Review: ‘Mythos’, Stephen Fry

Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient GreeceMythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece by Stephen Fry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was surprisingly enjoyable though indeed Mr Fry’s take on the ancient myths does not really stretch into the main heroic age which is indeed a very busy time. I found, again, that this book was more enjoyable than I thought it would be; quite possibly this is because of the re-collection it brings to the childhood readings of Ancient Greek mythology that the author also recalls here.

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Hautbois Castle

One of these places where some masonry might remain, but the strictly private nature of the grounds it is located on doesn’t quite allow for easy exploration. I did not knock on the door of these people, as indeed I first accidentally walked around the entire area and only then noticed where this place was. Yet, I am not sure that going into the private grounds could have added much. Continue reading “Hautbois Castle”

Review: ‘Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty’, Catherine Bailey

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English DynastyBlack Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty by Catherine Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book which actually took my breath away as I had not expected it to be remotely as interesting as it ended up being. Not only does the work concern itself with the story of the 19th and 20th century doings of the FitzWilliam tragedy (which in themselves are enough for the old adage that one needs not invent fiction but only look into history for a good, if tragic, story), but also the history of mining in that time and the related politics. Continue reading “Review: ‘Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty’, Catherine Bailey”

Claxton Castle

Don’t visit this place. It’s not worth it. I mean, it could be… but it isn’t.

I tried to go and take a look in December of last month during the day (it was still light) and during reasonable hours, and… — firstly, let me say that most (read: absolutely all) of this site is on private property these days, but it is a farm and there’s a road from that leads onto the main farm building which is in what (I interpreted to be) the new Claxton Manor. Continue reading “Claxton Castle”

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