Showing posts from November, 2016

On This Day

29th November

2008 - Playwright, William Gibson died.

On This Day

26th November

1865 - Lewis Carrroll (Charles Dodgson) published the book Alice in Wonderland (aka Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

1984 - US troops withdrew from the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

1987 - The Church of England's General Synod voted by a huge majority in favour of the ordination of women priests.

On This Day

23rd November

2006 - Russian dissident and writer Alexander Litvinenko died in London of radiation poisoning.

On This Day

22nd November

1963 - John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth U.S. President, was assassinated (murdered) in Dallas.


21st November is World Hello Day. Say "Hello" to at least 10 people.

Hello. Bonjour. Guten Tag. Hola. Ciao. Ola. Szia. Namaste. Salaam. Marhaba. Zdras-tvuy-te. Konnichiwa. Merhaba. Jambo. Ni Hau. Halo.

Interesting Food - Coffee

Mathematicians from the University of Limmerick are working out a mathematical formula for the perfect cup of coffee.

(They have found that size does matter, and flavour is linked to the coffee grain's surface are.  The method of extraction describes the movement of the coffee from its solid form as a bean into its liquid form when it dissolves into hot water, and they have found that small grains give a more bitter taste, whilst large grains result in a weak brew.

Earlier in 2016 some chemists got together to create this video:-

Reactions goes on a quest for better coffee through chemistry.


Interesting Fact - Television

The first TV licence in the UK cost 10 shillings (that's 50p in today's money).

(The licence was originally known as a wireless licence, and today it costs £145.50 for a colour TV. That's inflation for you.)

On This Day

2nd November

1936 - The BBC opened the world's first regular high-definition (not HDTV) television service, from Alexandra Palace (affectionately known as Ally Pally).

On This Day

1st November

1956 - Premium Bonds came into being.

(You buy some bonds, you get entered into a monthly draw, you win - or not - as the case may be. The great thing about them is that you don't lose your initial investment.)