Month: November 2018

Ten Years

I just realised last night that I started this blog 10 years ago! Where did the time go? I first posted on September 23, 2008. Obviously not many people were paying attention at the time but traffic did grow and in the peak years between 2011 and 2014 the site was getting between 10,000 and …

Foot races

An illustration of foot racing in Victorian times Early sporting contests were either trials of strength or speed. Prize fighting and wrestling fell into the former category and running into the latter. Wolverton did not have a running track of any kind until the Park was opened in 1885 and races were largely improvised affairs. …

The Spanish Flu

As if the deadly consequences of the battlefield were not enough, a deadly virus appeared inthe closing months of the war in September 1918.  It died not originate in Spain, but since Spain was neutral its newspapers were not restricted and therefore the stories first surfaced in Spain. By the time it was reported in …

Armistice Day

On the 11th day of the 11th month representatives of the opposing forces met to agree to an armistice, which was signed at the 11th hour. So the four year war which had cost millions of lives came to a stalemate. There were losers, of course. The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed, as did the Turkish Empire. …