Kirsty Gray

27th September 2014

Come on …. do the Locomotion

The UK’s first public railway, the Stockton and Darlington link was opened today in 1825 by railway engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848), operating the engine Locomotion. Locomotion used […]
26th September 2014

Non-stop until you drop

On this day in 1973, Concorde made its first non-stop transatlantic flight with passengers, from Washington to Paris. The supersonic aircraft completed the crossing in just […]
25th September 2014

Anyone suffer from didaskaleinophobia?

I learnt a new word today. However, I would like to change the spelling slightly and hyphenate it to did-ask-alien-ophobia. Do you know what it means? […]
24th September 2014

Are you stopping?

Xtremely late blog tonight as it has been an xtraordinarily odd and busy day. Yesterday, a fellow genie said ‘I swear you have more than 24 […]
23rd September 2014

Conversational ‘free association’ – anyone?

Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died on this day in 1939. Born in 1856 of Jewish Galician parents in the Moravian town of Příbor (which […]
22nd September 2014

Who took the gold plates?

On 22 September 1827, Joseph Smith – founder of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) – claimed to have received a set of gold […]
21st September 2014

#38 George God(d)ard of Marystow, Devon

George’s parents, Edward and Margaret (nee Bickle) married in Marystow in 1764 and George was the seventh of eight known children: Mary (1765), John (1768), Edward (1771), […]
20th September 2014

Awarded and invested

During the Battle of the Alma (in the Crimean War) 160 years ago today, six men won Victoria Cross medals. Instituted by a Royal Warrant dated […]
19th September 2014


As many of you will know, I am in the process of writing my second book right now. Well actually, finishing it off…. hopefully soon! It’s […]