Category Archives: secrets and lies

Dec 31

As the old year wanes – a cat’s view

This is Abbey Kat – an elder states’ cat. She can’t take the excitement, as you can see. I think I may need to rename her:  Eggs Benedict Abbey

‘The Kidnapped Prime Minister’ (1923)

Originally posted on Re-Reading Agatha Christie:
First published in The Sketch, on the 25 April 1923 (Issue 1578) and later collected in Poirot Investigates (1924). The story’s setting in the Poirot chronology is considerably earlier than most of the other stories in the Sketch series, apparently taking place shortly after the Styles case. Poirot has…

Sep 15

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Leytonstone Underground)

Inside Leytonstone Underground station is a series of mosaics celebrating the films of its most famous son (and one of him as a young boy outside the family shop.)  I won’t insult your intelligence by labelling them. What I will say, is that for those interested in such things, one of the films depicted in […]

Aug 27

An Avuncular

My mind today has been exercised by the concept of an “Avuncular”. Good word isn’t it? Very underused I feel. So I set about redressing this… One of my characters  is being an “avuncular”, and – while I’d like to think he is operating from the purest of motives – at the back of my […]

Aug 26

Weekend Theme: Secret Watcher

From the Diary of Lucy Pevensea Von Schmidt – Time Traveller – November the 8th 1949 I’m dressed up to the nines in a white evening dress I can’t begin to describe – except to say Greta Garbo would look better in it than I do. It’s backless and strapless and held up with will […]

Aug 21

Churchill’s and Lloyd George’s Graves – a few thoughts…

On the last day of the holiday, we went to Blenheim; this time to “do the indoors.”  Why? Well because  In 1949, Lucy (of The End of the Pier fame) finds herself there. I’m not telling what the reason for her visit was – that would be telling; and until we were back on the […]

Aug 14

Flawed Hero – David Lloyd George

I first found out about David Lloyd George from my nana; she was a font of political songs – and “Lloyd George knew my Father” was one of them. At school, we learned he was a working class boy – who was brought up by his Uncle Lloyd in Llanystumdwy, He was articled to a […]