Author Archives: talkinghistory2013

Today it is Snow not ‘Smog’

9th December 1952 might have been the day that the Smog left London but today – 10th December 2017 – is the day that Snow has arrived in Market Deeping – and across a very large area of East Anglia.  Looking out of the window as I type this I see that the wind is […]

The ‘Smog’ has gone

On Tuesday 9th December 1952, after five days of living in a sulfurous hell, the people of London – and those who did not live in London but worked there – could relax as a brisk wind from the west swept the toxic clouds away eastward and out across the North Sea. When the fog […]

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

It’s Saturday morning 6th December 1952 and the London Smog is so dense that residents in some parts of the city could not see their own feet as they walked!  The heart of London was paralyzed – you couldn’t see to walk and transport was at a stand-still.  Boat traffic on the Thames came to […]

The great ‘Smog’ of London

It was called ‘The Great Smog of London’ or ‘The Great Smog of 1952’ – and sometimes simply ‘The Big Smoke’.  Whatever it was called, it is clear that it was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in December 1952. Whatever you wish to call it, the city of London […]

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

This is an error caused by my carelessness.  The story will appear in early December  

A sad situation

Hello everyone that has followed my postings over the past few years.  I have really enjoyed it all – and I hope you have too – but all things must come to an end sometime.  I think it is the time for me. I won’t bore you with details – let’s just say Brian’s brains […]

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae is remembered for what is probably the best known and most popular of all First World War poetry.  It is believed that he was so moved by the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmet, who had been killed by a shell burst, and inspired by the profusion of wild poppies he could […]