So, they’ve finally cracked it. Bletchley Park, the Second World War code-breaking site in Buckinghamshire, celebrates the completion of its one-year, £8 million Heritage Lottery-funded restoration project today with a visit from the Duchess of Cambridge.You would never guess – well of course you wouldn’t – as you cross the main road from Bletchley railway station and pass a new housing development, that this small country estate housed thousands of wartime staff and the brains that broke, among many other things, the Enigma codes. Nobody knew about it until the first book about Bletchley came out in the Seventies. Nobody visited until a band of doughty local historians fought its demolition and opened it in 1994 (10 people turned up).
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The Bitten is the latest anthology from the authors at Raptor Retreat Press, collected by Brandon Hale.
Whether it’s erotic, horrific or simply bloody, there is an intimacy between the predator and his or her prey, and once bitten, both are never the same again. These 28 tales encompass our most primal fears and fantasies. Stories that are amusing, poignant, sexy or acerbic, the reader, once tempted, will want to return again and again.
This Vampire and Werewolf anthology contains stories by Trish Marie Dawson, Ana Oru’, Stephen Arseneault, George Wier, John Daulton, Jeanette Raleigh, Robert Thomas, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Randall Morris, Amelia Price (Jess Mountifield), Donna McNicol, John Peters, Randy Ingermanson, Corrie Fischer, Anna J. McIntyre, Lee Burton, Cleve Sylcox, Scott Langrel, Chris Ward, Elizabeth Jasper, WSMT3, Saxon Andrew, J R C Salter, James Rozoff, Alison Blake, Ben Cassidy, Billy Kring & K S Haigwood.
After an £8 million restoration, the code-breaking site of Bletchley Park is ready for a flood of visitors – starting with the Duchess of Cambridge
Photo: JOHN LAWRENCE
Every time I go to Scotland, I want to take the Caledonian Sleeper, but don’t for one reason or another. These plans for upgrading sound irresistible, though.
Across Europe, sleeper trains seem more and more of a quaint anachronism, but the UK is overhauling an old and famous overnight route, writes Adrian Quine.
The overnight sleepers running between London and Scotland, are about to get a much needed facelift.
The Scottish Government announced this week it is jointly funding a £100m investment in new trains that promise a four-class service with a bar and bistro, sleeping pods, private cabins with beds, desks, wi-fi - even showers. Michelin-star chef Albert Roux is doing the catering.