The Manton Rempville Mystery – start of Chapter 1

Detective Sergeant Rod Barnes surveyed the remains of Manton Rempville monastery with incredulity. He’d heard that a hundred thousand pounds had been spent on preserving the ruins and he couldn’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. Ruins were ruins for a reason. The natural order of things, in Barnes’ mind at least, wasContinue reading “The Manton Rempville Mystery – start of Chapter 1”

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”

Christmas Tree Topiary from Northallerton

This is an extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions At the end of the Christmas holidays in the dark days of winter everyone needs to let off a little steam. This may explain why the Christmas Tree Topiary contest in Northallerton is so popular with people eager to reshape their Christmas trees afterContinue reading “Christmas Tree Topiary from Northallerton”

Playing Card Festival at Willoughby Waterless

This is an extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions Playing cards have played an important role in people’s lives for centuries. The Playing Card Festival has been held annually since 1682 to celebrate all the non-gambling uses that playing cards can be used for. It all began when the wife of local gamblerContinue reading “Playing Card Festival at Willoughby Waterless”

DVD Golf

This is an extract from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot available here on Amazon Not everyone can afford to buy golf clubs and balls, especially when times are hard economically. In the early 1990s the golf courses along the Algarve in Portugal weren’t receiving many visitors so the club owners decided to invent aContinue reading “DVD Golf”

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”