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We Welcomed An 'All Day Breakfast'...

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Well, it was A Really Slap-Up tasty ‘ALL DAY BREAKFAST’ some of the family had at The Chequers in Houghton Regis UK. It was a welcome break from hours of computor work on Saturday – With Aige Callaghan, Shana Callaghan, Rhys Callaghan, and myself… Our other website: memories of yesterday is to close soon and all items will be blogged on these pages in the future

The Cottingley Fairies...

This interesting item was sent in to me by Burton W. McKinney in a follow-up to my recent blog on The Cottingley Fairies. I thought perhaps everyone might like to read it.

To this day, the suburban area of Cottingley continues to get visitors and the official retraction, even though more than 20 years ago, is still not as a well-known as the hoax itself. This may be partly due to the fact that the story was put to film in 1997 under the title Photographing Fairies. Locals are asked where the Fairy Glen is, even though the site along the small river is off limits, due to the danger of erosion. The story begins with Elsie borrowing her father’s camera one Saturday afternoon in July 1917, in order to take Frances’s photo, to cheer her up. She had fallen in the beck and been scolded for wetting her clothes. The girls were away for about half an hour and when Elsie’s father developed the plate later in the afternoon, he was surprised to see strange white shapes com…

Snow Fun!

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Much of the UK is in the grip of a deep cold spell at the moment, but despite the upsetting weather I snapped these two young guys making the best of it on the slopes of Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire...

Bletchley Park - Home of The Codebreakers...

Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes England was a secret for over 30 years. Once it was Britains best kept secret. The Enigma cipher machine was developed and used here during the second world war to break the German codes. It was very successful and believed to have shortened the war by around two years, saving countless lives.

Today the park is open to the public as a heritage site and museum, and Marilyn and I explored the wide range of exhibitions and learnt how its codebreaking successes worked. More incredible than fiction, the story of Bletchley Park was a desperate race against time. The mission of codebreakers like Alan Turin, was to crack Germany’s coded communications, such as those sent via the German Enigma machine. Bletchley Park was Churchill’s secret passion; he called the codebreakers his “Geese that laid the golden eggs but never cackled” 8.500 people worked at Bletchley Park during the war and all done with amazing secrecy.

Colossus was on view…

Interesting People From The Past...

Actress Yvonne Arnaud made her debut in 1911 at the Adelphi Theatre, London, in TheQuaker Girl. Stage success followed in London and New York with The Girl in the Taxi 1912, Kissing Time 1919, Henry V 1934, Love for Love 1943, and Traveller’s Joy 1948. By 1924 she had entered films, appearing in Tons of Money, Canaries Sometimes Sing, A Cuckoo in The Nest, and many others. She was born in 1895.