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British Empire 1900 A biscuit company's promotional map shows the extent of Queen Victoria's possessions in the year 1900. It was true, wasn't it? The sun couldn't set on the British Empire!
Tags: British  Empire 
Added: 20th June 2010
Views: 3753
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gary Cooper Funeral 1961 Here's a British Pathe newsreel showing variuos celebrity mourners arriving for the funeral rites of beloved actor Gary Cooper. Cooper died in 1961, six days after his 60th birthday.
Tags: Gary  Cooper  funeral 
Added: 16th March 2009
Views: 2509
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Posted By: Lava1964
Battle of the Somme 1916 Most of this is archival footage shot just before the disastrous first day at the Battle Of the Somme. On that fateful day (July 1, 1916) the British Army suffered about 50,000 casualties; approximately 20,000 were fatalities. Many of the young men you see in the trenches were mowed down by German machine gun fire.
Tags: Battle  of  the  Somme 
Added: 24th December 2007
Views: 1717
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Posted By: Lava1964
Eric Burden and the Animals House of the Rising Sun has been covered by so many artists, including the Stones, but I think this original just blows all the others away!!
Tags: house  of  the  rising  sun  eric  burden  the  animals  british  rock 
Added: 25th December 2007
Views: 1930
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Posted By: Babs64
The Wombles This kids show ran for years in the UK. Based on the book by Elisabeth Beresford these furry long nosed creatures recycled rubbish left behind by us untidy humans. Mike Batt provided the music and at the time kept some of the biggest bands in the world from the top spot on the charts here. All the voices for the characters were provided by Bernard Cribbens, a well known British actor of the time.
Tags: Mike  Batt  Wombles  Furry  Beasties   
Added: 30th December 2007
Views: 1669
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Posted By: donmac101
Canadians at Hong Kong 1941 This is the tail end of an excellent Canadian documentary about the defense of Hong Kong in 1941. In December 1941, some 2,000 green Canadian troops were sent to bolster the exotic British outpost against an expected Japanese attack. It was a suicide mission. The Japanese attacked with about 90,000 battle-hardened troops. The heroic defense of Hong Kong lasted about three weeks before the inevitable surrender. Japanese troops brutally murdered wounded hospitalized defenders. Captured Canadian and British troops were shipped to slave labor camps where they existed in horrid conditions for nearly four years. Lest we forget...
Tags: Hong  Kong  Canadians 
Added: 8th May 2008
Views: 1573
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Posted By: Lava1964
Featured Member- Lava1964 I was born in a small Canadian city in 1964. I am unmarried. Miss Right has not yet come along. I'm beginning to think she never will. As a kid, I loved acquiring knowledge on a variety of topics, hence my love of trivia. My father got me interested in history by making me watch documentaries when I was eight years old. I am truly grateful he did this. I developed my own passion for sports history. My favorite sports are baseball, boxing, tennis, hockey, football, and soccer. Baseball is far and away my favorite. I live and die with the exploits of the Boston Red Sox. (I was a Red Sox fan long before it became fashionable.) I played fastpitch softball as a kid when that was a popular pastime in Canada. I was a second baseman: Good glove, weak arm, decent contact hitter, not much power. I normally batted second. I have been a softball umpire since 1978. Last time I counted, I had worked over 2,300 games. I've always loved words and the English language. Its possibilities are truly limitless. I modestly say I am a writer of some repute. I began writing pieces for sports encyclopedias at age 19 and really haven't stopped penning sports articles since then. I used to write a weekly sports nostalgia column for a local newspaper. I allegedly had half a million readers at one time. (My column ran for five years before a dim-witted editor took over the sports department and dismissed all the freelance columnists and replaced them with hand-picked toadies. Accordingly, I have put a curse on him and his family. I've had three books on baseball history published. All have received kind reviews. I still write the occasional piece for nostalgia publications. If anyone is really interested in my stuff, I sell collections of my columns on demand. My books are available through mail order from my publisher in North Carolina. I am a tournament Scrabble player and official. I have an expert rating (which I am quite proud of) and I'm usually ranked in the top 40 in Canada. I help run a local club and local tourneys, and, for some reason, I am much in demand to officiate and organize tournaments in many places. Scrabble has allowed me to travel to Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, New Orleans, and this summer...Orlando. It's nice work if you can get it. It must be my aptitude for organization which I acquired from both my parents. Scrabble is quite a diverse and odd subculture. Nevertheless, my best friends are Scrabble players. The game helps me retain what is left of my sanity. Along those same lines, I enjoy all competitive endeavors. I always play to win. This is why I love game shows too, I suppose. Occasionally I do real jobs too. I've been a private tutor since 1994. My students think I'm brilliant. I always try to live up to their expectations. I think I have a good sense of humor. It's a hybrid of American and British mirth. I especially love puns. I am cuddly.
Tags: Featured  Member-  Lava1964 
Added: 1st May 2008
Views: 1846
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Posted By: Steve
Britains Morris Minor My dad usually went out on Saturdays to pay his bills, and when he returned, he always surprised us with something! One week, out of the blue, he brought home a canary yellow Morris Minor convertable. We had no idea why he bought it, but he seemed to be happy, pulling in to the driveway with that big smile on his face, like it was Christmas! We had to take turns driving it, then during supper he told us he'd bought it so he could take his grandkids out for a ride on the weekends! He was like a big kid himself. I think that's one of the reasons I miss him so much.
Tags: morris  minor  british  motors 
Added: 9th January 2008
Views: 1513
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Posted By: Sophia
Schoolhouse Rock No More Kings Schoolhouse Rock gives its version of how and why the American colonies revolted from British rule.
Tags: Schoolhouse  Rock  No  More  Kings 
Added: 25th May 2008
Views: 1775
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Posted By: Lava1964
Did Mallory Conquer Everest First Thirty-seven-year-old British mountaineer George Mallory may have reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1924--29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary achieved the feat. In June 1924, Mallory and Andrew Irvine attempted to reach Everest's summit via the North Col route. The twosome were last spotted a few hundred metres from the summit by geologist Noel Odell. They were not seen alive again. Mallory's well preserved frozen body was not found until 1999. (Irvine's body has yet to be found.) Did Mallory die trying to reach the summit or did he reach it and perish on the descent? Nobody knows for certain. His camera has not been found. However, Mallory intended to leave a photo of his wife at Everest's summit if he got there. The photo was not found on Mallory's body.
Tags: George  Mallory  Mount  Everest 
Added: 30th January 2008
Views: 1454
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Posted By: Lava1964

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