Many images and tales of the Industrial Revolution, and the period just beyond, describe the harsh lives of the womenfolk, slaving away in Lancashire cotton mills driven by the mill owners thirst for profit, or pounding then sieving rocks of copper and tin ore brought up from the bowels of the Cornish earth by their … Continue reading Insignificant Women?
England has a number of Industrial Museums dedicated to showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and creative engineering of the Industrial Revolution, especially the period 1750 to 1900. One of these is less than 75 miles from our home. The Black Country Living Museum is a brilliant example of the preservation of working artefacts from that era, … Continue reading Peaky Blinders, Steampunk and Steam Engines all in one day.
Today is Buddha’s birthday, May 18th, or Baisakh full moon in Nepal’s calendar, together with the anniversary of his enlightenment and of his death. In Kathmandu almost every single person will be visiting temples, monasteries and shrines to celebrate. We have experienced such a day in Nepal as we walked to the top of the … Continue reading It’s Buddha’s birthday ……. 3 times over!
A mine flooding in 1880 shatters the lives of three Devon families: Thomas Allen died a hero and almost 140 years later it leads to contact between 2nd cousins!
My great great uncle died in a Devon copper mine as he tried to rescue two comrades from a sudden flood caused by a storm at the East Crebor mine, Tavistock, Devon, England in 1880.