All the small stuff . .

In amongst all the huge, world changing headlines, the Daily Express carried some small stories, which while not as earth shattering as the main articles, give tiny flavours of daily life in amongst epic change. Fashion conscious ladies accessorised their gas masks with lace veils and matched the cases to their clothes while everyday eventsContinue reading “All the small stuff . .”

Adverts a plenty

As the citizens of the UK in 1939 adjust to a new reality they are as yet blissfully unaware of the long battles still to come and so the everyday mundanities of life continue. Even with the outbreak of war, people still needed watches, vacuum cleaners and underwear! Here’s the shopping news complete with detailed, beautifullyContinue reading “Adverts a plenty”

No nonsense in the shelters!

Today my treasured new purchase is officially 75 years old!! Having broken the news of the second Great War to an expectant public it was also a wealth of useful information into everyday situations in wartime. The 1939 Daily Express offers hints and tips into what to do when the air raid sirens sounded. Whether youContinue reading “No nonsense in the shelters!”

75 years on – a warning from history

One of the best purchases I made during my London trip was an original Daily Express newspaper dated 4th September 1939. The paper was printed the day after war was officially declared against Germany and the Second World War began in earnest. Given the combustible state of the world at present, the paper offers insights into a civilisationContinue reading “75 years on – a warning from history”

Portabello Road

One of my favourite places in London is the hectic, bustling Portabello Road and its markets. From antiques to food, vintage fashion to costume jewelry, it’s another shopping (and happy snappers) delight. Whether you’re after a refreshing drink of coconut water, some eye wateringly pricey fungi or just fancy indulging in a little pastry heaven,Continue reading “Portabello Road”

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

The Tower of London is currently host to a poignant reminder of the futility and horror of war as a sea of poppies gradually turns the green moat into a blood red sea. 888,246 ceramic poppies are gradually being placed around the tower and each one represents a British fatality in the First World War. A visual,Continue reading “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.”

Girly weekend in London!

Let’s take a detour from me droning on about Central Europe as I’ve just got back from a whirlwind trip to the capital city. Me and the bestest gal pal have been talking about a girly trip to Camden and its associated markets for years but never quite made it, until now. So, men free, wine bottlesContinue reading “Girly weekend in London!”