The real Cockleshell Heroes

One sunny Sunday afternoon this March, I went for a stroll around the Canoe Lake area of the Southsea seafront and came across a plaque denoting the words, The Cockleshell Heroes. Being a bit of a fan of vintage film, I seemed to recall a film of the same name with Jose Ferrer and Trevor…

Singular Statues: the KinderTransport

I don’t know about you, but I often walk around London without taking clear note of my surroundings – intent only on reaching my destination.  It’s when I arrive early somewhere for a meeting (30 minutes in this instance) that I feel I have the time to look around – and when visiting Liverpool Street…

A London secret: The Stafford’s WW2 museum

You learn something new every day my mother used to say – and over the past few days, I have found this to be true.  Who knew for example about The Stafford hotel’s very own underground museum with links to World War Two? When recently having a drink at London’s alternative American Bar at The Stafford,…