R is for Hans Redl

Hans Redl

I’ve written before about amputees who have achieved great things in sport despite their physical disability and another such is Austrian tennis player Hans Redl.

Born in Vienna in 1914, Redl was a better than average player and made the Austrian Davis Cup team in 1937, but after the Anschluss, he represented Germany in 1938 and 1939. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Sleazy Rider
The latest artwork by ‘patriotic’ artist Jon McNaughton depicts The Donald riding a red, white and blue motorcycle with Melania on the pillion.

Offensive driving
Many drivers are unaware of the things they can be fined for including driving with snow on the car roof and driving barefoot or in flip-flops. Read more ›››

Q is for the Queen of Whale Key

Carstairs and Lord Tod Wadley

As I mention above, some letters are getting harder to fill than others, so I am having to cheat on the letter Q by writing about Marion Barbara ‘Joe’ Carstairs, also known as the Queen of Whale Cay.

Carstairs was quite a character – wealthy and openly gay, she was at one time the fastest woman on water, while her closest confidant was a doll and her Queen title comes from one of several islands she bought. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Still moving
Another busy week with the hoped-for house move so again a shorter than usual Sunday round-up.

Last words
Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland is selling a telegraph dubbed “Hitler’s suicide note” containing a final message from the Nazi leader which is expected to fetch up to £70,000. Read more ›››

P is for Auguste Piccard

Auguste Piccard

Auguste Piccard was the perfect portrait of the potty professor with his six foot six gangly frame, bulging forehead, receding hair, a white lab coat and round spectacles.

And he proved it too with inventions that set records for exploring both height and depth and by being the paradigm for two peerless fictional characters. I’ll bet you can guess at least one of them straight away. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Still moving
Another busy week with the hoped-for house move so a shorter than usual Sunday round-up as I try to catch up with last week.

Heavy metal
The inaugural Heavy Metal Knitting championships will kick off in the Finnish town of Joensuu in July. It’s a bit like air guitar but with knitting needles. Finland has 50 heavy metal bands per 100,00 population. Read more ›››

O is for Arthur Orton

Arthur Orton

In 1854, the vessel Bella disappeared at sea when bound for New York. On board was Sir Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne, heir to the Tichborne estates and baronetcy, who was declared dead – lost at sea.

And yet his mother never gave up hope that he might have survived. She placed advertisements in newspapers around the world seeking information about her son’s fate, and it seemed her faith was rewarded when she received news from Australia. Read more ›››