British History, travel

Taking a ride on the Shields Ferry | Stephen Liddell

Last summer when I was walking Hadrian’s Wall on my fundraising trip, I took a brief diversion on the way to see Bede’s chapel at Jarrow and the ancestral home of of George Washington in the aptly named Washington Hall. In order to do this, I took a trip on the Shield Ferry that crosses…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2019/02/11/taking-a-ride-on-the-shields-ferry/

Life

National Sickie Day – Good and stupid reasons to take a day off work. | Stephen Liddell

According to national statistics the first Monday in February is the day when people are most likely to pull a sickie. One of the factors attributed to this is the first payday since Christmas, meaning people have been out celebrating all weekend with a particularly heavy one. Another theory is that people have a tendency…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2019/02/06/national-sickie-day-good-and-stupid-reasons-to-take-a-day-off-work/

British History, Life

The Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial | Stephen Liddell

Last week I mentioned in a post about the vandalism of a number of memorials in London which made me realise that I should actually write a positive post about one of them in particular, The Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial is a memorial in Green Park, London, commemorating the crews of RAF Bomber…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2019/01/30/the-royal-air-force-bomber-command-memorial/

British History, Life

The Great Explorer Captain Matthew Flinders who was lost and now is found underneath Euston Station. | Stephen Liddell

Many of London railway stations are said to be built over the resting place of momentous names from times gone by.  Just like now, people in the 19th century didn’t really want big developments right next door and so train stations and train lines were often built amongst and on top of cemeteries, plague pits,…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2019/01/28/the-great-explorer-captain-matthew-flinders-who-was-lost-and-now-is-found-underneath-euston-station/

Life, Uncategorized

Looking back at 2018 in cartoons | Stephen Liddell

It’s tradition at the end of a year to look back at the events that we’ve lived through and I thought this year that I would do so with the use of political cartoons. It’s amongst the finest of British traditions to poke fun at our leaders and pretty much anyone in authority in a…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2018/12/31/looking-back-at-2018-in-cartoons/

British History, Buildings I like, Life, travel

Christmas Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral & my new favourite hymn ‘Oh Holy Night’ | Stephen Liddell

Before we get to the reason I started this post, I thought you might like to see a few photos of when I went to Christmas Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral. We had to queue for over 2 hours to get in but it was all more than worthwhile. As you can see, St Paul’s…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2018/12/26/my-new-favourite-hymn-oh-holy-night/

Buildings I like, travel

Aldgate Priory – the medieval ruins inside a 21st century office block. | Stephen Liddell

Two weeks ago I was wondering round the streets of Whitechapel and Aldgate looking for a rather secret churchyard that I had passed by many times but never assumed I could get inside.  Typically, the gate which is often open, was firmly locked on my visit so I couldn’t get in.  However whilst determinedly trying…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2018/12/05/aldgate-priory-the-medieval-ruins-inside-a-21st-century-office-block/