Thursday, August 25, 2011
I nearly leapt out of my seat when I saw this photograph on the screen:
In late 1930s, Harry's Granddaughter, Marjorie, married my Grandfather George Walton and the shop was modernised:
Other members of my family were involved in running the Fleece Public House, which is now a nursery school. Tom Dawson, my great great grandfather was the licensee of the Fountain pub as well......
My father has his own place in Caistor history by being involved in the snow-bound march to save Caistor Grammar School in February 1960. He can be seen in the photo below helping to hold the banner:
I may not have lived in Caistor myself, nor have been born in Lincolnshire, but I am still proud of that heritage.
Friday, June 17, 2011
- Edith Cavell. Heroine of the First World War. "I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone."
- Marilyn Monroe. What did go on with the Kennedy Brothers?
- Constance Markiewicz. First Woman elected to the UK Parliament. What was it like during the Easter Rising?
- Joan of Arc. St Joan
- Stevie Smith. One of Hull's lesser known daughters. Great Poet.
- Soong May-ling. Otherwise known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek.
- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. 'nuff said
- Dolores Ibárruri Gómez. Otherwise known as La Pasionaria. "No Pasaran!"
- Helen Suzman. Anti-Apartheid Campaigner.
- Joni Mitchell. For the music - especially Big Yellow Taxi
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
So what's brought me back to the blogosphere? Nothing in particular, just a sudden urge to blog on something. And here it is. The ten people I would invite to a dinner party.
- Colonel Theodore Roosevelt - Medal of Honor winner, liberal Republican President of the USA and a particular hero of mine.
- John Adams - 1st Vice President of the USA and 2nd President. Constitutionalist (well I am a bit of a constitutional geek). Was a toss up between Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
- David Penhaligon - Leader of the Liberal Party that never was. "Put it on a piece of paper and put it through a letter box."
- John Wesley - Founder of Methodism
- Noel Chavasse - one of only three men to be awarded two Victoria Crosses.
- General Sir Ian Hamilton - twice nominated for a VC but never awarded. I want to ask him about all the cock-ups surrounding the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.
- Billy Bragg - well we need some music and I agree with a lot of his politics, especially on electoral reform.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer - German Pastor, member of the July Plot against Hitler - executed at Flossenberg in 1945. "We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself."
- William Ewart Gladstone - only person to be British Prime Minister four times.
- Victor d'Hondt - if only to find out how his eponymous system actually works.
There we have it. I'm sure there are others I could have chosen and I'm sure you won't all agree with my choices but I think it would make for an interesting dinner party.
Monday, July 12, 2010
One of the things I've been doing lately has been converting my old vinyl records (that's the precursor to CDs for the youngsters amongst us) into MP3 format (that's the successor to CDs for the oldies amongst us). And I've been discovering some really old gems.
One of these gems is an album called Songs for Humberside by Christopher Rowe & Ian Clark which was a follow up to a 5 track EP in the 1960s (pictured) also called Songs for Humberside. I can't find an image of the cover for my album so the EP will have to do.
In short, it is a very humorous and folksy album of songs about Hull and the surrounding area and really reminds me of home.
The track listing is as follows:
* Humber Bridge - Lamenting the lack of a Humber Bridge
* Poor Mrs Jones - about the rivalries between the two Rugby League sides
* The Abercrombie Plan - The rejected plans for the redevelopment of the City after WWII
* King Billy's Lament - The Statue of William of Orange (see below)
* The Man who put the Halt in Haltemprice - The perils of Commuting into Hull from the suburbs
* O.H.U.2 - The original telephone dialling code for Hull
* Gloria Victoria - About the Statue of Queen Victoria in Hull City Centre
* Keep your Hands of Haltemprice - The 'friendly' rivalry between the City Council and the adjacent (then) borough of Haltemprice (now part of the East Riding Unitary Council)
* Land of Green Ginger - One of the more famous Streets in Hull
* Hull's Best Friends - Hedon to the East of the City and Hessle to the West and their economic rivalry with Hull
* The Moving of the Wilberforce Monument - the Memorial to William Wilberforce, Hull's abolitionist MP, was moved when the Queen's Dock was filled in and the move was in some ways quite a farce in itself
* King's Town - the history of the City itself from it's founding in 1293 by Edward I right through to the present day (er, present in 1973 at least) including it's strategic importance in the English Civil War.
As I suspect the album is now out of copyright I'm going to occaisionally share the lyrics of these songs, and as today is the 'Glorious' Twelfth, I thought I would start with King Billy's Lament.
King Billy’s Lament
Christopher Rowe & Ian Clark
"Of William of Orange, men once walked in fear
But I’ve had no respect since they put me up here.
The fruits of my labour I’ve lost willy-nilly
And now they’ve the cheek to call me King Billy
"I’ve been thinking it out, and it’s not really fair
Victoria’s got a whacking great square.
And for giving the white man’s burden a pardon
Wilberforce got a lovely big garden.
"And me, you know how I hated that Westminster lot
I used to avoid them, but now all I’ve got
Is my back to New Holland, a lav at my feet
And a permanent view of Parliament Street.
"And thousands of folks bring a car to the market
And drive round and round me trying to park it
While I sit up here with a rod in my hand
Like a gold-plated excerpt from Custer’s Last Stand.
"For my fame as a leader they put me up here.
So I’m sorry to have to bring up the rear
But if you think ingratitude cuts to the bone
Try a hundred year trot on a horse made of stone.
"There’s only one thing that really does spoil it
Every damn night they lock up my toilet!
I don’t want to pull rank but it’s not very good
When a king and his horse have to pray for a flood.
"Now down the road is Trinity Church
But I’m the one who’s been left in the lurch.
So robbed of my title, I sit looking silly
King of the fruit market, Jaffa Juice Billy."