If you’ve read my ABC posts before, you’ll know that I’m fond of eccentrics because people who kick against the system tend to lead more interesting lives.
But two who considered themselves ‘unexciting’ were Eleanor Charlotte Butler and Sarah Ponsonby who became known as the Ladies of Llangollen… Read more ›››
Tuesday Lobsang Rampa launched himself into the public consciousness in 1956 as the Lama from Lhasa with the publication of The Third Eye, his account of growing up in Tibet, which despite being an obvious hoax became an international best seller.
Among other things, Lobsang claimed to have had a splinter inserted into his pineal gland to activate his ‘Third Eye’ when he was eight in order to ‘see people as they really are and not what they pretend to be’… Read more ›››
Pioneering aviator, Bill Lancaster, lived the sort of life that you might read about in the pages of Boy’s Own, Mills & Boon, True Crimes or even a Greek tragedy.
Born in Birmingham, England, in 1898, Lancaster emigrated to Australia in the summer of 1914 to live with his uncle and in 1916 he joined the Australian Cavalry, and later the Australian Flying Corps, serving in World War I. Read more ›››
A story emerged earlier this year of an amazing feat of extreme auto engineering by Frenchman, Emile Leray, that allowed him to escape being stranded in a Moroccan desert in 1993.
Leray had been driving from the city of Tan-Tan in his battered Citroën CV when he was stopped at a military outpost and told he could go no further because of the conflict between Morocco and Western Sahara, in the area beyond Tilemsem. Read more ›››
World War II was a time for heroes, both on the battlefield and on the home front, and one of those was machine operator, Ruby Loftus.
Loftus was born in Llanhilleth in South Wales and in 1940 she and her sisters were assigned to work at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Newport. Read more ›››
We didn’t visit too many beaches while we were in South Africa, but one we liked was in Llandudno, on the the Atlantic coast to the south of Cape Town.
The area was once a wilderness, a narrow strip of land between the sea and The Twelve Apostles Mountain range, and for many years was only accessible from Cape Town by a cattle track. Read more ›››
It may seem odd, but I never saw many of my sporting heroes play their game. Harold Larwood, for example. Perhaps the fastest of fast bowlers and yet he played his last game of cricket in 1938, long before I was born.
But for this ABC Wednesday post, my subject is Nat Lofthouse, also known as the Lion of Vienna and one of the great football centre forwards who last played when I was only six years old. Read more ›››
When I was looking for local lions, I located them lyin’ all over the locale. Not least on the Tameside coat of arms woven into the carpet at Ashton Town Hall that has two lions on it.
The one on the top holds a shield taken from the Greater Manchester coat of arms. The larger shield symbolises Tameside. The wavy blue diagonal represents the River Tame, the traditional county boundary, the wheatsheaf below for Cheshire and the red rose of Lancashire above. Read more ›››