyn housing estate where they lived. © Sputnik / Chris SummersJack Williams grew cannabis in the spare bedroom of this house in Bonymaen, near Swansea, and it cost him his life On Tuesday, October 30, Donne was convicted of Jack's murder at Swansea Crown Court while Owen and Cairns were acquitted of all charges. On Thursday, November 1, Donne was … [Read more...] about Murdered For Weed: Would Jack Williams be Alive if Cannabis Had Been Legalized?
And so, in the fifth year of the Great War, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns at last fell silent. That is how Britain will probably think of the centenary of 11 November 1918. As a clean, crisp end to the costliest war in this country’s history. As an opportunity to remember the suffering of those who died and the pain of those who were bereaved. And a chance to tell poignant stories of the moment when the Great Silence finally descended. At Malplaquet in Belgium, the 11th battalion of the Manchester Regiment had formed up at first light and marched to the front, ready to go over the top yet again. Suddenly the commander and senior officers ran up and down the line, talking to the men. Cheers rang out; caps were thrown in the air. As the Tommies returned to the village, firing off signal rockets, a squadron of British planes swooped over, looping the loop. At other places on the front line, the mood was often one of anti-climax. … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightDid the end of the Great War come too soon?