April 28th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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How will you spend the forthcoming Bank Holiday? Visiting a local beauty spot or heritage site? or just relaxing at home, possibly pondering how you will spend the double bank holiday coming up in June that marks the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth. Well, however you spend the day, spare a thought for Sir […]

April 21st, 2022   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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You’ll no doubt have heard how dangerous the age of 27 can be for rock stars. The “27 Club” charts the demise of famous musicians at this age. It’s an extensive list that starts with the father of the blues Robert Johnson, includes Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison either side of […]

April 14th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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When it comes to creating inventions that have transformed the world, Japan ranks as high as any country and in the words of Alphaville (this reference will only mean anything if you are a fan of 80s music), everything is Big in Japan From martial arts to video games, electronics and transport, this island in […]

March 31st, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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It’s good to laugh and this year marks the 65th anniversary of one of the most memorable April Fools Day pranks. We know from records that April Fools Day has been around many hundreds of years. The exact origins remain a mystery, though connection to the onset of spring heralding merriment and general confusion of […]

March 17th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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The microwave celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and like many great inventions, its existence is down to a combination of scientific genius and a lightbulb moment. Unlike other inventions, squirrels and the Titanic also played a key role. By the 1930s scientists in various countries had come to realise that when radio waves hit […]

March 3rd, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Those who place their faith in folklore will be Spring is in the air this year because, according to the saying, if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb. The boffins at the meteorological office don’t quite agree, whilst their long-range forecast predicts temperatures above average for March, there […]

February 24th, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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How have you wiled away the hours as storms Dudley, Eunice and now Franklin batter the UK? Chances are, at some point, the barrage of wind, rain and grey skies combined with the relaxation of lockdown restrictions have led to some wishful thinking of warmer days ahead in ideal holiday destinations.     Internet searches for […]

February 4th, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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What comes to mind when you think of God’s Country? The stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors? the breathtaking coastline? Or perhaps its many famous sons and daughters? Including, Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Clarkson, Wallace and Gromit. Well the chances are if a famous TV quiz show ever asked a contestant to name […]

January 27th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Chinese New Year (the year of the tiger in 2022) falls on 1st February and marks the start of a traditional period of celebration that has spread from Asia and is now embraced by communities across the globe. The precise date of Chinese New Year varies from year to year as it is based on […]

January 21st, 2022   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Apart from saints such as Valentine or Patrick, very few people are so revered they have a national day celebrated not just in their own country but abroad. Guy Fawkes night is mainly limited to the UK and commemorates a death rather than life. And Star Wars Day on May 4th – as in may the […]