I am a retired librarian, having spent most of my career in academic and industrial libraries.
I write on a number of subjects and also write stories as a member of the "Hinckley Scribblers".
Henry IV, King of France
Henry IV occupies a similar niche in the history of France to that of Henry VIII in England, and there are a number of parallels between the two monarchs. They were certainly both “larger than life” characters who left important and far-reaching legacies in their respective countries.
Head racing in rowing
A head race in rowing is in effect a time trial rather than a race to see who is first to cross the finish line. It is the sort of race that is more suitable for a narrow stretch of river, and it requires different skills from those of sprint racing. Basically, in a head race the crews start the course at different times and race against the clock rather than each other.
The Hawes Junction rail crash, 1910
The Settle and Carlisle railway is one of the most dramatic and scenic rail routes in the United Kingdom, as it proceeds from south to north along the spine of northern England, namely the Pennine Hills. The Victorian builders of the line had many difficulties to overcome in keeping the route as level as possible, with long tunnels and high viaducts, but the gradients that trains must tackle are still considerable.
Henry Fielding (1707-54) is renowned as a pioneer of the English novel, particularly due to his best-known work “Tom Jones”. He was also a reforming London magistrate.
Hawaiian goose (nene)
I have never been to Hawaii, but I have a vivid memory of a close encounter with a Hawaiian goose, or nene. The Slimbridge Reserve on the Severn Estuary (Gloucestershire, England) was instrumental in helping to save the species from extinction in the 1950s and 1960s, and there is still a population of these impressive looking geese there today.
Thomas Hardy: a short biography
His early life Thomas Hardy was born on 2nd June 1840 in a cottage at Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester, Dorset. His father was a stonemason and builder.
The origin of hammer throwing
When watching the hammer throwing event at modern athletics competitions such as the Olympic Games, one thought that crosses many minds is that the thing being thrown does not look much like a hammer! That metal ball on the end of a flexible wire would be the last thing one would choose for knocking in a few nails!
A Wife in London: a poem by Thomas Hardy
The Poem I She sits in the tawny vapour That the City lanes have uprolled, Behind whose webby fold on fold