How to host your own murder mystery dinner

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Hosting your own murder mystery dinner can be such great fun. If you fancy playing your hand at being a detective, there are many different murder mystery dinner party games you can buy. Each one will include everything you need to have a fun-packed evening of entertainment, food and good fun. However, if you’ve never hosted your own murder mystery … Read More

Why The Grim’s Dyke is the perfect venue for your next party

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Grim’s Dyke Hotel is the perfect venue for all manner of special occasion. Nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens and providing a perfect hideaway location, it also has easy access to London and the surrounding area – making it the perfect venue for your next party. The right location for your needs Choosing the right location is key to the success … Read More

The benefits of honouring the natural growing seasons

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The traditional way of honouring the natural growing seasons is something many of us have forgotten. With so much choice available to us throughout the year, it’s understandable that many no longer remember what is and isn’t in season. The only time you get an indication that your fruit and veg is out of season is by its latest price … Read More

The Saint TV series

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Roger Moore The Saint

British mystery spy thriller, The Saint premiered on the ITV on 4th October 1962. Starring Sir Roger Moore as the main character Simon Templar, The Saint aired for six series – a total of 118 episodes. Simon Templar was a wealthy, Robin Hood-like criminal who always left a calling card at his crimes – a stick figure of a man … Read More

Victorian Architects Ernest George and Harold Peto

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From September 1890 until the end of that year, Sir William S Gilbert supervised the various internal alterations he wanted to be completed at Grim’s Dyke. He employed architects Ernest George and Peto to do the work, as they had a prominent reputation in London and had also designed his London home in Harrington Gardens. Various changes were made, including … Read More

3 reasons to hire a Wedding Planner

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Choosing Bridal Bouquet

Your wedding is one of the biggest events in your life, so it’s understandable that you’ll want it a certain way. For many brides, they’ve been dreaming for years about how their ideal wedding will look but making it a reality can seem both daunting and expensive.   Hiring a wedding planner may seem to be another added expense to what … Read More

How the Victorian comic book magazine was born

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Comic Cuts was the first comic to be created in Britain. It went on to inspire a host of other comic publications by rival publishing companies. Then reporter, Alfred Harmsworth, was its creator and he used the comic to grow his small publishing firm into the largest periodical publishing company in the world, Amalgamated Press. Story papers, known as Penny … Read More

How to organise a funeral

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White rose Funeral

Organising a funeral isn’t something we want to necessarily be prepared for, but it is something most of us will have to face, at some point in our lives. It can be incredibly difficult to get your head around what you need to organise, so here’s an overview of our top tips. Find out if there’s any guidance already in … Read More

Pen pals of W.S. Gilbert

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W.S. Gilbert loved writing letters. From the short to long, plain to illustrated, he loved to put his thoughts and opinions down on paper to share with friends and confidants. He would always show a notable, if ironic, courtesy to the recipient of his words, regardless of whether they were friend or foe. His letters gave a glimpse into his … Read More

The Secret language of flower

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Known as floriography, the cryptic message of flowers has been used for thousands of years. The Victorians especially, loved how they could use flowers to send small bouquets (or nosegays) of coded messages to their loved ones. These flowers could be worn or carried as fashion statements, whilst the message itself could be decoded with a bit of patience and … Read More