I write features for magazines, newspapers and online publications as well as copywriting and books. I try to keep a tab of it all here...
When was the first Christmas stamp issued and how much did Elizabeth I spend on her frocks are among the questions I answer in this month's History Revealed.
This moths British Heritage column covers lovely things to do in London over the festive period, from the traditional to the contemporary, luxury to freebies...
....Just another month in the Q&A department of History Revealed, where I answer questions including When did we start using pink for girls; blue for boys? Who actually executed King Charles Ist? Is the Tommy gun named after anyone?, Did tarring and feathering kill its victims? and What connects Thomas Hardy with Old St Pancras Graveyard?
They'd lost their men, their homes and their nylons but heaven help Mr Hitler if he took away their looks too. My feature on cosmetics during World War II can be found in the Telegraph here.
Thirty-five years ago Norwich's Plantation Garden was completely overgrown - so much so that locals literally forgot it was there. Even today, after thousands of hours of restoration people still stumble upon it with surprise. Read about it in my article for The Daily Telegraph
Newark was at the very epicentre of the English Civil War, so it seems only fitting that the country's only museum dedicated to the conflict is housed in a historic house there. To celebrate its opening a massive re-enactment of the taking of Newark Castle shook the battlements once again. Very noisy but spectacular too. Read about it in this month's BH.
A bumper-sized British Heritage Winter Special is out. Alongside my usual column, where I discuss the glittering gee-gaws of Soho's fabric stores, the wonderful Italian restaurant Villa di Geggiano, the London Review Bookshop, Barbican Centre and Greyfriars Church, I visit the reborn Dreamland funfair in Margate.
I've also created a guide to getting the most out of London in winter. Brrr.
Once again a curious mix of questions answered by myself and the History Revealed team, including why people carve pumpkins at Halloween, What the pub name Pig and Whistle means and the real reason Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath
Tomorrow sees the opening, nearly 70 years after the NT acquired it, of Rainham Hall in Essex, which I cover in Londonist today. A brilliant addition to the cultural map of East London, which frankly needs it. Too many beautiful things have been lost, we need to cherish every survivor.