With a name like Yule you could be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another festive ABC Wednesday entry, but my Henry Yule had little to do with Christmas.
He was the Victorian geographer, Orientalist and travel writer who jointly compiled the first Anglo-Indian dictionary of words loaned to the English language and one that has never been out of print. Read more ›››
Isoroku Yamamoto was the ‘mastermind behind the dastardly sneak attack on Pearl Harbour’ in 1941 and who died as a result of equally sneaky tactics by the American air force.
Born Isoroku Takano in Nagaoka in 1884, his first name translates from the old Japanese as the number 56, the age his schoolmaster father was when his son was born. Read more ›››
Tomoyuki Yamashita was the Japanese WWII general who was ignored when he counselled against war with the United States and Britain, then commanded his country’s victories in Malaya and Singapore.
But it is the treasure hunt that he subsequently that interests me, the one that became known as the search for Yamashita’s Gold. Read more ›››
It may come as a surprise, but the 1958 cult classic sci-fi movie, The Blob, was directed by Presbyterian minister, Irvin Yeaworth, owner of Christian production company, Good News Productions.
Yeaworth was born in Berlin in 1926 and began his show business career at the age of ten, singing on KDKA in Pittsburgh, the world’s first commercial radio station. Read more ›››
Yachts are always helpful to illustrate the letter Y, as any author of ABC books for children will tell you.
I took this photo of yachts at Knysna Quays Waterfront during a stop off on our Garden Route trip along the south coast of Africa.
The town was once quite isolated but is now a popular tourist and retirement resort because of its clement climate. Read more ›››
Y is the most difficult letter in ABC Wednesday (apart from the other 25) so this week I’ve gone for the obvious — Y is for Yellow.
In fact, yellow can be a common and dominant colour, especially if you live in the nearby town of Ashton as you can see from my photo on the left. It shows the great slab of yellow that is the Ikea store in the centre of town which can be seen for miles around. Read more ›››
Left is a photo of of a yard from yesteryear at the Portland Basin Museum in Ashton. It recreates the yard of a working-class home in the north of England of the 19th century and well into the 20th.
It shows the washing tub and a tin bath hung on the wall. And, of course, the outside lavatory which doesn’t bear thinking about in these centrally heated times. Read more ›››