Category History recalled

Marlene Dietrich – her final years

It was on Monday 29th September 1975 that Marlene’s show business career largely came to an end when she fell off the stage and broke her thigh during a performance in Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.  The following year, her husband, Rudolf Sieber, died of cancer on Wednesday 24th June 1976. In 1979 she did […]

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 […]

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 […]

The story of Inns of Britain through the ages

This is the beginning of a long story – a story that I hope you will find interesting as we move along.  Over the ages Britain has created a unique heritage in inn signs – signs that depicted everything, from battles to inventions, from sporting heroes to royalty, about general facts or very local ones. […]

The Jarrow Crusade and 300 miles to London

It was on Monday 5th October 1936 when some 200 unemployed men set off from Jarrow – a north of England town on the River Tyne in County Durham – to walk to London.  Before they set off there was a special service of blessing at Christ Church in the centre of town – a […]

The story of William Bligh

William Bligh was born on this day, Monday 9th September 1754.  As a sea captain he is  invariably considered to be a tyrannical and cruel bully who brought a ships mutiny down on himself. But is that really true? There is a very good case for saying that that persona is not true and it […]

A fire on a Thursday evening in 1666

It was late in the evening of Thursday 2nd September 1666 that a disaster began in the streets of London.  It was a small mistake, but with great consequences, when Thomas Farrinor, a baker to King Charles II, thought his fire was out so did not turn off his oven.  However, it appears that some […]