In a time of belt-tightening and economic restraint, below are a few recipes — some of which I have developed over time — which beat the budget and are relatively easy to make.

Beneath the recipes are a few words about health in a faddist, ready-meal Western society. After that are a variety of miscellaneous posts, including several on film classics and Hollywood stars. All links open in new tabs/pages.

Brunch 

Authentic steak tartare

Poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce

Scones with jam or biscuits and gravy?  You choose!

Budget salmon cheesecake (distinctive and delicious)

Curing your own bacon (also ageing your own meat — more information)

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Starters (Appetizers)

Churchmouse’s rich mushroom soup

Notes on pork hocks and ham hocks (recipe for ham and pea soup)

Sautéed lobe of foie gras

Smoked salmon roulade (easy and elegant)

Budget salmon cheesecake (distinctive and delicious)

British gulls’ eggs (a springtime delicacy which ends on June 30)

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Soups

Runner bean soup with pork steak (a modified recipe from Grandma)

Churchmouse’s rich mushroom soup

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Side dishes and salads

American-style stuffing

Asparagus – a simple how-to guide

Sautéed broad (fava) beans

Preparing and cooking runner beans

Creamed cabbage with bacon

Creamed turnip bake your family will love

Club style peas (an elegant, versatile accompaniment)

Impossible mashed potatoes

Let Chef Mike cook your potatoes

Roasted chips — 100% homemade fries

Seven layer salad — good for those who don’t like vegetables (children love it)

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Main courses

Authentic steak tartare

Cuts of beef

Boned duck stuffed with foie gras entier

Crispy roast duck

Roast goose — reduce cooking time with brine

Roasting and carving: little tips for big birds (goose and turkey)

Goose — delicious and healthful

A terrific quiche recipe to try

Notes on pork hocks and ham hocks (two recipes included)

Cuts of pork

Lamb’s hearts — a tasty, affordable alternative to stir-fried steak

Kidneys Turbigo — and prepping kidneys PROPERLY

Churchmouse’s rich mushroom soup

Homemade noodles and mushroom sauce — the easy way

Poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce

Creamy onion tart (suitable for vegetarians)

Roast pheasant

Runner bean soup with pork steak (a modified recipe from Grandma)

Budget salmon cheesecake (distinctive and delicious)

Poached stuffed squid

Free-range turkey may take less time to roast

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Sauces

Churchmouse’s Romesco-style sauce (for variety meats — offal)

Churchmouse’s prawn truffle sauce (for scallops, red snapper, stuffed squid)

Guest post: gluten-free white sauce (Flyinthesky’s recipe)

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Desserts and a few sweet shortcuts

Authentic English crumble

Churchmouse’s Mediterranean summer pudding

Churchmouse’s super-moist, super-light apple cake — so easy!

Churchmouse’s Mocha Memory (perfect for Valentine’s Day)

Top tips for foolproof crêpes (base recipe can also be done for savoury)

Crêpes with Churchmouse’s Amaretto sauce

Churchmouse’s Amaretto cake and crème Chantilly

Squash pie — a New England dessert classic

Churchmouse’s easy way to add citrus taste to pies and tarts

Decorating fruit tarts — the French touch (Christophe Michalak)

Piping whipped cream — the French touch (Christophe Michalak)

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Dough and pastry recipes

Rustic no-knead bread — yes, it’s possible — here’s how

Homemade bread — one year on

Homemade bread — two years on

Guest post: sourdough starter’s acetone smell is a necessary step

Sourdough starter — a learning experience

Gluten-free sourdough starter websites

Churchmouse’s homemade bakery-style croissants

Churchmouse’s puff pastry (the real deal, not rough puff)

Homemade strudel — and filo — pastry recipe

Pie crust tips for extra crispiness

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Budget-busting ingredients you can make at home

Breadcrumbs and croutons

The glories of the fat bowl

Homemade stock: good home economics

Vanilla extract

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Saving time on food preparation

Mayonnaise — a great binding agent

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Short food takes

Mixing eggs (save on washing up)

Decorating fruit tarts — the French touch (Christophe Michalak)

Piping whipped cream — the French touch (Christophe Michalak)

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Getting children involved

Fresh peas and broad (fava) beans

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Culinary terms

Pincé

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Bread – history

Victorian Bakers (BBC2, 2016)

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Bread – motivation and quality

