K is for Wrestling

No, I haven’t lost my grip on the alphabet. K for me will forever be associated with wrestling as I shall try to explain.

The wrestling I enjoyed watching wasn’t the muscle-pumping, body-oiled, testosterone-fuelled entertainment industry of today. Mine came from a gentler time, although it bore many of the hallmarks of stage management that you see today. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Hole in one
The Royal Mint is issuing a new 50p coin featuring a black hole in honour of Stephen Hawking. (Or a metaphor for a crash out Brexit?)

Speaking of Brexit
The EU gets blamed for all sorts of ludicrous directives but they are all Euromyths that can be fact-checked here. Strange that most appear in the Daily Mail and/or the Telegraph. Read more ›››

J is for Jerome K Jerome

Although I love my gadgets, one of the most popular that I’ve avoided so far is the Kindle. My problem with it is that although one might store a library within its circuits, you don’t have the reassuring presence of much-loved titles looking down on you from the bookshelf as a reminder to be re-read. One such book of mine is the collection of three works by the Victorian/Edwardian humorist, Jerome K Jerome. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

That’s it folks
Among all those who support Brexit there are many who long for a simpler time when we weren’t in the EU. But to illustrate that things move on and get more complicated, here is a map of the internet in 1973, the same year we joined the EU. Yep, that’s all of it.

Hauntology
And on that note, I came across this article on hauntology or nostalgia for lost futures. Read more ›››

I is for Vladimir Ilyushin

One of the iconic moments of the modern era took place on 12 April 1961 when Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. But was he? Or does that honour belong to Vladimir Ilyushin as the conspiracy theorists would have us believe?

Vladimir Ilyushin was the son of Sergei Ilyushin, the pioneering aircraft engineer responsible for some of the most famous Russian military aircraft and deputy of the Supreme Soviet from 1937 to 1970. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Spoilsports
Manchester United has ordered a couple who make their own “terrible” football stickers to stop selling “wonky drawings” of the team’s ex-players. Known as Panini Cheapskates, they hand draw their own images and sell them on Etsy.

You piffling little swishfiggler!
A lexicographer has a children’s dictionary of swearing and expletives. Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words is designed to help them explore language. Read more ›››

H is for Robert Hawker

The Reverend Robert Stephen Hawker was an eccentric English clergyman remembered for writing the patriotic Cornish song Trelawny, originating the tradition of the Harvest Festival – and dressing as a mermaid.

Hawker was born in Plymouth in 1803 the eldest of nine children. When he was ten years old, his father took holy orders and left Plymouth leaving his son in the care of his grandparents. Read more ›››