Category Archives: Off the wall historical stuff

Misc events and snippets from the Touraine past….

Marcel Marceau ~ une vie extraordinaire


Marcel Marceau’s extraordinary talent for pantomime entertained audiences around the world for over sixty years but did you know that it also saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France in 1923, … Continue reading

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Strange happenings in the sky over the Touraine ~ 1670 ~ can you shed any light?


Well, who can explain the story behind the image below of happenings in the sky above the Touraine during the 5th to the 15th August, 1670? I have no idea if the blazing planks represent comets or meteors ~ but … Continue reading

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A History Question – and a prize for the first person to get the answer!


Q. What is the deadly connection between Halifax in Yorkshire, England and the French Revolution? The first person to get this question correct will win a prize! I look forward to hearing from you all.

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New booklet on the family of Quaker, William Penn ~ it’s on its way


Just to let you know that I have written a shortish (36 page) booklet, “The life and family of William Penn: 260 years of bloody colonial history”. It covers: The Amassing of Wealth by the Penn family; Political Duplicity; Irish … Continue reading

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Share your old images and stories of the Touraine ~ I’ll post them on this blog!


Well this blog is going great guns! Since November last year there have been 8,700 visits and, as you can see from the graph below, the trend of visits is on the up. I’m sure that some of you out … Continue reading

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Quaker booklet #1 is being put to bed in Bristol


Hi all ~ regular readers may remember that I’ve been writing a (very) short booklet on Early Quakerism with especial reference to Bristol, UK. It’s the first of two such booklets, the second being on the history of the family … Continue reading

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DANGER! Road works ahead at Le Chatelier ~ a tale of life in the fast lane


Earlier this month, my friend, Simon Woodman, had a long, long rant on facebook about the lengthy, and seemingly everlasting, roadworks and delays he experiences during his daily commute between Bristol and Cardiff. This blog is by way of saying … Continue reading

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