British dialects

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

Aeroacoustics

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

Literary Festivals

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

New Year’s Day

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

Rounders

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

Vicars and Vicarages

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

Police & Crime Commissioners

The hierarchy of UK police ranks, in ascending order, is generally as follows:- Constable Sergeant Inspector Chief…

Hawk-Eye

Referees and umpires, we all should agree, have a very difficult job. The assistance of digital camera…

The Chartist Movement

The 1832 Reform Act was a small step towards equal rights, such as they were then perceived,…

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight (IoW) is a diamond-shaped island two miles off England’s south coast and is…

Sir Roger Moore

Londoner Sir Roger George Moore (1927-2017) was gifted with good looks, quick wits, charm and charisma. In…