Mildred ‘Babe’ Zaharias was one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, accomplished in many sports, and yet she is less known than she should be outside her native America.
Born Mildred Ella Didrikson in 1911 in Port Arthur, Texas, Zaharias was the sixth of the seven children of Norwegian immigrants, Ole and Hannah Didrikson… Read more ›››
Jan Žižka ‘the One-Eyed’ is one of that elite band of great military commanders who never lost a battle and the man who invented the tank 500 years before World War One, and yet in death he chose to be eternally beaten. But more of that little riddle later.
Žižka was born in 1360 in the Bohemian village of Trocnov, in what is now the western half of modern day Czechoslovakia, and spent his early years attached to the court of Queen Sophia. Read more ›››
Apart from The World’s Strongest Man, the idea of watching feats of strength for entertainment seems faintly ridiculous, but strongmen were once great box office and one of the greatest was Alexander Zass.
Zass was born in Vilna, Poland, in 1888, but lived in Russia for most of his early life. He served in the Russian army in WWI and in was wounded and taken prisoner by the Austrians in 1914. Read more ›››
One of the most iconic and infamous images of the communication age is the amateur film that records the assassination of John Kennedy taken by Abraham Zapruder.
Now known as the Zapruder Film, he almost didn’t take his camera that fateful day. Although he had planned to watch the motorcade pass on Dealey Plaza, it was his assistant’s idea that he should collect his camera from home. Read more ›››
Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge. Phew! I managed to make it through the alphabet from South Africa and with quite a few examples for the letter Z. First up is this Zephyr in bronze and chrome that you can find on the waterfront at Knysna. It is…
I have very fond memories of this house on Zetland Street in Dukinfield. It was the home of my Grand-aunt Alice, sister of my maternal grandmother, and her husband, Uncle Charlie.
We were regular visitors when I was young and could look forward to some of the best home baking prepared by Auntie Alice in her Aga style cooker. Read more ›››
The dreaded Zed. I’ve been worrying about this one since posting A is for Abracadabra all those weeks ago, wondering what on earth I could come up with for Zed and whether joining this ABC Wednesday thing was such a good idea. As it happened, I came up with a few, but I shall share just the one and keep the others in reserve for next time.
In keeping with my posts about the history of the place I grew up, Z is for Zeppelin and the 3rd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment that was based in Ashton where you will find their official museum. Read more ›››