Jane Haining was a Christian missionary who worked with Jewish communities in Eastern Europe in the 1930s and 40s who in 2010 was posthumously named a British Hero of the Holocaust by the British Government.

She was born in Dunscore, Scotland, in 1897 the daughter of Thomas and Jane Haining. Her mother died when Jane was just five-years-old and as she grew she took on the role of caring for the family. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Tiny Trumps: We all remember how upset the Donald became when it was suggested that he had unusually small hands (confirmed by Madame Tussauds) so heaven knows what he thinks of the Tiny Trumps meme on Reddit.

Witchcraft: But that Trump meme is nothing compared to the occult attempt to put a spell on him. Read more ›››

Brexit-Trump-Ranieri

I swear I heard Jurgen Klopp use the headline above to describe the strange world we live in as the reason that Claudio Ranieri got the sack as manager of Leicester City barely a year after he guided them to an unlikely Premiership winning season. But perhaps he has a point

A similar thing occurred to me today after Labour lost the Copeland seat they've held for eighty years and yet, like Monty Python's knight, Jeremy Corbyn declares it is but a scratch even though his arms are hanging off. Read more ›››

G is for Harry Gem

A sporting theme for ABC Wednesday this week as I focus on Harry Gem, the man who invented the game of lawn tennis.

Gem was born in the industrial heart of England in Birmingham in 1819. He was educated at King's College London and from 1841 he practised as a solicitor in his home city, becoming a magistrate's clerk in 1856. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Sweethearts: The city of Loveland, Colorado, has been busy this week as the postal point for thousands of Valentine's Day cards, including one headed for Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, an unidentified female aide at No10 fell for a hoax phone call saying that the Donald wanted to send Theresa May a bunch of her favourite flowers for Valentine's Day. Read more ›››

F is for Bertram Forer

Bertram Forer was an American psychologist who is remembered for describing the technique for self-deception familiar to psychics, astrologers and even popular business personality tests.

Forer was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1914 and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1936. He then received his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California. Read more ›››

Dash It

I was browsing the Amazon website to see what odd mix of items it thinks I should consider spending my money on. This included Italian shoes and premium quality headphones for some reason, but the thing that caught my eye was the Amazon Dash.

These little gizmos are branded to a particular product and the idea is that when you notice that you've run out of that product you simply press the button on the Dash and it will order a resupply through some technological voodoo. Read more ›››

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