Mae Leonard

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James Stewart talking to his imaginary rabbit while  Peggy Dow, as a nurse, and Charles Drake, as a doctor, look on, in a still from director Henry Koster’s film, Harvey. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It was an old late-night black-and-white film on television that took me back to long-ago Halloween times in our house. I watched James Stewart play(...)

Ite O’Donovan. Photograph: Frank Miller

A 250th anniversary is called a sestercentennial, as you all know.  But I’m fairly sure there’s no word in English for a 260th. So, for that and (...)

Why did people of the 19th century consider tomatoes to be poisonous? The answer lies in the origin of tomatoes. Photograph: Frank Miller

My elderly American cousin was talking tomatoes as she drove me into Salem to walk the heritage trail and visit the courthouse. Tomatoes were the last(...)

It is bin collection day in Luton, Bedfordshire. On one the side of the street there is a row of rubbish bins overflowing with strips of chiffo(...)