One hundred years ago today the ‘First Lady of Song’ Ella Fitzgerald was born in Virginia USA. The iconic singer was first known as the finest female proponent of scat singing. Wikipedia describe scat singing as ‘vocal improvisation with wordless vocals, nonsense syllables or without words at all. Scat singing is a difficult technique that […]

St George is the patron Saint of England, borne out by the Red Cross of St George on a white background being the nation’s flag. St George was born AD 275–281 of Greek parentage and followed his father’s footsteps to become a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of tribune. The Roman emperor Diocletian […]

Earlier this month I started my new spin-off blog dedicated to my travels by train and anything else topical related to overseas train travel. I have now posted over 20 articles with plenty of photos from thirty years of overseas train travel, a period that has seen me complete well over 200 journeys outside of the […]

I visited beautiful Ashford Forest in East Sussex today with Mrs Wilbur & Oli. The forest is best known as the setting that inspired the Winnie the Pooh books. We saved Pooh’s best known haunts for another day, but had a lovely stroll in another part of the forest with gorgeous views over the valley […]

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The UK is getting all train nostalgic with the now regular trips that can be undertaken being pulled by such iconic engines as the Flying Scotsman, Brighton Belle and now the Tornado. The Flying Scotsman in Yorkshire Could we ever see a renaissance of the Puffing Billy and Stephenson’s Rocket…

For those of you celebrating Easter, I hope you enjoy the ceremonies & festivities. Here are a few Easter related pictures……

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This post has also been published on my sister site On Track. Please take a look and follow me there if you can for regular train orientated posts. I wanted to take a scheduled train in Cuba, but as they were said to be extremely unreliable our itinerary with G Adventures did not include one. […]

This is a post that I have published on my new sister blog at http://www.ontrack.blog. It would be great if you could give it a look and even better if you could follow the site too. Wilbur On a recent visit to the National Gallery in London, I was struck the most by exhibit NG6479 […]