A baker’s simple advice on quality control (2013, France, motivation)

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Prayer

The Kitchen Prayer

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School lunch

Young Americans hope Trump will make school lunch great again

Trump makes school lunch great again, thanks to Sonny Perdue (May 2017)

Winning the school lunch battle

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Great chefs

Philippe Conticini, a great French pâtissier (Michelin-starred restaurateur who went on to pastry)

Christophe Felder, maître pâtissier (his father was a baker)

Great chefs: why Michelin-starred food costs so much (Georges Blanc, Bernard Loiseau, Alain Senderens, Charles Fontès and a brief history of the Michelin Guide)

Jean-François Piège: chef and businessman (2-starred Michelin chef since 2011)

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The food business

Food trucks — friends or foes for owners? (2016)

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Herbs — garden remedies

Summer herbs: the power of oregano

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Breakfast — love it or loathe it

Paediatrician says children can skip breakfast

Breakfast is optional (American and English research trials)

Hunger between breakfast and lunch (blame carbs and low fat)

Fitness trainer on breakfast and the body (insulin, cortisol and ghrelin)

Breakfast myths debunked

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Weight loss

Western diet worries: the body, nutrients and grazing

Weight gain — when the overweight adopt an athlete’s diet

Diet: the case against grazing

Insulin and diet

Low carb high fat diet primer

The dangers of corn syrup

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Modern food

Weston A Price Foundation: a traditional health site to explore

Milk: less healthful today than a century ago?

1936 US Senate document: soil deficiency causes sickness — part 1

1936 US Senate document: soil deficiency causes sickness — part 2

‘Sick soil’ — what happened after the Second World War

Potassium deficiency — part 1

Potassium deficiency — part 2

Potassium deficiency — part 3

How carbs went mainstream (breakfast cereals and Seventh-day Adventists)

Restaurant food — too simple or too weird

Food secrets from a Tour de France chef (Hannah Grant)

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Grocery shopping

When the supermarket trumps the greengrocer — parts 1 and 2

Old Monsanto-related quotes about GMO foods (something to keep in mind when shopping)

French markets — foodie heaven! (includes England)

Cuts of beef

Cuts of pork

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Wine and other alcoholic drinks

Wine: appropriate or not?

Secrets of the Sommeliers — informative but biased?

Becoming a good sommelier

Wine goblets ‘fuelling obesity epidemic’?

Food and drink do go together (excess drink inhibits ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain)

How to make a cracking glass of Pimm’s

Grappa — a very brief introduction

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Gardening, animals — and the universe

Martin Luther’s love of God’s creation (brief, stellar quotes)

Birds — ‘God’s professors’

Harmless plants? Not always (fig trees, giant hogweed, Madagascar palm)

Time to check plants for pests (May – July, natural methods)

Homegrown fruit success! (gooseberries, cherries and a follow-up on the previous post)

The intrigue of the night sky (the moon before Summer Solstice 2015)

Grow plants in wine bottles

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Holidays

Real Christmas trees — a solution to needle drop

Goose — delicious and healthful

Roast goose — reduce cooking time with brine

Christmas dinner made simple (2015)

Roasting and carving: little tips for big birds (goose and turkey)

Notes on Christmas 2014 (more on big birds and wine)

British attitudes towards Christmas (Victorian times to the present)

Bizarre Christmas cards from the 19th century

Louis Prang — father of the American Christmas card (he’s not without a past)

Humans are hard-wired to affirm life (New Year food from around the world)

Janus, the Roman keeper of doorways (2017, related to the New Year, new beginnings and language)

Galette des Rois — King Cake (can be eaten on and during the season of Epiphany)

Epiphany and king cake — a history

The English tradition of Plough Monday (first Monday after Epiphany, more feasting)

Easter extravaganza: roast Spring lamb au jus, with roast potatoes and devilled eggs

Catholic Cuisine: celebrating the Church year in food

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Hostess gifts / Being a good guest

Etiquette and the ‘French touch’

Orchids make a delightful hostess present (hint: leave them alone)

For food lovers young and old

How not to be a guest

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Gift ideas

White deep pasta dishes

For food lovers young and old

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Food in general

Cadbury Dairy Milk: when chocolate won’t melt, there’s a problem

Cadbury discontinues chocolate coins at Christmas (2014)

Where does our food come from? Woeful ignorance continues

Misconceptions about nicotinic acid — niacin

When the supermarket trumps the greengrocer — part 1

When the supermarket trumps the greengrocer — part 2

English strawberry recommendation (and indoor tomato plant, June 2017, Tesco [supermarket])

Butchery, the Shambles and burgesses

French baker wins invention prize for hot baguette dispenser (2014)

There’s baking — and then there’s pastry (2015)

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Cooking in general

Basics for the starter kitchen

A more efficient kitchen — not just for the holidays

Children in the kitchen? Now we’re cookin’!

