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The Waterloo Bridge Mystery

When I was researching the murder of Sophia Lewis I came across a couple of English newspaper cuttings that linked the murder to supposed aristocratic misbehaviour and the Waterloo Bridge mystery. My first thought was that this was some nineteenth … Continue reading

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The Murder of Sophia Lewis

In December 1856 a young prostitute, Sophia Lewis, was found murdered in her house in Stephen Street (now Exhibition Street) Melbourne. Sophia’s throat had been cut, and her jewellery stolen, and the money she was reputed to keep in her … Continue reading

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Coins …

Remember coins? These funny round bits of metal that we used to use to pay for things. Now superseded by tap’n’go since corona virus killed the use of cash – and possibly never to return. I can honestly say we … Continue reading

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My life in computing – the early days

Nowadays computers are ubiquitous, but when I was a spotty teenager in the seventies they were rare and unusual beasts, often locked away in air conditioned vaults and ministered to by priesthood of strange specialists who  got the beast to … Continue reading

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Something that I didn’t know about Gateshead …

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere we’ve been watching Unorthodox on Netflix. I won’t rehearse the story here, but watching reminded me of something that I used to find  fascinating. I used to live in York in England, and in the mid … Continue reading

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Tennessee Fried Megapode?

Being a slightly silly person at heart, I recently bought myself some socks featuring Australian Bush Turkeys. The designs not quite right – while admittedly I have what J once described as ‘short fat feet’ – the bush turkeys look … Continue reading

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Chartists and millenarians

A long time ago, like almost fifty years ago, I read Norman Cohn’s The Pursuit of the Millenium, which introduced me to the ranters and other European millenarian cults, which I found so weird it was fascinating. Around the same … Continue reading

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