Compton Verney

It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were visiting Compton Verney. Compton Verney House is an 18th-century country mansion at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, England. The house is home to the Compton Verney Art Gallery. Compton Verney is a registered charity and independent national art. We were able to explore the galleries during a visit in early 2020,… More Compton Verney

First Lady

The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois Blog by Ian Thirkettle I have just finished reading ‘The First Lady’ by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois. This was a typical Patterson rollercoaster that drew me in, got me hooked and kept me until the end. It won’t win a Booker or Pulitzer Prize, but,… More First Lady

Do you ever start reading a book and realise it’s not what you thought it was?

Having read a lot of murder mystery books recently (check out reviews on I decided to read something for a change. How about a nice little winters tale? So I picked up Coming Home To A Winter Wonderland by international best selling author Nora Roberts. The blurb told me it was a Christmas story… More Do you ever start reading a book and realise it’s not what you thought it was?

Horniman Museum

Before Lockdown Two The Horniman Museum reopened to the public, so a small, socially distanced group of City Adventurers booked tickets to visit. After lunch in the Horniman Café, we donned our face coverings and entered the museum. The first area we came to was the Natural History Gallery. The Horniman contains over 250,000 items… More Horniman Museum