Friday, August 02, 2013

The County of London ..........

The County Of London was created in 1889. It consisted of the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Greenwich, Woolwich, Eltham, Wandsworth, Poplar, Hackney, Bethnal Green, City Of London, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Holborn, Westminster, Marylebone, Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea and Stoke Newington. Outer boroughs such as Edmonton, Willesden and Newham did not become part of London until 1965. But, those areas were so built up they were probably described as London from around 1900 onwards. Pedantically your great grandmother born 1895 was born in Newham in Essex, but she was still maybe a Greater Londoner. The areas of London that were outside the Square Mile and that were formed into the new 1889 county were always considered London ie Soho, Islington etc.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Before they became famous ...........

Actors and Actresses who changed thier name and became famous .... 1. Alphonso D'Abruzzo - Alan Alda 2. David Tynan O'Mahoney - Dave Allen 3. Julia Elizabeth Wells - Julie Andrews 4. Frederick Austerlitz - Fred Astaire

Monday, March 25, 2013

Don't worry .......

Don't worry, the police are on their way and will be with you shortly...

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Family History Poem ....

Days Gone By. Author: Unknown The special book upon the shelf, Was made with many hands. Our ancestors who posed back then, All came from different lands. Their pictures were all tucked away, And rarely did we see, The importance of these treasures- The start of you and me. The history of our families, Now here in black and white. Preserved with special care and time, Each page is done just right. When time permits, we take it down, And think of days long past. Our hopes, our dreams, our heritage, All safe and made to last.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Doctor Addressing a Large Audience ...

A Doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa.. 'The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining.. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. However, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten, or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?' After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, 'Wedding Cake.'

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Mcintyre

I got this book as a xmas present from my wife. I knew the story of Operaton Mincemeat from the film and articles i had read in magazines, but this book is a must read. The deception involved getting a corpse with no family and dressing it up as an officer and floating it off to the Spanish shores with planted intelligence documents to fool the Germans about the Allieds' invasion plans.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yellow 14 !!!

A man goes into the doctors feeling a little ill. The doctor checks him over and says, 'Sorry, I have some bad news, you have Yellow 24, a really nasty virus. It's called Yellow 24 because it turns your blood yellow and you usually only have 24 hours to live. There's no known cure so just go home and enjoy your final precious moments on earth..' So he trudges home to his wife and breaks the news. Distraught, she asks him to go to the bingo with her that evening as he's never been there with her before. They arrive at the bingo and with his first card he gets four corners and wins £35. Then, with the same card, he gets a line and wins £320 Then he gets the full house and wins £1000. Then the National Game comes up and he wins that too getting £380,000. The bingo caller gets him up on stage and says, 'Son, I've been here 20 years and I've never seen anyone win four corners, a line, the full-house and the national game on the same card. You must be the luckiest man on Earth!' 'Lucky?' he screamed. 'Lucky? I'll have you know I've got Yellow 24 .' 'OMG,' says the bingo caller. 'You've won the raffle as well !!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu... Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.