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While doing some research online for my new classes next year, I came across this wonderful website listing London’s statues in a range of categories. I had a laugh at the ‘worst’ statues section, even if I didn’t agree with all of the choices, and loved having the opportunity to see statues I haven’t yet come across and would like to go and find. The section on women is especially interesting; typically, there are a mere handful compared to the hundreds of statues of men. – Rachel

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I was delighted to see this week that Penguin has brought back its Pelican imprint of non fiction books; with a range of fascinating titles on all manner of topics, I am looking forward to getting educated in style. Top of my list is Orlando Figes’ introduction to Revolutionary Russia, though I’m also keen to try this one about Economics. I already can’t wait to see what other books are added to the series! – Rachel

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Living in the sticks has its benefits; lovely views, fresh air, and plenty of beautiful, historic places to visit. One of my favourite such places nearby is Ightham Mote, where I enjoyed a very sunny afternoon a couple of days ago. Highlights were the bluebell woods that surround the medieval moated manor house, the ceiling in the private chapel that still contains the painted design of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s emblems, and seeing the Victoria Cross won by the son of a previous owner of the house. I feel lucky to have such gems on my doorstep! – Rachel

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This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I’m finding it utterly compelling; so much so, I’m going to bed earlier so that I have more time to read. It’s a fascinating premise, exploring the aftermath of WWI through the eyes of three women in the days leading up to the burial of ‘The Unknown Warrior’. It’s brilliantly written, and brings a forgotten period of time effortlessly to life. I can’t recommend it highly enough – perfect to get lost in on a sunny spring afternoon. – Rachel