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".
Global Warming: searching for common ground
The world seems to be sharply divided between those people who are convinced that global warming is a serious issue that is largely the result of human activity, and those who prefer to downplay its seriousness and deny that mankind is responsible for any global warming that may have been observed. But is there common ground from which any sensible debate can proceed?
Borley Rectory: "the most haunted house in England"
Borley Rectory was once famous (or notorious) for being “the most haunted house in England”. During the years of its greatest fame, namely the period from 1929 to 1938, it was certainly much haunted by psychical researchers, but whether anything more other-worldly ever happened there is a matter for considerable doubt and conjecture.
The rivalry between Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) and Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81) are generally thought of as the two greatest British Prime Ministers of the 19th century. They were both statesmen and politicians of the highest rank who made enormous contributions to the well-being of their country. And they absolutely loathed each other. It could be said that the greatness of both men was largely due to that loathing, as each was determined to outdo the other over a period of at least thirty years.
Nobody knows how many galaxies there are in the Universe, but astronomers talk in the hundreds of billions, only a tiny fraction of which have been observed from Earth. Between 2000 and 2008, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey produced images of around a million galaxies, and the Hubble Space Telescope has continued to add to that number.
The General Strike of 1926
The General Strike of May 1926 was short, and a failure, but it had a profound effect on how trade union leaders and members regarded themselves and their place in the economic life of the United Kingdom.
Gandhi's visit to Great Britain in 1931
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) is generally known to history by his honorific title of “Mahatma”, which means “venerable”. It was a well-deserved title, given that he was surely one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century.
Trick or Treat?
The three old ladies who lived at Blasted Heath Cottage, near Glamis Castle, Angus, were having a problem with their special Halloween stew and were scratching their elderly heads when there was a knock at the door.
The southern coast of Cornwall has several river valleys that form wide estuaries as they meet the sea and offer a softer landscape than that of the rocky headlands of the far west and north Cornish coast. One of these estuaries is at Fowey, a few miles east of St Austell.