A Eulogy…….

The internet is truly a wonderful thing. I came across a most peculiar book – The Early Civilization of China  by an Arthur Coterill. In it he tells a rather odd story.  “A most distinguished scholar died and found himself standing before the King of the Underworld. When the monarch accidentally …

Murder by fly-paper……….

      In the spring of 1909, Miss Eliza Barrow, a well-to-do 49 year old spinster, moved into the four room top floor flat at 63 Tollington Park in Finchley Green, London. Her landlord Frederick Seddon occupied the ground floor with his wife Maggie, five children and elderly father. …

To curry favour……

    This is odd…very odd.In fact to curry favour gets odder the more you look at the phrase. That’s because favour is not a favour……..It’s a horse. Confused? Well read on and all will be explained. Once upon a time, six or seven hundred years ago there was a …

Shut that door…..

  Much has been written about the “win at all costs” mentality of the Soviet bloc during the Olympic games of yore. Everything from chemical enhancements, blood transplants and even bribery seemed to have been tried. There is however a wonderful, if a somewhat apocryphal story about the Javelin competition …

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 …

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 …