Category October

Today is Hallowe’en – day or night!

My most recent version of Chamber’s Book of Days [2004] tells us that: This is All-Hallows Eve, better known as Hallowe’en, when witches fly abroad and ghosts, fairies, evil spirits and other supernatural beings are at their most active.  The traditional beliefs and practices of Hallowe’en may be connected in origin with the rituals performed […]

Tomorrow – 31st October – is Hallowe’en. So – what is that all about?

  The origin of the festival is disputed, and there are both pagan and Christian practices that have evolved into what Hallowe’en is like today.  Some believe it originates from the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, meaning ‘Summer’s End’ which celebrated the end of the harvest season. Gaels believed that it was a time when […]

The King and Mrs Simpson

It was Tuesday 27th October 1939 that Mrs Wallis Simpson, an American socialite, received divorce papers ending her marriage to Ernest Simpson. This was part of a chain of events that changed the course of history in Great Britain. Wallis Simpson was having an affair with King Edward VIII and the relationship made him very […]

Popular music that helped me through the 1950s

It was on Friday 14th November 1952 that the British singles music charts were first published – but I knew nothing about it!  It was not until Friday 23rd October 1953 that I really ‘hooked into’ popular music of the day.  I kept notes and I played records – and I was told by my […]

London’s Evening Standard of Saturday 19th October 1861 tells us:

The more I look at newspapers of the past, the more fascinating I find them. Take, for instance, page 5 of this Saturday’s London Evening Standard (some wording has been altered to make modern sense): Column 1 – This day’s Police report comes from Marlborough Street and reports a SALE-ROOM ROBBERY: Thomas John Jackson, an […]

Thursday 15th October 1987 and a Great Storm that was not quite what some said!

It was on the night of Thursday/Friday 15th/16th October 1987 that hurricane-force winds caused casualties and damage in England, France and the Channel Islands as a severe depression in the Bay of Biscay moved northeast. With winds gusting at up to 100mph, there was massive devastation across Britain with 18 people being killed. Some 15 […]

It’s paper as we know it but …….

Ralph Wedgwood (1766–1837) was an English inventor and member of the Wedgwood family of potters – a member that is rarely mentioned in any situation.  He was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Thomas Wedgwood and his wife Elizabeth and the cousin – and later business partner – of Josiah Wedgwood.   Funding £200 […]