Men, boys — there’s no reason why you cannot cook!

Fussy eating — I’m fed up

‘Darling, take me somewhere!’

Catering college and those with emotional difficulties

There’s baking — and then there’s pastry (2015)

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Culinary history

Culinary artifacts: the Washington and Goldenrod cakes (Save My Bakery)

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Obesity

Obesity following the same narrative as smoking

Shame the obese into losing weight — more from the Tobacco Control template

Obesity and carbohydrates

How our bodies process carbohydrates

Dieting, hunger and carbohydrates

How carbohydrates make us fat (useful infographic from Massive Health)

Are we rediscovering the truth about fat being good for us?

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Low-fat, high-carb diets increase depression

Does low animal fat intake increase hostility or depression? (a hypothesis)

Fat and a balanced mind (low-fat diets can imbalance serotonin and nerves)

Depression and anxiety: the perils of a low-fat, high-carb diet

High carbohydrate intake and depression

Depression and cancer: more evidence against a low-fat diet

High carbohydrate intake and depression (also epilepsy related [Dr Richard A Kunin’s paper])

High-carb, low-fat diets might cause Western diseases (cancer related)

Low-carb diet a migraine remedy

Low-carb, high-fat diets regulate testosterone, cholesterol levels

Ketogenic diet and gout risk — tips for success

Resources for the ketogenic diet

Low carb high fat diet primer

Dietary advice: the old ways are the best (my own story on the ketogenic diet)

High carb, low fat diets bad for brain health — and moods? (more testimonials for the ketogenic diet)

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For refreshment — the joys of tobacco

John Updike on pipe smoking

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For refreshment — places to visit in England

Great Britain and great cooking!

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For refreshment – places to visit in the United States

If you’re a history buff, a special Virginia B & B awaits

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For refreshment – Cannes

Cannes notebook 2017: summary

The religious history of Cannes

Cannes: one of the world’s most beautiful cities (2015 and includes links to previous years’ posts)

Dining in Cannes — getting the best experience (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Astoux (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Le Pistou (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Maître Renard (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Au Mal Assis (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Aux Bons Enfants (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Le Bistrot du Suquet (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Le Bistrot Gourmand (2015)

Cannes restaurants: Le Rendez-Vous (2015)

Cannes restaurants: L’Antidote (2015 — hmm)

Cannes restaurants: Mantel (2015 — hmm)

Cannes restaurants: Restaurant Catherine (2015 — hmm)

Cannes restaurants, English speakers and the menu dég (2013)

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For children

‘The Golden Windows’ — a good classic story for children (suitable for Thanksgiving)

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Health in general

Teeth

Apologetics Corner: Christians and animals

Lenin’s anti-smoking stance on the Sealed Train

Misconceptions about nicotinic acid — niacin

Why do we insist on prolonging childhood?

Are you ‘selfish’ enough to take care of your own health?

Britons find out about cancer diagnoses in Accident and Emergency

Caring for your own health

The negative effects of adrenaline — and the importance of calm

Notes on laser eye surgery

Food scares the elites can ignore (e.g. red or processed meat)

Professor Philippe Even’s The Truth about Cholesterol (and statins)

THINCS: More debunking of the cholesterol myth

British cardiologist’s warning about statins

How depressed are we, really?

Depression: serotonin levels might be irrelevant

Jack LaLanne: child terror who made good through diet and exercise

Catering college and those with emotional difficulties

Forbidden Bible Verses: Mark 7 — ‘all foods clean’

Free agency, neuroscience and mental health diagnoses

Healthy lifestyle mandates — we were warned

Pork: a lean, healthful meat alternative

The faithless West, the Worried Well and the New Flagellants

Weston A Price Foundation: a traditional health site to explore

Bad science: obesity, cholesterol, statistics and statins (Dr David Diamond returns to meat and good health)

Does low animal fat intake increase hostility or depression? (a hypothesis)

Fat and a balanced mind (low-fat diets can imbalance serotonin and nerves)

When we trust prescription drugs — perhaps unwisely (second half of post discusses smoking cessation drug Chantix / Champix)

Can preventive medicine harm health?

