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January 10, 2017 Susan Elkin

February 14? Ignore it.

It’s the exploitative, expensive, tacky season of tat. St Valentine has a lot to answer for.  “Valentine’s Day” is commercially driven codswallop....

November 11, 2016 Susan Elkin

Talking (of) rubbish …

Ok, so we all want to recycle as responsibly as possible but, however hard you try, 21st century life generates a lot...

September 16, 2016 Susan Elkin

An early look at Cook (Daft Essays no 6)

(A few years ago I was commissioned to write a series of light hearted articles about British icons for an American publication....

September 1, 2016 Susan Elkin

No Lie They Fly (Daft Essays no 4)

Most birds fly. So do insects and bats. But did you know that some squirrels, lizards,  frogs  and snakes have also taken...

August 25, 2016 Susan Elkin

The Bankes of Dorset

There can be few more romantic and stirring stories in the history of British landed gentry than that of Dorset’s Bankes family...

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