Another group of varied topics, some contributions are difficult to describe…”you had to be there!!”
Pat talked about the Victoria Cross, with a lot of information that was new to us…fascinating
Jenny told us about Victoria Woodhull, a spiritualist, activist, politician and author who was the first woman to run for the presidency of the United States in 1872. She moved to England in 1877, having been paid to leave the US, and wrote more activist works. Jenny shared many interesting stories about her life both in the US and the UK.
Alan began his presentation with the words “It’s history Janet, but not as we know it” and it involve stories of time travel and the punch line was epitomized in the much published drawing: Like I said “You had to be there!
Ian gave us a brief glimpse of the Plymouth-born actress, Adrienne Hill (1937 – 1997) who trained in acting at the Bristol Old Vic, and is best known for playing the part of Susan, one of Doctor Who’s first assistants.
Finally Janet shared some more little known facts concerning Henry VIII including speculation as to why his wives were not able to produce healthy SECOND and consequent children, and also information regarding where Henry is buried…somewhat ignominiously in the vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor, in complete contrast to Henry’s plans for a magnificent and costly tomb.
IN A VAULT BENEATH THIS MARBLE SLAB ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF JANE SEYMOUR QUEEN OF KING HENRY VIII 1537 KING HENRY VIII 1547 KING CHARLES I 1648 AND AN INFANT CHILD OF QUEEN ANNE. THIS MEMORIAL WAS PLACED HERE BY COMMAND OF KING WILLIAM IV. 1837.
We had time for 4 historical snippets at our November meeting
· “How Northwick started the world’s downfall.” Or “the history of plastic”
· The history of Type-face printing Part 2.
· The history of Black Friday, including the origin of the name.
· Things you didn’t know about Henry VIII .
Our topics in August included
· Devonport Borough prison at Pennycomequick
· Silly wars, such as the “war of Jenkins’ ear,” “the war of the golden stool,” and a war between Spain and S America about bird poo.
· Johannes Glensfleish and the Goutenburg Bible. A blacksmith, goldsmith, silversmith and publisher who invented moveable type.
· Victoria Falls; Victoria Line
· A history of poverty in Britain
And, of course, all the discussions that arose out of these topics. There will be no meeting in September. The next meeting will be in October.
Nine of us met in July for another plethora of historical stories and facts.
Jenny talked about the times when the Thames has frozen over, approaching the subject by way of “collecting debris on Everest,” via musical instruments made of ice” to descriptions of the ice fairs and sports which took place on the frozen river Thames. The last time it froze was in 1963, and we wondered if it would ever happen again.
Alan gave us a History of Film and film-making…and we learnt so much about different ways of projecting moving images through the years
Pat chose to recount a history of cricket, a game which has been referenced as far back as 1597.
Ian chose another biography of someone with links to Plymouth. This time we heard about Henry Cooper and his valiant bravery during the Crimean War which won him the Victoria Cross.
Ros also chose a topic of local interest, and that was excerpts from the life and rise to fame of Sir Joshua Reynolds and how he knew just the right people and ideal locations to promote his work.
We just had time to hear the origin of some well known phrases from Maureen. I didn’t write them all down…the ones I remember were:-
“Letting the cat out of the bag,” “as dim as a TOC H lamp,” “Above board,” “Bandy around,” “cold shoulder,” “fag end,” ….there were many more.
I think we may share a few more next time when we will receive the contributions from Norman and Peter and Janet for which we had run out of time.
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