Robert Cocking`s claim to fame …..

  Robert Cocking was the developer of an early (subsequently unsuccessful) parachute design and as a result became the first person to be killed in a parachuting accident. He was a professional watercolour artist with a keen interest in science. He had seen Andre-Jacques Garnerin make the first parachute jump …

A Brief History of Kedgeree…..

    Food always reflects the culture it was born in. There’s no dish for which this is truer than kedgeree. Delicately spiced rice, hard-boiled eggs, smoky fish and butter– this is a culinary fight to the death between Indian flavours and Victorian nursery food. It’s no wonder, then, that …

A Brief History of the Bra ……..

  Most cultures have enhanced the penis and breasts in one way or another, sometimes in extremely bizarre ways. Among New Guinea peoples, men wrap their todgers in eighteen-inch-long sheaths to give the appearance of a constant hard-on. But no body part has received as modification, and all round attention, …

Elegant Basil……

  Rugby international Basil Maclear was capped eleven times for Ireland between 1905 and 1907. He was known as a snappy dresser and a man about town. It seemed that his sartorial elegance followed him onto the rugby pitch. He used to play with a pair of expensive white calfskin …