On this day…in 2005

On the morning of July 7, 2005, bombs are detonated in three crowded London Underground stations and one bus during the peak of the city’s rush hour. The synchronized suicide bombings, which were thought to be the work of al-Qaida, killed 56 people including the bombers and injured another 700. It was the largest attack … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1886

On this day, 9th January 1868, the last convict ship to transport prisoners to Australia (the Hougoumont) arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia. The prisoners would have been excited but also fearful. The heat would have been spmething they’re not used to for a start…and that’s before they realise that every bloody thing can kill you. One convict died on the … [Read the full story]

Carrie Fisher dead at 60

Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher, died of a heart attack on a flight from London to LA. Her heart just packed up. Carrie Fisher struggled after with alcoholism, substance abuse and depression. She was aged 60. Daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher was the star of over 40 movies, including Shampoo and The Blue Brothers. … [Read the full story]

War! what is it good for – I remember it well

Looking at the reports from Syria, brings back memories from when I was a child. Seeing the children being taken away from their homes. The destroyed homes, the heartless caretakers the clinical removal of people from their towns and cities. The children’s reaction to the bombing – how they hardly flinch at the sounds of … [Read the full story]

History is in the eye of the ignorant

I am getting older and spend my time looking backwards at history. That is true history, not the history proposed by twenty somethings just out of university. As a lad I was able to talk to my Grandad, he told me about the First World War. Not from history books, but from the sights and … [Read the full story]

Do you talk to your kids?

I think the thing I miss most is being able to talk to my grandad. My grandchildren don’t listen to me they play on their X-boxes. Are there too many electrical gadgets around today to influence our children with ipods, Wii, play stations, dvd players and television. When I was young I used to sit … [Read the full story]

Lip Up Fatty – Bad Manners are coming to Oz

Bad Manners are touring Australia. Buster Bloodvessel  is still bald, has still got a fat tongue…but he has lost some weight. Bad Manners were founded in 1976 in North London and had nine top 40 singles between 1980 and 1983. Buster has struggled with Morbid Obesity and had a gastric bypass installed in 2004. It … [Read the full story]

On the wagon

In London, the Old Bailey is on the site of a dreadful prison. In olden times the prisoners sentenced to death were taken by horse and cart from the prison to Marble Arch where they were hanged. It was a long journey with streets thronged with crowds.  The beer shops were packed with revellers heading … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1564

Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564, and on the same day he died in 1616. Although the plays of William Shakespeare may be the most widely read works in the English language, little is known for certain about the playwright himself. Some scholars even believe the plays were not written by William Shakespeare … [Read the full story]

Want to eliminate Justin Bieber from the web?

Pop prince Justin Bieber may have over 35 million followers on Twitter but there seems to be many more people who just can’t stand him. There is no stopping the baby hit maker’s musical bandwagon fuelled by the passionate fans he likes to call Beliebers despite a tumultuous week on tour in London. One man, however, is … [Read the full story]

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