Category Archives: UK History, Customs & Culture

On this day in UK History.

Do you really want to know about this one?  On this day in 2010, saw Conservative David Cameron‘s arrival in Downing Street as Prime Minister of a coalition government, marking the end of 13 years of Labour rule, with Liberal Democrat … Continue reading

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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 1990, Margaret Thatcher made her last speech outside 10 Downing Street following her resignation as Prime Minister. A sad day.   Like or hate her, I believe she was good for Great Britain.  But unfortunately towards … Continue reading

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On this day in UK History.

On this day in 1967, President de Gaulle said ‘Non’ (No) to British entry into the Common Market. Interesting…………….some people think we should never have entered it anyway?

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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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Battle of Britain. It wasn’t just British that won the war!

Today, a friend sent me a collection of paintings depicting the ‘Battle of Britain’.  This prompted me to write this tribute to ‘The Few‘, that if it had not been for, some or most of us may not have been … 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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On this day in UK History.

On this day in 1915, ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag’, the famous First World War song, was published, by Felix Powell and George Asaf, who were really two brothers from Wales. And………….here it is:

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