The peasants’ revolt: choosing the right pitchfork

The Peasants’ Revolt, also called Wat Tyler’s Rebellion, in 1381 was the first great rebellion in English history. The cause was the imposition of the unpopular poll tax of 1380, which was a response to huge economic discontent. The participants included well-to-do artisans and villeins as well as the poor. The main grievance of the agricultural … More The peasants’ revolt: choosing the right pitchfork

Four beers and a funeral

These days, I very rarely drink in British bars. Monday’s state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was the first time I had visited a British bar since the family drinks after an earlier funeral this year. I had delivered the eulogy at the local crematorium – as a friend of the family – for a … More Four beers and a funeral

When everything is ‘iconic’ nothing is iconic

The classic European cycling tours this summer have been great to watch, mainly because a new generation of young bike riders have come through and they have brought unpredictability into the equation. Gone are the days when companies run by billionaires could open their wallets and throw an eye-watering amount of sponsorship at a cycle … More When everything is ‘iconic’ nothing is iconic