27th August 2014

The Earth – antics of yesteryear

The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies) occurred today in 1883. The volcano had become active in May but this was the climax of the […]
26th August 2014

Arrested, tried and guillotined

The French chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier was born today in 1743, to a wealthy family in Paris. The son of an attorney at the Parlement of Paris, he […]
25th August 2014

What makes one more successful than another?

Today marks the anniversary of the first recorded person to swim from England to France. Starting from Admiralty Pier in Dover, Captain Matthew Webb made the […]
24th August 2014

#34 Ernest Richard Sillifant, postman of Lifton (1889-1937)

Ernest Richard Sillifant was baptised at his parent’s home on 29 September 1889 in Halwill. The family were Bible Christians and in the 1891 census, they lived […]
23rd August 2014

Have ethics gone out of the window?

Anyone who has watched the television programme Heir Hunters will realise that the business is all about ‘getting there first’ …. or is it? Being first […]
22nd August 2014

Freaky Friday

452! I can hardly believe it… 452 Squirrel(l)s in 1881. Where did they all sprout from? This nifty piece of software – Surname Atlas – maps […]
21st August 2014

Crazy Thursday

Tortoise keeping has been popular in the UK for a long time and it is estimated that between the years 1969-1972 approximately 480,000 tortoises were imported […]
19th August 2014

Why did he do it?

Today is a sad day, marking the 27th anniversary of what became known as the Hungerford massacre. Gunman Michael Ryan, armed with two semi-automatic rifles and […]
18th August 2014

What do you work for?

It’s a crazy world we live in these days. Who would have been able to foresee, when I was in the Brownies, that in thirty years […]