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The King’s Shorts (film, that is)

Hi readers! I’m not dead. Today I’m here to tell you about a hypnotist, hoaxer, magic lantern operator, and one of the earliest pioneers of film. And, of course, his connection to the King! While it could never be said that he’s a household name, as many of today’s most famous filmmakers are, George Albert…

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Eight Years of Blogging Christmas

Forgive me, oh readers, this is a bit of a cheat post. I just read lovely Retro Chick’s Christmas outft post & wanted to rip off her idea. But because I’m nothing if not resourceful and have done this in the past, I’m basically reposting almost exactly what I did last year. But this blog…

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The King & The American

Would you look at the time? I’m going back to 1892 to tell you all another story about a certain late King. It’s quite the interesting tale. Welcome to Two Temple Place… Two Temple place is a gothic mansion, situated on the Victoria Embankment of the River Thames. It was built for William Waldorf Astor…

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Go Hard or Go Frome (part 1)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (or rather last June in Somerset), much fun was had. It was actually a hen do, and all in honour of Jeni aka Yesterday Girl, who got married in Vegas last July. A fabulous time was had by all (and documented on Instagram) but then…

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Feelin’ Vinyl

Yesterday was really quite special. Not only did I get to hang out with one of my oldest and dearest friends Naomi Thompson, but I got to dress up and have my photo taken in a fabulous 1970s dress with hair and makeup, too. Exhibit A: As a newly converted 1970s aficionado, it was a…

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Welcome Home (The King’s Sanatorium)

It’s time for another delve into English Edwardian history for The King’s Ginger. This time, we’re going back to a darker time, when tuberculosis was a scourge. Men, women, children, rich or poor – no one was safe, and a cure was not yet known. But the luckier (and not necessarily wealthier) victims of consumption…

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Snapshots of Berlin

After an insanely busy six weeks, last Monday I ran away to Berlin for a couple of days. One of the nice things about being a freelance copywriter and social media type, is that with a bit of preparation, I can theoretically do my job from anywhere in the world. So, off I flew! My…

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Having a Grape Old Time!

It’s about time I took a foray back into the more distant past for a fresh King’s Ginger adventure. Luckily enough, I have had one up my sleeve for a few months, ready to unleash on my loyal readers at the most opportune moment! This particular story revolves around sparkling wine (and horses), and what…

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From Hobby to Career – Becoming a Vintage Seller

In the second of my two posts for Shurgard‘s blog, I am asking: so, you think you have a good eye for vintage clothing and accessories? Perhaps, after many years devoted to your own collection – honing your eye for a bargain – you realise you prefer hunting down vintage and antiques more than your…

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Starting a Vintage Collection: Beginner’s Basics

Collecting anything, but especially vintage clothing or accessories, can vary from being a casual hobby to an all-consuming compulsion. As a collector of everything from Beanie Babies (as a kid) to vintage housedresses (ongoing), I have experience at both ends of the spectrum! I was asked by Shurgard Self-Storage to write a piece about said…