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On this day: The First Boat Race

On June 10, 1829, the first Boat Race took place at Henley-on-Thames, when Cambridge confidently challenged Oxford to a race, only to be soundly beaten.  It took a number of years for the race became a permanent fixture on the…

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Tuesday, 10th June 2014

On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than planned, as the process had to be delayed after somebody came to the (kind-of-important) realisation that the river bed couldn’t…

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Monday, 26th May 2014

On this day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Born

On May 22, 1859, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. 221B Baker Street is, of course, the residence of his most famous character Sherlock Homes. The address didn’t actually exist until the street was extended in…

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Thursday, 22nd May 2014

On this day: York Minster was Damaged by Fire

On May 20, 1840, an accidental fire damaged a large part of York Minster. Just one of a number of fires which have blighted the building over the centuries, this one in particular led the Church into serious debt and…

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Tuesday, 20th May 2014

On this day: Talyllyn Railway

On May 14, 1951, the Talyllyn Railway became the first line in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers. Trains doubtless run closer to schedule than any other railway in the UK.

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Wednesday, 14th May 2014

On this day: Florence Nightingale was Born

On May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in the Italian city which she was named after. Known as ‘the lady with the lamp’ for her night-time nursing rounds during the Crimean War, there are several statues in her honour,…

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Monday, 12th May 2014
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Revisiting The World’s Largest Christmas Shop

Four years ago we paid a visit to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan – the largest Christmas-themed shop in…

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

To celebrate the holiday season this year we’ll take a look at Christmas Trees, whose “leaves are so unchanging. Not…

Japan after the tsunami

On the 11th March 2011, 70 kilometres off the east coast of Tōhoku, the most powerful earthquake in the country’s…

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