6th February 2014

Winter sports introductions – Day 4

Ski jumping was developed in the late nineteenth century in Norway with the aim of the discipline being to jump as far as possible and then […]
5th February 2014

Winter sports introductions – Day 3

Curling is a team sport which evolved in Scotland in the sixteenth century and is played on a rectangular sheet of ice, specially prepared for the […]
4th February 2014

Winter sports introductions – Day 2

Speed skating is a skating discipline which originated in the thirteenth century in Holland, where people practiced skating for crossing the frozen water. However, it was […]
3rd February 2014

Your guide to some Winter Olympic events

We will begin this week’s guide – in the run up to the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi – with the Luge. The […]
2nd February 2014

#5 George Maunder of Mary Tavy, Devon

Some years ago, when researching Richard Sillifant – a rare Sillifant who was not an ‘ag lab’ – I purchased The Victorian Policeman by Simon Dell […]
1st February 2014

Chinese New Year

…. takes place this year on Friday January 31. Celebrations usually begin on Chinese New Year’s Eve, signalling the end of the Year of the Snake. […]
30th January 2014

When you go….

Well, today is actually when I first appeared! But, when we depart this life, some of us will be remembered with a gravestone, memorial tablet or […]
29th January 2014

Quintessentially British

Some time ago, I wrote a blog about some slightly more eccentrically named individuals including Poo Out, One Too Many Gouldstone and Not Wanted James Colvill. […]
28th January 2014

Is 2014 the wettest January ever?

Well, the statistics are hard to find per month, so perhaps we can rephrase that: will 2014 be the wettest year ever? It would have to […]