26th January 2014

#4 Swansey Langley Keene

When I was younger – so much younger than today (good song that!) – I was lucky enough to have several relatives on my maternal side […]
25th January 2014

Burns Night

The birthday of Robert Burns (1759-96) on 25 January is celebrated by people of Scottish descent all around the world. The central attraction of the Burns […]
24th January 2014

A week of useless knowledge – Day 5

There are many strange laws in Britain and indeed, some very strange individuals involved in politics – including Screaming Lord Sutch, who was the topic of […]
23rd January 2014

A week of useless knowledge – Day 4

Some old British Achievers to share today….. On 21 December 2007, Queen Elizabeth II became the oldest British monarch at 81 years and 8 months, overtaking […]
22nd January 2014

A week of useless knowledge – Day 3

Wednesday is the day for the Top Five Bizarre British Books. All are real titles with details of the author/s, publisher and date of publication: 1. […]
21st January 2014

A more useful Day 2 in ‘A week of useless knowledge’

Yesterday, the headlines were: Schools urged to do more ‘What now?’ I found myself thinking…. Another media spin on what teachers are not doing? But actually, […]
20th January 2014

A week of useless knowledge …. Day 1

The title really does tell the story. This week, we thought we would put together some top X (sometimes two, sometimes ten) compendiums – historical and […]
19th January 2014

#3 James Robert Leonard Fielder

When I was very young, my grandparents moved to Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. My grandfather, David Day, had been interested in discovering our ancestry […]
18th January 2014

Pooh Day

Alan Alexander Milne was born on this day in 1882. After graduating from Cambridge University, he worked as assistant editor of Punch magazine and wrote a […]