Monthly Archives: August 2017

War in England & Golf in America – two countries soon to be ‘playing together

  On this day – Thursday 29th August 1940 – the Daily Sketch headlined: NAZIS RAID LONDON – AND 13 TOWNS.  The sub-headings said that ‘Mr. Churchill Sees Coast Battles’.  However, it was the ‘INSIDE INFORMATION’ piece that caught my eye.  The following are just three pieces from that information: Many complaints are being made […]

The man who created Britain’s postal system

During 1979 the British Post Office Philatelic Bureau published 8 new stamps. That issued on this day – 22nd August 1979 – told the story of Sir Rowland Hill, a man that they described as ‘Reformer Extraordinary’. Roland Hill was born in 1795.  By 1836, already a famous educational reformer, he had turned his remarkable […]

A nurse at the Russian Front

One of the books on my shelf is ‘Nurse at the Russian Front’ – the diary of Florence Farmborough who went to Russia as a teacher of English to a surgeon’s daughters and became a nurse with the Russian army through the 1914-18 conflict. Her diary for this day – Monday 23rd August 1915 – […]

That was some music that was

Are you of the age to remember Frankie Laine and the hit record ‘I Believe’?  Well I am! Britain’s hit parade record charts began in November 1952 and on Friday 21st August 1953 the record at the number one spot was ‘I Believe’ by Frankie Laine. ‘So?’ you may ask. Well, for a start, it […]

A memory of Groucho Marx

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: […]

A story of times gone by

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 […]

We’ll soon be back in action

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