Category Archives: Historical

Historical posts about various things. Not biographical.

From the noisy pits of hell to a quiet corner of heaven

The house we stayed in at Flerohopp was massive. I was talking to the host yesterday, and she said that they were expecting a booking for a kid’s football team numbering 20 people. She told them that there’s only one … Continue reading

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In Booze We Lose

I was researching a soldier today when I came across an odd bit of military history that I hadn’t known about before. I guess that’s not surprising, after all, a fact you didn’t know is just something you haven’t learned … Continue reading

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Poor little apple

The church we visited in Dalarö on Saturday has a rich maritime history. This would be because a lot of ships were wrecked in the harbour. In fact, marine divers can do a tour of many of the wrecks. There’s … Continue reading

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Schools for girls

In 1840 The Royal Female School for the Daughters of Naval and Marine Officers opened. It had been the idea of Admiral Sir Thomas Williams who realised that, due to various wars and general shipboard life, some ex-Naval officers would … Continue reading

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On the Clyde

Today was mostly about a Scottish shipyard at Fairfield Farm. It was on the banks of the Clyde, at Govan, not far from Glasgow, and produced all manner of ships. The business really started off in 1834, as Randolph, Elliott … Continue reading

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The Big Bird Hat Boycott

In the late 19th century, it became all the rage for women’s hats to be trimmed with bird feathers. This fashion even extended to hummingbird skins, which flooded the British hat market from America. As an example, in 1911, more … Continue reading

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25 years of numb

Prozac turned 25 this year. It started being sold in the US, following a fair bit of testing and a year in Belgium, in January 1988. Prozac itself is merely a brand name (like Aspirin) for Fluoxetine. Clearly that name … Continue reading

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Sublime Society of Beefsteaks

There’s a dog we sometimes see in the park who has something wrong with his back legs. I might have posted about him before. His owner’s have rigged up a wheelchair for him so he can still go for walks … Continue reading

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Dead Places

I was wondering as my train left Woking this afternoon, as I often do, why Rookwood in Sydney was called Rookwood and not Brookwood. The thing is, the station straight after Woking is Brookwood. At Brookwood is a big cemetery … Continue reading

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