Category 12 days of Christmas

The last day of the year

It is the 31st December – New Year’s Eve – and many things can happen. For instance, on this day Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of his incandescent lamp – the forerunner of the electric light bulb! In a very different time and place – it was on this December Monday in 1945 […]

A rather different Christmas Eve – a close encounter with a Meteorite

The earth may not be facing a devastating cosmic impact in the near future but that doesn’t stop around 500 pieces of space debris – aka ‘meteorites’ – hitting the earth each year.  It was on Christmas Eve 1965 that the Leicestershire village of Barwell became the unexpected ‘hosts’ to one of the largest meteorites […]

Welcome to 2016

I don’t know about you but 2015 seems to have flown by.  Projects that were planned for the year got pushed to one side as something else barged in.  Some of that came from my ‘beejaytellingstories’ blog sort of demanding priority!  I have repremanded myself for that.  The other ‘excuse’ was that I was developing […]

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 […]