Terra Nova think tank founder Olivier Ferrand, 42, has died (cardiologist instructs us to match exercise regime to age group)

Is that a man or a woman? (a male phenomenon)

Michael Douglas’s cancer story — a cautionary tale

Chicago police on heat waves and urban violence (think cool thoughts, be aware that others cannot)

Hurricane Sandy shines a light on Bloomberg — and others (2012; once again, Mitt was right)

Health headlines from February 2015 (dishwasher and peanut allergens, high-fat diet)

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Ethics

Do small families interest only Westerners?

How Obama’s ‘point people’ could affect your life

Disabled children and their right to life

Children’s euthanasia legal in parts of Europe (and — American Christians favour euthanasia)

The Paralympics Story: Sir Ludwig Guttmann’s ‘best of men’

England, act early in 2014: the NHS care.data junk mail leaflet (personal health details)

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Halal

UK: Halal by stealth?

Halal: unavoidable when it’s all about export and cost-cutting

France: The evolution of halal

Halal, Africa and the Christian life

Halal and the Christian conscience

More UK and Ireland Subway outlets become halal-only (2014)

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The daylight years

Millennial life in the slow lane

The true meaning of ‘trauma’ (microaggression-related)

Opinions: the difference between feeling and thinking

Art and reality (acrylic paints, paint brushes and the Ferguson, MO depiction)

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The twilight years

Relive childhood pleasures before it’s too late (part 1 of 2)

The return of the ice cream van — one moment, one afternoon only (part 2 of 2)

Elder abuse — another reason to not grow old

Non-productive? You’ll just have to die

Ageism and the media: some fare better than others

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Bad Science

Secular pietism says you’re forever children

Poor morals lead to bad science — and bad policy

France’s latest anti-smoking ‘mesurette (Conservative Yves Bur and Socialist Marisol Touraine agree – 2013)

Follow-up on France’s health minister (Socialist Marisol Touraine’s son)

France: Anti-tobacco, anti-alcohol health minister wants shooting galleries (more from Marisol Touraine)

Warning: Health insurance, Obamacare and American smokers

Statistics on statistics

Medical data show smoking does NOT cause lung cancer (known since 1985)

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Illicit and Synthetic Drugs

Legalise drugs? Not just yet

Synthetic dope: just because it’s legal doesn’t mean its safe

Drug alert: smoking ‘wet’

US Navy doctor on ‘bath salts’: ‘no fad, it’s a nightmare’

Tobacco Control — guiding people towards mind-altering drugs?

2014 Observer poll: British attitudes towards drugs

Drugs in the dark net marketplace

UK’s head of drugs disruption unit discusses his work

Cocaine user discusses his love of drugs

Upper middle class ethics: cocaine, people and fish

France: Anti-tobacco, anti-alcohol health minister wants shooting galleries

Ketamine: from party to pity

Ketamine’s effect on the urinary tract — and brain

Hallucinogens, truth drugs, the higher mind and the rise of LSD

More on LSD’s chequered past

Aldous Huxley, LSD and CIA programmes

LSD: The 21st century clamour for clinical use

Mind-altering drugs and the Bible

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The anti-pleasure confidence trick

Advocacy groups control us and we finance them

Advocacy groups say one type of smoke is superior to another

Richard Daynard and John Banzhaf: Food and Tobacco Control share people, tactics

Tobacco Control’s Ruth Malone

Medical data show smoking does NOT cause lung cancer (known since 1985)

Food scares the elites can ignore (e.g. red or processed meat)

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The bogus science behind Tobacco Control

Bogus science at your expense: Professor Philippe Even debunks so-called danger

Bogus science at your expense: Professor Robert Molimard discusses ‘manipulation’

France’s Professor Molimard warns against Big Pharma in Tobacco Control

Bogus science at your expense: Professor John B Davies foresees ‘gas chambers’

Bogus science at your expense: Professor Romano Grieshaber speaks out

Poor morals lead to bad science — and bad policy

The truth behind the smoker’s lung pictures — they’re fake

Medical data show smoking does NOT cause lung cancer (known since 1985)

Tobacco Control, governments, untruths and conflict of interest

Tobacco Control — guiding people towards mind-altering drugs?

