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The development of Crop Rotation

Picture Credit: "Oats in conservation agriculture crop rotation, Mexico" by CIMMYT is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_rotation ‘Crop rotation’ is the practice of growing a series of different types of...

The Radio

(Picture Credit: Wikipedia) Dick Barton – Special Agent was a radio thriller serial broadcast in the BBC Light Programme between 7th October 1946 and 30th March 1951. Produced and directed by Raymond Raikes, Neil Tuson, and Charles Lefaux, it was aired in 15-minute...

Apple, Orwell and the Thought Police

What is the connection between Apple computers and George Orwell's 1984 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four?  Apple launched their Macintosh computer on 24th January 1984. Their commercial is still revered as one of the greatest of all time.  You have to...

New life in an old sauce

Picture Credit: [Cropped extract] From Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_Sauce © Copyright of the copyright owner is acknowledged O.K Sauce is a brand of brown sauce which is manufactured in the United Kingdom. It was first made by George Mason &...

About Movies

Here I go again, sharing some of my life with you. This time it’s to give you some information about the film industry with which I’ve been involved since 2002/3. American MoviesThe American Film Institute's Top 100 Funniest Films was announced 20 years ago (in June...

I didn’t know that! – Who were the Habsburgs?

The family of Habsburg ruled Austria for nearly 650 years, from a modest beginning as dukes protecting the border of Germany, they became emperors of Austria and of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.  The House of Habsburg, also officially called the...

The Doolittle Raid

Picture Credit: "100418-F-5964B-1537" by AirmanMagazine is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Vintage B-25 Mitchell bombers on 18th April 2010 flying over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, during a memorial flight honouring...

We love our Pets

Around 1600 years ago the Romans left Britain but many  of the cats they owned were left behind. When the Vikings invaded Britain about 1,000 years ago it is thought that they took some of the domesticated cats (that the Romans had left behind) back to Norway with...

Plural Words You Didn’t Know Existed

Doesn't it seem like every time you learn a grammar rule, you have to learn its exceptions? Take plurals, for example. You can add an -s or -es to most words to create a plural ... except for when you can't. Then there are plurals that look nothing like the original...

These old words may sound naughty but…

Don't get your knickers in a twist—these old words (from Dictionary.com) don't mean what you think, even if they do sound a bit raunchy. Read on for some brazen, harmless fun!  Whether you’re a professional linguist, casual word-lover, or raging grammarphobe, one...

Zoom and Beyond

One (of the many) things we have all become more aware of during the lockdown is video conferencing or video calling. It’s great for keeping in touch with our loved ones as well as providing a way for clubs and associations to operate and communicate without actually...

Improving mental fitness

Researchers at Stanford University (USA) found that memory loss can be improved by 30 to 50 per cent simply by doing mental exercises. The brain is like a muscle - if you don't give it regular workouts, its functions will decline. Suggestions include: Keep up your...

Some Social Media Terms Explained (or confuse you)

Instagram is a platform for quality pictures and video. It’s a visual platform. People follow their friends for obvious reasons, but they also follow strangers who offer them something— whether it be quality images of cats, comedy post, memes, gorgeous people,...

Killing Time

There’s more to killing than you might think.  Some while ago, I put together a Glossary on the subject (yes, very morbid, I know) aided by some useful pointers at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_types_of_killing For example, did you know about these:...

Jobs for the Girls

Ellen Church: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Church The first female flight attendant was a 25-year-old registered nurse named Ellen Church. She was hired by Boeing Air Transport (predecessor of United Airlines) in 1930 when it was thought that all...

History Lessons

Did you know that they used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken to and sold to the tannery if you had to do this to survive you were "P### Poor". But worse than that were the really poor folk who...

Know the words (or some of them)

(Sources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52182658 where marked with * and World Health Organisation **) ** Coronavirus A family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)...

Etiquette during the Lockdown

Probably the most significant event to take place this century, COVID-19 has not only impacted billions of lives around the world, but our behaviour, too. Debrett’s have been comparing the 'new' etiquette with that of only a month ago. Some of the changes...

The QWERTY Keyboard

Just over 300 years ago, in 1714, Queen Anne of Great Britain granted a patent to Henry Mill.  Mill, who was an engineer, had come up with the idea of a machine that could write. The patent application suggests that the machine was a sort of early typewriter. But...


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