29th September 2014

Chickens and parsons’ daughters

So, the saying goes: ‘Michaelmas chickens and parsons’ daughters never come to good’. But, what on earth does it mean? Today is Michaelmas, the feast day […]
28th September 2014

#39 Mary Ann Day (1843-?)

Mary Ann was the third born child of William Henry Day and his first wife, Elizabeth (nee Everett). Born in the September quarter of 1843 in […]
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), […]