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May 23, 1916 – Farmers fight 'sham time' as UK changes the clocks

The introduction of changing the clocks was labelled a ‘childish, paltry trick’ by farmers according to a report in the May 23, 1916, edition of the… 660 more words

Among the Knights of the Sky at Omaka

I’ve been posting the last couple of weeks about Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing Knights of the Sky 409 more words
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“That siren call ….”. The diverse language of Air-raid precautions in 1916


The spring and summer of 1916 saw an escalating series of air raids over Britain. Some twenty raids (according to official tallies published in the Press) had taken place over 1915. 1,732 more words

Strafe it! Words as enemy aliens in war-time English.

Long before 1914 and the advent of war, Samuel Johnson had pointed out that words, like citizens, exist in ‘different classes’. Some are natives, remaining in their linguistic homeland from the beginning. 1,727 more words


Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, 286 more words