About Purple Brolly

My aim is to give a flavour of these precious islands we call 'the UK'. All research is based on a minimum of two public domain sources, usually more. Any hint of my personal opinion is unintentional, but may creep in occasionally. If you need to contact me, my email address is purplebrolly@britdips.xyz. Cheers x

Articles created by Purple Brolly

29/06/2022

Small Claims

In 1973, when the Small Claims track for legal proceedings was introduced in the UK, it was…

17/06/2022

The fire extinguisher

After the Great Fire of London in 1666 there was a gradual move towards organised firefighting (initially…

05/06/2022

The Venerable Bede

Bede (672/3-735) was a monk who spent his life in Northumbria, mostly in St. Paul’s Monastery in…

13/05/2022

Sandringham Estate

While the Crown owns thousands of properties in the UK,  just a few are registered to Queen…

29/04/2022

Restoration Comedy

Given that youth sub-cultures (e.g. punk, hippy, emo, rocker) deliberately set out on an irreverent, anti-establishment path,…

20/04/2022

British dialects

At the time of WW2 there were at least 50 distinct British dialects, some with derived names…

12/04/2022

Aeroacoustics

With air travel increasing in popularity in the early 1950s, scientists were faced with the new problem…

05/04/2022

Literary Festivals

In the land that produced Shakespeare it is unsurprising that many aspire to write their own masterpieces…

03/04/2022

The Miners’ Strike of 1984-85

Britain has utilised its vast natural coal resources for 1,000 years and many inventions (including railways) arose…

20/03/2022

New Year’s Day

The start of a new year has been set variously at 1st January, 1st March and 25th…

16/03/2022

Rounders

An ancient British game called ‘town-ball’, ‘base’ or ‘base-ball’ were the forerunners of the sport of rounders.…

12/03/2022

Vicars and Vicarages

The leader (‘incumbent’) of a Church of England parish church is known as a vicar, the equivalent…