G is for Sir Humphrey Gilbert

The Age of Discovery gave us the names of many great European explorers who opened up Africa, the Americas and Asia, but their discoveries often owed more to luck than judgement. And the unlucky ones tend to be forgotten.

One such is Sir Humphrey Gilbert, half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, who managed to lose most of the ships under his command and ‘discovered’, claimed and abandoned Newfoundland within the space of a few weeks in 1583. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

O’er matron
Not normally known for innuendo, Mark & Spencer launched a Love Sausage in time for Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of sausages
Forget about the companies abandoning Britain, the real tragedy of Brexit is that the planned Sausage World in North Yorkshire has been shelved because the EU has pulled funding. Read more ›››

F is for Vernon V Froehlich

Harold Froelich

The Wikipedia entry for Congressman Harold V Froehlich is brief to the point of brusqueness which is odd because it makes no mention of the great toilet paper shortage scare that he was responsible for.

Froehlich was born in Wisconsin in 1932 and after serving in the US Navy during the Korean War he attended university and graduated with a law degree in 1962. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Outrageous
Wagamama has launched a vegan version of the great British breakfast with beetroot sausages and bacon made from gluten. Cultural appropriation surely?

Bad to wurst
If that offended any veggies out there, look away now. A butcher in Nuremberg has opened the world’s first and only sausage-themed hotel. Read more ›››

E is for Edgar the Etheling

Edgar the Ætheling

If asked who became King of England after the Battle of Hastings, most people, myself included, would say William the Conqueror, but in fact, it was Edgar the Etheling (or Ætheling to be correct, which means Prince).

There was no automatic succession to the English throne in 1066 and the king was elected by the Witangemot, or ‘wise-meeting’, a council of religious and political leaders. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Vaev Tissues

Bless you We all get coughs and colds at this time of year but now you can ‘get sick on your own terms’ by ordering a tissue from the start-up company Vaev.

These have been sneezed into by one of their ten go-to sick people and by rubbing it on your face you catch that cold when it’s convenient for you. And for only $79 it’s not to be sneezed at! Read more ›››

D is for the Deane Brothers

Deane Diving Helmet

Many inventions come about by accident rather than design and so it was for the diving helmet devised by the Deane brothers.

Charles Anthony Deane was born in 1796 in Deptford, London, and home to the Royal Naval Dockyard. His brother John was born four years later and both attended the Royal Hospital School in Greenwich. Read more ›››

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