Tag Archives: London

Tobacco Town

The Duke family made their money in tobacco and later in hydroelectric power and the local power company here is still called Duke Energy. Nearly a century ago the family bought naming rights to the university—it used to be known as … Continue reading

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The Advance Upon Appleton Marsh

What went wrong, Blabs. After putting out the bunting and hiding Flo out of sight, I waited, and I waited. Ever since I heard you were coming, and I told Margaret Chaff, Connie Jackson, Audrey Brown and the rest of … Continue reading

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Closing in on Appleton Marsh

Dear Doris, Well, I’m back in London and find it curiously unchanged—I arrived last night to pouring rain and industrial inaction on the Tube. I’m staying in a tall terraced house in Camden in a room that overlooks the main road, … Continue reading

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No Blue Plaque for the Blarney Crone

Just look what Doris Brazil unearthed in the Appleton Marsh Sue Ryder shop! HOCO POCO (Head of Commemorative Objects, Plastic, Onyx, Ceramic Only) at the BBC had this fired just before I set sail for America all those years ago. I hadn’t realized … Continue reading

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The Latest from Lady Macbeth

Regular readers will remember that I was recently visited by a Scottish friend who appeared to be suffering from sciatica. She limped back to London—and went downhill from there. Here is her email, sent yesterday Well, I’m home [ from … Continue reading

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Lost Loves and Gardening Gloves

The Crone was once close to a man who bought her a standard hibiscus for her birthday. He lugged it all the way into a West End restaurant and the Crone proudly took it home in a taxi. The hibiscus was orange and … Continue reading

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House-hunting for a friend. Can Doris help?

Dear Doris, I am hoping you may be able to share some insights from the Appleton Marsh real estate market with a friend of mine recently retired from an executive position in London. She worked for the BBC and all … Continue reading

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On Oscar, Alice and Black-Eyed Susans: A letter to Doris Brazil

Blabs, I am so pleased that the moisturiser reached you. I do so share your frustration with itchy spots. The older I get the more cracks in inaccessible places I seem to acquire. Anybody who knows me will tell you … Continue reading

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On human contact and social networking

Being nosy–and noisy–the Crone has always liked the company of others, and to know all their business. She once had a Shrek-sized boyfriend who called her “desperate to be involved” but she prefers to think of herself as outgoing and … Continue reading

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Soaking Hose

The Crone has an American friend who, upon settling herself in a Soho pub on one rainy day in London, wriggled about on her bar stool and remarked to the bar man ” Ooh–wet pants”  He, of course, being British, thought she … Continue reading

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