A few last Words before leaving the Guv from Bettsy.

This is one of the Best and Funniest True Stories from the Old Guv. Before he left the Guv in the 1990s after accepting a redundancy package “Bettsy” had a few last words to say to the Old Guv House Magazine. For those who remember the late Colin Betts in the Comp Room it should […]

The Totally Weird Wallace Brothers.

The Wallace Brothers, George and Lindsay worked at the Old Guv many years ago and they never spoke to each other at work. Evidently, there had been a long running family feud  that they carried over into their workplace. George was a Letterpress Machinist, his brother Lindsay was the Old Guv’s Carpenter. There was one […]

The Sad Life of Ned Kelly’s Mum.

Ellen Kelly (c.1832–1923), matriarch and mother of Ned Kelly, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, fourth of eleven children of James Quinn, farmer, and his wife Mary. The Quinn family migrated to Australia in 1841. After a period of menial work in Melbourne, James took the family north to rented farmland at Brunswick, then in […]

The End for the Kelly Gang, Glenrowan, Victoria.

THE FINAL CHAPTER OF the infamous Kelly Gang began on 27 June 1880 when, after eluding the police for almost two years, their luck ran out in the small town of Glenrowan, Victoria. The Gang, consisting of Ned Kelly and his brother Dan, and Joseph Byrne and Steve Hart, had been on the run from […]

A Printer’s Device Honouring the Sciences (1724).

Printer’s Device: A graphic symbol usually associated with the Publisher of Antique books. Newly arrived here and new to my experience are some volumes of the journal Suite des Memoires de Mathematique et de Physique tirez des Registers d e l’Academie Royale des Sciences, a significant and beautifully-designed series of books which are small (only […]

Pepsi was originally known as “Brad’s Drink”.

Caleb Bradham of New Bern, North Carolina was a pharmacist. Like many pharmacists at the turn of the century he had a soda fountain in his drugstore, where he served his customers refreshing drinks, that he created himself. His most popular beverage was something he called “Brad’s drink” made of carbonated water, sugar, vanilla, rare […]

Colonel Light’s vision for Adelaide.

Colonel Light was born at Kuala Kedah (Malaya) on 27 April 1786. His early years were spent in Theberton, Suffolk, England. He served at various times in both the Royal Navy and the British Army. He was in France in 1803 when war broke out and was interned by Napoleon at Verdun, but escaped after […]

Birds survive by Camouflaging their nests.

Adult male zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata. Photograph: blickwinkel/Alamy The old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs into one basket” belies the very thing that many bird species must do. For this reason, predation is a major cause of loss of eggs, nestlings and the brooding hen, especially for birds that build open-cup nests. So how […]

Unusual Deaths from the 1920s.

1920: Ray “Chappie” Chapman, shortstop for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, was killed when a submarine ball thrown by Carl Mays hit him in the temple. Chapman collapsed at the plate, and died about 12 hours later. He remains the only major league baseball player killed by a pitched ball. 1920: Dan Andersson, a Swedish […]

Seamus and Bob the Railway Dog, Peterborough.

Hi, my name is Seamus Parham and I will be nine years old in July. That’s me in the picture and the old gentleman is Rod Parham, my Grandpa. I love my Mum Candace (see below), Uncle Danny, Grandma GMo, Michael and Lady, my dog. And I really like Hot Dogs and Nasi Goreng Noodles. […]