episode #88 a history of alcohol

Evidence of intentionally fermented beverages exist in the form of jugs dated as early as the Neolithic period (c. 10,000 BCE) when a fermented drink was produced from honey and wild yeasts, and so mead is a grandfather of all fermented alcoholic drinks. Grapevines were being cultivated for the purpose of making wine in the… Continue reading episode #88 a history of alcohol

episode #87 move your body

Maloja, Switzerland The most famous oracle of all time, Nostradamus, (Michel de Nostradame) predicted various misfortunes for the year that has just begun. “Great calamities of blood and hunger”, begins the page dedicated to the year 2022. “No abbots, monks, no novices to learn; Honey shall cost far more than candle-wax” “So high the price of… Continue reading episode #87 move your body

episode #86 drifting

To drift comes from Middle English, drove, herd, act of driving; Meaning Something moving along in a current of air or water: a drift of logs in the river, a balloon drifting eastward; as the wreckage drifted toward shore. "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was… Continue reading episode #86 drifting

episode #85 memory of Christmas

Maloja, Sils Lake, Switzerland In 1920s Christmas was described as “The elevating aroma of Christmas trees lingers in the air, whilst wreaths glisten and lights twinkle as a warm glow emanates from houses filled with stockings, candles, toys, good food and the hope of Father Christmas.” Christmas traditions are a mixture of centuries and countries… Continue reading episode #85 memory of Christmas

episode #83 lidos

Hoylake’s bath on the promenade opened in June 1913 and was refurbished in the late 1920s, and re-opened in 1931. In 1976 the council closed Hoylake Baths after the site suffered storm damage but it was reopened by Hoylake Pool Trust. A run of bad weather and a lack of funding saw the baths closed… Continue reading episode #83 lidos

episode #82 treasures of Wirral

Hoylake the name Hoylake was derived from Hoyle Lake West Kirby "Kirby" is an old Norse (Viking) name, meaning ‘church-town’ originally Kirkjubyr, meaning 'village with a church’. The form with the modifier "West" exists to distinguish it from the other town of the same name in Wirral: Kirkby-in-Walea (now the modern town of Wallasey).  Port… Continue reading episode #82 treasures of Wirral

episode #81 back to the past

Spoken word Robert Minhinnick: The Rhinoceros read by Michael Sheen Music The Propellerheads feat. Miss Shirley Bassey: History Repeating  Boards of Canada: New Seeds Moby: In This World The Good, The Bad & The Queen: History Song Morcheeba: Gained The World Gabin: Keep It Cool Underworld: Dirty Epic Rufus Wainwright: Complainte de la Butte Damon… Continue reading episode #81 back to the past

episode #80 November in history

At 3pm on 2 November 1936 the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC began the world's first regular hi-definition television service, from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace in North London.  Armistice Day - Remembrance Day - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns finally fell silent, the war halted and… Continue reading episode #80 November in history

episode #79 month of November

The meaning of November comes from Novem, the Latin word for nine. Because November was called mensis november, the ninth month. The old Roman calendar started in March, making November the ninth month.  The Anglo-Saxons called November “wind monath”, because it was the time when cold winds started to blow. They also called it “blod… Continue reading episode #79 month of November

episode #78 spring forward, fall back

The country moves from the British Summer Time (BST) to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) this weekend, 31st October 2021. The GMT-BST separation only came into force during the first world war.  In Ireland, the DST (BST in GB) time zone is called Irish Standard Time (IST), sometimes also referred to as “Irish Summer Time”.… Continue reading episode #78 spring forward, fall back