‘We’ve gone on holiday by mistake’

‘We’ve gone on holiday by mistake’ WITHNAIL & I In the thirty years since it hit cinema screens Withnail & I has achieved major cult status.  It is recognised as one of the best black comedies the British film industry has ever produced.  A word of warning: it is definitely not for those with a…

Professor of Adventure

Professor of Adventure Millican Dalton 1867 – 1947 Maggie B Dickinson – Published in Cumbria magazine December 2017 Despite its diminutive height, the pretty wooded conicular eminence of Castle Crag stands its ground within the dramatic “Jaws of Borrowdale” that dominate the skyline and restrict passage through this narrow part of the valley.  During November especially…

The Sage of Chelsea

The Sage of Chelsea  A smoke and a talk with Thomas Carlyle by Maggie B Dickinson  Published in The London Magazine 2014  The only known surviving diaries of a Victorian regional newspaper editor were penned by my great great uncle Anthony Hewitson who owned the Preston Chronicle in Lancashire.  There are seventeen in number which span…

Paparazzo For a Day – My brush with fame

Down Your Way magazine – Published December 2013 In the summer of 1991 I took a flexi day off work, stuffed my passport and camera into the rucksack, and set off for Yorkshire.  The intention was to climb Simon’s Seat high above the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey but as I approached the Priory’s Church I…

Peace by Peace

 Josefina Alys Hermes de Vasconcellos MBE 26 October 1904 – 20 July 2005  Maggie B Dickinson  Cumbria Magazine October 2017  For a sculptor of worldwide acclaim, whose amazing legacy of artistic endeavour also graces Cumbria, Josefina Alys Hermes de Vasconcellos deserves to be better remembered. Tall and slightly-built, she was an attractive woman with green…