France: Anti-tobacco, anti-alcohol health minister wants shooting galleries

Tobacco Control play a dangerous game

2012 French statistics on tobacco misleading

Medical benefits of nicotine and a few thoughts on Tobacco Control

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Beware Big Pharma

Clinical trials for prescription drugs

Nortriptyline versus smoking: when the cure is worse than the ‘disease’

Eszoplicone for sleepless nights — how about warm milk instead?

Zolpidem sleeping tablets — read side effects list carefully

Prescription drugs essential to gun control debate — look at Paxil

Psychotropic drugs contribute to mass shootings

SSRIs can affect behaviour — suicide, cutting, drink, drugs, violence

Big Pharma raking in cash from narcotics addicts

Professor Philippe Even’s The Truth about Cholesterol (and statins)

THINCS: More debunking of the cholesterol myth

British cardiologist’s warning about statins

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#Octabber (counterpart to the NHS’s Stopober) – 2013

#Octabber redux

Who owns your body?

Bans — when it’s time to re-examine

Unprotected speech

France’s Professor Molimard warns against Big Pharma in Tobacco Control

Trusting those without vices — a history lesson (includes Nazi anti-smoking graphics)

On tobacco smoking in the 21st century

Smokers die young — or not

Dutch study shows whose health costs are least

Why doesn’t the UK focus on everyday violence instead of tobacco?

Smokers, quitters and employment

Tobacco Control myth busted — ‘the cost of smoking’

The Left’s selective health targeting

Young people gradually moving towards drugs

Are we nearing Aldous Huxley’s drug-addled future?

Crime — a real health hazard, sometimes fatal

Not so long ago, the UK had tobacco relief for the elderly

As #Octabber ends, 10 thoughts on Tobacco Control

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#Octabber 2014

Time to point out statism, health control and peer pressure

Third Reich science and today’s smoking bans

Smoking bans and property rights

Smoking bans: one size does not fit all

Tobacco Control: what ASH should tell us (Are they in favour of drugs?)

Medical data show smoking does NOT cause lung cancer (known since 1985)

Nicotine benefits the brain in several ways

Medical benefits of nicotine and a few thoughts on Tobacco Control

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#Octabber 2015

The regrettable plight of vapers

Cancer spokeswoman: effects of long-term nicotine use unknown

The lung cancer meme — a history

Athletes and tobacco — a history

Today’s athletes — and teens — favour cannabis and K2

Why Germany hasn’t yet banned cigarette advertising (Third Reich alert)

My encounter with Tobacco Control

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Sexuality and relationships

A health hazard affecting us and our relationships (over-emphasis on sex — not for children)

Adolescent sexual assault — a very real health hazard (not for children)

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False memory syndrome — guest posts

Lleweton’s False Memory – Devilish Therapy

Lleweton’s Smoke and Fire

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Our public appearance

Time for a ‘digital detox’? (Get rid of the phones and tablets!)

Interviewing tips — the small stuff does matter

Successful dating in a difficult world (includes table manners)

A sure way to get men to stop wearing saggy trousers (these reveal underwear)

Time for an Eleventh Commandment? Thou shalt not let thyself go

Hairdressers? Hmm …

Beards in Britain (2016, includes man buns)

The far-from-aesthetic sisterhood of pantsuits

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Personal conduct

On being a good neighbour — not a busybody

Winning well

Illegal job interviewers’ questions

‘Sexist’ language? Do as you would be done by

More on ‘sexist’ language — do as you would be done by (2015, Alex Polizzi)

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The business world

Thoughts on one’s family-owned business (2016)

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History

The Moor’s Head on flags and in heraldry

May 1: a religious — and romantic — day

Of buttons and velvet slippers (the Amish and the Popes in different measure)

The Renaissance — the origin of statecraft and conspiracy theory

The story of priest holes  in Tudor England

The American Revolution — and a Corsican connection

American liberty — with thanks to France!

