40 Humourous British Traditions – Cat Chasing

This is an extract from my book 40 Humourous British Traditions Barton-in-the-Beans is a village in the county of Leicestershire in the heart of England. In the Middle Ages it was believed that there were more cats in the village than in any other village or town in the country. This could only mean oneContinue reading “40 Humourous British Traditions – Cat Chasing”

Animal Gambling

Animal Gambling – an extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions available on Amazon. Before the days of casinos and one-armed bandits in pubs, people found many different ways to gamble. They would sometimes bet on two flies crawling up a wall; if the wall was missing they’d bet on the number of raindropsContinue reading “Animal Gambling”

Turtle Rinsing in London

This story is from a book entitled 40 Humourous British traditions available on Amazon: Turtle Rinsing in London It’s a little known fact that every turtle that swims up the River Thames past Tower Bridge into the Pool of London becomes the property and responsibility of the monarch. This rule is part of the Common Law ofContinue reading “Turtle Rinsing in London”

Julian Worker – New Book

Another day in the life of Detective Inspector Colin Knowles another murder. Bingo the retriever has been finding bodies again. This time someone has left a sword in the back of Edward Pritchard in the local monastery. Pritchard used to work at nearby Manton Rempville Hall as a gardener although all he seemed to cultivate was reasons forContinue reading “Julian Worker – New Book”

The Manton Rempville Mystery – Chapter 4

Colin Knowles was lying on a beach in the Caribbean. He was drinking a mojito and soaking up the rays of the sun, while secretly admiring some of the local females. Slowly the eloquent cawing of the parrots in the trees turned into the ringing of his phone and intruded into his dream. Knowles triedContinue reading “The Manton Rempville Mystery – Chapter 4”

The Manton Rempville Mystery – Chapter 2

Barnes drove down the carefully manicured driveway of Manton Rempville Hall, while Knowles stared at the yew hedges, which had been sheared into interesting shapes that he couldn’t quite recognise. After they’d parked, Knowles walked over to one of the hedges and pointed. “What do you think they’re supposed to be, Barnesy, these shapes?” BarnesContinue reading “The Manton Rempville Mystery – Chapter 2”

England’s Coastal Path takes shape

The first section of the English coastal path has been opened in the North-East – read one writer’s view here: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/24/-sp-walking-england-new-coast-path-noth-east

Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 4

Knowles parked his Land Rover in the car park of the Badger & Ferret Inn and looked at his watch. “Right, Sergeant Barnes, I think you should go and see Carol Herald and find out what she knows and work out what she’s not telling you, if you know what I mean. Above all seeContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 4”