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Tamil New Year : 14 April

The Tamil people of Sri Lankan descent were out and about in London this sunny Saturday 14th April 2018 to celebrate Hindu Tamil New Year. Tamil New Year [Tamil Puthandu] is the first day of the year on the Tamil calendar.  It  falls … Continue reading

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Belgian Village on the Thames

The UK was home to 250,000 Belgian refugees during World War One, the largest single influx in the country’s history.  Germany had invaded Belgium in August 1914 en route for France.  The Belgians fought back but had little chance.  They … Continue reading

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On yer – Chinese – bike!

Peking Pedal Power.   Watch out for “fourth generation” dockless bikes for hire! Making short trips around town  on a hired bike grows more popular.  Until 2017 your trip started and ended at one of the limited number of bike docking … Continue reading

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The Liberator of Chile is in Richmond

General Bernardo O’Higgins (1778-1842) was the South American hero who liberated Chile from Spanish rule and became Chile’s first head of state in 1818. O’Higgins lived and studied at Clarence House in Richmond from 1794-1796, aged 16 to 18   While  completing his … Continue reading

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The American Garden

Throughout the 1700s the great houses of England had their huge estates fashioned as gardens by Lancelot Brown     He was known as Capability Brown for advising his clients that their land had “great capability” of “improvement” ( these days … Continue reading

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Tove Jansson : artist, author and illustrator.

Tove Jansson (1914-2001),   the Swedish speaking Finnish creator of the Moonins,  was much more.  An exhibition of her life and works at Dulwich Picture Gallery shows her as artist, author and illustrator.  The exhibition runs from October 2017 to end of January … Continue reading

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The Gurkhas of Nepal

Soldiers from Nepal have been part of the British Army for over 200 years. Following the partition of India in 1947, an agreement between Nepal, India and Britain meant four Gurkha regiments from the Indian army were transferred to the … Continue reading

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