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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 […]

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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 […]

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1950s History Stoke-on-Trent

Filmed in Stoke 1959

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Culture Economics Politics Stoke-on-Trent

Capitalism is Imploding

Post-industrial society is imploding and the city of Stoke-on-Trent in North Staffordshire is a perfect example of how capitalism has failed the masses. The picture above is of a pot bank factory and bottle kiln in Longport, Burslem one of the five fascinatingly rich in industrial British historical heritage, towns of the city of  Stoke-on-Trent. Personally […]

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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 […]

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1980s 2000s Britain British Comedy Culture Newcastle under Lyme Stoke-on-Trent

Talken News

The village of Talke is in Staffordshire, England, four miles north-west of Newcastle-under-Lyme. There once was a fruit and veg. shop and Post Office called ‘Vince’s.’  This store or typically northerners 1970s con-vience shop was in Unity Way, Talke. Which was, and still is in a rather shabby council estate built in the 1970’s. Full […]

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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 […]

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England Entertainment Movies Music

Adele – Skyfall

Adele – Skyfall ~ Spotify Adele – Skyfall – You Tube

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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 […]

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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 […]