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The Origin of the Mayday Call

Between The Ears: Seelonce, Seelonce :This was a fascinating broadcast on BBC Radio3 by musician Tim van Eyken, dramatist Joseph Wilde and producer Juilan May on the history of the distress call. They began with the origins of distress calls; when the telegraph was invented, they used SOS, the initials of Save Our Souls, but … Continue reading

Not All Equal Before the Law

Not All Equal Before the Law

This is another piece from The Life of Silas Told, about the condemned men Morgan, Whalley, Brett and Dupree: “They all agreed upon a party of pleasure, at the election of a Member for Chelmsford, in Essex; and after they had glutted themselves with immoderate eating and drinking, they consented to divert themselves by going … Continue reading

Only Australia Was Spared

My favourite grave in Bristol is that of the Humpage family, the father an inventor, the grave shows a column with piping and bolts that can be unscrewed. A man I used to know grew up there and he used to play on this grave, pretending it was a ship and when his mother called … Continue reading

Harsh Medicine

This is from A Journal of Sir Henry De La Beche, in which he describes some strange, and unexplained treatment he received as a child. It seems it was to make him resistant to the cold, but he is lucky he survived. “My mother has often told me that … Master Henry [ie the author]was … Continue reading

A Shipwreck

This is from the journal of Sir Henry de la Beche, pioneer of geological surveys and heir to a plantation in Jamaica, as edited by Richard Morris, one of his descendants . Henry was about ten when he and his mother  were returning from a visit to their property in 1800, As it was war … Continue reading

Kids and Storms

This is from ‘Isaac’s Storm, The Drowning of Galveston 8 September 1900’ by Erik Larson: “Children found the storm nothing but delightful. Henry C. Cortes of Houston was 8 years old when he came to Galveston on Saturday, September 8. Early that morning his father made the impulsive decision to take the family to visit … Continue reading

Crash

Crash

“Oh, no! Not again!” the words flashed thought my head as we tumbled through space, crystals of shattered glass raining about us like tiny rainbows before I closed my eyes in terror. Then blackness, a sudden lurch and it was over. I opened my eyes. I was hanging upside down, the seatbelt biting into my … Continue reading

Driving with Death

Driving with Death

“You’re not leaving this room again tonight,” said my friend Janette, her voice shaking with fear as she leant against the locked door of our hotel room. “But I need the bathroom. If I don’t go now I’ll wet myself,” I pleaded. “I promise I won’t be long, and you can lock the door after … Continue reading

Songs About Coalmining

Songs About Coalmining

I recently discovered Diana Jones and it is absolutely criminal that she is not a better known singer/songwriter. This song is “Henry Russell’s Last Words” about a man who emigrated to The States, and sent loveletters to his wife which survive. This song is about his last letter to her, written on a piece of … Continue reading