29th April 2014

Day 25 of the A to Z April Challenge: Y for Yankee

You are most probably all aware of the connection of this term with the USA but the word does have different connotations….. outside the United States, […]
28th April 2014

Day 24 of the A to Z April Challenge: X for X-ray

X-ray (or X-radiation) is a form of electromagnetic radiation. This takes me back to my student days studying chemical physics…. did you know that most x-rays have […]
27th April 2014

#17 Martha Gaylor of Bramshaw, Hampshire

For many years, Leonard Fielder was at the top of one branch of my tree – Leonard married Maria Keen (sometimes Kean, otherwise Keane!) in 1836 […]
26th April 2014

Day 23 of the A to Z April Challenge: W for Whiskey

Not much to write about today other than the blindingly obvious….Whisky or whiskey, a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Barley, malted barley, rye, malted […]
25th April 2014

Day 22 of the A to Z April Challenge: V for Victor

Victor Meldrew was a fictional character in the popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave, created by David Renwick and played by Richard Wilson. The […]
24th April 2014

Day 21 of the A to Z April Challenge: U for Uniform

In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell held a camp for boys at Brownsea Island in Dorset to test his ideas with regard to setting up a scouting movement. […]
23rd April 2014

Day 20 of the A to Z April Challenge: T for Tango

Not being known to date as a conformist, tango – the dance – was a topic I was keen to avoid today. But finding out that […]
22nd April 2014

Day 19 of the A to Z April Challenge: S for Sierra

Sierra is Spanish for mountain range and also saw – oddly – originating from the Latin serra. Most of the place names incorporating the word are […]
21st April 2014

Day 18 of the A to Z April Challenge: R for Romeo

Having done Romeo and Juliet earlier in the A to Z Challenge, research was needed to find suitable Romeo references. And I stumbled across a village […]