England History

Drake & The Spanish Armada

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm. Elizabeth appears to have […]

1940s History WW2

D-Day 6th June 1944

D-Day 6th June 1944 was the Allied and Anglo-American forces invasion of Normandy in Northern France against Nazi Germany Occupied Europe in World War Two and was code-named:  ‘Operation Overlord’ by its Allied commanders. The brilliantly wise US General Dwight D. Eisenhower in overall command and second-in-command the less able, some said incompetent British forces […]


The Fourth of July

America will be celebrating it’s 344th year of Independence from Britain in the 18th Century on the 4th of  July, 2020. I think it was the late 1770s, or the early 1780s. Well, 1776 to be exact, when George Washington declared the American colony’s independence from their English colonial masters.  After fighting the Brits extremely […]

Comedy English Movies

Monty Python – “Crucifixion”

1980s crime Movie Science Fiction United States of America

Nice shootin son, whats your name? Murphy

Paul Verhoeven’s violent, subversive sci-fi film’s is now regarded as an all-time sci-fi classic and in my modest yet well informed opinion of ’80’s sci-fi classics more than three decades later one of the best movies ever made.., This brill movie certainly rates among one of the most entertaining of this decades brilliant movies of […]


Movie Clips Pulp Fiction circa 1994

1400s England Legends & Myths Middle Ages War WordPress

The Battle of Agincourt circa 1415

In the Words of the world famous English Elizabethan 16th. Century playwright, William Shakespeare’s historical retelling of the much earlier 1415 legendary English historical victory over the French in the 100 Years War at The Battle of Agincourt ‘Henry V’ play, written in the late 1590s; King Henry V claims that the memory of British […]

Art & Design London United Kingdom (UK)

Its a London Underground Thing

The first section of the London Underground opened in 1863. Over the following decades, a number of Tube maps – showing an uncoordinated network of lines owned by different companies – were published in increasing, unwieldy profusion. None looked like the iconic map so beloved by visitors and locals today. How could a designer fully […]

Culture Legends & Myths

‘With half a pint of poison’

Unquestionably rare grave unique in all England. And a 300 year old unsolved murder case in my home town where this gravestone gives a tantalising clue to it’s victims chillingly evil killer in the picturesque village in North Staffordshire.

1940s Asia Culture United States of America War WW2

Total War ~ WWII in the Pacific ~ 1942 ~ 45

Pacific February 1942 – July 1945 Episode 23 – The World At War   Before the start of the war in the Pacific, Japan attacked Peal Harbor, the American military base located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, because America had stopped trade of oil and other materials to Japan. After this surprise attack, […]

1980s 1990s Entertainment Television United Kingdom (UK)


Fifteen To One Me and William G. Stewart by Dan Booth


Uncle Pete & Vic Reeves on British TV in 1994

His long-running Charlie Chuck stage act often involved the destruction of a drum kit and was peppered by references to fantasy characters including One Eyed Dog, Cakey Pig and a Donkey. The words “Donkey!” and “Woof! Bark! Donkey!” shouted out more-or-less at random had been part of his Charlie Chuck act and became his ‘Uncle […]

1940s Britain Culture Science and Technology War WW2

Dam Busters

The men from many anti-nazi nations of  ‘The Dam Busters’ – RAF 617 Squadron led by 24-year old Wing Commander Guy Gibson were lauded as heroes after the infamous raid in 1944. and Guy Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Dam Buster raid. Guy Gibson’s men needed to fly specially […]

1700s England History Legends & Myths North America

Wolfe, Washington & The French and Indian War

The French and Indian War of 1754 – 1763 pitted the colonies of British America against those of New France, each side supported by military units from the parent country and by American Indian allies. In the 1700s the British and the French began to show interest in the Ohio River Valley.  Both countries viewed […]

Britain Culture England

Veni Vidi Vici ~ I came I saw I conquered Julius Ceasers Failed Invasion of Britannia in 55 BC

Julius Caesar landed in Britain on August 26th, 55 BC. Veni ~ Vidi ~ Vici ?! I came, I saw, I conquered?! He came.., yeah, He saw, too true! But he certainly didn’t conquer us here in the UK! In 55 BC his planned Invasion of what the Romans called ‘Britannia’ Julius Ceaser completely failed to invade […]

1940s 1970s WW2

The World at War

The World at War is probably, in my modest yet quite well informed opinion on the subject, the best documentary on WW2 ever made. Produced by Jeremy Isaacs and narrated by Laurence Olivier; The World at War was commissioned by Thames Television first shown in the early 1970s on the UK TV station: ITV. Voted by industry professionals at the time […]

Comedy Legends & Myths

Luck of the Irish

Waiting on Live-Scores on the BBC last Saturday to see if Aston Villa had beat Stoke City FC’s number one rivals and archenemies: West Brom in the Premiership play off Championship final and a Birmingham Derby .., There’s this knock at me back door .., On answering this rude intrusion, open the door, only half […]

England Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent United Kingdom (UK) WW1

Saving Captain and Private Bennetts

Seems there’s more interesting stories in the Newcastle Staffordshire graveyard of Saint Margaret’s. .. I stumbled upon this gravestone at the rear of the old ancient cemetery. Seems we have there a gravestone that records the death of three brothers the Bennett family of Porthill during World War I  (1914 -1918). Two soldiers including Captain […]

Culture England Legends & Myths Staffordshire United Kingdom (UK)

Who killed Sarah Smith?

At that time, Reverend Edward Sneyd was the vicar at St Margaret’s, of the powerful and wealthy Sneyd family, the lords of the manor. It seems unlikely that a murder accusation would be allowed to be written onto a gravestone in his churchyard without his knowledge and approval. Did the Rev Sneyd believe the story […]

England France History War Weird Worlds

Once More Unto The Breach

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more As modest stillness and humility:Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage; Then lend the […]

History Legends & Myths

Big Al ~ The Man Who ..,

Military Aircraft Science and Technology WW2

The Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire, the Battle of Britain and The Few in World War Two

R. J. Mitchell Aeronautical engineer Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE, FRAeS, was an English aeronautical engineer, who worked for Supermarine Aviation. Between 1920 and 1936. He designed the Supermarine Spitfire World War II British fighter aircraft of ‘Battle of Britain’ 1940 fame. And, possibly, almost for certain; the best designed,  most maneuverable and the most effective aerial dog-fighting […]

1700s France History Scotland War

The Royal Navy Bonny Prince Charley and the Scottish Jacobite rising of 1745

Source The Royal Navy and the ‘45 — Weapons and Warfare Action between HMS Lion and Elizabeth and the Du Teillay, 9 July 1745. The painting shows the third phase of the action at about 20.00. On the left of the picture the `Lion’ is in close action with the `Elizabeth’ shown in the centre. […]

Berlin History Military Aircraft WW2

Nemesis – Berlin – 1945

Nazi Germany’s desperate fight to the death in a and full destruction with the Allies demand for what was after a total war, what Churchill called The ‘Unconditional Surrender.’ In an historic destruction, no, annihilation of Nazi Germany’s regime of enslavement of Europe, its monstrous, murderous pure evil war-machine .., with its hundreds of death camps. […]

1960s Japan Movie Weird Worlds

Yojimbo ~ Akira Kurosawa~ Japan ~1961

A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master (Toshirô Mifune), enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon (Kamatari Fujiwara) and sake merchant Tokuemon (Takashi Shimura) to hire him as a […]

1950s History Stoke-on-Trent

Filmed in Stoke 1959

France History WW2

Original Film of Normandy June, 1944

1920s 1930s Art & Design