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Posted over 5 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

It is funny how despite your best plans, fate derails you. You can be racing along what appears to be a single-track when suddenly you are led in a totally different direction. That’s what happened to me with my latest book. I was half-way through...

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After a dismal bout of cold weather, spring is on the way. And with it comes the blossom. Kent is famous for its orchards and, to celebrate our unique heritage, the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale has introduced a very special festival. The National...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

Stumped for a Christmas present? Sick of identical products offered by identical chain-stores? Local suppliers can provide a rich mine of original gifts. Christmas Stocking? Try some local treats A long-standing illness, compounded by a clutch of ancillary...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

Thanks to the Victorians, we have a rose-tinted view of Christmas Past. But was it really like that? A search of the archives reveals lechery, mayhem – and Canterbury's Plum Pudding Riots The Plum Pudding riots: Canterbury’s winter of discontent...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

We all have our demons, inner voices that tell us we are bound to fail. T. Thurai was forced to confront hers in a recent radio interview. Addressing my inner demons: The Radio Interview One Tuesday, I got an email telling me that I was being lined up...

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Canterbury Cathedral Library is revealing priceless treasures from its archive with the help of modern technology. T. Thurai reports on this ground-breaking venture. Picture This: Canterbury Cathedral reveals its hidden treasure When viewing the breath...

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Has rain stopped play? Is your barbecue languishing in the garage? Take heart. T. Thurai has some recipes to spice up your summer and tickle your tastebuds. Spice up summer: Sri Lankan curry (1) When I met my husband, the contents of my store cupboard...

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Most of us have heard of the Hythe Venetian fete, but did you know that this ancient town has another lively festival? No. Well, you're in for a treat. Hythe Festival: The High Street fights back! Sadly, for many of us, a trip to the High Street is a...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

Tonbridge has some illustrious literary connections. But there is one writer for whom I feel a particular empathy. Why? The Tonbridge Connection: E. M. Forster and … me! E.M. Forster is best-known as the iconic author of A Passage to India , Howard’s...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

On June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died of a stroke after working on his novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. But for T. Thurai, this unfinished work created not one mystery, but two. It also had an unexpected result … a new short story. Dickens: The Two...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

On June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died of a stroke after working on his novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. But for T. Thurai, this unfinished work created not one mystery, but two. It also had an unexpected result … a new short story. Dickens: The Two...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

According to L.P.Hartley's famous quote: “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” But, if the past is history, what is tradition? Are they one and the same – or two separate entities? A visit to Rochester's Sweeps' Festival...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

If the London Book Fair had a spiritual representative, who would it be? Elephant-headed Ganesha, the Hindu deity venerated as a remover of obstacles? Or St Jude, patron saint of lost causes? As the Fair prepares to open its doors for the 41st year, T...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

Forget Dan Brown's Da Vinci code. If a trail of weird connections appeals to you, then you only have to go as far as your local church. For instance, what links a castle to the Elizabethan poet John Donne, the architect Inigo Jones and architect and art...

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Further debate about Sri Lanka will be generated by a new television documentary this week which will focus on the closing stages of the civil war. But to understand how it all began, historians must look to a neglected period of the 1950s. The seeds...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

Is there still a place for good manners in our stressed-out, time-starved age? Or are they a just relic of the past? T. Thurai puts her thinking cap on. Do manners matter? I was once upbraided by an eight-year old who, having been instructed in the niceties...

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With gift shops awash with Valentine cards and the option of text, email, telephone and old-fashioned love letters, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to communicating our affection. But how did people relay their feelings in a previous age when the...

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Leeds Castle has been linked with a number of royal love-affairs, most notably that of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. But there is another tale – less well-known, but equally poignant. Read on to find out more. Leeds Castle: the tragic romance of a medieval...

Posted over 6 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

Driven to distraction, T. Thurai is plotting revenge. But who – or what – has driven her to consider desperate measures? Slugging it out in the garden That’s it! I’m bent on revenge. It’s bad enough when vandals destroy your plants;...

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When a Folkestone baker fell foul of a confidence trickster it was not so much a case of the wrong trousers as the missing ones! But what really happened … and who was telling the truth? The case of the baker’s missing breeches Fascinating, dangerous...

Posted over 7 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

Seasonal brinkmanship and a printer possessed! Last-minute Christmas cards have a way of catching you out – sometimes with disastrous consequences. Trumped by a late Christmas card! I have always had an uneasy relationship with Christmas cards. Even...

Posted over 7 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

What takes a whole pot of strawberry jam, 25 egg yolks, lashings of rose-water and a pound of cashew nuts? T. Thurai discovers a Sri Lankan recipe for the festive season. Recipe riddle … and now for something completely different! It’s written...

Posted over 7 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

In pursuit of the perfect Christmas, T. Thurai discovered that tradition is not all it's cracked up to be. In a light-hearted piece, she describes a disastrous attempt to emulate Nigella. For want of an egg … the birth of an un-domestic goddess...

Posted over 7 years ago by T. Thurai with 0 comments

It was with a sense of defeat that I returned to Kent thirteen years ago. Having spent most of my adult life living and working in London, I had failed to establish either a significant relationship or, more importantly, my own identity... Full circle...