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On this day in UK History. It’s St. Andrews Day!

Saint Andrew’s Day is the feast day of St. Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland.  Celebrated on 30th November in Scotland.  It is celebrated in other parts of the world too. Happy St. Andrew’s Day!

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On this day in UK History. Petrol rationing!

On this day in 1956, panic-buying broke out at garages across the country as the government gave details of its petrol rationing plans.  Petrol had been in short supply since the President of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser, took over the … Continue reading

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On this day in UK History.

On this day in 1983, the Brinks Mat security warehouse at London’s Heathrow Airport was robbed of £25 million worth of gold bars weighing three tons.  The gang gained entry to the warehouse from an insider security guard called Anthony … Continue reading

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On this day in UK History. With an additional Music Spot!

On this day in 1984, Band Aid created by Bob Geldoff and Midge Ure, rock stars gathered at Studios in London to record ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas‘, to aid famine relief in Ethiopia.  It has raised millions of pounds for … Continue reading

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On this day in UK History. Hic!

Hic! On this day in 1993, the last 14 bottles of Scotch whisky salvaged from the SS Politician, wrecked in 1941 and the inspiration of the book and film, Whisky Galore, were sold at auction for £11,462. Hic! Wonder if … Continue reading

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Just a reminder!

At the bottom of this page and all the pages on Oye!  If you scroll down to the bottom you can change the language by choosing your ‘mother tongue’.  I know it is not a ‘perfect’ translation but you can … Continue reading

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On this day in UK History. Put pen to paper!

On this day in 1946, the first Biro ballpoint pen went on sale, invented by Hungarian  László József Bíró and manufactured by a British company.

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Continuing the Music Spot theme of days of the Week; with ‘Thursday’ sung by Jim Croce.

This song IS called ‘Thursday’, but strangely the word does not appear in the lyrics? Jim Croce died at the age of 30 yrs in a plane crash in 1973.  But one of his most famous singles is the same … Continue reading

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On this day in UK History.

On this day in 1958, (the year I was born!) work began on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. It was the longest suspension bridge outside the United States and the fourth-largest in the world at the time of its … Continue reading

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On this day in UK History.

On this day, in 1970.  The ten-shilling note (50p) was officially withdrawn by the Bank of England. Replaced by the 50 pence coin.

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