27th October 2014

My birthday began with the waterbirds

The Welsh poet – Dylan Marlais Thomas – was born in Swansea on this day in 1914. The son of a schoolmaster, Dylan worked as a […]
26th October 2014

#43 Granny Baynham’s ‘Aunt Dunt’

Regular readers of my #52Ancestors posts will know that I am lucky enough to have – in the family archives – a letter to my great-grandmother from […]
25th October 2014

How difficult is it?

When a team first comes together, you cannot expect it to perform well. Forming a team takes time and teams often go through recognisable stages as […]
24th October 2014

Wise move, 28 years ago

In 1986, we – the United Kingdom, that is – cut our diplomatic links with Syria over a bomb plot. Breaking off relations with them due […]
23rd October 2014

Chulalongkorn Day

In Thailand, this is Chulalongkorn Day, commemorating the death of King Chulalongkorn, also known as King Rama V, on 23 October 1910. He was born in […]
22nd October 2014

A convicted double agent

George Blake (born George Behar on 11 November 1922) was a British spy and was uncovered in 1961 as a double agent in the service of […]
21st October 2014

England expects that every man will do his duty

…..the signal sent from Admiral Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory before the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, the most significant naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars, […]
20th October 2014

Convictions quashed

The Guildford pub bombings occurred on 5 October 1974. Two pubs in Guildford, Surrey were targeted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) who detonated a […]
19th October 2014

#42 William Day (1777-1848)

William Day is currently at the top of my Day tree. I was very lucky to have a ‘Day tree’ c/o my Day grandfather back in […]