Last week we started our story with a broad overview of ‘Ragtime’ from both sides of the Atlantic.  This week we’ll have a look at early British popular music. This music can be seen as originating in the 16th and 17th centuries and from this we can trace the arrival of printed musical copies which […]

I first started pulling the pieces of this story together some 15 or so years ago.  At that time I was a tutor/speaker for the Workers Educational Association (WEA) and, among many other courses I presented, I offered ‘From Ragtime to Rock ‘n’ Roll’.   In due time I moved on, my activities changed and ‘FRT […]

I find it fascinating when a particular date has links to differing actual events.  The 9th April is one such date: Sunday 9th April 1865 was the day that the American Civil War finally ended when the Confederate General Robert E Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia. […]

It was on this day – Tuesday 5th April 1955 – that Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that: ‘The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill had an audience with the Queen and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.  Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.’ The BBC reported that: […]

The the 29,029-foot-high summit of Mount Everest was first conquered on foot by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1953.  BUT – it had been two decades earlier – on Monday 3rd April 1933 – that Everest had been conquered by air! With the financial backing of philanthropist Lady Houston, the Houston Everest Expedition took off […]

Some while ago I compiled a set of 12 ‘It Happened in ….’ books – one for each day of each month of the year.  It was sold locally and went quite well.  However, various things came along and stopped me taking the ‘Happenings’ further.  Now – hopefully – this is the beginning of the […]

One of my favorite books on my shelves is ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ – written by Edith Holden.  My copy by Michael Joseph / Webb & Bower is a facsimile reproduction of a naturalist’s diary from the year 1900.  Edith Holden recorded in words and painting the flora and fauna of the […]