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Happy Birthday NHS

July 5th 1948 was an historic moment in Britains’ history, it was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to all. It has been treasured ever since, but never more so since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and utterly changed all our lives. Today theContinue reading “Happy Birthday NHS”

A Salute to the Windrush Generation

This phrase is used about people arriving in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries, its reference is to the ship the Empire Windrush, which docked in Tilbury on this day, 22 June 1948, bringing workers to the ‘the mother country’, to help post-war Britains’ recovery, especially with its labour shortages. The BritishContinue reading “A Salute to the Windrush Generation”

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on this day, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in Belgium, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition controlled by The Duke of Wellington. In 1813Continue reading “Battle of Waterloo”

Mutiny on the Bounty

On this day, April 28, 1789, one of the most famous and remarkable stories in maritime history began, when rebellious mutineer Fletcher Christian and his supporters seized control of the HMS Bounty from its Lieutenant, William Bligh. The Bounty had 44 Royal Navy seamen (including Bligh) and two civilian botanists. Tensions had increased over time,Continue reading “Mutiny on the Bounty”