Category July

Do you ever over educate?

It was on Wednesday 24th July 1765 that Denis Diderot – a French philosopher, art critic and writer – wrote: “Do not over-educate is a maxim particularly suited to boys. You should abandon them a little to their natural impulses. I prefer them to be rough, thoughtless, and wilful. Let them have the sort of […]

England’s Dockers go on strike

It was on Thursday 16th July 1970 that the first national dock strike in Britain since 1926 began.  In total it involved around 47,000 dockworkers across the country. Seeking to raise their basic wage from £11 a week, British Dockers’ representatives had voted 48 to 32 in favour of strike action the previous day. As […]

Kingsbridge Fair Week in Devon begins today but a bit different to an event in 1461!

Back in 1461 Kingsbridge Town in Devon was granted a charter to hold a fair.  That charter holds good to this day and today the Glove Ceremony is still observed.  It is a white glove and is displayed to indicate an amnesty from prosecution for minor offenses committed during the fair – and precedes the […]