2nd May 2014

High treason and witchcraft

Nearly five hundred years ago, on this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and […]
1st May 2014

The End of an Era

And what an era it was….! Thank you for the messages of support, both on good days and bad. They have spurred me on and brightened […]
30th April 2014

Day 26 of the A to Z April Challenge: Z for Zulu

The challenge would not be completed with Z for Zulu – the historical war film of 1964, depicting the Battle of Rorke’s Drift between the Zulus […]
29th April 2014

Day 25 of the A to Z April Challenge: Y for Yankee

You are most probably all aware of the connection of this term with the USA but the word does have different connotations….. outside the United States, […]
28th April 2014

Day 24 of the A to Z April Challenge: X for X-ray

X-ray (or X-radiation) is a form of electromagnetic radiation. This takes me back to my student days studying chemical physics…. did you know that most x-rays have […]
27th April 2014

#17 Martha Gaylor of Bramshaw, Hampshire

For many years, Leonard Fielder was at the top of one branch of my tree – Leonard married Maria Keen (sometimes Kean, otherwise Keane!) in 1836 […]
26th April 2014

Day 23 of the A to Z April Challenge: W for Whiskey

Not much to write about today other than the blindingly obvious….Whisky or whiskey, a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Barley, malted barley, rye, malted […]
25th April 2014

Day 22 of the A to Z April Challenge: V for Victor

Victor Meldrew was a fictional character in the popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave, created by David Renwick and played by Richard Wilson. The […]
24th April 2014

Day 21 of the A to Z April Challenge: U for Uniform

In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell held a camp for boys at Brownsea Island in Dorset to test his ideas with regard to setting up a scouting movement. […]