Category There’s more to come

The world was changing – and perhaps not for the better

It’s the second decade of the 20th century and the world continues to develop and change. At this time Great Britain was at the centre of the world’s largest empire, a beneficiary of colonial resources and trade.  It occupied territory on four different continents and was at the centre of a vast trading and commercial […]

The aftermath of the past is recalled in a challenge of the present.

The Munich crash had claimed the lives of eight United players – and two more were maimed so badly that they never played again.  Matt Busby – the team’s master and leader – was hovering between life and death in a German hospital so Jimmy Murphy, his assistant manager, took control.   He needed to find […]

A husband; a daughter and the beginning of Fame.

Last time we left Marlene, in 1922, being sacked four weeks after getting a job playing the violin in a pit orchestra for silent films at a Berlin cinema! In 1923 Marlene met Rudolf Sieber, a film professional who helped her land a part in the German 1923 silent film Tragedy of Love where she […]

Five days ago, in December 1901 in a Berlin suburb, a girl named Marie was born

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 to acknowledge throughout her life. One indication of this starts early as her name ‘changes. It is now Marlene […]

Today it is Snow not ‘Smog’

9th December 1952 might have been the day that the Smog left London but today – 10th December 2017 – is the day that Snow has arrived in Market Deeping – and across a very large area of East Anglia.  Looking out of the window as I type this I see that the wind is […]

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

It’s Saturday morning 6th December 1952 and the London Smog is so dense that residents in some parts of the city could not see their own feet as they walked!  The heart of London was paralyzed – you couldn’t see to walk and transport was at a stand-still.  Boat traffic on the Thames came to […]

The great ‘Smog’ of London

It was called ‘The Great Smog of London’ or ‘The Great Smog of 1952’ – and sometimes simply ‘The Big Smoke’.  Whatever it was called, it is clear that it was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in December 1952. Whatever you wish to call it, the city of London […]