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The Amazing Mrs Christie

By Alexander Baron

Even if you have never read one of her bos or a detective novel, you have probably heard of Agatha Christie; her name became synonymous with the murder mystery genre, and her characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are recognised universally. She is also the most wiy read novelist of all time, her bos having […]

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A Royal Send-Off For Lemmy

By Alexander Baron

The memorial service and celebration of the life of the Motörhead frontman was broadcast live on YouTube from Los Angeles on Saturday; at one time over a quarter of a million people were watching. There were tributes galore from friends, family and contemporaries including his son Paul, Mikki Dee, guitarist Slash, and the rock band’’s […]

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Foxwatching In Sydenham

By Alexander Baron

Since the 1980s, humans in especially the capital have been joined by a creature who has now become a familiar sight, in the daytime as much as the night. The urban fox is now every bit as established as the urban rat, only far visible and a lot less unwelcome. True, there have been […]

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Give Me The Night – Book Review

By Alexander Baron

The pseudonymous author of this bo has at times alluded to himself as The Vampire; he has also served in the armed forces and travelled a bit, so it is tempting to view the central character as based on him, but it goes a bit deeper than that. He told me he wrote it purely […]

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Harry Price: Ghost Hunter

By Alexander Baron

Harry Price (1881-1948) was one of the big names in the then nascent science of psychical research. In an October 1933 Daily Express article he sounded the death knell for spiritualism: “We have nearly knocked the bottom out of it”. In view of the patronage enjoyed to this day by imbeciles like Sally Morgan, this […]

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Online Poker In 2016

By Alexander Baron

Once upon a time there was a thriving on- per enterprise. Sites such as PerStars, Party Per, Ladbres, William Hill, UltimateBet and its sister site Absolute Per did brisk business offering players all over the globe a wide variety of games: principally no limit hold ’em but Omaha and Omaha hi lo were also popular; […]

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A Visit To The Black Museum

By Mark Taha

The Scotland Yard Crime Museum was founded in the 1870s, although it has only recently been opened to the public, its existence is well-known. Generally called the Black Museum, it is officially meant for training and instruction for the police themselves, but its exhibits certainly have something for the rest of us. We see the […]

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Who Was Phil Lynott?

By Alexander Baron

If you are under the age of about forty, you will probably not be able to answer that question, but it is quite likely you have heard at least one of his songs, probably The Boys Are Back In Town. Like Lynsey de Paul, Philip Parris Lynott was a songwriter par excellence, although in an […]

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What The Psychics Predicted For 2015

By Alexander Baron

Self-styled psychics like Sally Morgan claim to be able to talk to the dead, and are not shy about making predictions about the near future. While there is no way we can confirm or debunk the messages they claim to receive from the great beyond, we don’t need a crystal ball to tell how accurate […]

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