Monthly Archives: January 2018

The story of a star begins

It was on the first day of this year – 1st January 2018 – that I wrote that it was on Friday 27th December 1901 in Schoneberg, a suburb of Berlin, that one Marie Magdalene Dietrich was born – the product of a privileged and conservative family – and a fact that she seemingly failed […]

A Straw Bear with History

Back in 1882 a local newspaper in the Peterborough area reported that, in the nearby Cambridgeshire community of Whittlesey, a bear .. “was taken around the town to entertain by his frantic and clumsy gestures the good folk who had on the previous day subscribed to the rustics, a spread of beer, tobacco and beef”. […]

Fancy a day out this Saturday 6th January?

It is Haxey Hood day – the day when a part of the Isle of Axholme goes a bit crazy for the afternoon to mark one of England’s oldest traditions.  Where is it? It’s in North Lincolnshire – the only part of Lincolnshire west of the River Trent – and between the three towns of […]

Lord Byron in Italy

The ‘Life, Letters, and Journals of Lord Byron’ edited by Thomas Moore provides us with a fascinating view of the man in his travels.  It was Thursday 4th January 1821 and he was in the Papal State of Ravenna in Italy and records: “’A sudden thought strikes me.’  Let me begin a Journal once more.  […]

Some advice for the coming year!

As the New Year begins we look forward to 2018 but also look back to the year just gone.  Sometimes we also look back further to years and individuals gone by who made statements that we could and should fine helpful in this coming year. One I found – with no recorded source – says: […]

70 years old? You may get a pension!

In 1908 the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed an Act that is often regarded as one of the foundations of modern social welfare in the United Kingdom. The Act provided for a non-contributory old age pension for people over the age of 70, with the cost being borne by younger generations. This pension would […]

Five days ago, in December 1901 in a Berlin suburb, a girl named Marie was born

It was on Friday 27th December 1901 in Schoneberg, a suburb of Berlin, that one Marie Magdalene Dietrich was born – the product of a privileged and conservative family, and a fact that she seemingly failed to acknowledge throughout her life. One indication of this starts early as her name ‘changes. It is now Marlene […]