Author Archives: markbendle

Polar Express

Polar Express

The world’s oldest continuously working railway is set to continue full steam ahead over the festive period – with Santa Special Trains. Up to 4,000 adults and children are expected on boa ...
Do we still tip at Christmas?

Do we still tip at Christmas?

A recent report says fewer than half of us give tradespeople a gift over the festive period. Posties and hairdressers are the service providers we are most likely to tip this Christmas The Christmas & ...
The name is Bond, James Bond

The name is Bond, James Bond

With the recent release of the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, we look at the long history of this mythical man and his evolving persona. Commander James Bond, CMG, RNR—code number 007—is a fictiona ...
St Nicholas Day

St Nicholas Day

December 6 marks Saint Nicholas Day, and to mark the beginning of the Christmas season it is worth investigating the man who has given us so many traditions The Feast Day is celebrated in many Europea ...