Middle English

In the period immediately following the Norman Conquest of 1066,…

Belisha beacons

The flash rate of Belisha beacons (0.75 seconds on, 0.75…

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

The UK’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community is roughly…

Flinders Petrie, pioneer of Egyptology

Sir W.M. Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) did not know his grandfather,…

The Northern Ireland Assembly

Ever since its legal creation in 1921, Northern Ireland has…

Bank Holidays

Until the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, the idea of…

The Vikings

During the Vikings‘ explorations spanning N.America to the Middle East,…

Boy Scouts

Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell (‘B-P’, 1857-1941) was born in London…

Badminton

Not only did the 10th Duke of Beaufort (1900-84) inaugurate…

Royal Assent

After a Bill passes through both Houses of Parliament, it…

The diving bell

Dr. Edmund Halley (1656-1742), of comet fame, lived in the…

Moles

There are two schools of thought about our estimated 41,400,000…

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