Tuesday 31st January 2023

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Monday January 30th 2023

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Costa Coffee

In Costa Coffee
I could see Father Christmas
Reflected in the window
But he wasn’t there
It was M & S sign
My blurred eyes
Made me see Father Christmas
If it wasn’t for the old people
I feel Costa Coffee would
Be closed during the week
But mothers and babies
Grannies and babies
Maybe that would be enough
To stay open for
Who’s to say?
Generation grey
Hold sway here
Coffee, cake
Cheese toasties
I see a girl
In a pink hat
Matching fingerless gloves
Matching jumper
She is writing
I want to go see what she writes
But I don’t
In Boots the Chemist
A lady talk’s to a man
Who is in her shopping bag?
Old men see things
And hear things
That really are not there at all

Bish 30th January 2023

Sunday 29th January 2023

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Holly Newton

Another candle lit service
Another killer
Too young to be named
Yet the girl
Younger than her killer
Can be named
Her picture plastered
On the internet in the papers
All to see what is lost

We are in shock
Unbearable pain
It’s just terrible
One of their own won’t be
Coming back ever again
Still coming to terms with this
Investigation is ongoing
Friends and family paid tribute
Lost her life
Knife crime
Loved dancing
Will be sadly missed
Taken too soon

Flowers on the pavement
Outside the building society
By the bus stop
Cuddle toys
Beyond the crime scene tape
Notes from friends
There it is again

Bish 29th January 2023

Thursday 26th January 2023

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Tuesday 24th January 2023

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Monday 23rd January 2023

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Spurs fans of a certain vintage still marvel with wide-eyed affection at tales of Jimmy Greaves’ goal scoring wizardry.

His was a scoring record that appeared untouchable, but now this generation has its own hero etched into lilywhite folklore

Harry Kane’s career may so far not have yielded any team silverware but it has seen the forward hit the back of the net at a relentless rate since first breaking into the Spurs side under Tim Sherwood at the end of the 2013-14 season.

The 29-year-old’s 266 goals for Tottenham have come in 415 games. Greaves reached that figure in 379 Spurs appearances, but arrived in north London as one of the game’s most revered strikers on the back of a short – but still prolific – spell at AC Milan.

Sunday 22nd January 2023

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Saturday 21st January 2023

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Friday January 20th 2023

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Thursday 19th January 2023

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Smile for me
Intelligent child of the east
Teach me to see beyond this race
Take me to where the light of the moon
is diminished by the contours of your face
Where your eyes and beliefs are
Never out of place
And share with me your blessed innocence

Her Skin is flowers

Intelligent child

Bish 4th July 1998

Tudor Mystery

Calling all art detectives! Tudor Mystery: A Master Painter Revealed is the world’s first exhibition devoted to an important, talented and largely forgotten painter known as the Master of the Countess of Warwick. Inspired by the portrait of Thomas Knyvett in our British Portraits collection, this exciting show will take you on an art historical journey to discover the signature style of this painter and speculate on his real identity. Learn about the production of art in Tudor Britain, the ways in which art historians use evidence to determine authorship and – once you have your eye in – cast your own vote.

The exhibition will feature loans from public and private collections from across the UK and Ireland, many of which are rarely seen in public. These include Hans Eworth’s dazzling pair of portraits of Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk (Private Collection) and Margaret Audley, Duchess of Norfolk (Private Collection, on loan to English Heritage) and the portrait of Anne Russell, Countess of Warwick (c. 1569, Woburn Abbey) from which our painter gets his name. The loan of several important miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard will further demonstrate the links between large-scale portraits and miniatures at this time, helping to tell the story of this talented painter’s abilities and the pivotal role that he played in the development of portraiture in Britain.

The exhibition will include a publication.

The exhibition is proudly presented in partnership with Philip Mould & Company.

Sir Thomas Knyvet (about 1539-1617)

Groom of privy chamber by 1572-1603;2 kpr. Westminster Palace and garden 1581-1611, St. James’s Park 1582-1611, Whitehall Palace by 1585-1611;3 warden of the Mint 1599-1609, 1609­-d. (jt.);4 surveyor-gen. Anne of Denmark’s Household by 1609-at least 1618,5 cllr. by 1617, commr. revenues 1618.6

Steward, Penrith Castle and four other manors, Cumb. 1577, Galtres forest, Yorks. 1589 (jt.), Cottingham and other manors, Yorks. and Westmld. 1597-1618;7 commr. subsidy, Westminster 1581, 1593, 1597, 1600, 1603, 1608;8 j.p. Mdx. by c.1583-d., Yorks. (E. Riding) by 1601-at least 1608 (custos rot.), 1608-d., Westminster 1619-d.;9 surveyor, southern parts of the duchy of Lancaster by 1590-98;10 commr. musters, Mdx. 1595-8,11 sewers, Westminster by 1596-at least 1611, London 1606-d. Coln valley 1609;12 steward and recvr. duchy of Lancaster’s lordship of Pickering, Yorks. 1597-9;13 commr. oyer and terminer, Marshalsea 1599, Mdx. 1601-d., London 1601-d., the Verge 1604-at least 1617,14 gaol delivery, London 1601, 1617, Newgate 1606, 1621, Mdx. 1608;15 recvr. of monies for clothing and arming 200 men in Dorset for service in Ire. 1601;16 commr. annoyances Surr. 1611, Mdx. 1613.17

