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Henry Yule

English is a rather predatory language that snatches words and phrases from other tongues, making them its own. and few cultures have added more than India and the Asian sub-continent.

The man who chronicled the words loaned to the English language was the geographer, Orientalist and travel writer Sir Henry Yule whose Anglo-Indian dictionary has never been out of print. Read more ›››

Isoroku Yamamoto

I have written about Isoroku Yamamoto, the 'mastermind behind the dastardly sneak attack on Pearl Harbour' in 1941 but in this, the 75th anniversary year of those terrible events, it is apt to repeat my post.

Born Isoroku Takano in Nagaoka in 1884, his first name translates from the old Japanese as the number 56, the age his schoolmaster father was when his son was born. Read more ›››

Many murderers have a motive for their actions, be it greed, jealousy or passion, but others seem to need no reason other than an obsession to kill and one such was compulsive poisoner Graham Young.

Born in London in 1947, he lived with his aunt and uncle after his mother died when he was just a few months old, before returning to live with his father and stepmother a few years later. Read more ›››

Y is for Henry Yule

Henry Yule

With a name like Yule you could be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another festive ABC Wednesday entry, but my Henry Yule had little to do with Christmas.

He was the Victorian geographer, Orientalist and travel writer who jointly compiled the first Anglo-Indian dictionary of words loaned to the English language and one that has never been out of print. Read more ›››

Isoroku Yamamoto

Isoroku Yamamoto was the 'mastermind behind the dastardly sneak attack on Pearl Harbour' in 1941 and who died as a result of equally sneaky tactics by the American air force.

Born Isoroku Takano in Nagaoka in 1884, his first name translates from the old Japanese as the number 56, the age his schoolmaster father was when his son was born. Read more ›››

Tomoyuki Yamashita

Tomoyuki Yamashita was the Japanese WWII general who was ignorded when he counselled against war with the United States and Britain, then commanded his country's victories in Malaya and Singapore.

But it is the treasure hunt that he subsequently that interests me, the one that became known as the search for Yamashita's Gold. Read more ›››

Irvin Yeaworth

It may come as a surprise, but the 1958 cult classic sci-fi movie, The Blob, was directed by Presbyterian minister, Irvin Yeaworth, owner of Christian production company, Good News Productions.

Yeaworth was born in Berlin in 1926 and began his show business career at the age of ten, singing on KDKA in Pittsburgh, the world's first commercial radio station... Read more ›››

Yachts in Knysna Marina

Yachts are always helpful to illustrate the letter Y, as any author of ABC books for children will tell you.

I took this photo of yachts at Knysna Quays Waterfront during a stop off on our Garden Route trip along the south coast of Africa.

The town was once quite isolated but is now a popular tourist and retirement resort because of its clement climate. Read more ›››

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