Sports the Olympics Forgot – Boats on Wheels – Pt 1

The Boats on Wheels races are held in Lubeck on the third week of August. The races are a throwback to the times when the Vikings used to regularly invade Western Europe and citizens had to either fight to the death or leave the area immediately. The boats in the races must be vessels thatContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Boats on Wheels – Pt 1”

Manton Rempville – Chapter 4

Colin Knowles was lying on a beach in the Caribbean. He was drinking a mojito and soaking up the rays of the sun, while secretly admiring some of the local females. Slowly the eloquent cawing of the parrots in the trees turned into the ringing of his phone and intruded into his dream. Knowles triedContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 4”

Manton Rempville – Chapter 3

Knowles placed the statements in a folder and asked Barnes to initiate the investigation of Edward Pritchard’s bank accounts to see whether there were sudden influxes of cash. While Barnes was on the phone, Knowles phoned WPC Smythe to find out what she had found out from Wilkinson’s wife. “Hello, Linda, did you speak toContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 3”

Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 3

  The Quarantine Hill The so-called “Ninth Hill of Rome” is outside the city walls and was where soldiers, returning from campaigns overseas with unidentifiable diseases, were sent for a period of 40 days before they were allowed back into the city of Rome. All wild animals brought back from other countries were brought hereContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 3”

Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 2

  St Martin’s in the Concrete London’s newest church and the one with the most honest name according to the vicar, the Rev Jim Probert. Built in 1972 near Blackfriars, the church has no stained glass and is deliberately plain as it’s designed for people who just want to pay a quick visit during theirContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 2”

Manton Rempville – Chapter 2

Barnes drove his Morgan down the carefully manicured driveway of Manton Rempville Hall, while Knowles stared at the yew hedges, which had been sheared into interesting shapes that he couldn’t quite recognise. After they’d parked, Knowles walked over to one of the hedges and pointed. “What do you think they’re supposed to be, Barnesy, theseContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 2”

Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 2

  The French Steps These steps climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Francia at the base and the Quirinal Palace. This stairway of 136 steps was built with Napoleon Bonaparte’s bequeathed funds of 30,000 scudi, in 1797. Napoleon was embarrassed that the Spanish Steps had been built with French money and was determinedContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 2”

Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 1

Monsieur Tussauds A collection of 9,000 candles made from the earwax of the rich and famous. Visitors should check in advance when the candles are lit as each candle is only alight for one minute every three months in order to preserve the candles for as long as possible. The largest candle is made fromContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 1”

Manton Rempville – Chapter 1

Detective Sergeant Rod Barnes surveyed the remains of Manton Rempville monastery with a certain amount of incredulity. He’d heard that 100,000 pounds had been spent on preserving the ruins and he couldn’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. Ruins were ruins for a reason and that reason was because the natural order ofContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 1”

Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 1

Circus Minimus The Circus Minimus was where chariot racing for children took place in Ancient Rome behind the Palatine Hill. Racers had to be under the age of 16 and had to bring their own greyhounds or whippets, depending on which part of the Roman Empire their centurion fathers had recently returned from. The siteContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 1”