Inauguration Day — a history (18th – 21st centuries)

Wife selling (18th – 21st centuries)

Marriage and women — from fribbles to the French

Interesting Father’s Day photos (2017 with 19th century history of the day from the Civil War to a mining accident in 1908)

The Daily Telegraph‘s letters through the centuries (2016, Victorian concerns explored)

Waterloo moments in history (1815 – 1970s)

Military battles: why ask ‘What if …?’ (2015, Waterloo)

A Cambridge tradition — Heffers bookshop (est. 1876)

When Queen Victoria visited Nice

February 2: Queen Victoria died on this day in 1901

Britain’s mood during the Great War (First World War)

Remembrance Day: In Flanders Fields (remembering 1915)

The Great War: the Blackadder effect and the truth about officers

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme — July 1, 2016

British women in the Great War — part 1

British women in the Great War — part 2

British women in the Great War — part 3

The Great War’s end in 1918

November 11: We will remember (2014)

First World War shrines preceded the Cenotaph

Remembering the Great War — France looks to Britain (2014)

Tower of London’s poppy display attracts millions (2014)

A French perspective on remembering the Great War (2014)

2015 — Britain’s Women’s Institutes celebrate centenary

England after the Great War: the decline and fall of the country estate

Second World War memories of child evacuees – part 1

Second World War memories of child evacuees – part 2

Second World War memories of child evacuees – part 3 (Michael Aspel, television presenter)

A vanishing breed – part 1 (Major Denis Arnold)

A vanishing breed – part 2 (Baroness Platt of Whittle)

June 6, 1944 – Normandy Landings, D-Day

American July 4 anniversaries

August 1944 – Liberation of Provence, Operation Dragoon (Anvil)

70th anniversary of VE Day brings celebration, remembrance (2015)

Memories of VE Day and the Second World War (2015)

How the Queen celebrated VE Day in 1945

Great creations from the 1940s (Cluedo and two July 5 anniversaries: the NHS and the bikini)

February 5, 1953: sweets rationing ended in Britain

The Establishment (original definition, 1955)

Adlai Stevenson II on freedom and safety

Inaugurations in the mid-20th century – part 1 (Eisenhower 1953, 1957)

Inaugurations in the mid-20th century – part 2 (Kennedy 1961)

A bit of television history for 30-somethings (political coverage in 1960, 1980)

Donald Trump and 9/11 (structural analysis from the property developer President)

Churchill commemorations in 2015

We have the politicians we deserve (21st century)

From the modern to the mediaeval in 40 years (Muslim women’s attire)

Algerian campaign: ‘Be a Man’ (2015, see aforementioned post about Muslim women’s attire)

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge christened (2015)

English couple celebrate 75th wedding anniversary (2015)

The Queen as you’ve never seen her (2015, longest reigning monarch in Britain)

Ben Carson’s incredible life story — and race for the White House (2015)

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies (2016)

How Nancy Reagan adapted to change (2016)

The Queen turns 90 on April 21 (2016, includes retrospective on her life)

The Queen as seen through French eyes (2016, recent photos with interesting facts)

The Queen’s ten principles for success (2016, from 2015 television programme)

The Queen’s 90th birthday walkabout: ‘We’re in the happiness business’ (2016)

Street parties celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday criticised (2016, classic Guardian)

Boston’s famous Citgo sign in peril (2016)

The World Series and media bias (2016, Cubs’ historic win)

The lighter side of Christmas (2016, Trump Santa Bumper Edition)

The Queen marks her Sapphire Jubilee — a first for Britain’s monarchy (2017)

Superbowl LI: Patriots ‘can’t win’ then emerge victorious (2017)

Dame Vera Lynn — The Forces’ Sweetheart — turns 100 (March 20, 2017)

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Miscellany

Christmas films: It’s a Wonderful Life

Christmas films: It’s a Wonderful Life and Frank Capra

Christmas films: It’s a Wonderful Life and Karolyn ‘Zuzu’ Grimes

Christmas films: Mary Poppins

Christmas films: The Bishop’s Wife

Christmas films: The Snowman

Christmas films: The Sound of Music

Lifting the lid off the piano (2015)

Classical music good for children

Classical composers with physical disabilities

Jericho (television series, 2016 — England’s 19th c. history, American blacks and railway building)

Friday, June 6, 2014 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day

The folly of (some) famous men of letters (be careful before buying into their messages)

A sociologist’s predictions for our times? (Pitrim A. Sorokin)

