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

19/01/2022

Triton, Hyperion, Ariel and Umbriel

Lancashire-born William Lassell (1799-1880) grew up in Liverpool within a clock-making family, acquiring the precision engineering skills…

17/01/2022

The Royal Festival Hall

After the WW2 bombing of London, the County Council decided that a new, up-to-the-minute, airy, Scandinavian-style concert…

11/01/2022

Plough Monday/Sunday

Before industrialisation, Plough Monday was a popular event in farming communities on the first or second Monday…

08/01/2022

Running the sub-4-minute mile

Sometimes called ‘The Dream Mile’, this feat is said to have begun with aristocrats betting on their…

06/01/2022

Coalition governments

With its first-past-the-post voting principle, a UK General Election does not often result in no party having…

04/01/2022

Venn diagrams

Yorkshire-born Dr. John Venn (1834-1923) had two obsessions ~ logic and Cambridge University. His deep interest and…

01/01/2022

Treason

Considering that treason laws are intended to protect senior royalty, it is most odd to see four…

29/12/2021

Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was born in Suffolk and spent most of his life there. In 1948…

20/12/2021

Burns Night

Robert (Rabbie) Burns (1759-96) was born in Ayrshire to tenant farmers, but found he had a gift…

17/12/2021

Oliver Cromwell

The role of the monarchy has changed radically over the ages and the public execution of King…

16/12/2021

The Oak

Two types of oak tree are native to the UK ~ the English and the sessile. Others…

09/12/2021

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. On this day Jesus reputedly washed his disciples’ feet…