Monthly Archives: January 2015

Changing politics; Lions in London’s Trafalgar Square; the death of a king; music on a desert island and new rules for drivers

The diaries of Virginia Woolf abd Chips Channon give us two very personal views of the burial of King George V while newspapers grafically describe a major addition to London’s Trafalgar Square.

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Zeppelins over east anglia – the on the spot reports

On the night of Tuesday 19th January 1915 the first Zeppelin raid on English towns was carried out after darkness fell. At half past eight four bombs were dropped Yarmouth, a man and a woman being killed, a soldier seriously injured, and much damage done to property. The raiders flew over Cromer but did not […]

Boy’s Own; Charles Greville; Zeppelins. St Agnes; Harrow School; a Labour Prime minister; philip toynbee; losing at brag; a Churchill dies

Saturday 18th January 1879 saw the publication of the first edition of ‘The Boy’s Own Paper’. The idea for the publication had been raised in 1878 by the Religious Tract Society as a means of encouraging younger children to read. ‘The Boy’s Own’ began life as a weekly paper of 16 pages, in a buff-brown […]

Gypsys, arsenic, horse-theft and murder: the 4th January blog story exposed

The Blog for 4th January carried this piece from Thomas Moore’s edited: ‘Life, Letters, and Journals of Lord Byron’: ‘I was out of spirits – read the papers – thought what fame was, on reading, in a case of murder, that Mr Wych, grocer of Tunbridge, sold some bacon, flour, cheese, and, it is believed, […]

Old New Year; Flying Machines; a Brave Poet followed by a Meeting at Hampton Court; Queen Victoria and a ‘new invention; milk rationing; the Listener followed by a servant in troubled

11th January: Last week we were reacting to the missing 11 days based on Christmas. Today we have, in Scotland, a different reaction to the ‘loss of 11 days’. The Scottish village of Burghead on the Moray Firth now celebrates this day as ‘Old New Year’s Eve’. Their celebration is known as ‘the Burning of […]

Lord Byron, Henry VIII, William Pitt the Younger & Prime minister gladstone all appear this week

It’s Thursday 4th January 1821 and Lord Byron is in Italy at Ravenna and records in his diary: ‘A sudden thought strikes me. Let me begin a Journal once more. The last I kept was in Switzerland, in record of a tour made in the Bernese Alps, which I made to send to my sister […]