Category Archives: Film, TV and Nostalgia

Luffield Priory and the Silverstone elephant

My latest research work at Silverstone has unearthed the story of Luffield Priory, the abbey complex on the site.  It’s a fascinating tale of medieval life – and monastic misbehaviour – largely lost under the plough and the JCB but coming to life from the records and the digs.  And I took an excursion into circus history to track down the elephant who visited the circuit in the 1950s!

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Back to Silverstone

I’m enjoying more work on the Silverstone Heritage Project, this time researching and writing up just about everything that’s happened at the circuit.  It’s involved revisiting many years of watching sports with the F1 story, but new ground for me with motorcycles and production cars.  This great picture is of Sheila Van Damme with her Sunbeam at Silverstone in about 1955.  Her racing team partner was Stirling Moss.

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Coming soon…….

Tea, Toast and Tinned Fruit

Memories of eating out between 1954 – when rationing ended, and 1974 – when the first McDonalds opened in the UK.  This nostalgic and fact-filled piece about Lyons Corner Houses, Wimpy Bars, Golden Eggs, Berni Inns and the grub we ate there will appear in Best of British.

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Missing

What happened when Charlie disappeared will be published in `You and your cat’ in Your Cat magazine.

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