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The Martyn FilesThe Martyn Files

A humorous look at everyday things that happen to everday people

 
Separated by a Common LanguageSeparated by a Common Language

Observations on British and American English by an American linguist living...

 
Old VarietiesOld Varieties

This site has been set up to celebrate and feature the heritage of Britain&...

 
Art and Architecture, mainlyArt and Architecture, mainly

The fine arts, decorative arts and architecture of Europe, North America an...

 


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I like Grace Cossington Smith’s art very much, but was surprised to see a historical scene, rather than her more usual images of contemporary life. More about her later. Soon after the first load of convicts arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788, Gov Phil...

The first Martello Tower I ever saw was on a tour of Saint John in Canada, as we will see. But I have relied on LW Cowie for more detailed information.These curved forts first spread across Europe, inspired by the Genovese defence system at Mortella...

Whoever scripted this hated Belize almost as much as they hated Britain -- it's so sanctimonious, condescending, self-loathingly offensive you suspect it's dark comedy and start looking for Peter Serafinowicz to show up. But it's an old explainer for...

IF THE NATIONALISTIC tubthumping surrounding a sports event happening in Australia right now has you running to Netflix or a book, perhaps Philomena Cunk will be of interest.Cunk On Britain is a new five part BBC series, in which the insightful...

I had enjoyed Australian holiday camps every summer throughout high school and university. Wonderful memories and activities!! But 1971 was my first year in Europe and Britain, so I was very keen to visit Butlins for the first time.In the 1920s, youn...

Dennis Andrew Nilsen (b1945) was born in Aberdeenshire. His father was an alcoholic and his parents divorced early, so Dennis was sent to his adored grand­parents. Sadly when grandpa died, the traumat­ised 6 years-old was shown his grandfather lyin...

The military-grade nerve toxin attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may have left the victims with 'compromised mental capacity,' a British judge said on Thursday. It is unclear whether the former Russian double agent and his adult child w...