Category History recalled

My Fair Lady – Audrey Hepburn – and Aphrodite!

It was on Wednesday 3rd July 1963 that Cecil Beaton recorded the filming of My Fair Lady in his journal: ‘I had watched Audrey [Hepburn] during the tests, wearing almost no make-up and being photographed in a somewhat flat light. One took for granted her charm and vitality, but it was only when the result […]

The Actions of a King many years ago

It was on Thursday 27th May 1199 at Westminster Abbey that John was crowned King of a kingdom that stretched from Berwick in the north to Bordeaux in the south – the great Angevin Empire. The youngest of the eight children of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine John had been last in the […]

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 […]