Introdution Exploring the Roman tradition of banqueting. What You’ll Hear 1:04: What banquets looked like 2:14: Entertainment and food 3:20: Sadistic shenanigans 4:05: The Vomitorium   Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email required!

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Introduction The construction of Hadrian’s Wall and why it was significant.   What You’ll Hear 1:00: The Emperor Hadrian 2:22: Construction of the Wall 3:55: Structures along the Wall 5:25: Shrines to local gods 6:02: After Hadrian Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email required! This episode was inspired by…

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Introduction The Roman fort of Vindolanda on the Northern Frontier of the Empire, including what life was like for the commanding officer and his family, and the remarkable discovery of perfectly preserved tablets. What You’ll Hear 1:32: The fort of Vindolanda 2:14: The Vindolanda Tablets 2:45: How the collection was discovered 3:22: The challenges of…

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Introduction In this bonus episode, I talk to Natalie Pithers about genealogy and how she got into the world of family history. What You’ll Hear 0:47: What Natalie does 1:25: How Natalie got into genealogy 2:55: Curious coincidences 4:38: Why people are interested in genealogy 6:00: One of the most interesting stories Natalie’s uncovered 15:34:…

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Introduction In this episode, I speak to May King Tsang, FOMO creator and tea ceremony expert about what she does and how it works in any industry. What You’ll Hear 1:11: Who is May King Tsang? 3:15: How FOMO creation can work in any industry 5:15: The similarity between FOMO creation and content marketing 7:45:…

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Introduction Wallington Hall and Gardens: the Fenwicks & the Blacketts, who owned it; ‘England’s Greatest Gardener – Capability Brown’. What You’ll Hear 1:23: The Fenwick family 1:44: The Blackett family 2:18: Walter Calverley Blackett 2:31: Capability Brown 4:06: Coming next on the podcast Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email…

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Introduction In this episode, we look at Penshaw Monument in Washington, Tyne and Wear. We learn about its construction and Radical Jack, the man it commemorates. We explore the legend of the Lambton Worm, a beast which terrorised the area, and we look at follies – beautiful structures that don’t serve any purpose. What You’ll…

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  Introduction In this episode, we look at the mining heritage of north east England, the Felling Colliery and pit disaster; the four-poster bed tomb of three small children, and the mystery of the other couple commemorated on the memorial. What You’ll Hear 0:58: The mining industry in the north of England 1:49: The Felling…

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Introduction The story of Lindisfarne, Inner Farne & the other islands; Viking raiders; the heroic story of Grace Darling. What You’ll Hear 0:45: A brief history of Lindisfarne 1:27: The Viking raiders 2:27: Inner Farne & the pele tower 3:48: Grace Darling 5:01: The SS Forfarshire disaster Prefer to read instead? Click here for a…

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Introduction How Newcastle upon Tyne got its name; the history of the castle & the story of Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror. What You’ll Hear 1:24: The earliest structure on the Castle site 2:05: William the Conqueror strengthens his hold 2:52: Rebellions & sieges 3:46: The stone castle & the Black Gate 4:50:…

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