Category Archives: history

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition” ― Timothy Leary

(images for reference only and from Google images unless otherwise stated) Currently out there in the real world, I’m writing some “stuff” for year 11. This “stuff” is a sheet explaining attitudes to women in Elizabethan times. This is because we are looking at Romeo and Juliet,  trying to get our heads around  why Capulet […]

Enter the Spy – William Melville 1850-1918

Photos courtesy of the Internet. William Melville had an interesting career as an Irish Law enforcement officer, a founding member of the Special Irish Branch, Superintendent of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch, and – allegedly – the original M. It was a colourful life for the son of a baker.  In 1887, he foiled the Jubilee […]

Churchill and Redundancy…

Winston Churchill – was moved from his Job as Home Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty at the end of 1911. A fact I have completely ignored when writing my other blog. He needed to remain at the Home Office  to move the story along. I did wonder whether anyone out there  would notice […]

The Loss of the SS Calvados 1913

On 1st March 1913, whilst crossing the Sea of Marmara in  a blizzard, the SS Calvados floundered and sank.  Reports filtering back to England suggested that the ship hit a reef  off the Island off St Andre and sunk quickly. The Calvados was carrying 200 passengers  and 14 crew and initial reports, suggested that all […]

The Walk down Southend Pier 20/10/2012

As you can see, Southend Pier hasn’t half changed over the years and the only thing you can really say with certainty is; the Victorians wouldn’t recognise it. And neither would you, if your last journey to Southend was in the 1990’s. Our jury was out. One of our number who walked the pier yesterday, […]