Guest post by Lleweton: Fleet Street, a lost Bohemia

Guest post by Lleweton: Fleet Street’s cut and paste diplomacy

Guest post by Lleweton: The perils of copytasting

Historical films and playing with truth

John Wayne’s war record — none

GBBO‘s Mary Berry: ‘How blessed we are’ (may we always appreciate modern conveniences)

Life in 19th century England was no bowl of cherries (more on Mary Berry’s ancestors)

Towns that have changed name — and one that hasn’t

‘I knew I had to study …’ (21st century French member of the historic nobility)

A good education averts poverty (21st century Englishman tells of father’s financial woes)

Children’s ‘classics’? You might be surprised! (2014-2015)

Caution advised on children’s dictionary (2007-2015)

Plain speaking? Yes, please!

Last Briton from the Victorian era goes to her rest (2015)

More on the San Diego marathon runner — aged 92 (2015)

A shepherd’s life — humble and hard (2015)

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Institutions of higher learning

Wesleyan in name only (Wesleyan University, Connecticut)

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Trump presidency 2017

Trump Bumper Edition: Inauguration Day 2017

Christian objections to President Trump

President Trump opens up to Fox’s Sean Hannity

March for Life well attended (Mike Pence first VP to speak in person)

Young Americans hope Trump will make school lunch great again

National Prayer Breakfast 2017

Grounds for insurrection or sedition?

Democrats and immigration (from Clinton to Obama, Trump is not the ‘bad hombre’)

Can Jeff Sessions make pizza great again? (February 10)

Michael Flynn’s resignation — an analysis (February 15)

This week’s state visits in Washington (February 10 – 16)

Melania Trump opens Florida rally with the Lord’s Prayer (February 18)

Americans react positively to Melania Trump’s rally prayer (February 19)

Why alt-right commentator Milo is under attack (February 19-21)

A new generation renounces the Left (Millennials)

Trump’s Presidential Address to Congress – February 28, 2017

One Millennial’s story — from Obama to Sanders to Trump (early 2017)

Trump’s 4D chess game

Slavery comment: HUD Secretary Dr Ben Carson criticised but Obama was not

How Millennials are changing conservative rhetoric

Trump supporters given green light to sue San Jose for rally violence (March 2017)

Phoenix: anti-Trump billboard to stay (March 17)

New meme: Trump rises from dictator to incompetent (Scott Adams, March 25)

Proof: Trump enjoys being with the American people (rallies)

Judge Napolitano’s insight into the inner workings of Washington, DC (March 2017)

Turkey: US Secretary of State Tillerson visits wife of imprisoned pastor (March 30)

US manufacturers express optimism for Trump (March 31)

Trump’s historic meetings with Egyptian president and King of Jordan (April 3 and 5)

Palm Beach: Trumps attend Easter service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea (April 16)

2017: White House Easter Egg Roll returns to tradition (April 17)

Who knew White House press briefings could be so popular? (April 18)

Attorney General Sessions sends message to MS-13: ‘We will find you’ (April 18, includes Rasmussen survey from April 19)

The time when Trump and Assange connected on Twitter (April 2017)

What’s behind the false Russian hacking narrative

Trump talks about his new life in the White House (April 21)

President Trump’s 100th day rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (April 29)

Trump makes school lunch great again, thanks to Sonny Perdue (May 1)

Melania Trump on motherhood (May 12)

Liberty University: Trump’s thoughts on risk-taking, integrity and faith (May 13)

Trump family mothers — Mary and Melania

Trump’s cabinet finally in place (May 15)

Trump’s historic trip to Saudi Arabia — not seen in US media (May 20-21)

Trump visits Israel — American media elsewhere (May 22-23)

Trump’s first official trip to Europe reflects change of tone (May 25-27)

Trump’s accomplishments in four months: a tweet to share

Weather forecast: long, hot summer (Russia accusations, Seth Rich, leaks, David Brock)

Democrats: more on the hypocrisy of the Russian narrative

WikiLeaks revelation: Dems said to make ‘example’ out of leakers (Seth Rich related?)

How the Russian narrative started (Podesta WikiLeaks)

Harvard study finds media bias (May 18)

Trump’s Twitter world (covfefe, Tuesday, May 30)

June 14: Flag Day in the US and Trump’s birthday

Secretary Sonny makes farming great again

Interesting Father’s Day photos (includes history of Father’s Day)

News in brief — week ending June 24, 2017