life & times

Ever wondered how more years you've got on the clock? Well, unlike your ancestors, there are many diseases and health problems
It would be very easy to slip into depression and wallow in self pity, bringing everyone down, but I absolutely refuse to let Parkinson's get the upper hand. I find it far more worthwhile to remain cheery, which keeps me going; boosting my family's morale and all those around me.
The most popular time of the year for conceiving children has changed from the spring in Victorian times to December, according
In the 17th Century, the Christmas Mince Pies (yes, more meat...) were famous for having a little baby Jesus on the crust, which sounds rather nice, but was a horrifying act of blasphemous cannibalism in the eyes of Oliver Cromwell. It should be said, Olly was not a miserabilist most of the time, but he did feel Christmas was meant to be a period of holy reverence. Accordingly, he did away with it all, and even ordered the confiscation of Christmas dinners from people's tables. Strangely, attending church was also prohibited on Jesus' birthday, which seems a bit weird, even by his standards.
After a fairytale royal wedding in 2011 and this year's heartwarming news that Kate and Wills' are expecting a future heir
It's that time of year again. Our beloved political leaders are presenting their festive credentials to the nation in an
Ah Christmas. Turkey, presents, baby Jesus and the inevitable good-natured family squabble over the last potato. While everybody
Can you imagine what Christmas might be like without television, copious amounts of booze and an Xbox? If not, then it might
am blessed to have some very clear national histories in my family tree. My maternal grandfather and grandmother both came from Bohemia and I have traced my Bohemian (now Czech Republic) ancestry in these branches back to the 1600s so far.
Family portraits are few people's idea of fun, and judging by the expressions on the faces of the familial sitters in these