If ever a man was a typical product of his times it would be the soldier, adventurer, rake and dandy George Hanger.
Born in Gloucestershire in 1751, Hanger was the son of a country squire who dabbled in politics and who managed to land himself the title of Baron Coleraine even though his claim was but a distant one. Read more ›››
Hitler was a trending name in the 1930s (Adolf was Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1939) but it had become #hated by the early 1940s and unsurprisingly those with a family connection became less proud of their surname.
One such was William Patrick Hitler (aka Willy), a nephew of Adolf, who was living in America when that country entered World War II… Read more ›››
One of the stand out points of London 2012 was Oscar Pistorius competing against able-bodied athletes, but he was by no means the first Olympian with a physical disability.
One such was Olivér Halassy, the Hungarian water polo player and freestyle swimmer who competed successfully in three Olympics from 1928 to 1936 despite having only one leg. Read more ›››
The peace symbol is one of the most instantly recognisable in the world, but less so is its creator, Gerald Herbert Holtom.
Holtom was a professional artist and designer who studied at the Royal College of Art. He was born in 1914 and had been a conscientious objector during World War Two… Read more ›››
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 ›››
Hermanus was the first stop on our trip along the southern tip of Africa. We had left the main N2 to take the coastal road around the Hottentots-Holland Mountain and the views were quite stunning as you can see from the photo on the left.
We arrived in Hermanus around lunch time for a brief visit and to sample some of the excellent local seafood. Read more ›››
If you ever watch a modern film set in the 1930s or 40s and compare it with the old black and white films of that era, there is one really noticeable difference. It’s the way the actors carry off wearing a hat.
The modern actor looks either self-conscious or affected, whereas for the likes of Bogart and Bogarde a hat wasn’t a prop or something dug up by the wardrobe mistress. It was actually the most natural thing in the world to don a fedora because that’s what they wore off-screen. Read more ›››
This is a continuation of last week’s post, moving from the village of Gee Cross to the town of Hyde that it is now part of.
Hyde is one of the towns in the far north east of Cheshire known as the panhandle because of the way it sticks out, surrounded by the counties of Lancashire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire as you can see from this 1840 map. Read more ›››