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The Duke of Windsor and Château Candé

Sep 2, 2018 by

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Château Candé is one of the unexpected delights of the Loire Valley, especially for English tourists because this is where they lost their King to love. This is where Edward VIII married Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom he gave up everything, his Crown, his country, his family, his very identity of who he was […]

Two Faces of Sheffield

Sep 2, 2018 by

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      On the one hand, the Council seems hell bent on selling the family silver viz; its heritage, on the other hand locals seem equally hell bent on preserving it. Take, for example, the art gallery. It’s in a lovely art deco library, the library the Council wanted to lease to a Chinese […]

CHÂTEAU LANGEAIS

Aug 18, 2018 by

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Every Château in the Loire Valley has its own unique attraction – or – in the case of Langeais – attractions. Visitors go, in the main, to see where a secret marriage took place between Charles, the twenty-one year old King of France and Anne, the fourteen year old Duchess of Brittany. Like so many […]

Prestal: HISTORY BELOW OUR FEET.

Jun 24, 2018 by

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Just down the road from Amboise Station, next door to Aldi, is a fine old factory with fine old gates. In the forecourt are fine old machines which, when built, were things of engineering beauty, with age are works of art.

Beauval Zoo (3-3) Mme Françoise Delord

Sep 14, 2017 by

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Something very remarkable has happened since our last visit. On the 4th August 2017 Huan Huan became the proud mother of the first panda born in France. Bald, blind and very pink, he weighed in at just four ounces. His parents, who have been happily munching bamboo in Beauval for the last seven years, are […]

The Princess of Wales. How the Rose was Named.

Sep 1, 2017 by

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In 1997, to raise funds, The British Lung Foundation asked Harkness to name a rose for its Patron, Diana, Princess of Wales. Called affectionately ‘The People’s Princess’ in Britain, Diana was a committed supporter. By attending fund raising events all over the UK, she helped the charity raise its profile. Since her divorce from the Prince of Wales, Diana was, technically, no longer Princess of Wales but as the rose was for a good cause, Buckingham Palace gave permission to use the title.

Beauval Zoo (2-3) Why We Must Not Shut The Zoo Gates.

Jul 16, 2017 by

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In March 2017, the journalist Ian Birrell wrote a piece for the ‘i’ newspaper: Why We Must Shut the Zoo Gates. It’s his view, he’s entitled, but one he might change if he went to Beauval Zoo in France, a beautiful seventy acre park for animals which humans are allowed to share. Mr Birrell asked […]