Those of us who grew up in the UK in the 1950s and 60s will recall the fruity voice of Kenneth Horne, star of the radio comedies Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne.
But interesting though his life was, for this round of ABC Wednesday, I wanted to briefly look at the life of his father, the Congregational minister, MP, author and champion of the poor, Charles Silvester Horne. Read more ›››
Apologies to anyone coming here expecting to read my Sunday Round-up. We have been away this week, partly as a break but mostly to transfer our daughter to her first proper teaching job in London. Loaded cars and loaded questions about her choice of career and venue but what else can you do. Normal service hopefully revived next week. Read more ›››
As the saying goes: ‘nobody ever got rich by spending money’ which is advice that Hetty Green took very much to heart giving her a reputation for both wealth and miserliness.
She was born Henrietta Howland Robinson in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1834. The family were Quakers and the richest in the city making their money through their large fleet of whalers. Read more ›››
Rainy days: Described as the ultimate weather-protecting product, you can buy the umbrella jacket for as little as £11 – if you have the nerve to wear one in public.
Shed your inhibitions: Cuprinol revealed the twenty-four finalists in the 2018 Shed of the Year competition with entries ranging from the inspired to the oddball. Read more ›››
Those few of you who regularly read my ABC Wednesday posts will know that there is nothing I like better than an eccentric rogue and this week I give you one of the greatest – Maurice Flitcroft the Phantom of the Open.
Here was a man who took up golf at the age of forty-six and believing that he had mastered the game in a matter of months he posed as a professional to enter the most prestigious tournament in golf and carding a never to be equalled score of 121. Read more ›››
Drag’s Army: Photos of wartime defence forces have emerged of them manning the guns in drag after they were called into action during a panto show at the height of the Blitz.
Spell cheker: Donald Trump would be rubbish at Scrabble so he has come up with Scrabull, a game that any idiot can play as you can see from this Jimmy Kimmel video. Read more ›››
Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Ederle was an American competition swimmer who earned the nickname of Queen of the Waves when in 1926 she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
Ederle was born in New York in 1905 the daughter of German immigrants who ran a butcher’s shop in Manhattan. It was her father who first taught to swim in New Jersey where the family owned a summer cottage. Read more ›››