The Booker Prize

In 1967 Lord Jock Campbell (1912-94) from Dunbartonshire was about to head the development of the new…

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…

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…

Plough Monday/Sunday

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

Coalition governments

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

Venn diagrams

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

Treason

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

Benjamin Britten

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

Burns Night

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

Oliver Cromwell

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

The Oak

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