Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year

Happy New Year everybody. I wrote a history of New Year 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Boudicca was a hero in British history. In 60 AD the Iceni tribe of East Anglia rebelled. At first the Romans allowed them to keep their kings and have some autonomy. However in c. 50 AD the Romans were fighting in Wales and they were afraid the Iceni might stab them in the back. They ordered the Iceni to disarm, which provoked a rebellion. However the Romans easily crushed it. In the ensuing years the Romans alienated the Iceni by imposing heavy taxes. Then, when the king of the Iceni died he left his kingdom partly to his wife, Boudicca and partly to Emperor Nero Soon, however Nero wanted the kingdom all for himself. His men treated the Iceni very high-handedly and they provoked rebellion. This time a large part of the Roman army was fighting in Wales and the rebellion was, at first, successful. Led by Boudicca the Celts burned ColchesterSt Albans and London. However the Romans rushed forces to deal with the rebellion. Although the Romans were outnumbered their discipline and tactics gave them victory.

Friday, 19 December 2014


On 19 December 1843 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published. It gave us the immortal words 'bah humbug!' but it also made the phrase 'Merry Christmas' popular. It was uncommon before then. 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas food

Puddings used to be meat based (even Xmas pud!). Brussel sprouts were not popular in England till the 17th century. Turkey at Xmas was not common till the 19th century. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all our readers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


On 9 December 1979 the WHO declared smallpox to be eradicated. Smallpox was a terrible disease which killed millions of people every year. (It nearly killed out Queen Elizabeth I). Thank you Dr Edward Jenner who invented vaccination in 1796.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Maria Mitchell

The first American woman to discover a comet was Maria Mitchell in 1847. In 1848 she became the first woman member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences