1852 Florida Cracker House

After the Seminole Wars ended, American migration to Florida began in earnest. And in its early days as a US state, the primary attraction lay in the area’s large herds of cattle. Cattle had been introduced to Florida by the Spanish settlers back in the 16th century. These were Andalusian longhorns, the same hardy breed … More 1852 Florida Cracker House

Abercrombie Park

This is another one of the very nice parks in Pinellas County FL. Abercrombie Park is on the site of several Native American “midden mounds” dating to both the Weeden Island Culture period  (140 to 565 CE) and the Safety Harbor Culture period (890 to 1390 CE). The mound remains are legally protected. The park … More Abercrombie Park

Some British Idioms

A brief history of some British idioms. So a friend of mine in London emailed me a little while ago and, while referring to a particular British politician and the Brexit mess, declared, “He’s pants”. It made me laugh out loud, because the very first time I had heard that expression was with that same friend many … More Some British Idioms

The Vinoy Hotel

Built as part of the 1920s Florida land boom, the Vinoy Hotel was the most luxurious hotel in Tampa Bay until it folded in the 1970s. Today it has been fully restored. The First World War, which raged from 1914-1918, was a defining event that determined the course of the entire 20th century. In the political … More The Vinoy Hotel