30th September 2014

Mother unknown

Sometimes, when we are researching for clients, fascinating gems pop out of the records and yesterday was one of those occasions. How many of you have […]
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 […]