Monthly Archives: March 2018

Springtime in England – in 1900

One of my favorite books on my shelves is ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ – written by Edith Holden.  My copy by Michael Joseph / Webb & Bower is a facsimile reproduction of a naturalist’s diary from the year 1900.  Edith Holden recorded in words and painting the flora and fauna of the […]

Music on and from the North-Sea

It was on this day – Saturday 28th March 1964 – that Radio Caroline began broadcasting from the middle of the North Sea.  Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was a pirate radio station that never actually became illegal, although after the 1967 Marine Offences Act it became illegal for […]

Let’s take a test

It was in 1903 under the ‘Motor Car Act’  that Britten’s Driving Licenses were introduced.  Whilst these drivers had to have a driving licence, they were not required to prove that they could drive!  That wasn’t too bad, though, because there weren’t too many drivers around. However, as more and more were out on the […]

Flowers in March in Britain

Over the years Britain’s Royal Mail has released many different illustrations on their postage stamps – and on Wednesday 21st March 1979 the ‘pictures’ were of Flowers.  These stamps had been designed by Peter Newcombe – a highly regarded artist that sadly passed away in 1991.  Here, in 1979, each stamp tells a story: Because […]

Who has taken our Cup?

It was in London on Sunday 20th March 1966 that it was realised that the Football’s World Cup was missing – assumed stolen. It had been on exhibition at Central Hall in Westminster, London. The £30,000 solid gold Jules Rimet trophy disappeared while a church service was taking place in another part of the building. […]

The aftermath of Marlene Dietrich’s life

It was on Saturday 6th May 1992 that Marlene Dietrich died of renal failure at her flat in Paris – she was 90.  Her funeral ceremony was conducted at La Madeleine in Paris, a Roman Catholic Church on Sunday 14th May 1992 and her funeral service was attended by approximately 1,500 mourners in the church […]

Robert James [Bob] Fitzsimmons – the fighting Englishman

It was on Wednesday 17th March 1897 that Englishman Robert James [Bob] Fitzsimmons became heavyweight champion of the world when he defeated ‘Gentleman’ Jim Corbett at Carson City in Nevada, U.S.A.  This venue was at the first open-air arena built especially for boxing and Bob won by knockout in the 14th round.  A reporter at […]