Marshal, Brill, Utd. Provinces 1587-8.18


By the time James I ascended the throne, Knyvett, who should not be confused with his Norfolk namesakes, had spent more than 30 years in the royal Household, serving as keeper of both Westminster and Whitehall palaces. He rapidly emerged as a trusted servant of the Stuarts. In June 1605 he and his wife were appointed to care for the king’s short-lived infant daughter, Mary, at a fee of £20 a week.20 Two years later Anne of Denmark entrusted him with £4,000 of her ‘livery money’ for safe-keeping.21 She subsequently appointed him her surveyor-general, influenced, no doubt by a leading member of her Household, Knyvett’s niece, the countess of Suffolk. Well-placed to acquire from the king small grants of land which took his fancy, Knyvett snapped up the Middlesex manor and rectory of Stanwell in August 1603,22 and the reversion to the lease of some tenements in the parish of St. Margaret’s, Westminster in the following year.23 However, in October 1604 he was ordered to surrender his lodgings in the south-western corner of St. James’s Park to the infant Charles, duke of York, despite having been guaranteed possession of these premises for 30 years in 1585.24 Substantial improvements carried out by Knyvett at royal expense had made the newly extended lodgings highly attractive to James, who compensated Knyvett with a lifetime annuity of £20.25 As keeper of Westminster Palace and a Middlesex magistrate, Knyvett led the search of Parliament’s cellars which resulted in the capture of Guy Fawkes on 4 Nov. 1605.26 In July 1607 he was elevated to the peerage, perhaps as a belated reward for helping to foil the Gunpowder Plot.

As well as being keeper of two royal palaces, Knyvett was warden of the Mint, but his tenure of office was characterized by a long-running feud with his predecessor, the elderly Sir Richard Martyn, now master of the Mint. In 1601 Knyvett accused Martyn of not casting enough coins from the silver and copper alloy delivered to him,27 and of designing a new Irish coinage which could be easily counterfeited. Martyn angrily responded that Knyvett was trying to drive him from office, and claimed that, despite his age, he did more service every month than Knyvett did in a year.28 By 1605 the dispute had reached the law courts after Knyvett retained £7,394 which Martyn claimed was owed to him for bullion.29 Before the matter could be settled, however, lord treasurer Buckhurst (Robert Sackville*), demanded that Knyvett let him have £2,000 of this money to help him pay for entertaining the king of Denmark.30 Knyvett refused, explaining that if his lawsuit failed he would have to hand this money over to Martyn. Buckhurst ‘vehemently’ recommended that Knyvett should be forced to comply regardless, but James, reportedly ‘somewhat tempered’ by his sense of ‘favour’ to Knyvett, instead instructed the Privy Council to discover whether there were sufficient grounds to press Knyvett for payment before the determination of his suit.31 In the event, Knyvett kept the money until February 1607, when the Exchequer condemned Martyn’s accounts as ‘unorderly and unjust’.32 Seven years later Martyn unsuccessfully tried to reverse this verdict, claiming that much of the copper that was apparently unaccounted for had simply wasted away in the process of combining it with silver.33

The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and the Taking of Guy Fawkes (c. 1823) by Henry Perronet Briggs; Knyvet wears the breastplate

In 1604 Knyvett was returned to Parliament for Westminster, the constituency which he had represented ever since 1584. Over the following four sessions he was named to 30 committees, many of which were concerned with purely local matters, such as the proliferation of new houses in the London area (24 Jan. 1606), the conversion of old buildings into smaller tenements (27 Apr. and 2 July 1604; 15 May 1607), the paving of Drury Lane (19 Mar. 1606) and the clarification of a Henrician statute regarding Southwark churchwardens (25 Feb. 1607).34 A member of the royal Household, he was not surprisingly nominated to consider naturalizing the Scottish courtier Sir David Foulis (18 Apr. 1606) and investigate alleged abuses in the Marshalsea Court (21 Mar. 1606 and 21 Feb. 1607). Moreover, he was one of a select group chosen on 27 Apr. 1604 to present the petition against purveyors to the king.35 On 19 Nov. 1606 Knyvett was named to help consider any matters of privilege that had arisen that session. He was subsequently appointed to discuss the discomfort of standing bareheaded at conferences with the Lords (12 Mar. 1607) and the problem of proceeding with business during the Speaker’s illness (23 Mar. 1607). On 19 June 1607 he was detailed to help inspect the entries in the Journal for the previous three sessions.36 Knyvett was named to just one joint conference with the Lords, on 20 Apr. 1604, at which the king explained ‘his own meaning in the matter of the Union’. He was later also on the committee to consider the Instrument of Union (29 Nov. 1606).37 One month before he was ennobled, Knyvett made his only recorded speech of the Parliament, when he attacked the hostile laws bill as ‘dangerous’ (5 June 1607).38

By the time he was elevated to the peerage, Knyvett was in his early sixties. He subsequently decided to share the wardenship of the Mint with his protégé, Edmund Doubleday*, and to surrender the keeperships of Westminster and Whitehall palaces. Childless, he drew up his will on 20 July 1620, in which he declared that he believed ‘every article of the Nicene, Athanasian and Apostolic Creed literally, without ambiguity or doubt’. He also left £40 for the relief of the poor of Staines and Stanwell, and in a codicil dated 17 July 1622, instructed his wife and executrix to build a free school and schoolmaster’s residence in Stanwell within two years of his death.39 He died aged 77 on 27 July 1622, and was buried in the parish church of Stanwell. Lady Knyvett proved unable to settle her husband’s debts of about £1,000 before she died.40 Life-size effigies of both Knyvett and his wife, who was interred with her husband, adorn their monument of veined marble.41