We say Autumn – you say Fall

We say Autumn – you say Fall

If you hold the belief that ‘fall’ is an American barbarism might want to think again. As this online etymology dictionary points out ‘fall’ (in simple terms) comes from the Old English ‘feallan’, past tense ‘feoll’, past participle ‘feallen’ – meaning to drop from a height; fail, decay or die.

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Trick or Treat? A Halloween history

Trick or Treat? A Halloween history

Hello once more dear listeners. Following on from my recent post about the term ‘Fall’ (autumn) here we are again with a bit more linguistic debunking – with some customs and traditions thrown in for good measure. This time regarding Halloween and Trick or Treat?

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Radnor Street Cemetery blog

Radnor Street Cemetery blog

From Frances’ new blog:

‘Welcome cemetery followers to this new blog launching today.

Radnor Street Cemetery tells the history of Swindon. The civic dignitaries and members of the Great Western Railway hierarchy; the boilermakers and platelayers; the philanthropic benefactors and trailblazing women; the teachers and tradespeople and the 103 servicemen who lost their lives as a result of their military service in two world wars. The ordinary men, women and children of the town…’

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Lord Joel Joffe

Lord Joel Joffe

Last night I had the privilege of attending a memorial event for Lord Joffe – or Joel as everyone knew him.

I knew of Joel and his connections with many Swindon organisations of course way before I met him. His patronship of Swindon 105.5, involvement and interest in the Harbour Project and Swindon City of Sanctuary to name but a few.

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