2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Hero First World War cousins are identified in photograph

MRS June Russell (nee Templeman) contacted the Echo after seeing the article on the men and women from East Cliff Congregational Church who fought in the Great War printed on November 5.

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Picture of Christmas parade on Holdenhurst Road from 100 years ago is a rare treat

PICTURES of Christmas parades in Bournemouth 100 years ago are relatively rare to find.

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A game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914?

Any mention of football and the First World War will evoke the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match played in No Man’s Land. At the time many denied that a truce had occurred, let alone a football match between the combatants. This talk uses British Army War Diaries, individual soldier’s diaries, letters and newspapers to examine how citizen diplomacy apparently subverted the wishes of higher command, at least temporarily, to possibly have allowed some soldiers to enjoy a game for Christmas.

Iain Adams is the Principal Lecturer at the International Football Institute, a research partnership between The University of Central Lancashire and The National Football Museum. He lectures in sports history and culture and has published papers on the Christmas Truce and the football charges of the Great War.

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A game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914?

Any mention of football and the First World War will evoke the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match played in No Man’s Land. At the time many denied that a truce had occurred, let alone a football match between the combatants. This talk uses British Army War Diaries, individual soldier’s diaries, letters and newspapers to examine how citizen diplomacy apparently subverted the wishes of higher command, at least temporarily, to possibly have allowed some soldiers to enjoy a game for Christmas.

Iain Adams is the Principal Lecturer at the International Football Institute, a research partnership between The University of Central Lancashire and The National Football Museum. He lectures in sports history and culture and has published papers on the Christmas Truce and the football charges of the Great War.

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Writer of the month: Tracy Borman on Thomas Cromwell

Dr Tracy Borman, author, historian and broadcaster, discusses her biography of Thomas Cromwell.

The National Archives hosts a series of monthly talks to broaden awareness of historical records and their uses for writers. Each month, a high-profile author talks about using original records in their writing.

Dr Tracy Borman’s previous books include: the highly acclaimed Elizabeth’s Women: the Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen; Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror; and Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction. Tracy has recently been appointed interim Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and is also Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust.

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Was there really a tunnel under Boscombe for transporting tigers and polar bears?

THE local legend of a tunnel running from Boscombe Hippodrome to King’s Park has surfaced again.

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How Vesta Tilley inspired Winter Gardens audience to go to war

During the First World War popular music hall star Miss Vesta Tilley inspired many men to sign up for the army and fight for their country.

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CHANGING TIMES

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Young Christian Women’s Association photograph identified

THANKS so much to Christine Ford for getting in touch after recognising herself in this photo of the Weymouth Young Christian Women’s Association, which held its meetings at Sidney Hall.

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