4 February 75th Anniversary of the birth of rock singer Alice Cooper 

75 years ago, on February 4th 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, Alice Cooper (originally Vincent Damion Furnier) was born. He was to become an internationally renowned rock musician who pioneered a theatrical form of heavy metal music performance that allowed the fusion of onstage horror dramatics and raw, dynamic sounds – a unique style that eventually … Continue reading4 February 75th Anniversary of the birth of rock singer Alice Cooper 

7 February 2023 by

Centenary of the death of George Cadbury (18 October 2022)

George Cadbury, third son of John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury’s coca and chocolate company, was an English businessman and social reformer who, with his elder brother, Richard, took over their father’s failing enterprise (April 1861) and built it into the highly prosperous Cadbury Brothers cocoa and chocolate manufacturing firm. George was perhaps more important for his … Continue reading “Centenary of the death of George Cadbury (18 October 2022)”

24 October 2022 by

BBC centenary (18 October)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the world’s oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, employing over 22,000 staff in total, of whom approximately 19,000 are in public-sector broadcasting. The BBC was established under a royal charter and its BBC World Service broadcasts in 28 languages. Known colloquially as the Beeb … Continue reading “BBC centenary (18 October)”

18 October 2022 by

150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 –1958) was an English composer, born in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, whose works include nine symphonies, five operas, music for film, ballet and stage, several song cycles, church music and works for chorus and orchestra, written over sixty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk song, his output marked a decisive … Continue reading “150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams”

12 October 2022 by

Alexander Graham Bell

2 August marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Alexander Graham Bell. With the perfect surname for someone who invented the first practical telephone, as well as the refinement of the phonograph, Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, and teacher of the deaf. His mother was almost deaf, and his father … Continue reading “Alexander Graham Bell”

2 August 2022 by

Spaghetti Junction at 50

Today (24/5/22) marks 50 years since the opening of the iconic Spaghetti Junction (Gravelly Hill interchange). It covers 30 acres (12 ha), serves 18 routes and includes 4 km (2.5 mi) of slip roads, but only 1 km (0.6 mi) of the M6 itself. Across five different levels, it has 559 concrete columns, reaching up to 24.4 m (80 ft). The engineers had … Continue reading “Spaghetti Junction at 50”

24 May 2022 by