11th November 2014

How many Armistices?

When we were considering the blog post for today, we had a kind of ‘determination’ not to blog about Remembrance Day as we guessed – probably […]
10th November 2014

Obscene Publications Act

D H Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was first published in its entirety in the UK on 10 November 1960, and the first run of the 200,000 […]
9th November 2014

#44 William Henry Oats (1889-1948)

During the course of the year while I have been writing my #52Ancestors posts, I have tried to look at characters in my extended family who […]
8th November 2014

Remembrance Day bombing

On 8 November 1987 in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb exploded near the town’s war memorial during a Remembrance Sunday ceremony, […]
7th November 2014

The last public hanging

On this date in 1783, highwayman John Austin was hanged at Tyburn for robbing and murdering John Spicer on the road to London. The village of Tyburn […]
6th November 2014

The Idiot’s Guide to Airport Security

And so, the return trip from Canada to London Heathrow Terminal 5 has begun. Due to the additions to my Canadian lecturing plans, I first have […]
5th November 2014

Remember, remember….

‘….the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot, I see no reason why gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot’. On this day in 1605, the conspirator […]
4th November 2014

Round the bend

Sometimes I really wonder whether it’s me or you who is ’round the bend’, ‘crackers’, ‘a few planks short of a load’…. I thought it was […]
3rd November 2014

Part Two: Two Planes from Toronto to Ottawa

And so, having sat pixie-fashion on the floor in arrivals for just a few moments, Elizabeth spotted my bright purple case on the carousel, I pressed […]