Category Archives: Personal

OTD: VJ Day 2020

Victory over Japan Day (aka VJ day) is often overshadowed by the more “popular” VE Day  that is celebrated on 07 May. Yet we often forget that this day really signalled the end of the bloodiest conflict ever inflicted on … Continue reading

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OTD: The Sinking of the Oceanos

On this day (04/08/1991), the cruise ship Oceanos sank off the South African Coast with the loss of no lives. A massive rescue effort by merchant ships and the South African Air Force supported by the onboard entertainment staff ensured … Continue reading

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Cheltenham revisited

Yesterday I had to go through to the hospital in Cheltenham for a renal scan. It is the first time in ages that I have visited the city, and it would be interesting to see how the coronavirus has affected … Continue reading

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OTD: The Death of the Tsar

On this day in 1918 Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and his consort, Alexandra Feodorovna as well as their 5 children are brutally executed  in the cellar of the Ipatiev house in the city of Ekaterinburg.  Also executed was the Tsar’s personal physician Eugene Botkin, his … Continue reading

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Ye Festivale That Nevere Wasse

Round about this time of year Tewkesbury would hold it’s world-famous Medival Festival. It is one of the 3 things the town is famous for and unfortunately this year it never happened. In fact almost nothing happened here between March … Continue reading

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