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N is for John Norton-Griffiths

John Norton-Griffiths

If you watched the tv series Peaky Blinders you’ll know that their story began in World War as miners below the German trenches and although their story is fictional, the truth is not. thanks to John Norton-Griffiths. And it didn’t begin with Brummies.

We all know about the horrors of the stalemate that stretched for 400 miles from the French coast to the Swiss border, but less well-known is the war that took place below the trenches. Read more ›››

R is for Jeannie Rousseau

Jeannie Rousseau was an Allied spy during World War Two whose intelligence work led directly to the raid on Peenemunde that disrupted the V-1 and V-2 rocket programme and saved thousands of lives.

Rousseau was born in 1919 in Brittany, the daughter of a World War One veteran and French Foreign Ministry official. She was a brilliant linguist and graduated in languages in 1939. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Basket case: Pork pies, camcorders and leg waxing have been replaced by chilled mashed potato, raspberries and exercise leggings in the basket of goods used to calculate the UK’s inflation rate.

Remains: Scientists believe that bones found on a remote Pacific island are the remains of Amelia Earhart who disappeared in 1937. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

More Christmas gift ideas: Keep your loved one warm and whacky with one of these Freak Show Hats but be sure to follow the instruction not to use it as a terrorist. Or how about this talking Donald Trump figurine?

Jingle all the way: A Boston University professor has had to defend her controversial research that uncovered the racist origins of the beloved Christmas song Jingle Bells. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

On yer bike: We are getting one of those bike sharing schemes in Manchester similar to those in China, but there can be a downside as this photo shows. This amazing pattern is made by thousands of bikes dumped by people too lazy to return them in Zhejiang Province.

Will make you: Those are the words to include in a headline on Facebook to get the best response while the one to avoid is ‘control of your’. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

More money than sense: Prada has produced a solid silver paperclip marketed as a money clip but at £145 each you will have fewer notes to keep safe.

More sense than money: While the silver paperclip might be an attractive proposition for some, more attractive is Canada’s glow-in-the-dark coin and at just $2 it is a much cheaper option. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Flotsam and eggsam: Last week I reported the death of Kinder Egg supremo William Salice. News that thousands of the egg-based confectionery have washed up on a German beach couldn’t be a coincidence surely.

It’s pants: Hundreds of people went to work sans-culottes this week to celebrate the worldwide No Trousers on the Tube Day. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Trump’s lasting legacy: A British fan of the president-elect has his face tattooed on his leg with the words ‘in Trump we trust’ because ‘all great art is controversial’.

Meanwhile, in Davenport, Iowa, a Bernie Sanders supporter has also ended up with a Trump tattoo on his back and all because of a stupid bet with his best buddy. Read more ›››