Fast way to find the day

The Internet is, as we all know, rife with errors. Many go uncorrected for years as long-abandoned blogs linger on with all their mistakes intact.

But poor research has been around a lot longer than the Web. Many books (remember books? They’re like Kindles, only made out of old bits of mashed up trees 🙂 ) also contain little gaffes and howlers. One such was a dusty old copy of ‘English Saga’, a history book by Arthur Bryant, which I found while browsing in the Waffle Library this afternoon. I’ve never read it all the way but have leafed through it a few times.

‘English Saga’, I noticed today, had a little inaccuracy in one chapter (I won’t send us all to sleep with the details) where a certain date is mentioned: Monday, February 22, 1848.

I had to read it twice just to be sure. Then I aha-ed (is that a verb? If not, it is now 🙂 ) in triumph. You old fool, Bryant, I thought. Feb 22, 1848 wasn’t a Monday. It was a Tuesday!

For a few years now, I have been amusing myself by trying to work out the day of various historical dates, and I now have three methods by which to achieve this. Careful though, if you want to look up how to do it, because some online tutorials do contain errors, including one I stumbled upon only yesterday.

Here’s the quickest way to work out past dates. If you like history you’ll love this especially.

Ready? Here goes. Continue reading “Fast way to find the day”

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London 1964

I inherited a box of slides that my father took from the early 60’s to the 70’s, they are rapidly deteriorating and a few years ago I attempted to digitise them, sadly some could only be saved as black and white images.

These pictures were taken in London, and I thought it would be interesting to include a modern picture for comparison, obviously if I had sufficient funds I’d travel to London to find the exact spot where my father took the original photo and take a new one, but then again I never liked visiting London, way too hectic for me, a mere country bumpkin!

Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace

London Bridge

Trafalgar Square

Hair Powder Tax

It’s always interesting to find some historical fact that you’ve never heard of, today I’ve discovered that at the end of the 18th century, William Pitt the Younger imposed a Hair Powder Tax to help fund the ongoing war with Napoleonic France.

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Powdered Wig

Even harder to believe is that it wasn’t repealed until 1869 and people were still paying the tax.

Imagine if they imposed a tax on hair gel today, there would be a public outcry, and of course we all know that governments are run by business corporations so I think the manufacturers would have a few choice words to say. Maybe things would have been different if they’d imposed a Brylcreem Tax, where would men be without that sleek and greasy look!

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