• Remembering Midsomer Murders’ Sykes and other 4-legged screen pets on National Love Your Pet Day 2021!

    Remembering Midsomer Murders’ Sykes and other 4-legged screen pets on National Love Your Pet Day 2021!

    No self-respecting animal lover will ever forget Isis and Pharoah, the two 4-legged companions that were forever by Lord Grantham’s side in Downton Abbey or the majestic visual of Seamus riding up and down the Cornish coast in Poldark with Captain Ross Poldark at the helm or Queen Victoria’s beloved Dash, always at the young Queen’s side in Victoria. To celebrate National Love Your Pet Day, my thoughts immediately turned to the fictional English county of Midsomer and one of its most recognized residents, Sykes. It was a sad day back in September 2016 when one of the most beloved TV dogs since Lassie announced his retirement from Midsomer Murders. Sykes, John Barnaby’s beloved pet dog, hung up his lead following series 15 and retired after five years with the show.

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  • Oh, The (post COVID) Places You Will Go — it’s Leicester Square for me!

    Oh, The (post COVID) Places You Will Go — it’s Leicester Square for me!

    If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent countless hours wondering what the first thing is you will do or what the first place is you would like to travel to if and when we are all fortunate enough to return to some concept of normalcy following the coronavirus pandemic. Whether it’s getting together with friends, […]

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  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Christmas broadcast 2020

    Her Majesty the Queen’s Christmas broadcast 2020

    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 that year with: “Each Christmas, at this time, my beloved father broadcast a message to his people in all parts of the world. Today I am doing this to you, who are now my people.”

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  • John Cleese’s classic rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    John Cleese’s classic rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    Much like watching It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Tuna Christmas or, as evidenced by a recent admission, Die Hard, one of my annual Christmas traditions is to listen to John Cleese’s adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas from podcast No. 28. Never mind that there have been endless readings over the years by the likes […]

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  • John le Carré, the author who gave us George Smiley, has died at age 89.

    John le Carré, the author who gave us George Smiley, has died at age 89.

    British espionage writer John le Carré has died aged 89, following a short bout with pneumonia, his literary agent has said. There was no end to the author’s greatness who gave us the likes of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Smiley’s People, The Honorable Schoolboy and A Legacy of Spies to name but a […]

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  • In addition to family, friends, good health and MiniBoots, giving thanks this Thanksgiving weekend for ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’

    In addition to family, friends, good health and MiniBoots, giving thanks this Thanksgiving weekend for ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’

    In addition to stopping for a moment to be eternally thankful for family, friends, good health and our cat, MiniBoots, no Thanksgiving would be complete without recognizing the contributions made by two classic British series in not only setting me on a lifelong desire of wanting to consume all things British when it comes to […]

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  • After you vote, celebrate National Sandwich Day 2020 with a British classic!

    After you vote, celebrate National Sandwich Day 2020 with a British classic!

    It’s National Sandwich Day in the States so, if you’re like me and you need a well-deserved break from Election Day in the U.S. and are wondering the best way to celebrate the 302nd birthday of the 4th Earl of Sandwich (born 13 November, 1718), how about starting with a look back to the 258th anniversary of the invention of the sandwich.

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  • ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’ is priceless telly about…absolutely nothing!

    ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’ is priceless telly about…absolutely nothing!

    Five years ago, I was introduced to a phenomenon known as Gogglebox. The world has not been the same since. Every so often, along comes a television series that simply defies logic. Realizing that at even 5 years ago I was a day late and a dollar short when it came to hearing about this series, I am […]

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