Monthly Archives: September 2014

A National Anthem, the Radio Times; Michaelmas, a new film studio and brothers with VCs; a sporting Saturday, the Ryder Cup and the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi

Tuesday 28th September 1745: Technically speaking England has no official national anthem. The first published version of what is almost the present tune appeared in 1694 in Thesaurus Musicus. That manuscript has the tune departing from that used today at several points but it is clearly a strong relative of the contemporary anthem. The Anthem […]

The Devil’s Nutting Day, ‘Chips’ Channon and King George VI; Samuel Pepys and Beatrix Potter; Trouble in Hull and a Brave VC

21 September – This time last week I was talking about ‘Nutting Day’ – well today is sometimes called the ‘Devil’s Nutting Day’. This was the date on which mortals should never gather nuts as it would upset the Devil (never a good idea). In some areas of Britain, nuts were not to be picked […]

Nutting, 1st & 2nd World War and the Victoria Cross, Post Office Savings, Hull’s Chief Constable, Lord Byron’s and Romilly’s diaries, Electrified Blackpool

In the past, 14 September was ‘Nutting Day’, the day when children would forage in the woods to collect hazelnuts. Why? – because this is when the nuts were supposed to be perfectly ripe. However, in some legends, young maidens who went out a-nutting were in danger of becoming pregnant without the benefit of marriage […]

A famous ship wreck and a Dutch surrender; the boredem of a typist and the challenges of a seaman; a politician, a rugby success and a drunken cabbie. A stolen cup and a misnamed obelisk; a poor child and a great ocean liner.

Friday 7th September 1838 was the morning when William Darling and his daughter Grace risked their lives to save others stranded on a rock in rough seas with a gale force wind. The story of their bravery is well known, but the following three pieces certainly added to my knowledge and understanding of the disaster. […]