On This Day

2nd June 455 – The Vandals entered Rome, and plundered the city for two weeks. 1692 – Bridget Bishop was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. 1793 – Jean-Paul Marat recited the names of 29 people to the French National Convention. Almost all of these people […]


21st April Queen Elizabeth turns 90. This is her “real” birthday. She was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London.  Happy Birthday

Have fun with subtitles

Subtitling TV programmes has become the norm in the UK.  It is a boon for deaf people, and a great source of amusement for others, because they often get it wrong – very wrong.  Here are some of my favourites:- During the Queen Mother’s funeral subtitles called for ‘a moment’s violence’, instead of ‘a moment’s silence’. A visit by the […]

Kingdom, Principality, Empire etc… (It’s a bit rude)

At his meeting with Queen Elizabeth recently, Kevin Rudd turned to theQueen and said: As I’m the Prime Minister, I’m thinking of changing how my great countryis referred to, and I’m thinking that it should be a Kingdom.” The Queen replied, “I’m sorry Mr. Rudd, but to be a Kingdom, you have tohave a King […]