• HP Sauce’s ‘sympathetic refurbishing’ of Big Ben in 2019

    HP Sauce’s ‘sympathetic refurbishing’ of Big Ben in 2019

    A veritable staple in most every home in the UK, I will admit my only experience that allows me to talk about HP Sauce is having attended a number of BBC Showcase meetings over the years in both Brighton and Liverpool whereby the answer to everything that dealt with food seemed to be “…just add […]

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  • Happy National Pi(e) Day, America!

    Happy National Pi(e) Day, America!

    The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age. Whether you bake or cook or venture out, National Pie Day is, ultimately, about the enjoyment of eating pie. One can never have enough pie be it American or British so, no matter where you are and whether you are a […]

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  • Hartswood Films founder/Sherlock’ EP, Beryl Vertue, passes at 90.

    Hartswood Films founder/Sherlock’ EP, Beryl Vertue, passes at 90.

    Hartswood Films founder, Beryl Vertue, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. While her name might not be top-of-mind, her legendary career work in British comedy and drama will live on for generations around the world. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we have to share the sad news that mum/Beryl passed away […]

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  • Sunday, February 9, 1964 — The day that changed music forever!

    Sunday, February 9, 1964 — The day that changed music forever!

    Friday, February 7, 1964 will forever occupy a special place in my music history heart as it marked the first ever television appearance of The Kinks (performing “Long Tall Sally”) as part of the Ready Steady Go series in the UK. On Sunday, February 9, 1964, five simple words that changed not only the music world but the world forever going forward were spoken by Ed Sullivan 58 years ago…”Ladies and gentleman, the Beatles!”

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  • Exploring the ‘Endeavour’ / ‘Good Neighbors’ connection!

    Exploring the ‘Endeavour’ / ‘Good Neighbors’ connection!

    Lucy Briers was born in Hammersmith, London. While it may not be a name you immediately recognize, her theatrical family includes both of her parents who definitely made recognizable names for themselves in the world of TV and Film. Lucy may very well be the epitome of ‘the apple didn’t fall far from the tree‘ […]

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  • Does ‘All Creatures’ Tricki Woo have a favorite human?

    Does ‘All Creatures’ Tricki Woo have a favorite human?

    One of the stars of All Creatures Great and Small is Mrs. Pumphrey’s beloved pekingese, Tricki Woo.

    Jill Clark of 1st Choice Animals just happens to be the owner of ‘Derek’, the dog that plays Tricki Woo. Jill describes Derek as a ‘total diva’ who likes his own space and likes to ‘do what he wants to do’. Everyone loves Derek but who does he love?

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  • Selfridges sells for a cool £4 billion — If I would have only known!

    Selfridges sells for a cool £4 billion — If I would have only known!

    For a mere £4 billion ($5.4 billion), had I known, I could have put a famed British luxury department store under the Christmas tree of someone special this year. Oh, if I would have only known…or, more realistically, had £4 billion to spare, I could have put in a bid. Guessing I’d have to lose the red […]

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  • Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas Message — 2021

    Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas Message — 2021

    Following the tradition that began in 1932 by her father, King George V, Her Majesty The Queen broadcast her inaugural Christmas message live on the radio from her study at Sandringham, Norfolk in 1952. The Queen began: “Each Christmas, at this time, my beloved father broadcast a message to his people in all parts of […]

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