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Looking back at 2018 in cartoons | Stephen Liddell

It’s tradition at the end of a year to look back at the events that we’ve lived through and I thought this year that I would do so with the use of political cartoons. It’s amongst the finest of British traditions to poke fun at our leaders and pretty much anyone in authority in a…
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British History, Buildings I like, Life, travel

Christmas Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral & my new favourite hymn ‘Oh Holy Night’ | Stephen Liddell

Before we get to the reason I started this post, I thought you might like to see a few photos of when I went to Christmas Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral. We had to queue for over 2 hours to get in but it was all more than worthwhile. As you can see, St Paul’s…
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Buildings I like, travel

Aldgate Priory – the medieval ruins inside a 21st century office block. | Stephen Liddell

Two weeks ago I was wondering round the streets of Whitechapel and Aldgate looking for a rather secret churchyard that I had passed by many times but never assumed I could get inside.  Typically, the gate which is often open, was firmly locked on my visit so I couldn’t get in.  However whilst determinedly trying…
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Words that are becoming extinct

Surprising the amount of words we have lost but then new ones come along!

Stephen Liddell

Like many of us, I am a big fan of and user of words.  One of my most popular blog posts is 102 great words that aren’t in English but should be102 great words that aren’t in English but should be.

I’m also a fan of etymology, the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history and one of my books is about the origins of idioms.


Edward Allhusen must have a similar interest as he has catalogued a book full of words that are falling out of favour and have supposedly endangered and have or very soon will be out of every day usage.

A hangover was once known as a bout of ‘crapulence’ while an irresistible craving for alcohol was referred to as ‘dipsomania’.

A ‘caterwaul’ was a burst of inconsiderate high-pitched screaming, to ‘condiddle’ was…

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