It was on Friday 19th August 1977 that Groucho Marx passed away.  I would have loved to have seen him and/or heard him in real life but that was not to be.  He – and his brothers – remain a source of great fun.  For incidence here are three ‘comments’ that still make me laugh: […]

Britain has many ‘traditional’ activities that, in summer or harvest time, bring all members of the community together for a celebration – a celebration that can go on for the best part of a week or more.  The town where I now live had a reputation for their ‘Feast’ but, I’m afraid, those events seem […]

My last posting was 30th July – since then NOTHING! All things being equal we should be back in action from this Thursday! Brian

It was on Tuesday 30th July 1935 that book publishers Bodley Head published their first ten paperback books.  They called the publication Penguin and each book cost six pence/6d – hardcover books were priced at seven (7/-) or eight (8/-) shillings each, These 10 books revolutionized publishing – and the buying of books. Within a […]

Thursday 27th July 1950 was the middle day of the Gentlemen vs Players cricket match being played at Lord’s and this day’s Hull Daily Mail headlined: ‘Brown shows all-round ability’ F R Brown who hit a hurricane 100 for Gentlemen against Players at Lord’s yesterday – and established himself as England’s likely captain for Australia […]

It was on Sunday 26th July 1936 that England’s King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicated the throne, officially unveiled the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. Dedicated to the memory of the Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War, it also serves as the place […]

It was on Sunday 25th July 1909 that Louis Blériot became the first person to cross the English Channel in a airplane. Blériot was a graduate of the École Centrale in Paris who had met and married Alice Vedène while performing military service as a lieutenant of artillery. He had built up a modest fortune […]