350 years ago, in early September 1666, the skyline of London changed forever when the Great Fire of London tore through the city. A lot of buildings in London were made of wood and thatch in those days, and people used flammable materials for tanning, as well as storing gunpowder by the harbour; hundreds of buildings… Continue reading The Great Fire of London
The first Guinness Book of World Records was published on August 27th 1955. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, here are some of the most impressive book-themed records: The first ever Guinness Book of Records, now in its 60th year The record for Most portrayed literary human character in film and TV was awarded in 2012… Continue reading Guinness Book of World Records
July 30th marks the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books, probably the most recognisable publisher in England. In the 1930’s, paperback books were all thought to be ‘pulp fiction’: poor quality genre fiction that was often too gruesome or racy to be considered literary! English publisher Allen Lane and his friend V. K. Krishna Menon, the Indian… Continue reading Penguin Books
On the 9th November 2014, people around the world commemorated the fall of the Berlin Wall. Following World War Two, Germany was divided between the powers that had won the war: Britain, America and Soviet Russia all occupied a section of Germany. Berlin itself was divided into East and West Berlin, with West Berlin occupied… Continue reading DVD Review: Goodbye Lenin!
Today, it is the 70-year anniversary of the Normandy Landings, known as D-Day. The name D-Day is a military term meaning ‘the day of attack’. During the Second World War, Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, had invaded and taken over large parts of Europe and it was clear the war wouldn’t stop there.