Category Newspaper

Buster Crabb and a note of his past

It is interesting how one thing can lead to another – and that the ‘other’ can be in the past rather than the present. On Wednesday 19th April I posted the first part of the Buster Crabb story and promised that the next step would appear on Saturday 29th April.  That promise remains – however […]

The Attempt on the Life of the Queen exactly as reported by The Graphic newspaper on 11th March 1882

INTENSE horror and alarm were created all over the country by the news that, on Thursday last week, an attempt had been made to shoot the Queen, but the assurance which was at the same time circulated that Her Majesty had escaped unhurt tended greatly to allay the excitement, and perhaps to lessen the universal […]

An island awakening

On Friday 21st February 1947 Edie Rutherford, a South African housewife and Socialist, living in Sheffield, wrote in her diary: ‘So the Government wants women back in industry, whole time or part time. I shudder at the thought. Willing though I am to do my bit; the memory of crowded trains, standing around waiting for […]

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News was a weekly illustrated newspaper which was one of the earliest British tabloids. It featured sensational and melodramatic reports and illustrations of murders and hangings and was a direct descendant of the execution broadsheets of the 18th century.  First published in 1864 it was inspired by The Illustrated London News, which […]

BBC Breakfast Time begins

On Monday last, 17th January 1983, the very first ‘Breakfast Time’ morning broadcast had been introduced to the nation.  Presented by Frank Bough and Selina Scott, with additional involvement by Nick Ross and Russell Grant, the atmosphere of the set was intended to encourage a relaxed informality – a living-room rather than a studio with […]

Conundrums for fun 12th and last time

Yes, I’m afraid so, this is the last conundrum challenge – though you’ll have to wait until next week for the answers! But in the meantime – here are the answers from last weeks conundrums 51.  Why is kissing your sweetheart like eating soup with a fork? ….. Because it takes a long time to […]

Conundrums for Fun 11

Let’s start off with a look at last post’s ‘answers’: 46.  Why is a person who never lays a wager as bad as a regular gambler? ….. Because he is no better. 47.  When is a ship like a scarf pin? ….. When it is on the bosom of a heavy swell. 48.  Why is […]